January 3, 2015

Massachusetts Boston Mission

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Boston Mission Address

Here’s a recent address for the Massachusetts Boston Mission. We try to keep this information up to date, but it’s a good idea to check the address with several sources, including your mission packet or the mission office.

Massachusetts Boston Mission
182 West Central St, Ste 203
Natick, MA 01760

Phone Number: 1-508-647-6210
Mission President: President A. Todd Miller

Boston Mission Map

Here’s a link to the mission map for the Massachusetts Boston Mission (LDS). To access the official LDS.org map for the Boston Mission:

  1. Log into your LDS account here.
  2. Click here.

Videos with Boston RMs

Here are in-depth YouTube video interviews with returned missionaries from the Massachusetts Boston Mission.  We interview hundreds of returned missionaries each year, so check back regularly to see new RM interviews.

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Videos about Massachusetts

Here are LDS-friendly educational videos about Massachusetts. We scoured YouTube to find the best quality videos about Massachusetts, that are free from inappropriate music, immodesty and profanity.

places  history  nature  mission calls  time lapses  LDS Church

 

Videos about Connecticut

Here are LDS-friendly educational videos about Connecticut. We scoured YouTube to find the best quality videos about Connecticut, that are free from inappropriate music, immodesty and profanity.

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Boston Missionary Blogs

Here’s a list of LDS missionary blogs for the Massachusetts Boston Mission. This list includes the missionary’s name, URL and when their blog was updated.

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Elder Spencer Shull eldershull.wordpress.com 2017
Elder Matthew Davis eldermatthewdavis.com 2017
Elder Drew Gutierrez elderdrewgutierrez.blogspot.com 2017
Elder Samuel Dalsasso elderdalsasso.blogspot.com 2017
Sister Makayla Winger mymission.com/sistermakaylawinger 2016
Sister Sophie Brooks sistersophiebrooks.blogspot.com 2016
Sister Kellie Egan sisteregan.blogspot.com 2016
Elder & Sister Knecht themissionaryknechts.blogspot.com 2016
Sister Amber Morley sisterinboston.blogspot.com 2016
Sister Emily Rubio hermanarubio.blogspot.com 2016
Sister Bailey Alexander bailsinboston.blogspot.com 2016
Sister Hannah Webber hannahraewebber.blogspot.com 2016
Sister Rebekah Barrett sisterbarrettbostonmassachusetts.blogspot.com 2016
Elder Trevon Turley putyourshouldertothewheeltot.blogspot.com 2016
Boston Mission bostonmission.org 2015
Sister Sarah Patterson sisterpattersoninboston.blogspot.com 2015
Elder Brenton Jackson elderbrentonjackson.blogspot.com 2015
Sister Madisyn Lybbert futuresisterlybbert.blogspot.com 2015
Elder Alex Berthelson elderalexberthelson.blogspot.com 2015
Sister Rachel Knutti sisterrachelknutti.blogspot.com 2015
Elder & Sister Braithwaite hbnancy.blogspot.com 2015
Elder AJ Halling elderajhalling.blogspot.com 2015
Elder Kayd Pulsipher elderkaydpulsipher.blogspot.com 2015
Sister Virginia Flores hermanaflores.blogspot.com 2015
Sister Madison Grant missionsite.net/sistermadisongrant 2015
Boston Mission massachusettsbostonmission.blogspot.com 2014
Sister Rachel Roy sisterroy.blogspot.com 2014
Sister Karee Brown notwithstandingmyweakness.blogspot.com 2014
Elder Teddy Fauver teddysmission.wordpress.com 2014
Sister Isadora Melo sisterisadoramelo.wordpress.com 2014
Sister Janica Kendall janicabostonmission.blogspot.com 2014
Elder Erb eldererb.blogspot.com 2014
Sister Bree Palmer sisterbreepalmer.blogspot.com 2014
Sister Brooke Gledhill sisterbrookeashleygledhill.blogspot.com 2014
Sister Emily Jacobsen emilyjacobsenmission.blogspot.com 2014
Elder Logan Williams missionsite.net/elderloganwilliams 2014
Elder Cory Peterson missionsite.net/eldercorypeterson 2014
Elder Nathan Lee missionsite.net/eldernatelee 2014
Elder Matthew Johnson missionsite.net/eldermatthewjohnson 2014
Sister Katherine Palmer grandmissionaryadventures.blogspot.com 2013
Elder Ryan Pitcher elderryanpitcher.blogspot.com 2013
Elder Aaron Langford missionsite.net/elderaaronlangford 2013
Elder Boston Watts missionsite.net/elderbostonwatts 2013
Sister Kanani sisterkanani.blogspot.com 2013
Elder Jonathan Stones elderstonesinboston.blogspot.com 2013
Elder Austin Kimbell elderaustinkimbell.blogspot.com 2013
Elder Ryan Horrocks missionsite.net/elderryanhorrocks 2012
Elder Benworth Hansen missionsite.net/elderhansen 2012
Elder Torren Wilhelmsen elderwilhelmsen.blogspot.com 2012
Elder Aaron Phillips elderap.blogspot.com 2012
Elder Aric Mullins elderaricmullins.blogspot.com 2012
Sister Andrea Halverson andreahalverson.blogspot.com 2012
Elder Brady Johnson elderbradyjohnson.blogspot.com 2012
Elder Daniel Chavez missionsite.net/elderdanielchavez 2012
Elder Chase Adams-Hart missionsite.net/elderadams-hart 2012
Elder Beauford Hunter elderbeauz.blogspot.com 2011
Elder Brandon Henson brandonhensonbostonmission.blogspot.com 2011
Elder Andrew Winfield missionsite.net/elderwinfield 2011
Elder Britton Smith missionsite.net/elderbrittonsmith 2010

