6:30 a.m. : Arise, pray, exercise (30 minutes), and prepare for the day
There are no programs or plans suggested or required in the Missionary Handbook, so you are on your own to decide and plan on how to exercise. This freedom should not be taken for granted, nor does it mean that your daily exercise is of little importance. In fact, it is quite the contrary. Your daily exercise determines your entire work day. The more effort and energy you invest in your exercises, the greater your desire to work and serve diligently.
During my first transfer in the field, a multi zone conference was held with Elder Patrick Kearon of the Seventy. During that conference, the importance of morning exercises was stressed and reiterated. Shortly after the conference our mission president and other leaders of the mission developed a new initiative that would get us motivated for the day. We called it MANGOS.
Here's what it was:
Make a choice - Make the choice to work hard and be diligent.
Accelerate to full - Go hard! Exercise with all your might!
No drag - Don’t let anything hold you back.
Gang up - Work with your companion.
Offer a prayer - You need that divine aid.
Smile - It makes all the difference.
After this initiative was presented and carried out, the mission changed. Each companionship became determined to make the most out of their morning exercises. We called and texted each other to encourage and motivate. We pushed ourselves further and further. After those thirty minutes we felt energized and excited to work the rest of the day. As we worked, we contacted more people on the street, and taught to our fullest. Many miracles followed.
This is just success story of effective morning exercises, and I’m sure there are many more. If you have one yourself or know of any, please share! We’d love to hear it.
So make the most of your daily exercise! Be creative, work hard, and have fun!