To Those Whose Missions Ended Early
“Are you going back out?”
“Are you going to stay home?”
“Maybe you were supposed to get married.”
“Maybe you were wrong to go at all.”
Questions and doubts can be natural when you’ve come home early from your mission. While some are able to adjust quickly, some feel lost, broken, or worthless. But to God, you are as valuable now as you have ever been.
When Brittany Romanello Casco came home early—twice—due to illness, she struggled with her health and her faith. But she found spiritual healing in the Atonement and comfort in communicating with those she worked with on her mission, talking to others about her experiences, and continuing to share the gospel. Read Brittany’s story.
Faithfulness is not measured by having perfect outcomes but by pressing forward through the challenges.
When you need a little comfort:
- Pray to Heavenly Father.
- Turn to the scriptures. If you need a place to start, try these:
- Proverbs 3:5–6
- Matthew 11:28–30
- 3 Nephi 22:10
- Get the perspective found in the temple regularly.
- Talk to someone who loves you—a family member, Church leader, or friend.
When you need some encouragement:
- Be careful not to blame yourself—or God (see Romans 8:28).
- Read these scriptures:
- Alma 26:5
- Deuteronomy 30:8–9
- John 15:10
- Attend the institute that is nearest to you.
- Talk to another person who came home early about how he or she has coped.
When it’s time to serve:
- As soon as you are able to serve, talk to your bishop about accepting a calling.
- Try indexing in your mission language.
- Teach investigators with the local missionaries.
- Consider asking your bishop about a Church-service mission.