Returning home early from a mission comes with its own set of uncertainties. It isn’t easy, but here are some answers to questions you might have.
Will people judge me for returning home early? Maybe, but those who do might not fully understand your situation. Your mission was between you and God, and that’s all that matters. Focus on people who are rooting for you and be forgiving of those who pass judgment.
How can I transition back to a non-missionary lifestyle? It’s difficult to adjust from a highly structured mission life to lots of downtime and different choices at home. Find productive, fun, and wholesome things to do. Be “anxiously engaged” in good causes because that is what will help you be happy.
How can I overcome any bitter feelings I may have toward my mission? The Savior’s Atonement isn’t just for repentance; it’s also for solace, understanding, and healing. Pray and ask Heavenly Father to help you see your mission from His perspective.
How can I move forward? Overcoming any trial requires the Lord’s help. Understand that these seeming stumbling blocks can actually be platforms of progression. Remember that no matter what caused you to come home, Christ can help you solve it. All you have to do is ask.