Your mission and pictures, letters and experiences are priceless! You will cherish them the rest of your life. Treat them as important and they will become VERY powerful and important.
People use My Mission to:
• Website or Blog – Create a central website (or blog) where people can view all of their missionary letters and pictures.
• Mission Books – Create and print special Mission Books and photo albums after their mission.
• Mobile Apps – Use organize and display their mission letters and pictures in a mobile app on their phone.
• Safe and Secure – Their data is also in a professional data warehouse and backed up every night (not on their local computer).
• Instant Access – They have quick and easy access to everything. Everything is digital, secure and searchable.
Without My Mission
We have some friends whose daughter is on a mission now. They don't use My Mission and just forward her emails to me every week. That makes me nuts! I don’t like getting them and I rarely have time to read them, here’s why. . . . Her emails are always large and bulky because of all the pictures. They take time to download (and costs $$$ on my data plan). I get a copy AND my wife gets ANOTHER copy. There are usually 2 or 3 emails every week that I have to open and organize (“guess” what the pictures are). I generally don’t have time to read the email when it comes. When I do get time, and try to catch up, I have to go back through all my emails and piece everything together.
With My Mission
On the other hand, we used My Mission for our own daughter who served a mission Argentina. We just (1) add her custom My Mission email address to all of our correspondence back and forth, and (2) all of our emails and pictures (both ours AND our daughters) were automatically loaded into the My Mission database every week. Our letters and pictures were automatically sorted and organized into chronological order. Everything was organized and visible (1) on her blog and (2) in the My Mission apps for her entire mission. When she came home, I printed copies of her Mission Books before her plane landed. When she left for college, she left with her entire mission (pictures and letters, etc.) in the My Mission app on her phone. Fifty years from now, with any smartphone or Internet access, she will be able to instantly access any picture, letter or story from her mission anytime, anywhere, 24/7.
Another benefit is that it’s easy to share. If I run into one of my daughter’s friends and they want to get caught-up, they just install the app and instantly have access to everything. I don’t have to forward anything or help them to understand the timeline and get caught up.
My daughter is home now. She has everything (1) on the web, (2) printed in her Mission Books, and (3) in the My Mission app on her phone in her pocket.
THE APPs ARE WAY COOL AND EVERYONE LOVES THEM!!!
Using your email system to store you missionary emails and pictures is like storing them in a box. Using My Mission is like digital scrapbooking. You organize everything into a website, Mission Books and the mobile apps that will benefit you and your family for the rest of your life. You can access, print, publish and share everything instantly.
My Mission is so powerful, and so fun, that many people, including myself, are going back to add in their old missionary letters and pictures. I’m scanning in my old pictures and adding my old letters. I will have instant access to them online, they will all be searchable, and my posterity will all have access to them years and years from now.
My Mission is the future! Check it out.
My Mission Apps
One of the BEST things about My Mission is our mobile apps. . . .
Your My Mission account will also let you login to either of our mobile apps, (1) My Mission, or (2) our totally new Missionary Display:
Apple App Store (iPhones and iPads)
Google Play (Android smartphones and tablets)
Our “My Mission” app helps LDS missionaries organize and share their favorite missionary pictures, stories, and experiences with their family and friends. (You can follow unlimited missionaries, but you view them one at a time.)
Our new “Missionary Display” app is designed to help LDS families organize and share their collective missionary experiences. (It works great for large groups including Families, Stakes, Wards and Seminaries.)
Last year our “My Mission” mobile app won two awards at LDSTECH, including (1) the "People’s Choice" award, and (2) 3rd Place in the "Family" division, in the LDS Church’s first ever “Gospel App & Game Contest” (see flyer attached). This year, our NEW “Missionary Display” app is even better, so we’re very excited to see if it wins anything. (We’ll find out this Thursday if it wins any awards.)
Congratulations on having a missionary in the field! Their mission will be an awesome experience for you and your family. . . .
My Mission helps LDS missionaries organize and share their favorite missionary pictures, stories and experiences with their family and friends back home.
It's very easy to use once you understand how it works. You will really enjoy having all of your missionary pictures, emails and stories organized in an App on the phone in your pocket and on the Web. When their mission is finished, you can also just hit the "Print" button to print a very nice set of Mission Books.
My Mission helps missionary parents organize and manage all the pictures and emails, etc. that their children send home from their mission.
How it Works
The basic concept is simple, you just (1) add the photos and emails, etc. that they send home to a database, and then (2) share the items that you like most with your family and friends. Everything that you add is confidential and you choose what to share.