Boston Mission Groups

Here are Massachusetts Boston Mission Groups- for LDS missionary moms, returned missionaries, mission presidents and other alumni of the Boston Mission.

  1. Massachusetts Boston Mission Facebook Group (1,075 members)
  2. Massachusetts Boston Mission – President Evans Group (255 members)
  3. Boston Mission President Dan Packard Group (155 members)
  4. Massachusetts/Connecticut/New Hampshire Moms Group (41 members)
  5. Massachusetts Boston Mission Madsen Facebook Group (1 member)
  6. Boston Mission 1997-98 (Pres. Munns and Murphy) Group (1 member)

Boston Mission T-Shirts

Here are T-shirts for the Massachusetts Boston Mission!

Shirt designs include Massachusetts Boston Mission logo/emblem shirts and Called to Serve shirts. The shirts make great gifts for pre-missionaries, returned missionaries and missionaries currently serving. LDS Mission shirts come in all sizes: Small, Medium, Large, Extra Large, up to 4XL.  The mission designs are printed on white shirts and are shipped to you.

*Simply click on a shirt design to view the details and submit an order. The designs on mission t-shirts may also be printed on other LDS mission gifts, including: Massachusetts Boston missionary aprons, Christmas stockings, ties, pillow cases, teddy bears and Christmas ornaments.

*Click here to browse Boston Mission gifts

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Boston Mission Presidents

Here’s a list of current and past Mission Presidents of the Massachusetts Boston LDS Mission.

  1. 2015-2018, Andrew Todd Miller
  2. 2012-2015, Daniel W. Packard
  3. 2009-2012, William T. Evans
  4. 2006-2009, Edward C. England
  5. 2003-2006, Paul H. Thompson
  6. 2000-2003, Merlin Ray Jenson
  7. 1997-2000, Dale B. Murphy
  8. 1994-1997, Ranier F. Munns
  9. 1991-1994, David L. Gillett
  10. 1989-1991, Francis A. Madsen
  11. 1986-1989, Kem C. Gardner
  12. 1983-1986, Bruce M. Olsen
  13. 1979, Richard B. Tempest
  14. 1977-1979, Jae R. Ballif
  15. 1974-1977, Allen C. Rozsa

Massachusetts LDS Statistics (2015)

  • Church Membership: 26,678
  • Missions: 1
  • Temples: 1
  • Congregations: 52
  • Family History Centers: 12

Helpful Articles about Massachusetts

Coming soon..

