Mormon mission calls shared and viewed by millions through social media

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  • Don Bugg Prince Frederick, MD
    April 1, 2013 8:14 a.m.

    When my mission call arrived, I was overseas in England for a couple of weeks. My mother opened it without me, and told most of my family where I was going! She just couldn't wait to see the news, I guess. I wasn't outraged, but all in all, I would have preferred to open it myself. Love ya, Mom.

  • carman Wasatch Front, UT
    March 23, 2013 10:06 a.m.


    Ok. Sure. You make your point. Green grass is green. Does it need to be stated?

    I simply applaud those who are willing to go wherever they are called, and do it with a great attitude. BTW, those who serve in these less exotic locals often have some of the best mission experiences of all.

  • carman Wasatch Front, UT
    March 23, 2013 10:00 a.m.

    To all those moaners and groaners out there (GoUtes, Allen2, Mark From Montana, etc),

    This is an exciting event for these young people. They are excited about serving and want to share this incredibly memorable event in their lives with others. This isn't a "private" event (like a patriarchal blessing that one mentioned). There is nothing private about declaring your faith and backing it up with a willingness to go wherever one is called. Announce these kind of things from the rooftop!

    For those who want to degrade these young people for showing publicly their excitement, well, please just don't click on the YouTube links.

  • Rikitikitavi Cardston, Alberta
    March 22, 2013 10:26 p.m.

    My second daughter served in Las Vegas so what big deal. One son served in SLC so what big deal. Get over it already! Six of my seven children served missions and not one left the continent so what big deal. I served in France so what big deal. My success rate was nowhere close to what they enjoyed. So what big deal. Here is some advice get over it!

  • Go Utes Salt Lake City, UT
    March 22, 2013 3:28 p.m.

    I know people are free to share what they would like, but seeing this article makes me bemoan, in general, society's increasing lack of a desire for privacy. This is a personal decision, of course, but for me, I cherish the private memory of opening my mission call. Personal photos and journal entries have preserved it for me and my family. I am not that old, so I don't think this is just a generational thing, but I just fail to understand why people are so willing to post so much personal information and experience for the world to see. To me, this cheapens the sacredness of the mission call and many other great experiences one can have. My sister has a blog that is basically her journal, and it is online for all to see. Maybe this is the way of the future, but I just don't understand it.

    OK, rant over. I congratulate the sisters in the article about their mission calls. Much cause for celebrating and I do not mean for my thoughts to take away from that wonderful experience they will have. My mission changed my life.

    March 22, 2013 10:18 a.m.

    I understand the desire of those that want to keep this private. For some this is a very private moment to be shared between them and the Lord. However, I do applaud those that are willing to share their experience and excitement with others through social media. I have two young kids, and they often watch some of these news articles or some of the other social media outlets where these missionaries are posting their videos.

    Because of these examples, I see my kids getting excited to some day following in their footsteps. They have much more of a desire and commitment to serve.

    More power to those that want to share their experience!

  • washcomom Beaverton, OR
    March 22, 2013 9:32 a.m.

    It's their own choice, whether to show the world, or keep it to themselves. Personally? I love seeing their expressions of absolute astonishment and joy as they read their letters aloud.
    Congrats to all the new missionaries! Good luck!

  • MishMomX2 Hampden, ME
    March 22, 2013 9:23 a.m.

    When my son opened his call we video taped it. While we didn't post it online, we wouldn't have had any issue doing so. In his case, we had all of the Valiant boys, ages 10 and up, and all of the Young Men, come to our house for the reading. It was so inspiring to them to see the excitement from my son, other missionaries that were waiting for their leave dates, and others that were waiting on their calls. These younger boys were able to see how important it was to the older boys that they idolized. I am in the Primary presidency, and each one of these boys hasn't stopped talking about it, and this happened back in late December! I believe sharing it with those around you can be a huge spiritual experience; whether or not to post a video online should be, of course, up to the missionary.

  • John20000 Cedar Hills, UT
    March 22, 2013 8:38 a.m.

    Let them lead the way. I think it is great that young men and women let there light shine through social media. They are great examples (warts and all).

  • PowellGirl PROVO, UT
    March 22, 2013 8:37 a.m.

    I think this is a great idea. Those who want to have a personal moment reading their mission calls obviously don't post it online. I have been inspired while watching the videos posted of the many great young men and women opening their mission calls. The comment about comparing it to reading a Patriarchal Blessing online is inappropriate. Many mission calls were large public events already. Modern technology has just expanded who the public is.

  • Mark from Montana Aurora, CO
    March 22, 2013 7:44 a.m.

    Call me an old sourpuss, but I believe some things should be kept private. When I received my call, my best friends mother worked at the post office sorting mail on Saturdays and she called my house at about 7:00 a.m. on a Saturday to tell me she had just sorted my letter from President Kimball. I drove down and was able to pick it up immediately. I opened the letter by myself on the way home where I could read it personally. I told my family about it once they got up and I had had time to digest it.

    What is next, reading Patriarchal Blessings on line as well? I will never understand the need to share every facet of your life with everyone via on line postings. Instead of tweets and Facebook, give me an old fashioned first class letter and a private call in a phone booth.

    March 22, 2013 7:39 a.m.

    I agree with Go Utes. There are dangers involved using the social media.

    There is an online video showing one young elder recently opening his mission call which read "Antarctica, Emperor Penguin language" mission. His college room mates then laughed and confessed they had steamed open the envelope and inserted the very official looking phony "call".

  • Go Utes! Springville, UT
    March 22, 2013 6:19 a.m.

    I would not feel bad if kids decided to keep this kind of thing private.

  • ldsrebirth Virginia Beach, VA
    March 21, 2013 3:00 p.m.

    Our first 19 year old Sister Missionary from Meridian Idaho, arrived from the MTC last week. She taught my non-member wife yesterday. Baptism date is 9 April. Only took 15 years to arrive at this point. Congrats to all on the video.