Step 1: Create Your Own Account
People who are new to My Mission should (1) go to the website (www.MyMission.com), (2) click the "Login" link in the top-right corner, (3) click the "Create an Account" link in the popup, and (4) follow the instructions to fill in the form.
Step 2: Create an Account for Your Missionary
Next create a "missionary account" for your missionary. To do this, just (1) go to the My Mission website (www.MyMission.com), (2) click the "Login" link in the top-right corner to login, (3) use the "Missionary" menu at the top to select the "Add a Missionary" option, and then (4) just fill in the form. This will create a new missionary account that YOU manage and control.
Step 3: Missionary Account Organization
Next, go to your Missionary's home page. . . . My Mission automatically sets up a custom home page and several special content pages for each missionary. You can find your missionary's home page by either (1) logging in, going to the MyMission.com home page (www.MyMission.com) and clicking the Missionary's name (a link 1/2 down the page on the right), or by (2) using the "Missionaries" menu at the top to select the "Browse Missionaries," option and then finding and clicking their name in the directory of missionaries.
The organization of your Missionary's website is very simple:
Menu – The menu on the left gives you access to every page.
Pages – Pages on the right display the content (photos and emails) that your missionary sends home.
Missionary Admin – "Missionary Admin" (the last or bottom option in the left menu) is very IMPORTANT. It gives you full access to control everything in your missionary's account. Only users who have "Missionary Admin" rights can see and access the Missionary Admin pages.
Step 4: Adding Content
We provide 3 quick and easy ways for missionaries or Missionary Admins (parents) to add content (photos, emails, etc.).
InContext Editing – My favorite way to add content is to use the blue "+Add" buttons located at the top-right of each page. So, for example, on the Letters page, there is a "+Letter" (Add Letter) button on the right. On the Pictures page, there is an "+Photos" (Add Photos) button on the right. ONLY users with "Missionary Admin" rights can see these "+Add" buttons. Other people visiting your missionary's website will not. All you do to add letters, pictures, etc. is (1) go to the page, (2) click the blue +Add button on the right, and (3) fill in the form and click Submit.
Missionary Admin – The Missionary Admin page ALSO includes duplicate ways for you to add content. Only "Missionary Admins" (users with special rights) will see the Missionary Admin menu option in the left menu and can access the Missionary Admin page. The Missionary Admin page is a control panel that gives you full control of EVERYTHING in your missionary's account. You can add and edit any content, and you also have full access to a full range of settings that control how your missionary's website works.
Automatically Loaded Via Email – Sending emails to your missionary's website is BY FAR the easiest way to add content. Every missionary is given a private My Mission email address. The easiest way to add pictures and emails it to send them to their private My Mission email address. For example, whenever I send an email to our missionary, I ALSO "cc" (copy) private My Mission email address. Whenever they send emails or pictures home, they "cc" the private My Mission email address too. These pcitures and emails are all the automatically processed and added to their account. (See "AutoPost Emails" below for information about this option.)
Step 5: Let's Get Started
Let's get started. . . . I encourage every Missionary Admin (missionary or their parents), to do 4 specific things first:
Home Page – The first thing everyone wants to do is add their mission call information and missionary picture to the home page. This is easy . . . just (1) click "Home" in the left menu to go to your missionary's Home page. Then (2) click the blue "Edit" button on the right and (3) fill in the form. Upload your favorite missionary picture where it says "Missionary Photo" by clicking the "Choose File" button. Remember to click the "Submit" button at the bottom of this form to save your changes.
Add Photos – Let's add some pictures. . . . (1) click "Pictures" in the left menu to go to the Pictures page. Then (2) click the blue "+Photos" button on the right. When the "Add Photos" page comes up, (3) click the "Select Photos" button to upload your pictures. Several pictures can be upload at the same time. After your pictures are upload and saved, (4) on the Pictures page click any small photo to a large picture popup, then (5) click the small blue "Edit" button (at the bottom-right of the large picture) to add/edit the descriptive information about each picture.
Print Photo Albums: After you've loaded a few pictures, try printing your own Missionary Photo Album to see how easy that is. On the Pictures page, just click the blue "PDF" print button in the top-right. The system will create a nice missionary Photo Album in PDF format ready to print.
