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The Great And Spacious Mission Survey

Rusty - February 7, 2007

Please take this mission survey and I will report the results in a few days. Thanks!

NOTE: this should be absurdly obvious but I’m going to say it anyway, please don’t take the survey if you didn’t go on a mission.


  1. You have a question about foreign language, some of us didn’t have much of a foreign language mission or problem.

    Comment by Don Clifton — February 7, 2007 @ 3:00 pm

  2. You have a question about clothing that surely didn’t apply to me as a sister missionary. I wore all of the below:
    high heels

    Comment by Bored in Vernal — February 7, 2007 @ 3:29 pm

  3. So, ummm… how long until the next logo change here?…

    Comment by Geoff J — February 7, 2007 @ 3:49 pm

  4. I can’t wait.

    Comment by a random John — February 7, 2007 @ 3:50 pm

  5. Clearly a foreign mission bias. The “I baptised” question does not really work for my mission. I saw between 31-60 people baptised (and that was expected) that I also taught the discussions. But almost all of them were found with the help of members and only 2! did I actually baptize. What a wonderful mission!

    BTW Bored in Vernal, Vernal was my last and favorite area. I have fond memories of that place.

    Comment by cj douglass — February 7, 2007 @ 3:54 pm

  6. Also,
    The last disobedient questions don’t really apply to my missions either. They called it “the fish bowl” for a reason.

    Comment by cj douglass — February 7, 2007 @ 3:56 pm

  7. Bored,
    Geez, you’re totally right, I didn’t even think about that! Dang! (and it’s too late to change it, once it’s open I can’t make any changes)

    I guess it means how many people you were responsible for teaching who got baptized. I know it’s hard to determine that number with transfers.

    Comment by Rusty — February 7, 2007 @ 4:01 pm

  8. I actually love the new logo… There is something wonderfully nostalgic about mission journals – not much comes close to missionary spanglish!

    Comment by Andres — February 7, 2007 @ 7:06 pm

  9. My hubby took the survey and although he served in Australia, he didn’t learn a foreign language…go figure… :)

    Comment by cheryl — February 7, 2007 @ 7:39 pm

  10. I’m was a sister who served an English-speaking mission. I feel so unloved by this survey. ;-)

    But as a big fan of clicky buttons, I filled out the relevant parts anyway. Long live the sister missionaries!

    Comment by Tanya Spackman — February 7, 2007 @ 9:50 pm

  11. The married/dear-johned question doesn’t allow for the possibility that you never did/got dear-johned _and_ never married.

    Comment by Bookslinger — February 7, 2007 @ 10:37 pm

  12. Andres,
    Yeah, mission spanglish is awesome. Read this to get some of my best stuff.

    Yeah, I know, there are some holes in the survey. It’s hard to foresee some stuff. I totally botched the wardrobe thing, I wasn’t even thinking on that one. And I should have put a “didn’t learn a foreign language” option on that one. And Bookslinger, you’re right, I probably should have put that option there too. There are a few others that have become obvious to me as well as I’ve been peeking at the results. Oh well. Next time I guess.

    Comment by Rusty — February 7, 2007 @ 10:53 pm

  13. Also the question about memorizing the lessons doesn’t apply for missionaries post fall 2002 Elder Ballard talk.

    Comment by Cameron — February 7, 2007 @ 10:53 pm

  14. Going to LA, I figured you wanted to know how well I learned ebonics. (I put upper middle, not the best in the mission but pretty good. I even had an accent for awhile)

    Oh, and I memorized the discussions to get “certified” but then quickly forgot them word-for-word. I used the ebonics first discussion anyway. (No really, I have it all printed out and everything:)

    Comment by Bret — February 8, 2007 @ 2:12 am

  15. Regarding the clothing question, as a former sister missionary: I was happy to at least mark “Doc Martens” and “short sleeve shirts.” I don’t know if I could have handled wearing pantyhose, scarves, high heels, etc. as Bored in Vernal did. At least, that wouldn’t have worked too well for walking around the hot hilly terrain of Central America every day.

