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