An Open Letter to the Missionaries Coming Home Early

I can’t pretend to know what you’re going through. I have not experienced the emotions firsthand. But I have experienced life post-mission and I hope I can share a little bit of hope if you’re struggling with coming home early. 

Okay so three things I want to share.  

Trust His plan

Though I’ve never heard it taught until literally today, our prophets actually taught that there would be a mass exodus of missionaries returning home. 

Spencer W. Kimball said…

“The judgments of God will be poured out upon the wicked to the extent that our elders from far and near will be called home. Or, in other words, the gospel will be taken from the Gentiles and later on will be carried to the Jews.”

And Brigham Young said…

“Do you think there is calamity abroad now among the people? Not much. All we have yet heard and all we have experienced is scarcely a preface to the sermon that is going to be preached. When the testimony of the Elders ceases to be given, and the Lord says to them, “Come home; I will now preach my own sermons to the nations of the earth,” all you now know can scarcely be called a preface to the sermon that will be preached with fire and sword, tempests, earthquakes, hail, rain, thunders and lightnings, and fearful destruction.”

While there are some other fearful things in those verses (which we can post about another time), what I wanted to pull from that is the fact that you are helping to fulfill the Lord’s plan. Returning home from your mission early was His plan all along. Don’t you doubt it. And He’s not calling you home because you’re not capable or wonderful or chosen; He is calling you home because He has new purposes for you. So in that spirit…

Your mission isn’t really over

In fact, things are getting even more exciting now. I promise. Did you read those quotes??? The Second Coming is getting even closer, and we were sent here and now to prepare the world for it. You. You were sent here and now to prepare the world. In fact, you’ve been sent home so that you can better prepare the world for it. Pray about it and ask Him. Trust me; there is still so much to do.

Don’t let the time that you served go to waste. You have changed and grown immensely, and that doesn’t have to stop. Don’t let it stop. Sharing the gospel is still the most essential thing you can do for yourself and others in our day and age. Don’t forget how important it became to you. Don’t forget to make the sacrifices of time to do your part. You’re going to have a lot more competing priorities now that you’re not serving full-time. Please believe me when I say it’s really easy to get caught up in the world (not just worldliness like clothes and cars and appearances). It’s easy to get caught up in things that have no significance. Yes, you will need to make friends and date and educate yourself and earn money. But don’t forget the real purpose you’re here on earth.

Your mission isn’t over. It’s harder now because you’ve got to juggle a lot more things, but your mission is NOT over.

The BEST is yet to come

Oh how I wish you could see what you have coming for you. Missions are hard. They are so hard. I still get PTSD thinking about it sometimes. But they’re wonderful and honestly, they put me on a trajectory that I might not have found otherwise. But they were never the eternal plan. 

Remember the eternal plan? It’s to have a family. You can’t do that on a mission. If a mission was the best there was to have in life, don’t you think God would have made missions His eternal plan? Nah honey. 

I’ve struggled with emotional disorders my whole life. But I have never been happier or more stable than I have been while married. 

Don’t take that statement for what it’s not. My emotional problems didn’t disappear. Conner didn’t “save” me. Family life isn’t easy. In fact, in a lot of ways, it can be harder than a mission. When your two year old pees in your floor vent, you learn a lot about yourself….

But man, it’s so much better.  Remember those moments on your mission where everything came together beautifully and you felt like you could see so clearly and you felt so much love for that person you were teaching and you thought to yourself, “This. This is why I’m doing this”? Those moments are even better when you have a family. 

Don’t go nuts and get married next week. Don’t get too discouraged while dating (boy am I glad I’m out of that stage…hah good luck). Keep reading your scriptures and praying and developing and remembering what’s truly important and believe that the best is yet to come.

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I promise the best is yet to come. I’m beyond excited for you my friend.

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