Boston Missionary Survey

Here are survey responses from Massachusetts Boston RMs, to give you a snapshot into what it’s like to live in the mission.

*Click here to take a survey to help pre-missionaries going to your mission.

When did you serve?

  • August 2010-August 2012 (Chase)
  • 2007-2009 (John)
  • 2007-2009 (Lea)
  • 1984-1986 (Hector)
  • 1989-1990 (Holly)
  • 1984-1986 (Shaun)
  • 2005-2007 (Ryan)
  • 1996-1998 (Sarah)
  • 1994-1995 (Mireyda)
  • 1999-2001 (Dustin)
  • 1991-1993 (Brad)
  • 2006-2008 (Wyatt)
  • 1982-1983 (Michael)
  • 1976-1978 (Bruce)

Which areas did you serve in?

  • Belmont, Marthas Vineyard, Cape Cod, Merrimack, Ludlow, Framingham, Westin. (John)
  • New Buryport, Lynn, Greenfield, Boston, Nashua, Duxbury. (Holly)
  • Brockton, Billerica, Berlin, Nashua, Cambridge, Exeter. (Shaun)
  • Primarily Springfield, MA and Nashua, NH. (Ryan)
  • Worcester, Spencer, Pittsfield, Somerville, Newport, Nashua, and Foxboro. (Dustin)
  • Worcester (English), Greater Boston (Haitian). (Brad)
  • Lynn Spanish, Nashua, Chelsea/East Boston Spanish (Revere Ward), Arlington, Malden, Waltham (Somerville Spanish). (Wyatt)
  • Brockton, Haverhill, Natic, Portland, ME. (Michael)
  • Norway Maine, Westbrook Maine, Newmarket New Hampshire, South Royalton Vermont, Terryville CT, Fitchburg MA. (Bruce)

What were some favorite foods?

  • From the mission, or in general? From the mission, I loved the Italian food they had in the east. I ate a lot of Mom and Pa Pizza places and let me tell you, the pizza in the west is NOTHING compared to almost anything you get in the east. Chicken and Eggplant Parmesan is also extremely good. And of course, the seafood is often quite good. I once had a pizza with scallions and bacon. It was probably the best thing I have ever eaten from the east. (Chase)
  • Seafood (Lobsters, Shark and Fish). Italian Food is really good out that way. Pizza is way better than the west coast for sure. (John)
  • Pupusas and tamales (made by Hondurans NOT Mexicans). (Lea)
  • Lobster!!!!!!!! (Hector)
  • Lobster, Clam chowder, Border cafe, Uno pizza. (Holly)
  • Great seafood, pizza, amazing food! (Shaun)
  • Ana’s Tacaria. (Ryan)
  • Pizza, calzone, italian food but most of all Puerto Rican food… pollo frito, arroz con gandules, tostones, habichelas. (Mireyda)
  • Papusa, beans and rice, any creole food, modern bakery cannoli, Eagles deli, woos ta pizza grinder, any Irish food from southy, and strawberries and cream from Newport, Rhode Island. (Dustin)
  • Seafood, of course! Also, the Steak & Cheese sub from Patty’s Pantry in Dorchester was the bomb! (Brad)
  • Anything Mexican, Brazilian coxinhas, Guatemalan garnachas…I could go on forever. (Wyatt)
  • Lobster. (Michael)
  • Baked beans, pancakes, shepherd’s pie, fish stew. (Bruce)

What was a funny experience?

