200+ Workouts for Your Mission (free download)

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Yay!!! I feel like I say that word a lot but, I’m excited!!! Here are 38 pages worth of workouts for you! All are self-explanatory, most are visual, some are motivational sayings/funnies, but they will all help you be your best self on the mission – physically speaking that is. One of my fav sayings is: Sweat for 1 hour or be dead for 24. Seriously, exercise is a very important part of the equation to becoming a stellar missionary. Nuff said.

WORKOUTS – get em here.

THEN>>>>>

YOU MAY  cut them out and put them in a lovely little notebook like I did here

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and sort them…my categories are 1. upper body, 2. core, 3. lower body, 4. whole body/cardio, & 5. yoga/stretching.

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I am so stoked to use these bad boys on the mish. And and and, and then!.. for many more years to come………..

HAVE A GREAT DAY!!!!!!

How & What to Pack on Your Mission

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WHAT TO PACK

Here’s an as-complete-as-I-could-get-it packing list for all us sister missionaries! I looked at all the other sample packing lists I could find, combined them, and added everything in my suitcase that wasn’t already on the list. I hope this helps! click the following link for a printable of the checklist

Complete Sister Missionary Packing List

Sister Missionary Packing List

BAGGAGE                                                                                                                                                    

          2 suitcases (62 dimensional inches, 50 lbs max)

1 carry-on suitcase (45 dimensional inches, weight varies), or a duffel bag (good for splits            in the field)

         Space/vacuum storage bags

          Luggage Tags (Deseret Book has some cute sister missionary ones)

          A larger cross-body purse for tracting/everyday

          A smaller bag for P-day/service

          $200 for possible additional expenses at airport

          Quarters for calling at airport

          Passport holder (waist) {Check with your mission, they may keep your passport in the office. If that is the case, you really don’t need to spend money on this}

 

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          Photo Identification (in hand)

          Immunizations Record (in hand)

          Passport (in hand, unless already at MTC)

          Visa (in hand, unless already at MTC)

          Temple recommend

          Four-generation pedigree chart

          Copy of patriarchal blessing

          Copy of call

          Sm photo album with pictures of your baptism, family, friends, temple etc.

          $ for additional expenses, i.e. $20.00 to purchase a pillow and blanket/comforter when arriving

          Health insurance info

          Own bedding and sheets unless you wanna use the ones from the last elders that stayed there…

          Febreeze or something to unstink the place

          Shower bag/caddy (you can buy shampoo & conditioner etc. there)

          Shower shoes

          Lanyard (w/ pull out string)

          Snacks! (also, leave a list w/ your mom of your favorites)

          Reusable water bottle

Studying

          Scripture case/bag

          Scriptures-in your native language, they give you your new language ones at the MTC

          Pens

          Pencils

          Colored Pencils

          Highlighters

          Permanent markers

          3×5 cards

          Sticky notes

          Study Journal

          Little notebook for language study and remembering words and phrases

          Another misc notebook

          Accordion file for letters, cards, talks, spiritual thoughts, etc.

          Mints

          Hand Sanitizer

          Travel size Kleenex

          Small lotion

          Mini hymn book

          Mini Preach My Gospel (w/ cover or front and back laminated)

          Plan of Salvation diagram in mission language

          The Missionary Library

True to the Faith

Our Search for Happiness

Our Heritage

Jesus the Christ

 

CLOTHING                                                                                                                                                                                                             

Everyday Wash and Wear (get a list of where to shop here

          10-12 shirts

          8-10 skirts

          2-4 dresses

          3-5 Cardigans

          1-2 blazers

          5-6 t-shirts for bed, exercise, and service

          3-4 bottoms for bed and exercise

          1-2 good jeans for service

          1 robe

          Temple suitcase *if your mission has a temple and if that temple does not rent out clothes

For Cold Missions

          Good coat

          Jacket or peacoat

          1-2 raincoats

          4-5 sweaters and heavier cardigans

          Winter Hat

          3-5 Scarves

          Ear-muffs

          Gloves

          Running head band

          3 Cotton leggings

          3 Fleece lined tights

          3 Wool socks

          Boots

          2-3 boot socks

Replace some of the skirts with wool and thick skirts that will repel snow and rain

