Mormon Observations on “The Book of Mormon” the Musical – Two by Two

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Missionary Work and Recreation
“Sea World and Disney! And putt-putt golfing!”

What is full-time missionary work like? What is a typical day like? A normal schedule goes something like this:

  • 6:30am – Wake up
  • 6:30am – 7:00am – Exercise
  • 7:00am – 8:00am – Get showered, get dressed, and eat breakfast
  • 8:00am – 9:00am – Personal gospel study
  • 9:00am – 10:00am – Companionship gospel study
  • 10:00am – 9:00pm – Missionary work, with an hour for lunch and an hour for dinner taken anytime
  • 9:00pm – 9:30pm – Plan for tomorrow
  • 9:30 – 10:30 – Get ready for bed
  • 10:30 – Lights out
That’s a full day, and it’s not full of putt-putt golfing or tourist attractions. It’s full of hard, sometimes tedious work. In some missions, that time from 10am to 9pm is completely full of knocking on doors. In others, it’s full of street contacting. In my mission, there was a mix of tracting (door to door preaching), street contacting, teaching lessons to those investigating the church, or visiting local church members.

Sundays are different, of course. Missionaries go to the church service, and then do missionary work as normal.

Another break from the routine is P-Day (“Preparation” Day). On P-Day, missionaries are expected to complete chores so that they aren’t distracted during the week. On P-Day, missionaries shop, do laundry, and write letters home. In my mission, if there was extra time, we would go on a hike on some of the shorter trails the islands have to offer. At 6:00pm, P-Day “ends”, and missionary work is expected to continue like normal till 9:00pm.

But P-Day is not a free pass to go anywhere. Missionaries are still representatives of the Savior during the two years that they serve. In my mission, beaches were off limits, as were Waikiki and Ala Moana Mall in west Honolulu. It would not surprise me if Disney Land and Sea World were off limits in the mission in Orlando.

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