Some LDS missionaries coming home from Ukraine; missionaries in Venezuela are safe

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  • portlander Arlington, WA
    March 9, 2014 1:05 a.m.

    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 However, after a short time, that edict was rescinded and missionaries began to receive 24 month calls again.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!

  • K Mchenry, IL
    March 8, 2014 7:16 a.m.

    @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.

  • Shimlau SAINT GEORGE, UT
    March 7, 2014 3:31 p.m.

    @ lunch boy: Amen.

  • LunchBoy DRAPER, UT
    March 7, 2014 1:59 p.m.

    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?

  • Poqui Murray, UT
    March 7, 2014 12:39 p.m.

    "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!!!

  • UteNationAlum Cottonwood Heights, UT
    March 7, 2014 12:01 p.m.

    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 feel!

  • JayDee West Jordan, UT
    March 7, 2014 11:35 a.m.

    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.

  • fowersjl Farmington, Utah
    March 7, 2014 10:54 a.m.

    @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.

  • ulvegaard Medical Lake, Washington
    March 7, 2014 10:42 a.m.

    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.

  • sukiyhtaky us, CA
    March 7, 2014 10:39 a.m.

    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. :)]

  • Arroba Brigham City, UT
    March 7, 2014 9:50 a.m.

    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.

  • suzyk#1 Mount Pleasant, UT
    March 7, 2014 8:10 a.m.

    To: gogogoff - I bet you loved your mission just by your comment. Good for you..I bet you did a lot of good there.

  • gogogoff Orem, UT
    March 7, 2014 7:10 a.m.

    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.