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Salt Lake Missionary Home, 1974: Schedule; “Your Potential for Success”

By: Ardis E. Parshall - May 22, 2013

Some of you may protest that this isn’t history, that it’s your life! Good. Tell us what you remember about it.

I’ve recently seen a packet of the materials given to missionaries entering the Salt Lake Missionary Home in 1974, and, with perhaps some variation, in surrounding years. It may take a half dozen posts to share them all. We begin with the daily schedule (compare it to the schedule for 1936 and the schedule for 1946 – have I forgotten any others that have been posted?) and notes for one of the talks given on the first morning.

Missionary Home Time Schedule

9:00-12:00 – Registration
2:00 pm – Welcome (mission president)
2:15 pm – Housekeeping Instructions (wife of mission president)
2:45 pm- Your Call from a Prophet (President Broberg)
3:30 pm – Potential for Success (President Rees)
5:00 pm – Dinner
6:00 pm – Overview all Discussions (Gordon Liddle)
7:00 pm – Spirituality: Key to Success (President Rawson)
8:00 pm – Discussion Memorization
10:15 pm – Family Prayer – in bed and lights out by 10:30 pm

6:00 am – Arise
7:00 am – Visitors’ Center
10:15 am – Organization of Time
11:15 am – Goals & Improvements
12:15 pm – Lunch
1:00 pm – Overview Discussions
4:00 pm – Sacrament Meeting
5:00 pm – Dinner
6:30 pm – Memorize Discussions C and D
8:30 pm – Enthusiasm in Teaching / Portraying Image of Success
10:15 pm – Family Prayer – in bed and lights out by 10:30 pm

6:00 am – Arise
6:45 am – Temple Endowments
3:00 pm – Lunch
4:15 pm – Door Approaches (Art of Finding, and Use of Book of Mormon)
6:00 pm – Dinner
7:00 pm – Overview Discussions E and F
10:15 pm -Family Prayer – In bed and lights out by 10:30 pm

6:30 am – Arise
8:00 am – Companion Relationships
9:00 am – Relationship to Investigators, Members, Mission President
10:00 am – Health and Medical Problems (Dr. Mason, with film)
11:00 am – Auto Safety (Wayne Carter, with film)
12:00 – Lunch
1:30 pm – Study with Companions
3:00 pm – Use of Scriptures (LeGrand Richards)
4:00 pm – Listening (Mission Presidency)
5:00 pm – Dinner
6:30 pm – Overview and Memorize Discussions H, I, and J
10:15 pm – Family Prayer – In bed and lights out by 10:30 pm

6:30 am – Arise
8:00 am – Modern Apostles and Prophets (S. Dilworth Young)
9:00 am – Priesthood Correlation in Missionary Work (Hartman Rector)
10:00 am – Divine Mission of Joseph Smith (A. Theodore Tuttle)
11:00 am – Conduct of a Missionary (Paul H. Dunn)
12:00 – Lunch
1:30 pm -Testimony Meeting
5:00 pm – Dinner
6:30 pm – Performance Evaluations
8:30 pm – Film: Ancient America Speaks / Strengthening the Home
8:45 pm – Board Bus for BYU LTM

6:45 am – Board Bus for Ricks LTM

Your Potential for Success

I. Which Mission is the best mission? Your mission is the best mission.

….. A. Because you were called there by the Lord.
….. B. You will have experiences there that will make it the greatest mission.
….. C. You will teach the finest people in the world and bring them into the Church.
….. D. You will find yourself and grow in spirit and testimony.
….. E. It will be the two happiest years of your life.

II. You are called to the most important calling that can come to man.

….. A. A teacher of salvation.
….. B. An ambassador of the Savior.
….. C. We know something about ambassadors. We send them out to represent the U.S. Select men of great ability. Your calling is greater.

III. In this calling we want to succeed. Success is a continuing process, not an event.

….. A. Our mission will be the finest school we will ever attend. There is no college or school that can give us the training and education found in the mission field. Regardless of what profession we intend to pursue in life, our mission will provide us with practical training that no college or university can give us. However, this is not our reason forgoing on a mission, just a byproduct.
….. B. First have goal. What is our goal?
….. C. The Lord has given us a very clear goal: “Go ye into all the world,” etc., baptizing,etc.

IV. Power comes from focusing our efforts on a given point.

….. A. Focusing rays of sun with magnifying glass causes paper to burn. Gather rays together on one point they become powerful.
….. B. We focus our power to succeed by succeeding in little things.

….. ….. 1. Getting up on time.
….. ….. 2. Keeping clean, well groomed. Look like the Lord’s ambassador.
….. ….. 3. Following rules.
….. ….. 4. Getting along with companion.
….. ….. 5. Avoid thoughtless actions, pranks.
….. ….. 6. Obedience

….. ….. ….. a. Story of Naaman the leper healed by bathing in the River Jordan seven times – obedience, exact.

V. Avoid Negative Thoughts.

….. A. Feeling others are better prepared and more qualified than you.
….. B. The Lord called you – you can succeed with His help and directions.
….. C. Example of negative missionary who learned to be successful by learning to be positive.
….. D. Definition of Education – “Education is learning to do the thing that ought to be done, when it ought to be done, how it ought to be done, whether you like it or not.”
….. E. Story of boy who told Dad, “Nobody is going to tell me what to do.” Father ignores exit sign on freeway to show son his folly.

