Returned Missionaries

June 15, 2021 04:54 PM MDT
When Brigham Young University student Gabrielle Shiozawa submitted her papers to serve a mission in June 2020, she didn’t know whether or not she should serve but wanted to show God that she was willing. However, due to health concerns, she wasn’t able to go.
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By  Emily Abel
August 20, 2020 01:00 PM MDT
Walking away from my mission president in the Richmond, Virginia, airport was a tearful experience. I had come to see President and Sister Smith as almost a second set of parents, and I would miss their love and advice. But I found comfort in knowing that I would see them again in a year when they completed their mission.
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By  Emily Abel
August 11, 2020 12:00 PM MDT
Women in the General Presidencies are missionaries in many ways, from speaking in general conference to humanitarian work to serving with their husbands as mission leaders. But did you know that four of them served full-time missions as young adults? When you read about the experiences they had, it is easy to feel the love these sisters have for the Lord and the people they served. It is also inspiring to read about how their missions helped them develop a confidence in themselves as disciples of Christ—a confidence that is now blessing millions.
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By  Emily Abel
August 06, 2019 09:00 AM MDT
January 23, 2019—the day Kyle Dory of Laramie, Wyoming, eagerly looked forward to entering the missionary training center.
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By  Emily Abel
June 26, 2019 09:19 AM MDT
A returned missionary going back to visit the country where they served? Normal. Moving there, earning a spot on a professional soccer team, touring nearly the entire country as a back-up dancer, and then starting a movement that involves running down the entire coast of the country picking up tons (literally tons) of trash along the way? Not so normal. But that is exactly what Clayton Thomas Kearl is doing.
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June 24, 2019 03:17 PM MDT
“I was able to witness people changing their lives,” Clayton Young said, “but the changes that happen personally on a mission are priceless.”
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By  Emily Abel
May 28, 2019 08:54 AM MDT
Baptism days were not only some of the most joyful days of my mission but also some of the most hopeful. I had vivid daydreams of seeing my converts sealed as a family, serve as a bishop or Relief Society president, and overall just live a gospel happily ever after. But that wasn’t always the case. Missionaries go through emotional and spiritual turmoil when they hear that someone they taught, for whatever reason, has drifted from the Church. It is too easy for missionaries to blame themselves and spiral into feeling like their mission was a failure. In my case, some of my happiest mission memories quickly turned cold and even bitter.
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May 07, 2019 12:08 PM MDT
Sitting on the front row in a room full of missionaries gathered to listen to an address by Brother Brian K. Ashton, who was then serving as second counselor in the Sunday School general presidency and vice president of field operations for BYU Pathway Worldwide, a young Filippino sister suddenly pumped her fist and loudly exclaimed, "Yes!"
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March 09, 2019 12:38 PM MST
Ask Utah State basketball coach Craig Smith one question about his returned missionary junior guard Sam Merrill and he can go on for hours.
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By  LDS Living
January 23, 2019 05:07 PM MST
Have you ever wished you knew what advice to give to a newly returned missionary? Some bit of wisdom that would make their transition from mission to home life just a little easier?
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November 01, 2018 07:00 PM MDT
The players mentioned present a small sampling of more than 140 returned Latter-day Saint missionaries on Football Bowl Subdivision rosters for the 2018 season.
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October 25, 2018 05:01 PM MDT
A group of 21 young men and women—who had completed their missions in the Florida Tallahassee region for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints—were back in their homes over 2,000 miles away. After learning of the devastation from Hurricane Michael, their call to serve again was no question. They piled into four vehicles in Provo, Utah, and traveled over 30 hours to their former service area. Their goal was to help the devastated victims in Panama City, Florida, arriving in time to help in the October 20-21 weekend relief effort.
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July 25, 2018 09:15 AM MDT
It was 10:30 on a Sunday night. Missionary Jensen Parrish was in her 13th month of serving an American Sign Language mission in the Vancouver, Washington, area when there was a knock on the door. “There stood the last two people we would have expected: our mission president and his dear wife, each wearing a grim expression,” she recalls. When the pair gave her a hug, she knew something was very, very wrong.
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June 19, 2018 04:15 PM MDT
The family of Elizabeth Elena Laguna Salgado gathered in Hobble Creek Canyon to visit the site where the returned missionary's remains were found earlier this year and to mourn her death, which police are investigating as a homicide. "I feel they're [the police are] going to be able to find the monster of monsters that did this," Salgado's uncle Rosemberg Salgado said. "We want to avoid that it will happen to another girl."
