How to stay strong after faithful LDS missionary service

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  • LDS Liberal Farmington, UT
    Feb. 13, 2014 8:15 a.m.

    ‘How to stay strong after faithful LDS missionary service’


    That's easy...
    Keep being a Faithful Missionary.

    I've had over 15 baptisms since I've been home.

    If truely converted,
    You shouldn't loose the Spirit just becuase you hang up your suit and tie.

  • Mikhail ALPINE, UT
    Feb. 11, 2014 5:36 p.m.

    I think that the hard part for me was that it suddenly seemed that all of the questions were about me...Where do I go to school? What do I major in? Who do I marry? What do I want to be when I grow up? While a missionary, I thought most of the time about how to find and help someone else - not me.
    It is a difficult transition and very often leads to depression and sin. I think it is best to quickly find someone who understands the difficulty of the transition, speak to them regularly and find ways to serve people in a meaningful way. Building the relationship with Heavenly Father that we began to be more aware of is the journey that we should continue on.
    It is a tough time. This is a subject that needs much more discussion.

  • desert Potsdam, 00
    Feb. 11, 2014 3:40 p.m.

    The article is a framework,but not good enough.

    I can speak, as Iventura, from experience. My intention is to help the struggling RM, since I know how difficult it will be for some.Are my intentions justified in your eyes ?

    Returning from the mission is like having cut off your spiritual wings. You can walk still, but something is missing. Nobody will understand, not your Bishop, not you family not even your best friends. Because you have made a friendship with the Lord on your mission, and it seems like you have lost some of that.The natural support through that calling is gone.

    We have learned on our mission that giving testimony will secure our inner stabilty.
    If we leave this terrain after our mission Satan has a great hold on us.
    Believe me or not there is only one way out of this uncertainty :

    Enos : ...having been wrought upon by the power of God that I must preach and prophesy unto this people, and declare the word according to the truth which is in Christ. And I have declared it in all my days, and have rejoiced in it above that of the world.

  • Mainly Me Werribee, 00
    Feb. 11, 2014 2:59 p.m.

    The best way to stay strong is to not be taken in by the wisdom of the world.

  • lventura Layton, UT
    Feb. 11, 2014 2:35 p.m.

    In my estimation, this article misses the mark in one critical way - it focuses exclusively on the advice a mission president might have for the RM. I returned from a mission 23 years ago and to be honest, I don't remember what my mission president said to me. However, I did seek for and remember to this day the advice my mother and father gave me then and have given me over the years since. Parents and/or grandparents are in the unique position of taking the "general" and making it a bit more specific to and for the RM. And if by chance the father or mother isn't perceived to be worthy of giving advice, might it bring about softened hearts if the RM approaches the parent like Nephi did with Lehi and asks, "whither shall I go to obtain food." Parents and/or grandparents have earned the right to offer specific and powerful guidance to the RM. I hope my son returning home later this year from missionary service, sees it like this. And I wouldn't mind it if his mission president backed me up on this.