Steve Eaton: It takes courage to leave behind your iPad and iPhone to serve a mission

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  • bourneadams Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 6, 2011 11:08 a.m.

    I very much enjoyed this article, especially because our oldest child/son is leaving on his mission next week and is going to France! I cry every day but this article made me laugh. thanks so much.

  • thrutheeyesoflove O\'Fallon, IL
    Dec. 4, 2011 8:58 p.m.

    What a delightful article! I laughed and was touched as by the author's candor. Thanks so much for sharing!

    As a adult convert of 42+ years and mother of 5 of 8 children who chose to serve, I know personally of the character it takes, the discipline and motivation to give up two years {in the case of my 3 daughters, 18 0r 19 months) of school, dating, potential marriage, to leave everyting you know and love for no other reason than their deep desire to have others receive the blessings they enjoy as members of the Church.

    I can only speak for myself, or course, but those two missionaries of mine weren't teaching memorized lessons. They couldn't----I'd already read almost all of "A Marvelous Work and A Wonder," felt they were answering their own questions, and they had to work hard to help me----and there was no doubt they were led by the Spirit to guide me to a break thru moment from which time my life has been forever changed, and I thank God every day for it.

  • ThinksIThink SEATTLE, WA
    Dec. 4, 2011 7:58 p.m.

    Leaving behind the technology probably does make it harder. but the fact that other people have the technology also makes it tougher. The days where someone could receive the lessons over a period of time are over. Now they go straight to google and read everything about the Church from multiple sources. Of course, the makes it tougher for today's missionary with all of the questions being posed by potential converts.

  • ulvegaard Medical Lake, Washington
    Dec. 3, 2011 9:22 a.m.

    It is truly, no matter the era, fine young men and women continue to set aside their lives for a brief moment for missionary service. What they accomplish is truly miraculous, considering their lack of worldly experience - just being on the edge of adulthood.

    Though many may seem irritated when these young people knock on their doors, I would hope that they would at least take a moment to consider what fine people they are; whether they agree with their message or not.

    In comparison, the world is full of youth with raging hormones, bodies covered in ink graffiti and often times traveling in packs that leave local neighborhoods nervous.

    Lets all give a cheer to the countless representatives of any denomination who honestly portray and live values that are positive.

  • earnest reader MENAN, ID
    Dec. 3, 2011 9:16 a.m.

    Hilarious! I loved it. Been there, done that.