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Though missions are often referred to, after the fact, as the 'best two years' of a person's life, it is often overlooked that a mission is probably also the hardest time of your life. Unlike going to college or moving away from home, a mission cuts you off from home in a way most people don't experience any other way. Rigorous schedules, hard work and rules against any contact with home except email and letters combine to make missions very difficult for many. At the same time, it should be remembered that, if you can power through those challenges and lose yourself in the work, you'll find your mission more rewarding than if you make P-day the highlight and focus of your week.
Contributed by Catherine Kellar
I'm preparing to leave for a mission very shortly, this website is very informative in teaching the standards and rules missionaries should follow such as: Dress and Grooming standards, What books to read, what music and items are allowed, and so on. It also covers basic questions about the process of submitting papers for a mission, how to prepare for a mission and how parents can help their missionary. It is very useful and I recommend it to anyone who is getting ready for a mission or those who want to know what its like to be a missionary.
Contributed by Leesha Orison