What the Lord says to us about missions:
“Lift up your heart and rejoice, for the hour of your mission is come; and your tongue shall be loosed, and you shall declare glad tidings of great joy unto this generation.
“You shall declare the things which have been revealed to my servant, Joseph Smith, jun. You shall begin to preach from this time forth, yea, to reap in the field which is white already to be burned.
“Therefore, thrust in your sickle with all your soul …
“Yea, I will open the hearts of the people, and they will receive you, and I will establish a church by your hand.
“Go your way whithersoever I will, and it shall be given you by the comforter what you shall do and whither you shall go.” (D&C 31:3-11)
A Quote by Sister Julie B. Beck (Former General Relief Society President)
“Think of the power of our future missionary force if mothers considered their homes as a pre-missionary training center (MTC). Then the doctrines of the gospel taught in the MTC would be a review and not a revelation. That is influence; that is power.” (“Mothers who Know”, Ensign, November 2007.)
And here are the words of Elder Russel M. Nelson: (“Preparing Future Missionaries” 2013 Worldwide Missionary Training, wwwl.ds.org.)
“The preparation of missionaries begins in the family. Each home can become a miniature missionary training center. With the option that young men and young women may serve as full-time missionaries at an earlier age, parents and teachers need to prepare their children earlier.
“Nothing is more important for future missionaries than to feel the righteous influence of the priesthood in their homes and experiences its blessings in their lives. After they are baptized, they receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. Young men honor and exercise the Aaronic Priesthood. Young women know their values and pursue their personal progress.
“Our youth learn to teach, and love the Gospel and become converted. They may participate in family history work and perform vicarious ordinances in the Temple. As they continue along the straight and narrow path, worthy men receive the Melchizedek Priesthood. Righteous men and women may be endowed and sealed in the Temple. Faithful fathers and mothers raise faithful families. Through it all they become exemplary men and women, real servants of the Lord – prepared to preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ throughout their mortal lives.”