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6 Common Regrets of Missionaries


A mission is a great time of your life to learn who you are and become the best version of yourself. Don't miss these opportunities, like so many missionaries have before you!

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As I think back to my mission, I found I had a few regrets. Either things I wished I had done, or that I had not done.

I wanted to know if these feelings were unique to me, or if others felt the same way. So I talked with many returned missionaries. As we talked, I found a lot of our regrets were similar. Here are six common regrets of LDS missionaries.

 Writing In Your Journal (Or Lack Thereof)

This is probably my biggest regret, and I’ve found it is the same for most missionaries and RMs. Let’s face it, people, especially guys, don’t like to write. Plus, we’ve all had those days that at the end of a day of tracting we can’t even think of anything worthwhile to write about. Here are some ideas to record your journey:

If you’re a missionary with an iPad, record what happened that day using voice memo. You can email yourself the recordings every week (to save space). Record not just the miracles but the funny things, and how you’re feeling. And this is my personal favorite; look for and record how you saw the hand of the Lord in your life that day.

I love the words of President Clark’s wife: “We can see the hand of the Lord in every experience we have if we are willing to look.  That is how we find joy through our trials.” ~Sue Clark

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