When I joined The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in 1984, Spencer W. Kimball was our Prophet. By this time, President Kimball was basically incapacitated. So, to get to know him, I read his biography: SPENCER W. KIMBALL - THE EARLY AND APOSTOLIC YEARS - Twelfth President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints – 1980, by Edward L. & Kimball, Andrew E. Jr. Kimball.
What will your mission be like? Is there something you should know about the culture of the place you’ll be serving? Is the food scary or delicious? How will you know if it’s normal for people to shake hands or kiss on the cheek in greeting? Wouldn’t it be nice if you could ask someone who served there recently what your mission will be like and how to avoid common pitfalls?
You can find many of these answers from RMs who are sharing their stories, tips, and advice on Lifey. Lifeys are short videos that are shared on the new Lifey platform to allow you and other preparing missionaries a database of videos, searchable by topic, mission, person, and other essential criteria. You can visit Lifey and watch user-generated content on any device. Upload the app on your phone or access it online anywhere.
While many of these videos are accessible through YouTube, only on the Lifey site or app can you search based on your specific concerns, or access additional mission-specific resources available on their extensive list of missions active today, including websites and blogs by RMs who served in your mission, mission contact information, as well as maps and other helpful information, to help you prepare to meet those you will serve.
There are several ways you can use Lifey to be better prepared before reporting to the MTC. Search your mission and use the resources on your mission’s page to better understand what kinds of people you will meet and teach in the field. It could be on an RM’s blog you learn most people you will teach will have deep Hindu roots, or will be mostly vegetarian.
Search your concerns. Many RMs who have contributed address common concerns, like how a mission fits in with overall plans for careers, how illness or mental health impact mission service, or even what to do in areas where success doesn’t come easily at all.
Expand your knowledge and people-reading skills. As a missionary, you will listen and learn from people of all kinds and backgrounds. It isn’t just RMs sharing videos on Lifey, though they do form the foundation of the platform’s current database. Review available videos shared by people who are very different from you.
Don’t forget to rate, review, and contribute so Lifey can become an even better source for other preparing missionaries.