Replace some t-shirts with hoodies or sweatshirts

Underclothing

          10-15 pairs of garments

          5-6 white or nude bras

          4-5 sports bras

          4-5 pairs of underwear for… that time of the month (and yes it’s ok to wear them during that time as long as you still wear your garments over them. I asked the temple worker :D)

          3 slips (white, black, tan)

          3-5 undershirts/halftees

          Spandex shorts for riding bikes

          2-3 pairs of tights

Feet

          2-3 proselyting shoes-sturdy, waterproof, and long lasting

          Rain boots, if needed

          1 pair of tennis shoes for exercise and service

          1-3 Sunday shoes

          1-2 shower shoes

          1 pair of slippers

          10 pairs of ped socks

          5 pair of regular socks

          Dr. Scholl’s shoe inserts!!

Accessories

          3-5 Belts

          5-6 headscarves and headbands

          Ribbons/clips

          2-3 small leather watches & batteries

          6-8 necklaces in all colors and styles (including your YW medallion 🙂

          Earrings

          Bracelets

          CTR ring and a few other small rings

          Little roll up flat jewelry holder with lots of pockets

 

TOILETRIES                                                                                                                                                                                                             

          2 micro-fiber bath towels Or 2 regular towels (microfiber=thin and light for packing but absorb better than normal towels (Deseret Book/Bed Bath and Beyond)

          2 hand towels

          1 face towel

          1-2 wash cloths

          Feminine supplies (possibly enough for 18 months if serving foreign)

          Handheld mirror

Face

          Face wash

          Face lotion (if this makes your face shiny/if going somewhere humid, put on before bed)

          Oil blotting sheets (esp. for tropical places)

          Foundation

          Concealer

          Bronzer

          Blush

          Mascara

          Eyelash curler

          Eye shadow

          Eyeliner

          Chap stick

          Lip Gloss

          Makeup brushes

          Makeup sponges

          Makeup mist and set if going somewhere humid

          Q-tips

          Big makeup bag and a small makeup bag (big-leave home, small-bring with you for the day)

Teeth

          Toothbrush (w/ holder)

          Toothpaste

          Floss

          Mouthwash

          Retainer

Body

          Soap in container

          Body Wash

          Razors w/ refills

          Shaving cream

          Perfume

          Febreeze (in hot climates, won’t get sticky like perfume and will better mask BO from sweating)

          Deodorant (if you’re going to be sweating a lot-use men’s, it’s the same just stronger. Also, put it on before bed to let the salts and stuff work while your sleeping)

          Body Lotion

          Hand Sanitizer

Hair

          Hair spray

          Moose &/or gel

          Hair brush, comb, and pick

          Hair ties

          Bobby pins

          Shampoo

          Conditioner

          Mini blow dryer

          Curling iron

          Straightener

          Shower cap

          Hair style book

Nails

          Clippers

          Files

          Cuticle trimmers

          Clear nail polish

          And a few cute colors

          Nail polish remover (I get the ready-to-go pads so you don’t have to worry about cotton balls and remover)

FIRST AID                                                                                                                                                                                                              

          Prescription medications

          Multivitamins

          Ibuprofen

          Aspirin

          Advil

          Midol (enough for 18 months if serving foreign)

          Pepto-Bismol

          Decongestant

          Nyquil

          Cold medicine (Dayquil)

          Throat Spray

          Cough drops

          Aloe vera

          Anti-acid

          Antifungal cream

          IcyHot

          Rice bag to heat up

          Instant ice compress

          Afterbite

          Antibiotic ointment

          Band-Aids

          Moleskin

          Thermometer

          Earplugs

          Diabetic Medical ID bracelet, if needed

 

OTHER                                                                                                                                                                                                              

          Small Sewing Kit

          Scissors

          2 sets of eye glasses (cases and cloth to clean glasses)

          Prescription for eye glasses

          Laundry Bag

          Tide TO GO pens

          Lint roller

          Gallon zip lock bags, sandwich baggies, a few garbage bags

          Clothes hangers

          Small Flashlight / Headlamp

          Book light

          Alarm clock with no radio

          Mini handheld/necklace fan &/or neck coolers

          GPS Device?

