WELCOME LETTER – FINANCES, BEDDING, BICYCLES, PASSPORTS, DRIVING RECORD, DRESS GUIDELINES, MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS
Here are some important items to review as you make your preparations for your mission. In addition to this mission blog, you can join the mission’s Facebook page: Washington Spokane Mission – President Dymock! Here you will see current pictures of our missionaries.
- Budget money carefully and keep expenses at a minimum. Keep an account of all expenditures so you can see where your money goes each month.
- Bring at least $100 cash for an emergency fund and keep it in a safe place.
- Funds to cover all essential service-related expenses such as food, proselyting literature, haircuts, etc., will be disbursed to you each month from the mission office.
- Update for Bedding: Missionaries are no longer instructed to bring bedding on their mission; so we will provide a pillow and blanket. You should bring a set of twin sheets. You should also bring 2 sets of towels and wash cloths so that you have a set when one is in the laundry.
- Bicycles: ALL missionaries are required to have a good sturdy work bike with mountain bike tires, a bike helmet, U-lock and LED lights with strobe capability for the front and rear of the bike (not a reflector). Sister Missionaries need a girl’s bike with the central bar angled down so they can ride while wearing missionary attire (Skirts). Missionaries coming from foreign countries will be supplied with a Mission Bike that they will use until the end of their mission. Please purchase your bike now and have it shipped to the mission office so it will arrive in Spokane at least a week before your arrival date. If you already have a bike that meets the standards listed here, it is not necessary for you to purchase a new one. Our experience has been that buying a sturdy work bike is essential, and a general cost is about $500-$600. Lesser quality bikes (such as Walmart or Target bikes) do not hold up under the rigors of missionary work. Here are two excellent companies that offer bicycles suitable for missionary work. Their numbers are as follows.
- CTR bikes (ctrbikes.com) – 1-866-873-5287.
- The Bike Hub in Spokane (http://thebikehubspokane.com/) – 509-443-4005
Please call the mission office at the end of your mission for help in shipping bikes home. They may be shipped home or donated to the mission for use by foreign missionaries, or those who are waiting for visas.
AGAIN – IT IS IMPORTANT THAT YOU PLAN TO HAVE A BIKE AT THE MISSION OFFICE WHEN YOU ARRIVE. YOU WILL NOT HAVE TIME TO PURCHASE ONE AFTER YOUR ARRIVAL.
If you have any questions or need further information, please call the Mission Bike Specialist at 509-924-8932.
Make sure your driver’s license (or other government-issued picture I.D.) is renewed before you leave home so that it will not expire before you return home from your mission. You must have a current picture I.D. to board the plane, to travel to the MTC, to Spokane, and when you prepare to return home.
- Obtain your Motor Vehicle Report from your local DMV or online NOW. It is much harder to obtain this information after you enter the mission field! You will not be able to drive without this report and a copy (front & back) of your driver’s license.
- Passport: We have a small area of Canada in our mission that requires a passport. If you have not applied for your passport, please do so immediately. You can use the passport card (enhanced driver’s license) or the full passport. Please bring your passport with you. We will keep it in the office for safe-keeping until it is needed for potential travel into Canada. Revised 10-27- 2015
There has been a trend of starting to wear clothing among our missionaries that is not in conformity with the dress guidelines of the Church for missionaries. For example “Skinny Pants” even if they are dress pants are not appropriate. Please review carefully the dress and grooming standards found online at: www.lds.org/callings/missionary/dress-grooming
Here are some general guidelines for appropriate missionary dress.
GENERAL MISSIONARY PREPARATION GUIDELINES
Elders should also bring white pants for performing baptisms. Missionaries coming from foreign countries should plan to purchase these pants upon arrival in the mission due to the high cost of shipping such items.
Musical intrustruments are not authorized. Please do not bring, have shipped, or purchase musical instruments while serrving in the Washington Spokane Mission.
HISTORY OF OUR MISSION
The Washington Spokane Mission was created on July 1, 1978.
This region of the United States is one of the most beautiful in the entire country. The landscape is diverse – from majestic mountains, evergreen forests, rivers and lakes to miles of rolling hills of grain and fruit orchards. This mission reminds us of the first verse of “America the Beautiful”. While the physical beauty of this mission is spectacular, the people in our mission are even more amazing.
We have wonderful members who love the Lord and know how to do missionary work. We have 12 stakes in our mission with great missionary-minded Stake Presidents and Bishops. Those not of our faith are good-hearted and many are receptive to the message of the restored gospel. The Lord has prepared many here to receive the gospel message. We also have a temple in our mission that you will be able to attend during your mission. It really is a great time to be a missionary in the Washington Spokane Mission!