  • Lots of funny experiences. Most involving other missionaries. I once had a companion who had a hard time getting up for companionship study, let alone personal study. We lived in a house with another set of missionaries. One of the missionaries from the other companionship found a dead bird, brought it home, and put it on my companion’s desk. Seeing as how he never really studied, and the fact that he was probably the messiest person on earth, he didn’t notice the bird for three weeks. That was funny, and a little shocking at the same time. (Chase)
  • Some people were waiting on representatives from their church and thought it was us. We went in and taught the first lesson on the restoration of the gospel and blew there minds. They were literally in awe when we arrived because we were so young. Then after we left we challenged them to meet us again and if they prayed about our message that they will know who we were. Not soon after we left, the representatives from their church appeared and they were so confused. Having felt the spirit when we entered and taught them, when their representatives appeared. They were confused. We met again with this family and continued to teach. We were transferred out before we could meet again with them. It was a fun and spiritual experience. (John)
  • On our way home, there was a drunk singing in Spanish on the train. It was pretty funny. (Lea)
  • Knocked on a door. Someone answered and said, “Happy Halloween!” and started closing door. Naively, I said, “Thanks? It’s not Halloween though. Oh! You think we’re Jehovah’s Witness? No we’re not.” (Ryan)
  • Pulling pranks on the Fall River elders when they were gone like sneaking into their apartment on our way to zone conference and moving stuff around to freak them out. (Dustin)
  • Holiday Zone Conferences. (Brad)
  • Once a homeless man who spoke about himself in third person and called himself Chico told us if anyone ever messed with us, he had a shotgun and would take care of them. (Wyatt)
  • Companion burning chicken on a stove in the middle of Blizzard. Having the fire department show up. Embarrassing. (Michael)
  • We lowered a desk off of a 3-story balcony to use as a street board platform. The rope broke and the desk missed me by inches. The landlady was behind my companion who was on the balcony. She quickly decided this should be kept from her brother who owned the apartment building. (Bruce)

What was a crazy experience?

  • The weather in the east is crazy. I experienced torrential downpour followed by flooding, massive winter storm, and even a hurricane and a tropical storm. The leadership of the mission is fantastic at warning everyone about such conditions, so really it was the local conditions that produced the most danger. Once, it had snowed a lot over the last few weeks, then it warmed up and started to rain one evening. My companion and I were responding to some emergency situation from the ward, and as we were traveling on a small, curvy, heavily forested road, a massive wall of fog hit us. Let me tell you, it was an extremely tense situation. (Chase)
  • Well in Martha’s Vineyard anything can happen in the summer months. It’s crazy enough- maybe I shouldn’t share. Just have to be there to experience it. (John)
  • My companion and I decided to take a quick lunch break in the middle of some projects. As we were eating, a police officer came up to us. He asked us if we knew where we were (2 white girls looked a little out of place). After we said yes, he told us to be careful. After he left, we laughed. (Lea)
  • My companion and I were riding home from an appointment in the rain. Pouring rain in Massachusetts. We were riding fast and approached an intersection. As we approach the intersection, I hit my brakes to slow down and nothing at all happened. I looked up and saw two cars from each each direction starting to cross the intersection in front of me. I knew I could not stop so I put my head down prayed and pedal for all my life. My companion said both of the cars missed my rear wheel by less than inches. I’ve never been so happy to be alive. I also knew the Lord kept me alive that day. (Shaun)
  • Lived in Roxberry outside Boston. Walked past a gang fight. (Ryan)
  • Thinking I was going to get shot in gbv in Worcester. (Dustin)
  • Roxbury. Need I say more?! (Brad)
  • A sister in New Hampshire tried to get us to drive her out of the mission boundaries on a search for her ex husband who had divorced her decades earlier. (Wyatt)
  • Being in Brockton playing basketball in the hood.. (Michael)

What was a spiritual experience?