          Batteries

          Plug international converter thing, if needed

          Mints

          Handkerchiefs

          Workout Book

          Recipe book

          Duct tape

          Gorilla Glue

          Wallet

          A 3×5 card with loved ones birthdays and other important dates to remember

          Stickers!

          Command strips/putty (that won’t leave marks on walls) to hang stuff up!

Bedding

          2 flat twin sheets

          2 fitted sheets

          2 pillow cases

          Blanket or Comforter

          Small travel pillow

          Dryer sheets or peppermint essential oil (keeps bugs away when put on/under bed posts)

Protection from the elements

          Umbrella

          Insect Repellent (contains DEET, 20%-35%)

          Insect repellent arm bands (can put anywhere)

          Sunscreen 45 SPF or higher

          Sunscreen stick

Camera

          Extra SD cards

          Charger/batteries

          Camera case

          Two flash drives so you have backup copies of pictures in case your camera gets stolen

Music

          IPod, MP3, or USB with church music

          IPod charger

          Speakers

          Sheet music for any instrument you play

Letters

          Address book

          Stamps

          Lined letter paper pads

          Envelopes

          Mailing address labels

 

 

 

 

Sources:

Hermana Weller. http://hermanaweller.blogspot.com/2013/06/my-complete-sister-missionary-packing.html

Sister Donohue. http://zackarlie.blogspot.com/2013/10/sister-missionary-packing-list.html

Tips for Sister Missionaries Blogspot. http://tipsforsistermissionaries.blogspot.com/p/sample-packing-list.html

Sister Brennan. http://gospelgirlrm.blogspot.com/2013/07/10-things-you-wish-you-would-have.html

Sister Dunne. http://hermanadunne.wordpress.com/2013/10/09/sister-missionary-checklist-with-printable-versions/

 

HOW TO PACK

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Aaaaand here are the best packing tips I’ve found so far to help maximize space, ease, and efficiency.

Pretty much, there are three ways to pack clothes: rolled, flat, or bundled (#1-4)…

 

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1. a) THIS is the absolute best way to roll t-shirts. While b), The Duds.com, This is probably my favorite post for packing tips. This post features the rolling technique-rolling all your clothes sleeping-bag style to maximize space and prevent wrinkles.

 

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2.  From One Good Thing by Jilleethis is my other favorite post. Instead of rolling, she says to lay everything as flat as possible. This way you can layer and layer and layer and have room on top to put shoes and makeup etc. I also like the use of space in between bars as shown in the picture above.

 

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3.  To go along with laying it all in flat, use this tip and just bag 7-12 clothes straight from your closet.

 

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4. Try the bundling technique shown above.

 

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5.  Also, try using those space vacuum bags you can get pretty much everywhere (I got mine at WalMart and Dollar Tree).

 

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6.  From Real Simple, this one’s actually as good if not better than my previous favorites because it’s so good. Keep following the slideshow dealio, it covers everything.

 

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7.  From Real Simple.com again, here’s 8 steps to a perfectly packed suitcase. I especially like #6 – place a dry cleaning bag between each layer of clothing to prevent wrinkles and, to get a certain layer up easily, just pull the ends of the bag up on either side.

 

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8.  The Chic Geek says to lie shirts on top of each other and then fold them arms in and roll the body up towards the neck to save space and prevent creases.

I’m thinking you could also do this by outfit. Roll a skirt and shirt together and just unpack       outfit by outfit.

You could also put outfits in Ziploc baggies. thinkin out loud here…

 

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9.  OK, another one from Real Simple. These guys are bomb. I like tip #4: Drape longer pieces like pants and skirts. Fold longer items in half, filling the length of the bag with them, alternating waists with hems at the ends. Tip: Pick bulkier items to wear on the plane so they don’t take up precious luggage space.

 

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10.  Click here to see a flight attendant shows you how to pack 10 days worth of clothes in a carry-on.

 

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11. Straight from Prepare to Serve.com, here’s some really good tips for packing a carry-on.

