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.
I would not feel bad if kids decided to keep this kind of thing private.
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".
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
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.
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).
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.
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
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!
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.
@LonsterMy 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!
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.
Lonster,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.
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.