  • One of the best experiences I had was when I got to train my first missionary. My family told me my cousin’s best friend was going to be coming to my mission. I remember them telling me that multiple times. I didn’t really pay much attention seeing as how new missionaries enter the mission field every few weeks. Anyway, long story short, I was asked to train a missionary. And when I got there, it happened to be my cousin’s best friend. Due to some personal circumstances on his part, this was an answer to many prayers. (Chase)
  • I was struggling when I hit my year mark on the mission. I re-evaluated myself and I was trying to ask myself what was holding me back from seeing more success? I hadn’t seen a baptism at anytime during my first year on the mission. I prayed and during my companionship inventory with my senior companion he challenged me to be a confident and reliable agent for the Lord to use. Stop trying to be the cool missionary or the better missionary then some, be the best you can be all the time. I never forgot that moment. From that point on we worked hard and were obedient to all the mission rules at our very best. We were grateful to see a baptism twice even three times a month from August-April. God’s work is always in good hands never mind who the agent is as long as you strive to be your best self all the time. (John)
  • The day when a stubborn investigator finally read 3 Nephi 11 and Moroni’s promise and finally gained a testimony of The Book of Mormon. (Lea)
  • My companion and I had the opportunity to go to the hospital and bless a baby that weighed 1 lb. 8 oz. and was only hours old. We walked in to a room with over eight doctors and nurses fully covered and with protective clothing. We had no idea what we would say. I was training my new companion and I could tell he was beyond scared. He calmly stated that it was this baby’s mission to come to earth and receive a body and return to his Heavenly home. My companion then released this brand-new baby. It was one of the most shocking and yes spiritual experiences of my mission. I can still remember very clearly, the name and facts of this sweet experience. (Shaun)
  • My companion and I had an appointment on Sunday. The buses weren’t running very often. We decided to walk 4 miles (one way) to the appointment. We came to this house that we felt like we should knock on. We ended up teaching the first lesson to 6 adults, and 12 children in the house. We started teaching the first lesson, and as we started to quote Joseph Smith’s first vision, one of the adults said to all the children, “Qiense! Qiense! Este es el Evangelio!” Meaning, Quiet! Quiet! This is the Gospel!” It was a powerful lesson. (Ryan)
  • Baptizing a former black nun from Spencer, Massachusetts. (Dustin)
  • Sharing the Gospel with all the people of New England! (Brad)
  • Teaching an Italian girl in a hostel the first lesson with myself speaking Spanish, my companion speaking French, and the girl speaking Italian, and we all understood one another perfectly. (Wyatt)
  • Baptisms. (Michael)
  • We went to teach a 7th Day Adventist and we knew he had ministers from his church there. We fasted and were able to confound them with quiet humble talk. The investigator was baptized. (Bruce)

What are some interesting facts about the Boston Mission?

  • Clayton Christensen, big name in the church, resides in the mission boundaries and works with missionaries often. If you are lucky, you might even meet some of President Eyring‘s grandchildren like I did. There is so much history, past and present, church and otherwise, in that area. (Chase)
  • Boston is so much like Utah with chapels on every street it seems, except the chapels are for other religions. Bunker Hill. Shot heard around the world is a great experience to witness. (John)
  • In the city, we never drove. Buses and trains all the way! It provided lots of opportunities to meet interesting people. (Lea)
  • Over 100 colleges back when we had most of New England.  Great success at colleges. (Shaun)
  • People love to say, “We’re all set.” The fall colors are awesome. (Ryan)
  • I only served in the city once and I once had lunch with elders from the New York Mission when they accidentally crossed the line in the Pittsfield area. (Dustin)
  • Started English speaking in Worcester for 7 months then transferred to the Haitian program, learned the language on the streets, and lived in Dorchester the rest of my mission! Also, the history in Boston, and surrounding areas, is incredible! (Brad)
  • Former MLB star Dale Murphy was once the Mission President, there are (were) more Cambodians in Massachusetts than anywhere else in the world other than Cambodia, New Englanders sometimes come off as cold but can be some of the most loyal people you’ll ever meet. (Wyatt)
  • They were shortened to 18 months! (Michael)
  • It is the cradle of the restoration. (Bruce)

What was the weather like?

  • Like I said, cold, humid, wet, hot, the east has it all. (Chase)
  • All four seasons. (John)
  • Winter – freezing cold. Summer – hot and humid. Spring and Fall – rainy, but nice. (Lea)
  • Just wait 5 min it will change. Humid, Ice storms. (Holly)
  • More hot and humid than I thought. More cold than I could have imagined but I survived. (Shaun)
  • Freezing rain in the winter is no fun. Everything shuts down for 2 inches of snow. (Ryan)
  • Great. (Dustin)
  • Extremes at both ends of the thermometer!!! (Brad)
  • Hot and muggy in summer. Cold and lots of snow in winter. (Wyatt)
  • Cold in winter. Humid in summer!!! (Michael)
  • Cold, windy, hot muggy and perfect at times. (Bruce)

Any things you really like about the area/people?