 

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12. Click here for “Top 10 Tips for Packing Luggage”.

 

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13.  Last but not least, a few little lovely tips. a) use a place mat and a ribbon to roll up some necklaces. b) pack your jewelry in a hard sunglasses case (or two). c) store rings and earrings in a pill box. d) use buttons to keep your earrings together.

 

Hope this helps. Good luck packing!!!

101 Valued Verses for Missionaries

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I never realized how many wonderful scriptures there are that talk about our calling as missionaries of God. So I decided to make a list of them for you!! I seriously had 200 before I narrowed it down to 101. So let’s get to it. These are all such great scriptures and I hope you enjoy them!!!

101 Valued Verses for Missionaries

Or here is a smaller version that you could fit in your scriptures!

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What are your favorite missionary scriptures?

 

Source: Shauna Humphries 100 Favorite Verses for Missionaries

Pre-Addressed Envelopes & Ready-Made Return Address Labels

photo 2 (3).JPGI don’t want to fall off the face of the earth to half my family and friends when I leave on my mission. I want to write them cause, well, that’d be cool. And even though it may be harder, hand written letters are cooler than emails. There, I said it.

But, I’m the type of person that sometimes lacks initiative. And I would like to be as prepared as I can, even if it’s silly.

So, solution to both of these.

PRE-ADDRESSED ENVELOPES

Pre-Addressed Envelopes

You are welcome Robert J. DeBry for the free advertising.

I just took a box of envelopes and addressed them to everyone I want to write while I’m gone (and didn’t even get to everyone yet!) Cause, let’s face it, when you already have a pre-made envelope, it’s just that much easier.

I also took a 3×5 card and wrote birthdays on there so I can remind myself to remind other people when they are another year older. So there are multiple envelopes addressed to the same person.

ALSO, you can print return address labels for those lovely envelopes. Vistaprint  offers lots and lots of designs for around $5 (also makes any other kind of sticker you want to make for $3:), or you can make them yourself. Buy Avery labels at Walmart or wherever you want, download a template from here and print them off right at home!!

You know I’ve thought of pretty much everything when it gets down to this.

This whole thing is way too simple to talk about anymore. Tot ziens.

88 Tips & Tricks for Doing Your Hair on Your Mission + free download

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Anyone else looking forward to limited time to do something cute, socially/personally acceptable, and appropriate to your hair everyday? (Especially if you’re going somewhere hot and humid like me?) Uh, no.

Simple + pretty updo tutorial

Have no fear, the hair queen is here. Actually I’m not a hair queen, I just said that because it rhymed. Really I’m just a regular ol’ gal: I can do my hair but don’t expect to look like I just finished up my Vogue shot everyday (I just do that on the weekends). There I go, lying again. Bad habit.

But who wants to spend forever on their hair in the mornings? Not me, and definitely not when I have souls to get out and save.

Hence, 88 tips and tricks for cute hairdos (including some fun accessories and hair treatments) all nice and tidied up in printable format, with pictures of course. No more worrying about that hair!!!!!! (Praise the real hair queen, wherever she may be.)

88 Tips & Tricks for Doing Your Hair on Your Mission

Then, then, then, you can print them off and cut them out and put them in a little notebook like me, all sectionalized for easy flipping and everything, or do whatever!

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Just be inspired by the lovely source I call Pinterest and all the new ideas you now have in your brainy brain brain.

Follow my hair board on Pinterest for more ideas!

How to Prepare to Enter the Temple

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“Let us prepare every missionary to go to the temple worthily and to make that experience an even greater highlight than receiving the mission call.” –Pres. Howard W. Hunter

Say whaa? I think sometimes, actually, too often, going through the temple is overlooked in the hustle and bustle of getting ready for your mission. As exciting as it is, going on a mission is not a prerequisite for the celestial kingdom but temple ordinances are. It is a very, very important, exciting, serious, wonderful, beautiful day as you make sacred covenants and promises in the house of the Lord.