    Comment by Amy — February 8, 2007 @ 7:12 am

  16. Some of the rules I was possibly disobedient to were not rules on my mission. For example, there was no white handbook requirement carrying requirement, that i recall. The only above and beyond commandment of my mission I can recall is “no videogames”

    Comment by Matt W. — February 8, 2007 @ 9:59 am

  17. Multiple options on how missions were paid for would have been appreciated. I had a diverse source of funding.

    Comment by Chris Williams — February 8, 2007 @ 10:38 am

  18. Also, I did not have many mission rules outlined as well. I regularly read the newspapers and a diverse set of books with my mission president’s full knowledge. We had no hard and fast mission rules on music.

    Comment by Chris Williams — February 8, 2007 @ 10:40 am

  19. Also, my companion and I were on the cover a teen magazine in Slovakia that I’m pretty sure would be “non-approved” reading material just about anywhere.

    Comment by Chris Williams — February 8, 2007 @ 10:41 am

  20. Chris,

    Do you happen to have a copy of the magazine that you could scan in and post?

    Comment by a random John — February 8, 2007 @ 10:52 am

  21. I have a copy, but I think it’s in a box in my mother’s basement in Appleton, Wisconsin. (I’m in NYC.)

    Comment by Chris Williams — February 8, 2007 @ 11:12 am

  22. I wonder if the foreign missions are by rule more lax. I was not only state side but in the heart of Mormon country and our rules were as hard and fast as they come. My mission pres would check the shine of our shoes and the part in our hair at zone conference. If it is true that non-US missions are more lax, I wonder why.

    Comment by cj douglass — February 8, 2007 @ 11:18 am

  23. cj,

    We both served in the same mission and believe me, many of the items in that list could be performed by missionaries. I had one companion, for example, who would borrow the portable TV/VCR combo from the meetinghouse library and watch videos borrowed from a member’s stash of a thousand videos.

    Comment by Kim Siever — February 8, 2007 @ 11:28 am

  24. True Kim. I didn’t mean to say that nothing ever happened but it had to be a lot more low key. You never know, it could have just been my first mission president. I love him but he could be a bear. part of the reason was to get rid of all the members calling him about jay- walking or spitting(I am not even joking). I remember the AP’s coming down on my companion for being seen with Mountain Dew!

    Comment by cj douglass — February 8, 2007 @ 12:15 pm

  25. Just remember, It’s not about obedience.

    Comment by Tim — February 8, 2007 @ 12:31 pm

  26. Re: 25. I’m with you Tim. I started teaching the first discussion 10 minutes before we were supposed to be home at least a dozen times. I was technically sinning by breaking the rules by teaching the first discussion. Go figure.

    Comment by KyleM — February 8, 2007 @ 1:03 pm

  27. You know KyleM, many missionaries were killed specifically for doing that same thing.

    Comment by Tim — February 8, 2007 @ 1:05 pm

  28. Chris Williams,
    There’s a blogger in Appleton Wisconsin, Jeff Lindsay. He might be able to help you out if your mother doesn’t want to go digging through boxes and mail you the magazine. It would be cool to see that cover photo. I second the suggestion that you scan it and post it somewhere.

    Or, Jeff could scan it, send you the file, and put the magazine back in your storage.

    Comment by Bookslinger — February 10, 2007 @ 12:27 pm

  29. Bookslinger,
    Obsess much?

    Comment by cj douglass — February 10, 2007 @ 5:43 pm

  30. CJ: Yes. Definitely OCD, definitely. I’m somewhat like Rainman without the math skills.

    Comment by Bookslinger — February 11, 2007 @ 3:50 pm

  31. LOL!

    Comment by cj douglass — February 11, 2007 @ 10:27 pm

  32. Hey, I have a quick question. I’m wondering if anyone can get me in touch with Bret that commented about the first discussion in ebonics. I’m a writer for BYU’s 100 Hour Board (theboard.byu.edu) and we had a question about that. Is there any way I can get a copy of it ASAP? Please email me at lavishable at gmail dot com.


    Comment by Lavish — March 21, 2007 @ 1:09 pm

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