VI. P.M.A. (positive mental attitude)

….. A. “Whether you think you can or whether you think you can’t, you’re right.” – Henry Ford
….. B. Know who you are working for.
….. C. The Lord parted the Red Sea for Moses. (tell story)
….. D. Tell story of Nephi and his faith – the Lord opened the way.

VII. Real Success as a missionary is not dependent on past achievements as an orator or as a leader in other activities.

….. A. Desire, commitment, testimony.
….. B. Bea missionary – don’t just be on a mission.
….. C. Plan your work – work your plan. Always plan the next day before retiring.
….. D. Focus your efforts.
….. E. Be obedient – Naaman, Nephi,etc.
….. F. Be in tune. No one converts anyone to the church. Deliver the message by the spirit. The Holy Ghost then confirms the truth and testimony is born.
….. G. God called you to succeed. Reach your potential under His guidance.
….. H. Rewards

….. ….. 1. Bring blessings of Gospel into lives of others. You will have their eternal gratitude. Greatest joy in seeing lives change.



  1. That does bring back memories! But, where are the buses to the airport for the Laie LTM?

    Comment by Mark B. — May 22, 2013 @ 6:52 am

  2. I’ll have to check my papers to see if I have a copy of what Elder LeGrand Richards said to us. As I recall, the paper was entitled something like “Notes of Remarks to missionaries” and was dated about 1952. I suspected that he had been preaching the same sermon for over 20 years.

    Comment by Mark B. — May 22, 2013 @ 7:31 am

  3. If you find it,Mark, I’d love to see it. I don’t think it’s part of the packet I have.

    Comment by Ardis E. Parshall — May 22, 2013 @ 7:41 am

  4. I was there in August of 1973 and honestly I remember almost nothing of what happened in those few days before I got on the bus and went to the LTM in Provo. Two things stand out, first almost all of the general authorities, including the entire 1st Presidency, were at the first area general conference in Munich. So, no talk from LeGrand Richards for us. The prophet traditionally met with the missionaries after the temple session to answer questions, since he was gone someone’s secretary met with us. Second, we slept in bunk beds set up in a basketball court in the old Deseret Gymnasium.

    Comment by KLC — May 22, 2013 @ 8:10 am

  5. I remember one more thing, we met on the first day in the morning and then they dismissed us to go with our families and have lunch, do last minute shopping and get haircuts…it was 1973 and our definition of a short haircut was apparently different than theirs.

    Comment by KLC — May 22, 2013 @ 8:13 am

  6. I was there the month after KLC–arriving on Saturday, September 15, 1973. And they thought my hair was too long, and sent me off for a haircut too. We got Pres. Lee in the temple on Monday between two endowment sessions, and Elder Richards on Tuesday.

    The biggest shock for me, I think, was having to wake up at 6:00 a.m. on Sunday.

    And, they did make a big deal out of Positive Mental Attitude. There was a big banner at the front of the meeting room that said “P.M.A.” Luckily, that was before PMS was named so I wasn’t able to make any jokes about that.

    Comment by Mark B. — May 22, 2013 @ 9:14 am

  7. Fascinating!

    I was surprised at the Hartman Rector talk on “Priesthood Correlation in Missionary Work.” The other general topics seemed fitting (conduct, scriptures, etc.), this one curiously particular.

    Comment by David Y. — May 22, 2013 @ 9:57 am

  8. The next installment will be a long document called “Introduction” but might as well have the title “Priesthood Correlation in Missionary Work.” It’s not very well organized or written (IMO) and isn’t really applicable to missionaries, but it probably went with HR’s talk.

    Comment by Ardis E. Parshall — May 22, 2013 @ 10:11 am

  9. Good to know. I’m very interested in reading that one.

    Comment by David Y. — May 22, 2013 @ 11:08 am

  10. Yes, this is history—ancient history!

    I stopped in at the Mission Home the next year, and if I remember correctly, we were the last group of foreign-speaking missionaries to spend the full week in the MH before being hauled off to Provo.

    The whole experience for me, though, was a blur then and even more of a blur now. All I remember is feeling that the time we spent learning the discussions in English was a total waste, because we would spend weeks memorizing them in our LTM language, which completely erased anything we learned in SLC.

    My most vivid memory was how bad the food was in the COB cafeteria. I wrote in my journal that they were trying to teach us tolerance with the menu. Later, when I worked at the COB, I noticed that somebody had instituted serious reform, because the food was much improved (both in taste and variety). The food in Provo, by the way, was much better than in the COB.

    Comment by RKT — May 22, 2013 @ 4:09 pm

  11. VI. P.M.A.

    Wow, does that bring back mixed memories.

    Comment by reed russell — May 22, 2013 @ 5:23 pm

  12. Yes, Yes. Now I remember.

    Thanks so much for digging this up. Since I wasn’t making very good journal entires in 1975 the whole Missionary Home experience is kind of foggy. Thanks for bringing it back into focus. Now if someone would do the same thing for the Laie LTM…

    Comment by KMarkP — May 23, 2013 @ 7:04 am

  13. I was at the MH in the Fall of 1971. It was held in a rehab school near the RS HQ building (Lafayette Elem ?). We spent lots of time listening to GA, etc. Went to the SL Temple Monday morning for 2 sessions. In between Pres. Lee spoke to us (Q&A session) because Pres. Smith was ill. We went to the Hotel Utah for dinner after. One morning some of us went to the LTC via bus at BYU Provo and others went to their English speaking assignments. It all went very fast.

    Comment by Mex — May 23, 2013 @ 10:38 am

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