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Wednesday, October 9, 2013

MissionHome.com {Deseret Book Resource}

MissionHome.com provides new resources for missionaries and their families
Where you serve is not as important as how you serve.

President Thomas S. Monson shocked the listeners at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints General Conference in October 2012 when he announced an age change for missionaries.  With this call to serve many young men and women all over the world are taking strides to serve a mission right now.  I am not close to having a child out on a mission myself, but I know that many of my friends are so I thought I would quickly share this new resource sponsored by Deseret Book.  It is called MissionHome.com and it offers tons of missionary information all on one easy to use website.    I found it to be a wonderful website!  

Here are a few of its features:

Comprehensive Q&A and FAQ sections help you determine how/when/why you should serve a mission.  Articles, videos and more.  There is even a section for senior couples who are thinking about serving a mission.




 If you have already received your mission call you can learn all about your mission by reading through the mission directory.  Discover what you'll eat, what language you'll speak and hear about the mission from real missionaries who have served in that area before you.




For families who are supporting missionaries in the field 
you can conveniently send care packages!  







Salt Lake City, UT (September 17, 2013) – The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints currently operates over 400 missions with more than 75,000 missionaries serving throughout the world. When the missionary age change was announced in the October 2012 general conference, a new wave of prospective missionaries began preparing for the moment they would receive their call.

After receiving the call, missionaries and families often begin their search for specific information on that mission. 
Until now, there has not been a centralized site to learn about the culture and people of each mission area.  On October 1st, 2013 Deseret Book Company will launch an online missionary website, MissionHome.com. MissionHome.com focuses on each phase of missionary service—prepare, serve and return. It includes helpful hints to prospective missionaries including tips for how to pack efficiently and how to prepare to leave as well as inspiring and authentic experiences from former missionaries.  A complete mission directory, created by missionaries who themselves have served in that area, provides information about local customs, food, transportation, safety, and many other insights.

“We saw a way that we could provide a gathering place for missionaries and the families of missionaries to become acquainted with the area where they would be serving as well as provide other unique resources,” said Laurel Christensen Day of Deseret Book Company, “and MissionHome.com was born.”

MissionHome.com is easy to use and provides a library of information for prospective and returning missionaries as well as help to families of those currently serving (a section for senior couples will be coming soon). Familiar LDS authors as well as recently returned missionaries and past mission presidents will be regular contributors to the site. 

In addition to great free content and resources, families will be able to send care packages directly to their missionaries with guaranteed delivery from Deseret Book. Service is available to most missions.

For more information on Mission Home, visit www.missionhome.com.

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