14 Surprising, Heartwarming Videos of LDS Mission Calls, Homecomings

MR says: These videos are not only touching, but unforgettable. Best to watch with tissues!

For young men and women preparing to serve missions for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, opening their calls is an exciting experience.

Many YouTube videos document the memorable moment when they learn where they will spend the next 18 months or two years.

Similarly, many videos have captured the thrilling moment when missionaries see their families for the first time after completing their service.

Here are 14 cheer- and tear-worthy mission call and missionary homecoming videos.

Returned missionary surprises high school sweetheart on her birthday

Toward the end of his mission, Josh Jones was informed that he would return home the day before his girlfriend, Brittany Haslam, turned 21. After hearing the good news, he knew he had to do something special for her birthday.

Sister missionary greeted at airport by father performing Haka

Sister Kotahi Tarawhiti is greeted at the airport with the Haka, a Maori posture dance, after returning from her mission to New Hampshire. Sister Tarawhiti's father, Wayne, coaches the Brigham Young University rugby team and was joined by some of the team members. They performed the traditional dance, leading to an emotional embrace between father and daughter at the end of the video.

"Being Maori, this Haka was the strongest way her father could show her how proud he was of her completing 19 months of service teaching others about the gospel of Jesus Christ," according to the description below the YouTube video.

Lead image via Deseret News.
Read the rest of this story at deseretnews.com