Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Book Review: When I'm a Missionary by Merrilee Boyack

When I'm a Missionary, by Merrilee Boyack; Illustrated by Brian Call
2015, 32p, LDS Non-Fiction
My Rating=5 Stars
Source: Received a copy from the publisher for an honest review

Lacey and Julian's brother has just returned from his mission, and they're excited that he's home again and excited to learn how to be missionaries themselves. With help from their older brother, parents, and extended family, the children practice some of the skills and habits they will need as full-time missionaries. From dressing appropriately for church to serving others, and from daily scripture study to learning basic skills for cooking, cleaning, and even sewing buttons on clothing, they discover how preparing to be a missionary can start with the things they do every day. Follow the adventures of Lacey and Julian as they discover the challenges and the rewards of missionary service and learn all about becoming great missionaries.

Lacey and Julian's brother Elliott is home from his mission and they are excited to see him. They also both declare that they are going to be missionaries one day and ask Elliott to teach them how be missionaries. Throughout the book, they question him, the missionaries, their parents, grandparents, and aunt and uncle on different areas and start working on the skills they will need to be successful.

What I like is that the things that are mentioned are things children can work on a little bit at a time. I read this book with my children because I wanted to hear their thoughts on it. As we read through the book, they were interested and then at the end, my daughter said that a mission seems like a lot of work! It is, but I told her that Lacey and Julian didn't prepare in a day, but rather over time. She felt relieved and she is already doing a lot of these things but there are areas where we need some work.

There's a section at the very end titled, "Helps for Parents" and there are some great ideas for parents to help children now, like dressing appropriately, marking scriptures, talking to people, learning to talk about Jesus, giving service, learning to get along with others and trying no matter what. The illustrations add to the story as they reinforce the ideas that are discussed and help children see that they can prepare now to be missionaries!

About the Authors 
Merrilee Browne Boyack
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.

Brian Call
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.


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