For Mother’s Day, I got to hug and hold my missionary Some of you may know that My sweet Sister missionary, Madi, has returned home from her mission Serving a mission is hard. Sometimes health reasons make missions harder. Sometimes missionaries come home early — and that’s okay As a missionary, Madi was obedient. She worked hard.
She shared her love of the gospel, her testimony,
and her love for others.
She changed lives. She was a good example and was a good friend to everyone. She had life-changing experiences. And her testimony grew even stronger through her love and devoted service. it was an extremely difficult and emotional decision for her to end her mission early. Its hard as a mom to see your children struggle—we never want our children to hurt but there is so much growth that they experience in times of struggle. And as much as we want to, we can’t save them from these important life experiences.
And she is doing okay.
And for those of you who Have had early-return missionaries, I want you to know that there is absolutely No Shame in them coming home early. Be very proud of their sacrifice and their service. Be grateful that were worthy to serve and worthy for the calling. Love them—Love them Hard. And make sure they have a safe and soft place to land. Very few young people sacrifice their time for 100% self-less service We are so very proud of her and her selfless love and service she shared with the people of Texas Thank you for loving her and welcoming her home. And not pressuring her with personal questions. People want to help in the worst way—and often do assumptions, judgements, gossip and curiosity have no place for early return missionaries. No Place.
They are in tender time and need only love and support And the transition back to “real life” can be hard. If you see her, or any early-return missionary, and don’t know what to say, I would recommend that you simply say this: Welcome home!
Thank you for serving! We love you! And we are proud of you! I have shared a few paragraphs from her last missionary email in the comments