  • Read my other entries, the list goes on and on. (Chase)
  • It’s a beautiful place. (John)
  • The friendliness of the members, the challenges that investigators presented, and the overall atmosphere of being in the historic city of Boston. (Lea)
  • I love the people of New England. I love Boston. (Shaun)
  • People in general are very educated there. It is a lot of work and takes a lot of patience because people are very set in their paths and don’t feel a need to change. (Ryan)
  • The history. (Dustin)
  • Everything!!! (Brad)
  • Such a diverse place where you’ll meet people from every part of the world. An amazing place to serve. (Wyatt)
  • People are great. (Michael)
  • The people have a tremendous work ethic and say what they mean. (Bruce)

Any packing/clothing advice?

  • Just make sure you have nice long underwear. Helps out a ton in the cold. (Chase)
  • Bring clothes that can be layered. For example, on really cold days I would wear a couple pairs of tights or leggings and 3 skirts. I had a nice light skirt (perfect for summer and for the bottom layer), a regular skirt that I could wear over that, and one longer skirt that went over the other 2 quite nicely. Perfect for those cold days when you don’t have a lot of appointments. (Lea)
  • Very warm coat and boots. (Holly)
  • Layers. Keep head and hands and feet warm. (Shaun)
  • Warm coat for the winter. Good walking shoes. A good back pack. (Ryan)
  • Don’t forget summer stuff and bring some cold weather gear for those nasty nor’easters. (Dustin)
  • Pack for the temperatures! (Brad)
  • Half of white shirts, short sleeve and half long sleeve. (Wyatt)
  • Only bring two suit cases and no briefcase or other item you need a third hand to carry. Make your gloves or mittens the best you can get. (Bruce)

What blessings did you receive from serving a mission?

  • I received peace of mind on knowing what my responsibility is as a priesthood holder and how I can share the gospel with others. (John)
  • A greater understanding of myself and a career path. (Lea)
  • Too many to list but I gained a personal testimony that God lives, Jesus is the Christ, the church is true and has been restored by his prophet Joseph Smith. This simple knowledge has carried me, and kept me active in the church for over 30 years. (Shaun)
  • Countless. I’m sure I’m still being blessed 10 years later in ways I don’t even know right now. We don’t know how God chooses to bless us for following Him, but He will bless us. If we only try. (Ryan)
  • Seeing people change their lives and bonding with some of the best people on the planet. (Dustin)
  • Countless, plus many more I probably didn’t even recognize!!! (Brad)
  • Can’t even begin to list them…but I’ll try a few. Strong testimony of the gospel. Lifelong friends. A greater capacity to understand and appreciate people of different cultures and religions. (Wyatt)
  • Best memories! (Michael)
  • 1. Made eternal friends that I still keep in contact with. 2. Stretched my mind daily so that I was more than ready for college. 3. I learned to do hard, frightening things with the faith that it would always work out. (Bruce)

What are some skills you gained?

  • Communication Skills, Planning, Following up, Keeping commitments, Reporting, Answering phones, Calling, Finding work, Accountability to myself, my companion and the Lord. (John)
  • It helped me choose my career as an ESL instructor. (Lea)
  • Get along with anyone. Find common ground. Be humble yet powerful teacher. (Shaun)
  • Not afraid to talk to people. Not afraid to talk about spiritual subjects with others. Not afraid to talk about difficult topics with teenagers to help them see the light of the Gospel. (Ryan)
  • Being able to relate to people. (Dustin)
  • Street smarts; Came from a sheltered community so Roxbury was eye-opening! People skills; Many different types of people, languages, cultures, personalities, etc. that helped me to learn how to work better with them all. Driving skills and Map reading; The “Boston Bump” comes in very handy and memes about no turn signals…. all true! Also, never driven so many paved cow paths in my life! (Brad)
  • People skills, cooking skills, listening skills. (Wyatt)
  • I gained memorization skills and conversational skills. (Bruce)

What do you wish you knew/did at the beginning of your mission?

