A wonderful and inspiring reading of her journal entries! Her ups and downs,
and her growth in the Lord and in the LDS faith in the mission field, will and
has made her a better person in the world today! I wish I went on a mission!
Her thought of how the LDS authorities feel knowing there are a large percentage
of in-actives in the LDS Church today makes me think of my neighborhood
Shiprock, NM. My next door neighbors are LDS yet stopped their attendance at
Church. About 50% of the LDS members in Shiprock are inactive. That statistic
is saddening! Yet our Shiprock LDS Church is full with about 250 in attendance
each Sunday. Sometimes nearly as high as 300! Have you seen the movie "The
Best Two Years"? What she went through is a little similar to this movie,
except she didn't have a boyfriend who left her while she was on the
mission field. I will buy her book for my daughter! It will be good if my
daughter goes on an LDS mission!
When she told the customs officer she was never returning, I too cried. It has
been nearly 40 years since my return, and I still have great saudades do Brasil.
I joined the church later in life and never served a mission. But what a
wonderful, heartfelt, and growing experience these diary entries unfold. Thanks
so much for such a spiritually uplifting article.
Her journal sounds like she needs a cause. I am sure her mission was a mental
and especially emotional roller coaster.