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By  Juli Jaime
May 31, 2018 01:58 PM MDT
My husband and I weren’t always “my husband and I.” We both have very different pasts that only God could bring together. I grew up in the Church while Victor, my husband, grew up in the streets. I enjoyed playing sports, being involved in clubs at school, and spending time with friends and family. Victor enjoyed using drugs, being involved with women, and utilizing friends and family. By the time I graduated I’d gone to state track meets, been the Laurel class president, and had a boyfriend that was serving a mission. When Victor graduated, he’d gone to jail, was now a father, and had a mission to be on top. I grew up in Burley, Idaho. Victor grew up in Las Vegas, Nevada. So how did our paths collide?
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May 29, 2018 12:02 PM MDT
After a terrifying, two-year imprisonment, Joshua Holt returned home Monday and shared how prayer and faith helped him through his ordeal. Holt's grandmother, Linda Holt, said, “For 678 days, I posted a prayer on Facebook for Josh and Thamy. Our stake has fasted for them. People (have) prayed for them."
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May 25, 2018 04:34 PM MDT
"It was horrible for us to receive this news," Salgado's mother, Libertad Edith Salgado-Figueroa, wrote on her Facebook page after hearing of her daughter's death. "We are suffering too much and have not yet found any comfort because the culprit has not been found. . . . I need justice for my daughter Elizabeth Elena Laguna Salgado."
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May 24, 2018 11:50 AM MDT
Our prayers are with the Salgado family.
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January 23, 2018 05:59 PM MST
Cody Hobbs, an LDS BMX racer from New Zealand, recently won the men's BMX National Championship race in Christchurch City, New Zealand. His dream to compete in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics is still alive and strong, even after sacrificing his sport to serve a mission.
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December 13, 2017 04:03 PM MST
Returned missionary Josh Holt has been barred from the hospital despite increasing medical concerns. Recently, a recording of Holt was released where you can hear him saying, "I don't know what to do. I've never felt like this before."
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By  LDS Living
November 03, 2017 12:58 PM MDT
Thanks to the Deseret News for making us aware of this video.
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September 29, 2017 04:00 PM MDT
Garrett Bolles, James Cowser, Harvey Langi—these names may sound familiar. That's because they are currently playing on NFL teams—and happen to be returned missionaries. But they're not alone. In fact, there could more returned missionaries playing in NFL than ever before.
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By  LDS Living
September 21, 2017 03:22 PM MDT
Did you know there are nearly 150 returned missionaries playing college football across the United States?
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September 20, 2017 05:32 PM MDT
Check out these 10 incredible athletes who also served missions for the Church.
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August 23, 2017 01:45 PM MDT
Misty Schumann served in the Alpine German-Speaking Mission for four months before her mission president suggested that she return home to seek further medical testing for what they now know is a hole in her heart.
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August 19, 2017 02:02 PM MDT
What an inspiring story of having humility and being willing to change life plans as this convert returned home from his mission three times but continued to follow the Spirit and eventually finish his mission.
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By  LDS Living
August 12, 2017 03:57 PM MDT
"When I was a missionary, I received a phone call I was hoping would never come," Kensie shares in a powerful new video.
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By  LDS Living
August 07, 2017 03:15 PM MDT
"I pray that one day every child of God will be taught the gospel in their native tongue. Hopefully, this video can help to fulfill that," returned missionary Allie Gardner shared on Facebook about the first-ever music video of "I'm a Child of God" sung in the Mayan language.
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By  LDS Living
July 31, 2017 04:31 PM MDT
After a highly successful 15-year career, LDS pitcher Jeremy Guthrie announced his retirement today. But his groundbreaking, historical firsts as an LDS pitcher in the MLB and how he demonstrated his faith will continue to inspire others.
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July 31, 2017 02:47 PM MDT
Recently, Cleo Madison asked returned missionaries to give their best advice to those who are preparing to serve. Here are some of the powerful responses:
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July 26, 2017 01:13 PM MDT
"I was just like, 'He's my brother and I'm here for you if you need something from me, a kidney or whatever, it's yours,'" Branden Seare said.
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July 08, 2017 01:00 PM MDT
LDS entrepreneurs David Sparks and David Kiley are not exactly what you might think of as stereotypical returned missionaries. Better known as "Heavy D" and "Diesel Dave," these two friends own and operate DieselSellerz—the world's largest marketplace related to anything diesel. In January 2016, Discovery Channel aired the hit reality TV show, Diesel Brothers, which highlights the friends' custom vehicle builds, crazy stunts, and elaborate pranks.
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July 05, 2017 01:00 PM MDT
Although Jacob Hanneman is considered an older prospect for the Chicago Cubs due to his LDS mission, he doesn't regret his choice to serve and feels grateful for the experiences he had as a missionary.
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June 30, 2017 01:19 PM MDT
Today, June 30, marks the one-year mark since returned missionary Joshua Holt was imprisoned in Venezuela. Many have been fighting for Holt's release, including his family, the Vatican, senators, and the former secretary of state and vice president.
