When I'm a Missionary by Merrilee Boyack

Today, I wanted to share my review of 
“When I’m A Missionary” by Merrilee Boyack


Lace and Julian's big brother, Elliott, has just returned from his mission, and they're excited—excited that he's home and excited to learn about how to prepare to be great missionaries themselves. And there's a lot to do—they had no idea how much goes into becoming a good missionary. From dressing the part to talking to people to learning how to clean and cook, Julian and Lacey discover the challenges and the rewards of preparing to serve a mission. Follow their adventures as they learn all about missionary work and what they can do now to become great missionaries when they grow up.

About the authors:

Brian Call is an illustrator and an educator. He lives and works in Ammon, Idaho, with his wife and kids. Brian served as a missionary in Puerto Rico and loved the time he spent sharing the gospel with the people there. Now his kids are growing up and leaving home to serve missions of their own. Brian has illustrated Practicing for Heaven, Illustrated Book of Mormon Stories, and Illustrated Bible Stories for Latter-day Saints and many other books. Brian also shares his love of drawing as a teacher in the art department at BYU-Idaho.

Merrilee Boyack loves life and loves every season of life—especially this one! She enjoys hanging out with her hubby, four sons, daughter-in-law, and two grandchildren. She is an estate-planning attorney in Utah and California and is the author of several books and talks, including The Parenting Breakthrough; Strangling Your Husband Is Not an Option; Toss the Guilt and Catch the Joy; In Trying Times, Just Keep Trying; and 12 Gifts for Christ. Merrilee and her husband, Steve, reside in Lehi, Utah, and are helping their grandkids prepare to serve missions.

In my opinion:

This is a story about two siblings whose older brother arrives home from his mission. They are excited to start preparing to be missionaries themselves. From dressing the part to talking to people to learning how to clean and cook, the two kids discover the challenges and rewards of preparing to serve a mission. My 16-year-old son (who is preparing to serve a mission in two years) read this book to my two younger girls for family homeevening. They were very interested in the story and enjoyed the beautiful illustrations. Afterwards, we discussed ways our family could become better missionaries. I emphasized to my children that chores and yard work are great ways to prepare for a mission! They thought of other ways mentioned in the book, such as inviting friends to primary and being friends with our neighbors. Then we set personal and family goals of preparing ourselves to be missionaries. This was a wonderful family home evening tool to use in our home, as well as a book we can read over again. 
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