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Forbes article links LDS missionary service to entrepreneurial skills

Recommended by JJ Feinauer, Deseret News

Published: Sat, Dec. 21 11:24 p.m. MST

 In this Jan. 8, 2013 file photo, Mormon missionaries walk through the halls at the Missionary Training Center in Provo, Utah.  The number of Mormon missionaries surpassed 75,000 worldwide in August, driven by the church's decision to lower the minimum age for ambassadors of the Utah-based faith.

In this Jan. 8, 2013 file photo, Mormon missionaries walk through the halls at the Missionary Training Center in Provo, Utah. The number of Mormon missionaries surpassed 75,000 worldwide in August, driven by the church's decision to lower the minimum age for ambassadors of the Utah-based faith.

(Rick Bowmer, Associated Press)

Being a missionary is good preparation for doing business in a foreign country, according to an article that ran Tuesday on Forbes.com.

“The skills I learned almost 20 years ago as a missionary have been invaluable to my career as an entrepreneur,” Forbes contributor Joshua Steimle, who served a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Manaus, Brazil, wrote in his article titled “How a Mormon mission prepared me to open a foreign office.”

In the article, Steimle lists the various skills learned on his mission that he believes contributed to his successes in business, ranging from the values of hard work to learning to trust a business partner.

“As a missionary I hoped something I did during those two years would last,” he writes toward the conclusion of the piece. “Likewise as an entrepreneur I frequently ask whether anything I’m doing has lasting value.”

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1. Ken
Sandy, UT,
Dec. 18, 2013

Clarification: former Mormon missionary links Mormon missionary service to entrepreneurial skills. Working at a small company or going to school for those 2 years would also be linked to entrepreneurial skills.

2. Coach Biff
Lehi, UT,
Dec. 18, 2013

Ken,

You are trying to down play the skills LDS missionaries develop while serving non the least of which is foreign language abilities and people skills. Can't fathom your objection to this article.

3. Shuzzie53
HAYWARD, CA,
Dec. 18, 2013

Of course, Ken, but missionary service kills two birds with one stone.

4. 2020
Herriman, UT,
Dec. 18, 2013

@Ken
I think that the point is he feels he gained those entrepreneurial skills through the work he did on his mission. He may or may not have gained those same skills working for a small company or going to school during those two years.

Some people would gain those skills by working, and gained nothing in that regard from a mission. Everybody has different experiences, different ways of learning and different work ethics.

5. Ken
Sandy, UT,
Dec. 18, 2013

Buff, No, not trying to down play the skills they develop. Just pointing out that skills are developed by people 19-21 who stay home, go to school, and learn about starting businesses. Can't fathom your objection to my simple comment.