Early in my mission to Michigan, missions calls were shortened for Elders to 18
months because of the rise in mission costs. Consequently, several Elders that I
served with came to Michigan and went home while I was still serving. However,
after a short time, that edict was rescinded and missionaries began to receive
24 month calls again. However, the missionaries with shortened calls? Their
calls were not extended and they had to go home after 18 months.I
was so grateful that the Lord didn't shorten my mission to 18 months also.
Out of 10 missionaries that I went out with, only 2 of us stayed the full 24
months. One left very early, a sad situation for him. 7 went home a month early,
to "get into college"...but it also coincided with the fact that they
went home in December, just before Christmas...very curious. Oh, and
by the way, the one who stayed out a full 24 months with me? He had been my
companion in the MTC and we had not served anywhere close to each other our
entire 2 year mission. No contact that whole time. He was a great guy! And I was
grateful we served together!
@gogogoff one lesson still need to be learned is that life happens. This
isn't a vacation. Peoples plans in life get changed. You need to think
about the trouble Americans being In those countries against US recommendations
or orders has on the people working in our government. One more American to take
hostage or into custody in order to use as leverage isn't serving anyone.
One more person to try and rescue. Would you want to be the church official
calling home with that news to the persons family? I'm sure it takes a
great deal of resources to reassign a person to another area. Can you imagine
the added stress on a 19 year old living in those circumstances, being in the
place with the violence? That more than makes it even with a person who
didn't come home 15 days early.
@ lunch boy: Amen.
Maybe I am missing something here. Nobody in the comments or the article has
suggested these returning missionaries haven't served a complete and
honorable mission. Why do people feel the need to clarify?
"It is expected that you will serve for a period of 24 months..."Expected means - "if nothing changes from what we currently see
happening in that country/region/world."Sometimes we LDS can be
a little too legalistic in these things. A mission is a mission, it
doesn't matter where you serve or how long you serve. When you receive an
honorable release, your mission is over. Good job, go home, continue with life.
Any whining about the length of it shows immaturity in understanding a mission.
It is that mentality that makes it difficult for those that return home early
from a mission due to sickness, mental conditions, etc. Even though they are
honorably released the masses with the Pharisaical mentality can't help but
think that they failed.Let's get over this mentality!!!
What a bummer! I was lucky enough to go about 2 weeks over my 2 years and was
extremely depressed to come home. Can't imagine how these missionaries
Parents are obviously concerned for their sons and daughters when they leave
home, whether that be to attend school, to seek work, or to serve a mission. My
child returned just over a month ago from the Dnepropetrovsk mission. We have
been carefully watching events there for many months. Our thoughts and prayers
go out collectively to the people of Ukraine and specifically to those members,
investigators, and friends she left behind who are dealing with the real-life
ramifications of choices being made by governments, leaders, and citizens.
@arroba, believe there are only native missionaries in Venezuela. The U.S.
missionaries have had a history of being there, then being pulled out for
awhile. My son served in Venezuela, and was one of ten elders sent there after
a long time without Americans. The returning Mission President described
picking those elders up at the airport and sobbing as he watched the ten come
walking across the tarmac shoulder to shoulder. Their combined experience in
the church was a great boost to the mission. It is sad for the members in
Venezuela, as they feel so cut off from the rest of the church.
I think we are of a mind set that a honorable mission is exactly 730 days. In
the early days, some missions were several years, others several months -
depending on what the Lord needed at that time and in that location. These
elders and sisters have served well and in challenging times and locations. I
certainly hope none of those 'coming home early' will think that they
were somehow lacking.We are ever so grateful for modern prophets who
are mindful of the world in which we now live and can make inspired decisions
accordingly. I trust that everyone is also lending their heartfelt prayers to
the 11,000 members in that part of the world and other parts of the world where
such turmoil exists.
Two thumbs up to SL for being proactive in the welfare of the LDS missionaries
in the Ukraine. Hopefully these young people will realize it was the wise thing
to do given the situation that is brewing and perhaps they could be allowed to
finish their last few weeks and months locally somehow.[PS...OK
youse guys you have me worried that the regular comment henchman is sick or
injured---given none of my snarky comments have been rejected lately. If so, I
hope it is not serious and she/he/it returns soon so I again have something to
gripe about to my LDS friends. :)]
Can anyone tell me if there are U.S. missionaries in Venezuela again, or are
they all still Venezuelans? The U.S. elders were taken out several years ago.
To: gogogoff - I bet you loved your mission just by your comment. Good for
you..I bet you did a lot of good there.
Dang, (having got back 8 weeks ago), if I were one of them, I would want to see
if I could stay it out. Every minute is worth it.