Coming Home

Coming Home

The best a missionary can do is try not to think about it. That’s hard, because full-time elders and sisters spend so much time in their own heads, without TV or social media to fill the void. Just keep working. Keep knocking doors. Keep learning the language....
Last 100 Days – A Blur of Blessings and Miracles

Last 100 Days – A Blur of Blessings and Miracles

When I had been on my mission for just a couple months, an elder I admired took me on an exchange in his area. He was serving in our mission’s only young single adult ward, and we were headed to teach a college student who was preparing to be baptized. I asked...

Love is the Key to Leadership

God trusts His work to ordinary men and women. He always has. Even when Jesus Christ walked the earth, He called upon questioning, stumbling men to organize and lead His church. Why? Because His mission is two-fold. He both wants His children to be loved and led, and...

The Middle of a Mission

As I began to think about what it was like reaching the halfway point of my mission, I looked through my mission emails to see if I said anything about it at the time. I didn’t. That doesn’t really surprise me. In my experience with my mission and family...

Holidays on the Mission

One strange thing about the mission is that every day seems the same. By the way a missionary acts and works, there’s really no telling if it’s Tuesday or Friday, or if it’s January or July. Missionaries don’t take days off1, and they follow a...