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The Deseret Bookshelf version is enhanced with video.

The Lord needs more missionaries and He needs better prepared missionaries. He needs YOU!

From the bestselling authors that brought you Armor Up! this unique little book is intended to help teens get ready for all they will encounter as they embark on the unique adventure of missionary work. There has never been a more exciting time to be alive—and there has never been a more exciting time to be a missionary.

In Suit Up, several of your favorite youth speakers share lessons about preparing for a mission based on the scriptural advice contained in Doctrine and Covenants 4. If you're thinking about a mission, if you've already started preparing, or if you've got your call, you'll benefit from the messages and advice in Suit Up.


  • “The Lord’s Marvelous Work” by Hank Smith
  • “Give it Everything You’ve Got” by John Bytheway
  • “I’ll Be What You Want Me to Be” by Jennifer Platt
  • “Thrusting in our Sickle” by Brad Wilcox
  • “The Essential Credentials” by Anthony Sweat
  • “I’m Trying to Be like Jesus” by Laurel Christensen
  • “Ask and Ye Shall Receive” by John Hilton III

Filled with quotable quotes, it’s the perfect book for those who are ready to Suit Up!

About the Authors

John Hilton III

John Hilton III is an assistant professor in Religious Education at Brigham Young University. He has degrees in Education from BYU and Harvard and frequently teaches at Especially for Youth and BYU Education Week. John and his wife, Lani, have six children and reside in Utah. For more information, visit

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John Bytheway

John Bytheway served a mission to the Philippines and later graduated from Brigham Young University. He has a master's degree in religious education and is a part-time instructor at the BYU Salt Lake Center. John is the author of many bestselling books, audio talks, and DVDs, including How to Be an Extraordinary Teen; Life Rocks; and his first children's picture book, The Sacrament. He and his wife, Kimberly, have six children.

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Laurel Christensen Day

Laurel Christensen Day grew up in California, Kentucky, and Missouri. She attended Brigham Young University, served a mission in California, accidentally graduated from college without a husband, and began her career. Laurel has spent most of that career at Deseret Book Company, working as the Director of Entertainment and then for seven years as the Director of Time Out for Women. During that time, Laurel received a master's degree in Communications Management and is currently the Vice President of Product at Deseret Book. She is the author of several books, including The Faith Experiment, and recently experienced the results of her own little faith experiment, finally finding the love of her life at the age of 40. Laurel and her husband, Stephen Day, were married in the Salt Lake Temple in April 2013.

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Hank Smith

Hank Smith teaches in the Religious Education Department at BYU and is a favorite speaker for Especially for Youth, Best of Especially for Youth, and BYU Education Week. Hank and his wife, Sara, were both born and raised in St. George, Utah. They are the parents of one daughter and two sons. Brother Smith enjoys running marathons and eating lots and lots of ice cream (which is why he runs marathons). More than anything else, he loves being at home spending all day with his wife and children.

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Brad Wilcox

Brad Wilcox is an associate professor in the Department of Ancient Scripture at Brigham Young University, where he also enjoys teaching at Campus Education Week and Especially for Youth. He speaks at Time Out for Women events and is the author of The Continuous Atonement, The Continuous Conversion, Because of the Messiah in a Manger, and the BYU devotional, "His Grace is Sufficient." In 2018, his book Changed through His Grace received the Harvey B. and Susan Easton Black Outstanding Publication award for LDS Scholarship. As a young man, Brad served his mission in Chile, and in 2003 he returned to that country to preside over the Chile Santiago East Mission for three years. He also served as a member of the Sunday School general board from 2009 to 2014. Brad and his wife, Debi, have four children and eight grandchildren.

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Jennifer Brinkerhoff Platt

Jennifer Brinkerhoff Platt is currently an assistant visiting faculty member at Brigham Young University and a recent addition to Deseret Book’s Time Out for Women events. A former seminary and institute instructor, she earned a PhD from Arizona State University in lifespan developmental psychology, focusing on women and social issues. She is married to Jed Platt, and the couple lives in Provo, Utah.

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Anthony Sweat

Anthony Sweat is an assistant professor of Church history and doctrine at Brigham Young University. He is the author of numerous best-selling books and a regular speaker at various LDS events and conferences. He received a BFA in painting and drawing from the University of Utah and Med and PhD degrees in education from Utah State University. He and his wife, Cindy, are the parents of seven children and reside in Utah.

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Fabulous missionary tool!
By , Submitted on 2015-02-25

Suit Up is a great read for any perspective missionary, whether they are going to serve a full-time mission or they just want to help spread the gospel! I found many insights into studying the scriptures, sincere prayer, and showing love and serving others. I felt like I could relate to each person who was sharing advice because of their personal experiences. I loved the challenges at the end of each chapter, they were a great way to help prepare now. Suit Up is a wonderful way for anyone to gear up to be a better missionary! Truly inspiring, these authors share great tips towards being the best missionary you can be!

Wonderful resource for youth preparing for a mission.
By , Submitted on 2015-02-25

What a wonderful resource for LDS youth preparing for a mission! This book contains seven short articles based on section 4 of the Doctrine and Covenants (a book of scripture in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints also known as the LDS or Mormon church). With the recent announcement allowing youth to go on missions at 18 (young men) and 19 (young women) respectively, preparation is more important than ever. Each article provides straightforward counsel about how to prepare to become a servant of the Lord. While it is directed specifically at young people becoming missionaries it also applies beautifully to all who want to serve the Lord. The book covers topics such as hard work, using the Book of Mormon as a vital tool in the conversion process, acting on righteous desires, and developing faith, hope, and charity. Each article also includes a QR code that takes the reader to short videos demonstrating the topics being discussed as well as brief discussions held by the authors with young people preparing to go on missions. Very informative and helpful, I highly recommend this book for both young people preparing to go on a mission and their parents/leaders. There is also much here of benefit to anyone who wants to become a better servant of the Lord.

By , Submitted on 2015-02-25

John Bytheway, Laurel Christensen, John Hilton III, Jennifer Platt, Hank Smith, Anthony Sweat and Brad
Wilcox have come together for another FABULOUS book for teens! This time a focus on preparing for a the age level has been lowered :)

Elder Holland has said "The Lord needs more missionaries and He needs better prepared missionaries."

This book will help with that! Each author has taken a verse from the 4th section of the Doctrine and Covenants and expounded upon it.

Sprinkled throughout the book are QR codes that will link you to some fun video clips...(if you are like me and don't have a "smart phone" they also give you the long-hand link :)

The following great chapters are in this book:
1. The Lord's Marvelous Work
2. Give It Everything You've Got
3. I'll Be What You Want Me to Be
4. Thrusting In Our Sickle
5. The Essential Credentials
6. I'm Trying to Be Like Jesus
7. Ask and Ye Shall Receive

Whether you are preparing for a formal mission or just want to be a better everyday member missionary this book is a wonderful read!

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