First let me say that I belong to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. That is the actual and proper name for our church. Our church is often referred to as the LDS Church, or the Mormon Church. This series of posts was at the request of some of my friends on Facebook. You can read more about that here–on my Landing Page or introduction for the Write 31 Days Challenge.
Missionaries are very busy. They work from sun up to sun down. Some of that time is spent for studying, some for proselyting, and some for service. In the Preach My Gospel manual, there is a general schedule provided for the missionaries. Each mission will be just a little different from this schedule as needed for the area. But the general gist is the same. Missionaries are busy.
Here is the basic schedule from the Preach My Gospel manual:
Missionary Daily Schedule*
|6:30 a.m.||Arise, pray, exercise (30 minutes), and prepare for the day.|
|8:00 a.m.||Personal study: the Book of Mormon, other scriptures, doctrines of the missionary lessons, and other chapters from Preach My Gospel, the Missionary Handbook, and the Missionary Health Guide.|
|9:00 a.m.||Companion study: share what you have learned during personal study, prepare to teach, practice teaching, study chapters from Preach My Gospel, confirm plans for the day.|
|10:00 a.m.||Begin proselyting. Missionaries learning a language study that language for an additional 30 to 60 minutes, including planning language learning activities to use during the day.|
Missionaries may take an hour for lunch and additional study, and an hour for dinner at times during the day that fit best with their proselyting. Normally dinner should be finished no later than 6:00 p.m.
|9:00 p.m.||Return to living quarters (unless teaching a lesson; then return by 9:30) and plan the next day’s activities (30 minutes). Write in journal, prepare for bed, pray.|
|10:30 p.m.||Retire to bed.|
In consultation with the Presidency of the Seventy or the Area Presidency, your mission president may modify this schedule to meet local circumstances.
To get an idea of what that really looks like, here is a video about the day in the life of a missionary.