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 of those changes is making the missionary schedule more flexible to benefit both the missionaries and the cultures they serve in.
I dreamed of flexibility like this during my mission in Latin America a few years ago. One night, it was almost curfew, so my companion and I insisted on leaving an appointment with our investigator family early, slightly offending them in their efforts to prepare food for us to enjoy during our lesson. This wasn’t the first time we had left early, and it wouldn’t be the last either; their culture and our schedule didn’t mix well. Our hearts ached as we walked briskly back to our apartment, wishing that there was a way to do the Lord’s will while still complying with the cultural expectations of these people we loved. With the Church’s announcement, however, missionaries will no longer have to experience the dilemma I had on my mission.
To promote the health of missionaries and to enhance their ability to meet the needs of the varied missions around the world, several changes have been made to the missionary daily schedule, including adjustments to wake-up times and bed times, preparation day, and key indicators.
These changes will allow missionaries to serve with more strength and purpose. Sister Bonnie L. Oscarson said, “The thing I love about this new schedule is that it allows the missionaries to exercise their agency to determine how to best use their time. It shows that the Lord trusts them to use their time wisely.”
Read “More Flexibility Announced for Mormon Missionary Daily Schedules” to find out how the missionary schedule is changing and why these changes are happening now.
—Camille Lazelle, Mormon Insights
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