February 24, 2011

Mom's 12 Week LDS Mission Preparation Countdown Timeline


As we count down the days until our number three son leaves on his LDS mission (enters MTC March 2nd) to Stockholm, Sweden, I'm busy working on those last few details. Today he's off skiing with his dad for the last time. I love this boy of mine that has grown up and become a man with his own independent thoughts and direction. We are excited that he will serve in an area where my ancestors are from. I have immensely enjoyed the last two months with him before he heads out on his mission, I am grateful he went to BYU for 6 months, to help with the separation anxiety this mom may have.

Attached is the missionary preparation timeline that has helped me with all three of my sons regardless of where they served. It's on Excel so I could adjust for their various missions and number of weeks before the mission. Feel free to copy and adjust for your own use. This time I put the items in my Google calendar as an all day event and it has helped me pace myself. I hope someone finds it useful.
12 Week Mission Preparation Countdown Timeline.excel
12 Week Mission Preparation Countdown Timeline.pdf

16 comments:

  1. I am not Morman, but I really respect the whole mission concept instilled by the LDS. I think if would everybody a whole heap of good if everybody in the country would partake.

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  2. Thanks so much for the Time Line. We only have 1 son & he is filling in his mission papers at the moment. This is so helpful.

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  3. My son just received his mission call two days ago. I have been trying to schedule all the things to be done before he leaves. Since I am a first time missionary mom, I will definitely use your mission preparation countdown as a guide. Thank you.
    This is such an exciting time.

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  4. Thank you for your list! I've been wishing that I had a list like this to keep myself organized. I will definitely use it now and for my next missionary. My son is also going into the MTC on March 2nd. He's going to the Germany Frankfurt mission. Thank you for your great blog. I've been following you for a couple of years now. Keep up the good work. I appreciate all your efforts.

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  5. Thank you for your nice comments. Love that those who are not Mormon find my blog useful in any way. I appreciate you! Best wishes to those of you with missionaries. You Mom's are so needed. Sometimes you'll feel like you are pushing them along to get things done, but it all works out in the end and they do get out there.:)

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  6. what a great list our only son (and baby of the family) served 06-08 in Nicaragua. Those activities are universal, but how nice to have something like this if your prospective missionary is just reaching the point for action. I had a police department refuse to take the fee driver's record because we told him what we needed it for. Not LDS, either, but appreciated the service to fellow men. Our prayers are with your son. (PS, we went to Nicaragua to pick him up, if you get the chance do so, It was neat to see him in action)

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  7. I just found your list! This is wonderful. I wish I had had it about 9 months ago before our oldest son left for his mission. But, our daughter's papers just went in today and she will appreciate this a lot. I hope your son is doing well. Thank you so much for sharing :)

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  8. This is a great checklist!
    My only suggestion for the pdf is to change it to say "Missionary" instead of "son", since many have daughters going.
    Congrats on your missionary son! - MoSop

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  9. Thank you for sharing your awesome mom wisdom on preparing your son for his mission. My son is 18, and will graduate HS in June. When the age was changed and he could go earlier than we originally planned, it was kind of a scary thought for this mom, I had 4 whole months less to prepare! I go into mini panic attacks when I think about all that I had to do to prepare him (and me), and there were things on your list I hadn't even thought of! Thank you from the bottom of my heart. I think I can do this.... ;) I hope your son is doing well on his mission!

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  10. Thank you for sharing, my son is currently serving a Mini Mission and on his first PE day he sent me a quick email which had tears running most of the day. The spirit i felt just put me on this Mum Mission high lol..... All I can ever think of is getting my Son prepared ans he will be putting his papers in at the end of this year, he turns 18 early 2014. I also keep getting (not sure if they're promptings) but over the past 2 months I've been getting strong feelings about getting my Welfare, food storage and emergency kits up to scratch because at the moment they are almost zilch lol... I am very grateful to find your page because its actually quite overwhelming when your not sure how to start and I wanted everything all at once but as you say, baby steps and start off with a plan. I did have a plan but it got to long I gave up. I have only been in the church for 4yrs and learnt so much, my children love the gospel and their knowledge is freaking me out because they learn so fast oops sorry getting off the subject. Thank you once again for your awesome checklist.

    Tai Makai
    Brisbane
    Australia

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    1. So fun to get your message, Tai. Best wishes!

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  11. This is so helpful! My oldest daughter just decided to serve a full time mission (which she didn't have plans to ever do - but the Lord had other plans for her apparentl) then 6 months later my son will go. With the change in age requirements it's put us on the fast track at our house! This will be a great help. Thank you for sharing :)

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  12. Thanks for the list! We would love to include it in our site of resources and uses for Sister Missionaries but for now we will refer them to this blog for the check list. Sister missionary clothing checklist is great and we have also made a info graphic for guidelines for Sister Missionary clothes.

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  13. Thank you so very much for you time and effort in sharing this blog. My first son is about to receive his mission papers and this list will help us greatly!

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  14. Your son is home from his mission by now, my son left for his mission to Sweden in July! Does your son have a favorite city he never wanted to leave?

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    1. I don't know which city was his favorite, but he talked of the cold, yet beautiful Lulea quite a bit.

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