Before I went through the temple to receive my endowment (not take out my endowments), I heard lots of things about what to expect. “It’s a lot to take in”, “You’ll feel like a deer in headlights”, “It’s like trying to take a drink out of a fire hose”, and then “It’s nothing you haven’t heard before”, “Don’t worry about remembering everything”, “It’s the neatest thing ever”. Yes and amen to especially the last three, but the fact is that it’s different for everyone. And a lot of what people had to say, honestly, gave me a lot to think (worry) about.

Truth is friends, don’t think or worry at all. Because it is a new experience, don’t go in expecting to know how it works. Comforting news is, there is always some sweet sister (or brother) there to help you and they’ll know it’s your first time. DON’T WORRY. In fact, worrying is quite overrated when you really think about what you’re doing.

And I haven’t even gotten to my main point yet! Here it is: spiritual maturity should precede temple worthiness. That is what I would say to anyone preparing to enter the temple. How do you become spiritually mature? Those precious (not primary) answers we already embrace. Study the scriptures with all your heart, really talk to God as your friend (Exodus 33:11), and seek and yearn for the Spirit with an innermost desire. Spiritual preparation is key prior to entering the temple. I believe that the more spiritually mature you are, the more rich and rewarding will be your experience.

So let me sum this all up and add some other pointers:

 

PRIOR TO ENTERING THE TEMPLE FOR THE FIRST TIME

  • Realize it is one of the most important days of your life, more so than the day you opened your mission call.
  • Talk to church leaders, friends, family members who have gone before. Ask them whatever. They will tell you all they can while keeping sacred things sacred.
  • Don’t stress about it.
  • Be spiritually mature by being spiritually prepared
  • Study this list of things from Elder Russell M. Nelson’s Personal Preparation for Temple Blessings in the April 2001 General Conference. He says: “Spiritual preparation is enhanced by study, I like to recommend that members going to the temple for the first time read short explanatory paragraphs in the Bible Dictionary, listed under seven topics: “Anoint”, “Atonement”, “Christ”, “Covenant”, “Fall of Adam”, “Sacrifices”, and “Temple”. Doing so will provide a firm foundation.”
  • Read Boyd K. Packers’ The Holy Temple
  • If possible, attend temple prep classes.
  • Do all of these pointers.
  • Be so excited!!!

Congrats on your big day, embrace it with all of your heart, and go again and again as much as you can.

Love, Klair

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Print on sticky notes – great for scriptures!

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Any one else with this problem?

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Anyone? My scripture inserts are either always falling out (and I don’t want to lose them) or getting in the way (sometimes this makes me want to lose them). Well, SOLUTION!

STICKY NOTES!!!

STICKY NOTES!!!

The best way I have found to put quotes etc. in your scriptures is to first put them on STICKY NOTES. Movable, so they won’t always be in your way, but stickable, so they won’t fall out, AND transferrable, so you can put it by another scripture or in your new set of scriptures. Yeah, we’re talking major win-win, no-brainer, go-to kinda thing. But who wants to write all puny on all those sticky notes? NO ONE.

Therefore, here is: HOW TO PRINT ON STICKY NOTES.

Way cool, if you ask me. And super easy.

Here’s two downloadables, if that’s a word. WordPress just told me it wasn’t. Darn. Get over it, wordpress.

print on sticky notes template

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First, download the template and print it off. This will serve as a guide of where to stick your sticky notes. When you print it off and put your sticky notes in the boxes provided, it will look something like this.

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Then, use the 2nd downloadable to type in whatever it is you want on your sticky notes.

It will look blank at first, but I promise it’s not.

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what the what? kinda scam is this. LIAR! LIAR! YOU LIED TO ME!!! 😦

Click by where your sticky notes would be and you will see an invisible text box! (I got rid of the outlines so it wouldn’t be printing off on your sticky notes)

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Oh I see (Tarzan voice). Sorry I ever doubted you

Type away your lovely saying in one or all of the six provided boxes.

just keep typing just keep typing

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Put your template paper with the sticky notes on it in your printer. (Figure out which way it has to go, my goes face down bottom towards me but every printer is different). And tell it to print!! It should come out like this:

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And now you are free to take off the sticky notes and put them in your scriptures, or wherever you want them! Make sense? Repeat for more fun! I’m tellin ya, do it!

Happy sticky-note printing!!