Add Emails – Let's add some emails (or letters). . . . (1) click "Letters" in the left menu to go to the Letters page. Then (2) click the blue "+Letter" on the right. When the "Add Letter" page comes up, (3) copy and paste the contents of your letter to the "Letter" field and fill out the form. Attach pictures to your letters by clicking the "Attach Photos" button in this form. Always save your work by clicking the blue Submit button at the bottom of the page.
Print Mission Books: After you've loaded a few letters and pictures, try printing your own Mission Book to see how easy that is. On the Letters page, just click the blue "PDF" print button in the top-right. The system will create a nice Mission Book in PDF format organized with a Table of Contents and page numbers ready to print.
AutoPost Emails – Now that you're an experienced user, let's use "AutoPost Emails" to automatically add pictures and emails for you. . . . (1) click "Missionary Admin" in the left menu to go to the Missionary Admin page. (Only Missionary Admins can see this page. It gives you full control of your Missionary's account.) (2) Click the blue "Automation" button to see the Automation sub-menu. (3) Click "More" button to open AutoPost Emails and find the private My Mission email address created for your missionary. Send any email to this private My Mission email address and it will automatically be processed and loaded into your missionary account. Finally, after you've sent (or forwarded) some emails to this private My Mission email address, ruturn to this Missionary Admin >> Automation (button), >> AutoPost Emails (feature) and click the "Process Email Now" button to force My Mission to process and load your emails. Check to make sure that your pictures and emails were processed and loaded correctly by looking at their respective pages.
Experienced missionaries and parents will always use the "cc" (carbon copy) in their weekly emails to send their email to their missionary's private My Mission email address and use the system to automatically load their letters and pictures.
That's it! Now you have it! You're an experienced user!
All of the other pages in your missionary's website work the same. So now you know how to add content to any page. Please try to add the content you like to each page now. Good luck!
Your mission is VERY important! We want My Mission to work perfectly for you. Please contact us immediately if you have any questions or concerns.
The first thing everyone wants to do is add their missionary picture and mission call information and to the home page. This is easy . . . just (1) click "Home" in the left-menu to go to your missionary's Home page. Then (2) click the blue "Edit" button on the right and (3) fill in the form. Upload your favorite missionary picture where it says "Missionary Photo" by clicking the "Choose File" button. Remember to click the "Submit" button at the bottom to save your changes.
To add letters (or emails) simply (1) click "Letters" in the left-menu to go to the Letters page. Then (2) click the yellow "+ Letter" (Add Letter) button on the right. When the "Add Letter" page appears, (3) copy and paste the contents of your letter to the "Letter" field and fill out the form. Attach pictures to your letters by clicking the "Attach Photos" button in this form. Always save your work by clicking the blue Submit button at the bottom of the page.
After you've loaded a few letters and pictures, try printing your own Mission Book to see how easy this is. On the Letters page, just click the blue "Print" button in the top-right. The system will create a nice Mission Book in PDF format organized chronologically with a Table of Contents and page numbers ready to print.
To add pictures, first (1) click "Pictures" in the left-menu to go to the Pictures page. Then (2) click the yellow "+ Photos" button on the right. When the "Add Photos" page comes up, (3) click the "Select Photos" button to upload your pictures. Several pictures can be upload at the same time.
After your pictures are loaded, (4) on the Pictures page click any photo to open a large picture popup, then (5) click the small blue "Edit" button (at the center-right of the large picture) to add/edit the descriptive information about each picture.
After you've loaded a few pictures, try printing your own missionary "Photo Album" to see how easy this is. On the Pictures page, just click the blue "Print" button in the top-right. The system will automatically create a very nice missionary Photo Album in PDF format ready to print.
Add Pins to show each area this missionary served.
All My Mission pages work the same, you (1) click the page you’d like to work on in the left-column menu, and then (2) click the “Add” or “Edit” button on the right to work on that page. (For Maps, the right button is actually named “Pins” and it allows you to add pins (or locations) to the Map.) You can add a Pin for each area your son serves.
Our Map pages uses Google Maps and are extremely accurate. When you see pin in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean (by Africa) that is where the equator (0° latitude) and the prime meridian (0° longitude) intersect. That means Google Maps returned nothing (a null value) because it had no address.
The trick here is that you MUST fill in both the (1) Name AND the (2) Address for every Pin. The Name can be anything, that field is the name you want to call this location. However, the Address must be included. The Address field is what Google uses to place the pin. Always enter all of the Address you know. If you only know the city and country, that’s fine, just use those. Google will place the pin in the middle of whatever address you use. (If you only put the city and country, the Pin will be placed in the middle of the city.)