7 Ways Not to Write Your Missionary

Keep in contact with your missionary without complicating the work. It’s Monday and your inbox is bombarded with weekly missionary emails—stories of being chased by dogs, sprinklings of foreign jargon, and endless retellings of miracles. Now it’s time to write your missionary a response. Missionaries love receiving letters, but could… Continue reading

In My Afflictions: Missionary Trainer for Two

After spending weeks as a missionary punching bag, I stopped fighting and got down on my knees to call for backup. I bit back my words as the three of us walked to our apartment. The tension between us was palpable and strangled any patience I still maintained. I was… Continue reading

#floodtheearth: Hastening the Work Through Technology

In our media-filled society, what can we do to help the Lord hasten his work? Whether you’re a social media master or someone who hasn’t quite figured out what a tweet is, you can find help in Elder David A. Bednar’s 2014 Education Week address, “To Sweep the Earth as… Continue reading

I’ll Stay Where You Want Me to Stay

Serving a mission is becoming more common for sisters, but what if it’s not what you’re supposed do? Deciding not to serve a mission was the hardest choice I’ve ever had to make. In high school, I began thinking about serving a mission, but it wasn’t until I turned 19… Continue reading

Saying Yes to God: Letting Him Help Us through Our Trials

With God’s help, returning home early from a mission can actually be a building experience. Some situations in life—such as returning home early from a mission—can leave us feeling overwhelmed and inadequate, but if we let God into our lives, we can move past these feelings and use the experience… Continue reading

Contest Winner: “Be Still, My Soul”

As life’s trials rock us, we can feel peace and love through songs of the heart. I came to know this truth more clearly than ever before as I grieved my mother’s death. The choice to serve a mission can be a hard decision for many young adults. I left… Continue reading

Louisa Barnes Pratt: Early Sister Missionary in French Polynesia

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Louisa Barnes Pratt served as one of the first sister missionaries of the Church in French Polynesia.  While her husband was serving a mission in the Society Islands in French Polynesia, Louisa Barnes Pratt was called to join him there as a missionary—along with their four daughters. After receiving the… Continue reading

Missed Me Already?

While coming home early from a mission can be devastating, being proactive can help turn your homecoming into a step forward instead of a step back.  When Jenny Rollins, author of “Dealing with Coming Home Early,” returned home from her mission nine months early because of consistent medical problems, she struggled… Continue reading

Four Ways to Be an Everyday Missionary

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By committing to be missionaries for the rest of our lives, we can help others experience the joy and peace of the gospel. Many members of the Church have served missions across the world and know firsthand the blessings of sharing the gospel. But whether you served a full-time mission… Continue reading

A New Schedule for LDS Missionaries

On January 25, 2017, Church leaders made some big changes to missionary life, including a more flexible schedule and revised key indicators. The Mormon Newsroom article “More Flexibility Announced for Mormon Missionary Daily Schedules” discusses changes announced by Church leaders during a worldwide missionary broadcast on January 25, 2017. One… Continue reading