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!
I received a copy of this book to review. My opinion is 100% my own.
For LDS parents who are looking for a resource to use in helping their children understand the importance of preparing for a mission, this is a great book. While told in story form, the book is clearly intended to teach young readers/listeners about twelve different ways that he/she can prepare to be the best missionary he/she can be. These areas of emphasis include learning to take care of oneself, serving, inviting others to church, studying the scriptures, following rules, and becoming a hard worker. The story of Lace and Julian's brother coming home provides the framework for the two kids learning about becoming missionaries themselves. The illustrations are beautiful and nicely highlight each of the activities the children engage in. A nice book for families where missionary service is valued.