Latter-day Saint Life

5 Things I Wish Someone Told Me When I Returned from My Mission


When I got home from my mission, everyone wanted to help me "adjust" back to the "real world." I got so much advice on how and what I should be doing, but looking back on most of the advice I got — I really wish I had ignored it. What I wish someone had told me are these five things.

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1. Don’t Stop Sharing the Gospel

Almost everyone told me that I needed to make sure I “came home” from my mission. They warned me against wanting to live in the mission still. My first Sunday back I noticed a man in gospel doctrine with his missionary name tags still on his scriptures. I thought to myself, “Ahhh a man who never came home; I don’t want to be like him.” Then he made a comment on a comment and it had such a force that I realized I actually did want to be like him.

The man? Zac Huish. He was the bishop of my family ward when I got off my mission. He encouraged me to go to the YSA ward, and shortly after I started going he was released as the homeward bishop and called as the bishop of the YSA ward! As I watched this man share the gospel, live the gospel, serve in the Church, and have an amazing family, I realized, I wanted to be like him. He was a true disciple and everyday missionary.

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