I had a lot of great missionary experiences. I couldn’t imagine my life without my mission. And I hate the thought of doing it over again.
Something a member told me in my first area stuck with me. He said that the missionaries who were just trying to have fun on their missions and not take the work seriously were the ones who were miserbale on their missions. I came to a point where it was hard to go on, but I felt God’s strength in my most difficult times.
I agree with the getting along with companions better. My companions would comment how I would forgive on the spot. And I tried very hard to be in harmony with them. But I see where I fell short. Of course, I guess that is part of the learning experience.
I would keep the mission rules including time to get up and go to sleep etc, etc. But if something happened where we didn’t do things right, I would stress a lot less.]]>
I moved to Houston in 2007, have kind of moved on from Mormonism and am just busy with life. Hope all is well with you.
I was QUITE miserable throughout my mission. Other than the fact that I baptized a couple of lasting converts, I definitely would not do it again. I found the lifestyle and the rules impossible to follow and enjoy, and I don’t even believe in knocking on doors; I think it’s rude and intrusive.
Whew, I really loathed the mission program and am surprised I lasted the whole two years! I’m not sure yet what I’ll tell my sons…]]>
Actually, I wouldn’t have changed too much, except to just do “more of the same”. What a great experience, even with hindsight after 25 years!]]>
- help my companions get out of eating things they didn’t want to eat in members’ homes (vs. forcing them)
- focus more on activation and reactivation, not just baptism
- attend church more
- ignore idiotic behavior of elders (that I’m sure they are heartily ashamed of by now)
- stay in touch with members and converts alike
- teach my own contacts that were in other areas but close to my area
- not have my parents come at the end
Steve EM — I haven’t seen you around the blogs in a long time!]]>