- Where do you do your laundry?
- ET: I do my landry at my apartment. We have a washer and dryer there in our kitchen.
- Me: We either paid someone to do our laundry or wash them by hand ourselves and hung them out to dry.
- How much money to you get each month? (This would be used for food, clothing, bike repairs, etc. Housing and utilities would be paid for by the mission).
- ET: We get $125 a week to live off of.
- Me: We got $125 per month.
- What is your commitment/goal each week for service (i.e. non-proselyting time)
- ET: We really don't have a set goal/commitment for service each week. that is up for us to decide.
- Me: This concept of providing service (e.g. volunteering at the library) was not part of our missionary schedule. We would have 70 hours of week of proselyting time.
- Where do you email from each week? What happens if it is closed on Monday (assuming you are using a public library PC)?
- ET: We email from the Beaumont LIbrary on Mondays on the computers. If it's a holiday, we go one Tuesdays to email our weekly report to the mission home and to write our families.
- Me: Did email exist in 1986? We relied on snail mail.
- Are you on your bike all of the time? Does that motivate you to do splits with the members so you can be in a car at night?
- ET: Yes, we ride every where! I am over 1,200 miles on the saddle. It does motive us to be better planners so we can be in a lesson at nightfall.
- Me: I had one area where bikes were an option and another area where I was in a car. The rest of my mission was on foot or by public transport (buses and taxis).
- Are there any mission-specific rules that President Smart has imposed?
- ET: There aren't any specific rules but we do have high standards to meet.
- Me: In addition to The Missionary Handbook, we also had 19 Points that we would try to do. It's been so long, I can't even name one of the 19 Points.
Friday, October 12, 2012
Missionary Life - Then and Now
I am frequently reminded that our son's mission experience is very different in so many ways from when we served our mission twenty-five years ago in Brazil. So a couple of weeks ago, I asked Elder Tonini if he would answer a couple of questions to help us better understand the life as a missionary. Here are our answers: