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Published: Tuesday, June 19 2012 10:00 a.m. MDT

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Captain L
Provo, UT

Travis, good article, I agree, a mission is an unbelievable experience and the benifits are hard to find in any other endeavor one can attempt. Jabbari seems like a great kid and I hope he realizes the importance of a mission and decides to go. If Jabbari doesn't go on a mission I hope he has a great and successfull ncaa and NBA experience and that he can still be a great missionary by his example and his communications with others. If I read things right in other artiacles his older brother went on a mission and feels it was a great experience and invaluable to him, I hope Jabbari follows his brothers example. Basketball will still be there when he get home.

David H
Layton, UT

If members of the Church look down on pepole who did not serve a mission, then why don't members also look down on President Monson? He did not serve a mission. Since when is it right to judge someone based on two years of his or her life?

Pleasant Grove, UT

Missions are incredible! I speak from my own experience. That service has effected everyday of my life since then. I feel an amazing gratitude for that opportunity.

The cultural expectations of some members can weigh heavy on those who don't serve missions. It's unfortunate. I suppose it's part of our growth as a people. Heavenly Father seems to be far more patient with our spiritual growth, than we as members are with each other.

Henry Drummond
San Jose, CA

I'm not LDS but I enjoyed your very sincere article. I've traveled and worked in third world countries as did my father and grandfather before me. Both of them spent most of their lives in Chile by the way. People here simply have no idea how lucky they are to be Americans.

It is a real eye opener to talk to people from these countries about their government and the problem of the "disaparicidos" - the disappeared. Thousands of people in Latin America have simply disappeared because they were caught disapproving of their government's policies. It seems that's all we do here and nobody worries about being taken away in the middle of the night.

I think it is commendable to learn about other peoples and other cultures. I would only caution those who engage in that work to understand they are guests in another land and to try to learn from local peoples before they attempt to teach them. If you can go in a spirit of mutual sharing, people will love you for it.

Brave Sir Robin
San Diego, CA

@David H

President Monson was a young man long before President Hinckley's 1995 counsel that "every worthy 19-year-old male should serve a mission". If he were, I have no doubt he would have obeyed.

President Hinckley's counsel did not make exceptions for promising young athletes, singers, actors, or other celebrities. Nor did it make an exception for those who think (or are told) that they will do more missionary work by furthering their careers than going on a mission, like a lot of local leaders were doing 30 years ago.

This isn't 1981 any more...everyone needs to get with the times.

Harwich, MA

Jabari should go on a mission when Jimmer goes on a mission. The responsibility is the same.

Meadow Lark Mark

Yes a mission is a wonderful thing. I am thankful for my mission. It set a course for me to follow for this life. Yes it is correct that we shouldn't judge either. I'm just thankful for what it did for me. I shall forever be grateful.

the truth
Holladay, UT

RE: David H

Pres. Monson was in the military and could not serve because of a war.

Otherwise I believe he would served a mission if he could.

In any case his whole has been dedicated to serving the Lord from being bishop in his early twenties to President and Prophet of the church.

Other general authorities of the Church have similar reasons.

If you are worthy and able to go there really is no excuse (unless you are Donny Osmond and you are so famous it may be problematic).


"It should be everyone's goal to both serve a mission and to become a missionary, for the two are different in every aspect."

But not everyone is a Mormon. Why would you make such a blanket statement like this?

"Just months before I had sat down next to the father in a bus, he was smoking, unemployed and at the verge of losing his wife and their children. I testified of the restored gospel and the plan of salvation. I looked him in the eyes and I saw a light that was ready to be lit. He invited us into his home and was overwhelmed by the message."

He was desperate for the message. Try converting Americans or Europeans who have a solid, stable life.

small town, Nebraska

i went to Manila on my mission and really loved the people. I learner so many things from my mission. Ive heard from a friend who just got his mission call and they do background checks. Ive had background check done due to the nature of my job. Good thing I went on my mission in the dark ages don't know if I could pass the physical part of it.

I Choose Freedom
Atlanta, GA

Thanks, Travis. I served a mission in the late 70's and still consider it the best two years of my life. Not that I have not had great years since then, but those two years took my life in a whole new direction and made possible all of the great years since.

I hope Jabari chooses to serve a mission. But it is his decision and I will not criticize him if he chooses not to. I have two sons that chose not to serve and two that chose to go. I love them all the same.

Harwich, MA

@the truth...."Otherwise I believe he would served a mission if he could." And you know this for a fact? Don't make the mistake of being able to read others thoughts and intentions. It'll get you into a big jam someday.

The Bishop

What a wonderful article. It brought back the fond memories of serving my mission in SC, USA. Other than being in the Military before my mission, it was the best two years of my life. When I served I was a bit older than the young men already on the field; so I think I had a better maturity level and of setting goals, etc... Although I am not a member of The LDS Church any longer, I hold no regrets about the values and life lessons learned while on the mission field. Who I am today is because of serving. If it wasn't for some theological issues that I disagree with, I still would be a member. I have a fondness in my heart for all the great people in The LDS Church and wish them nothing but the best.

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Glendora, CA

I agree 100% with Travis Hansen's article. It truly is ultimately the decision of the individual to make the choice of missionary service.
Jimmer Fredette chose not to serve, but still seems to be blessed, like Danny Ainge, for that matter.
However, it doesn't make any easier, for those of us in the many local wards and branches, to convince young priesthood holders to serve missions, when they see these other promising options.


Read the statement you quoted. He/she clearly state "...I believe..." There was no statement of fact or knowledge, only belief.

dung beetle
Bountiful, UT

I served my mission in Australia almost 60 years ago. While it had a decisive and very positive effect on the rest of my life, I value that experience most highly because I had the blessing of bringing gospel light to two families whose influence has spread throughout the Far East. Seeing how they have blessed the lives of so many in Australia, the Philippines, Thailand, Viet Nam and now Papua New Guinea is one of the greatest joys of my life.

Montana Mormon
Miles City, MT

My wife and I have one son. As he was growing up, we would talk in terms of "when you go on your mission." However, as that decision came closer to reality, we reiterated that the decision was between him and the Lord. If he went on a mission, we told him, it had to be for the right reason: that he had his own conviction that it was the right thing to do and that he would make a wholehearted commitment to the task.

The decision to serve a full-time mission is intensely personal. Articles and comment threads such as this open up the opportunity for people to make a lot of judgmental, self-righteous comments--as we have seen. Jabari has a major, extremely personal decision ahead of him. It will be between him and the Lord, with meaningful input from his parents, his bishop, and his stake president. The rest of us need to mind our own business and let him to study it out, make his decision, and take his decision to the Lord for confirmation.

The rest of us need to mind our own business and lose the self-righteous, know-it-all attitude.

Coach Biff
Lehi, UT

What's your point, Lvalfre? I have a daughter in Chicago serving a mission and she has seen great success. People are looking everywhere. I served in Tokyo where peoples lives were "stable" and they still listened. Your venom towards the LDS faith shows in almost all of your posts on here. Why?

ed in atl
Duluth, GA

EXCELLENT article Travis. You came to our ward to do a Fireside when you played for the Hawks. I loved my mission. I have one son that did not serve. His little sister served in the Las Vegas West mission. Her mission changed my life! Because of her service a younger brother is serving in Phoenix and another younger brother is preparing to go. Here the definition of a missionary (noun) Someone who leaves their family for a short amount of time, so that others may be with their family for ETERNITY.

Orem, UT

Oh man that is a question between him and the Lord, I just hope he stays cool like he seems to already be, whatever gets decided between him and the Lord.

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