  • There is a lot but one that sticks out is I wish i studied the scriptures more diligently and I feel i. (John)
  • That it was going to be HARD, but that it was alright. (Lea)
  • Time will pass so quickly you won’t believe it. Do all that you possibly can to beg the Lord for, teach by, and identify the Spirit. Teach by the spirit, love the people. (Shaun)
  • Don’t care about other missionaries and what they’re doing/saying. You are there for one purpose – to talk to people about the gospel. That’s it. Will you make friends? Yes. Will your companions become life-long friends? Maybe. But after your 18-24 months are over, you’ll go back to your life of friends and family and work and school…and so will all those people you meet. Companion or otherwise. If you have a companion that doesn’t want to work, don’t give in and say okay we’ll just stay here. Say, “Let’s go! We’ve only got a limited amount of time before we never do this again, let’s make the most of it.” If you have nothing scheduled that day, go to a public park or somewhere and just talk to people. You’re whole point in being there is to talk to people. Just talk to people. (Ryan)
  • How to slow down and do things the right way first. (Dustin)
  • More about the Gospel. Born and raised in the church but didn’t really have my own testimony/knowledge of it. (Brad)
  • That no missionary is perfect and that obedience and hard work make all the difference. Don’t be afraid to open your mouth. You are planting seeds. (Wyatt)
  • I wish I had realized at the beginning of my mission that God loves his non-member children as much as He loves His missionaries and we don’t have a corner on the market for blessings. Our blessings come by way of the law of the harvest. What we sow we shall reap. (Bruce)

Any advice/testimony for pre-missionaries going to Boston?

  • Your success depends on your faith in the Lord. It’s important you know exactly how the Spirit communicates to you. How do you expect to follow the Spirit if you have never or rarely hearken to it’s promptings. So make sure you’re doing the right things already in your life before you go. The mission will reveal the Lord’s hands in your life and what he expects from you. You will never do this work alone and every person you come in contact with is a resource for you for life, not just on your mission. (John)
  • Focus on improving your testimony and listening to the Spirit. Things will fall into place. You can’t force people to listen to you, but you can prepare yourself so that when they do the Spirit will be able to guide you in what you need to say. (Lea)
  • Study Preach My Gospel. Study The Book of Mormon. (Shaun)
  • Don’t quit. Pray for strength. Repent of your short comings, and keep going. (Ryan)
  • It takes a 100 nos to get a yes but that 1 yes will be so worth 1000 no’s. (Dustin)
  • Get ready for the best mission in the world!!! Love and serve the people!!! (Brad)
  • Listen. #1 most important thing. Truly listen to the people you teach. You’ll better understand their concerns, and they’ll see you truly care. Don’t let it go in one ear and out the other. Everything they say is important. (Wyatt)
  • Read, ponder and pray and gain a testimony of Christ, Joseph Smith and The Book of Mormon well before your mission.  (Bruce)

What was a funny language mistake?

  • I couldn’t ever take a real Bostonian language seriously. (John)
  • I had a companion from Mexico learning English. He came to me one day and asked me to explain the difference between the word sheet and the cuss word for poop. He begged me to tell him because in Spanish, the letter I is pronounced with an ‘ee’ sound. So to him, both words sounded the exact same. Unexpected conversation, and hilarious! (Ryan)
  • Confusing imundo for world in Portuguese. (Dustin)
  • Not really a mistake but I was just learning the Haitian language when we met with a preacher from another religion who just wanted to bash. My poor companion had to handle it all on his own because I couldn’t understand or speak it very well. (Brad)
  • Not really a mistake, but a lack of vocabulary made me tell a girl her baptism into another church was worth nothing in my first lesson my first day in the field. Didn’t go over well lol. (Wyatt)