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June 22, 2017 01:37 PM MDT
The following is a letter we've republished with permission from Elder Cameron Condie and Elder Cayden Cazier's family:
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By  LDS Living
June 05, 2017 03:28 PM MDT
Thanks to KSL for making us aware of this video.
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By  LDS Living
May 23, 2017 03:26 PM MDT
LDS Midshipman and returned missionary Colin Gallacher performed the national anthem at the Preakness Stakes horse race on Saturday.
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Fun
April 27, 2017 10:21 PM MDT
Learn how a surprise trip to Disneyland became the "best day ever" after an unexpected visit from Johnny Depp.
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April 19, 2017 01:12 PM MDT
“Mark never thought he had Down syndrome. He never thought he had any disability,” Stacey Anderson said. “He just thought he could do anything. He didn’t think he was limited, and I think it was by the way people treated him in the community. … Everyone treated him so good that he thought he could do it all.”
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March 08, 2017 03:45 PM MST
While missions build wonderful experiences, we should be careful about the stereotypes we carry in the Church.
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By  LDS Living
February 14, 2017 12:09 PM MST
Last Month, returned missionary Dante Racioppo was critically injured when an impaired driver hit his car, causing it to spin out of control and into the path of a second oncoming car.
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January 24, 2017 11:37 AM MST
With Joshua Holt's health failing and after his horrible treatment by his imprisoners, his family is desperate to get him home soon.
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January 10, 2017 03:20 PM MST
A little more than 18 months ago, LDS author Jason F. Wright wrote an open letter to his daughter before she left on her mission titled Letter to Missionary Daughter: "A Mission Isn't for You." Now, after returning home from her mission, his daughter has a chance to respond to his letter.
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January 10, 2017 02:31 PM MST
A common complaint when other football teams face off against BYU linemen is they are two years older, because many serve LDS missions, and therefore bigger, giving an unfair advantage.
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By  LDS Living
January 10, 2017 01:34 PM MST
On New Year's Eve, LDS member Ariel Pearse became the first woman from New Zealand to win Miss Tourism International since it's inception in 1994.
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January 06, 2017 07:48 PM MST
Before LaVell Edwards, most LDS football players had to make a tough decision: serve a mission or play college football. But the legendary coach made changes to BYU's football culture that completely transformed how coaches across the nation now look at missionary service.
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By  LDS Living
December 13, 2016 06:39 PM MST
Coming home from a full-time mission and transitioning back into the life you left behind can be—well—akward.
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December 01, 2016 04:24 PM MST
On Thanksgiving day, Kayden Carlos stepped off a plane in Salt Lake City after completing a two-year assignment for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Maryland Baltimore Mission.
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By  LDS Living
December 01, 2016 01:48 PM MST
From Asia to South America, these returned missionaries spent a year and a half to two years teaching the gospel in foreign countries—and each learned a foreign language to do so.
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November 29, 2016 05:56 PM MST
Is there a way to see how the Spirit literally affects those who feel it? A new study at the University of Utah reveals some pretty surprising insights.
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November 14, 2016 08:18 PM MST
For many returned missionaries, coming home can be one of the hardest parts of serving a mission. After 18 months or 2 years of finding, teaching, and serving others full-time, it can be disorienting to return to a life filled with school, work, and dating.
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November 10, 2016 08:10 PM MST
Josh Holt, an RM who was arrested on weapons charges, experienced another court delay that his attorney, Jeannette Prieto, called a "denial of justice."
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October 20, 2016 06:59 PM MDT
One LDS mom found a unique way to greet her returned missionary at the airport in Washington, D.C., when he returned from his mission to Sacramento, California.
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October 10, 2016 05:00 PM MDT
Ray Kahn used to measure success by a person’s status. However, after experiencing life-altering events, the returned missionary realized that true worth is not just what you have in a bank account.
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By  LDS Living
October 05, 2016 09:00 AM MDT
With over 74,000 missionaries serving around the globe for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, members and nonmembers all over the world recognize Mormon missionaries as they go two-by-two, preaching the gospel.
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October 04, 2016 05:31 PM MDT
Inspired by an article by Mormon Newsroom, featuring Jake Mangakahia for World Ballet Day on October 4, 2016.
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By  LDS Living
October 03, 2016 04:00 AM MDT
All the days you eagerly marked off the calendar with a Sharpie have come to this—your missionary is finally home!
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September 30, 2016 01:59 PM MDT
Our prayers are with Josh Holt's family, who says thereturned missionary's health is failing him.
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September 15, 2016 07:33 PM MDT
Here is a glimpse at the returned missionaries playing FBS football all over the nation.
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