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50 QUESTIONS FOR YOUR MISSIONARY

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With Mother’s Day just around the corner, many Missionary Mamas are preparing for that Skype or call with their missionary.  It is truly an amazing time, one where you can ask questions, and get answers in real time.  For some, it can be hard to know what types of questions to ask.  You get so excited seeing their face and hearing their voice, and it can be easy to forget anything of substance.

In addition to preparing for the chat, having a list of questions to ask your elder or sister via email can be helpful in keeping their letters meaningful, as well.  My elder missed a week of writing a letter because (in his words), “nothing much happened.”  Letters home are non-negotiable for this Missionary Mama, so I emailed him a list of 50 questions, lest he run out of topics to write home about again.  These questions can be recycled with each week or each new area, as the answers will change depending on what’s happening with your missionary.

Here are 50 Questions you can ask your missionary:

  1. What’s the best thing about being a missionary?
  2. On average, how many dinner appointments do you have each week?
  3. How many investigators do you have right now?  Who are you teaching currently?
  4. What are some differences you notice in clothing in your area?
  5. What has been your favorite P-Day Activity so far?
  6. What do you like about your companion?
  7. What kinds of foods do you cook for yourself in your apartment?
  8. What are some of the local sayings and colloquial things people say in your area?
  9. What is the music like in your ward?  Does everyone sing?  Does it sound good?
  10. Do members or investigators ever ask to see photos of your family?  What do you tell them about your life at home?
  11. What is the weather like today?  Describe it in detail.  Is the climate dry?  Humid?  Does it cool down at night or stay hot?
  12. What is the worst thing you have had to eat?
  13. Do you do a lot of service in your area?  What service projects have you done?
  14. When was the last time you saw an answer to prayer?
  15. Do you bike/walk/use public transportation most often?
  16. Do you know any of your neighbors?  Are they friendly?
  17. What is the government like in your area?
  18. Does the mother and father both work in most families there?  Do mothers ever stay home and care for the children?  Do the fathers?
  19. What kinds of food to the members feed you?
  20. What has your mission president been doing to inspire the missionaries in your area?  What is your favorite thing he has taught you?
  21. How are your clothes holding up?  How are your feet?
  22. How often do you do laundry?  Where do you do it?
  23. Do most of the homes in your area have computers, cell phones, and televisions?  What are some differences in their homes and the one you grew up in?
  24. Are there any problems in your area with homelessness or drug abuse?
  25. Describe an average day, from the time you wake up until the time you go to sleep.  Tell us how you spend your time.
  26. What’s in the news right now in the area you are in?
  27. Are there street vendors in your area?  Do they offer good food?  Do you snack during the day between appointments?
  28. What has been your favorite meal made by members so far?
  29. How much do you work on retention in your area?  Are there a lot of less active members?
  30. Are the people in your area totally into social media?
  31. What should we do to be better missionaries here at home?
  32. What is the weirdest thing that has happened to you on your mission?
  33. What do most people do for work in your area?  Is it a rural community?  Urban?  Suburbs?
  34. Do most people have pets?  If so, what kind?
  35. What types of activities are the children in your area involved in?  Do they take lessons or play sports?  If so, what kind?
  36. What are some differences between the teenagers in your area and the teenagers back at home?
  37. When was the last time you laughed with your companion?  How do you stay bonded and happy together?
  38. Are there any inside jokes in your mission?
  39. Does any of the news from home make it to your area?  Do you ever hear about current events?
  40. Do you ever feel homesick anymore?  If so, how do you combat that?
  41. What are some cultural differences between your area and ours here at home?
  42. What is your favorite smell right now?  Least favorite?
  43. How has your testimony grown since leaving home?  How has the atonement strengthened you as a missionary?
  44. Who is the person in the ward or branch that has made the biggest difference for the missionaries?  What have they done?
  45. Have you started dreaming in [your foreign language] yet?
  46. What are the schools like in your country?  Do most people there attend college?
  47. When you buy groceries, where do you buy them from?  What are the stores like?  Do you plan meals with your companion or just buy your own food?
  48. How does the life of a teenager in your country differ from ours here?  What are some differences and similarities?  How do teenagers there spend their time?
  49. What’s the scariest thing that’s happened to you so far?
  50. What’s been the best part of your mission so far?

Keep in mind that the call or Skype home can be as hard as it is wonderful.  Prepare yourself mentally for the goodbye at the end of it (which, I’ll be honest with you, is absolutely brutal), but focus on how amazing it is to see your darling girl or boy.  There truly is nothing like it. To read more about our first Skype experience, go here.

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