Coming Home: Challenges Faced By Returning Missionaries They walk off the airplane into the arms of friends and family and gobble their first burger and shake in years. They report to their stake presidency, give a homecoming talk in their ward, usually on a bishop-assigned topic, and for a few months, may partner with a high councilor on the sacrament meeting circuit in their stake. Meanwhile, twenty-something RMs need new clothes, a job, to get back into school, to start dating again, to move toward marriage. For many, these obstacles are serious, with life-long effects. What familial, social, and institutional obstacles must be faced and overcome? Do older single and couple missionaries also face re-entry hurdles? Panelists will discuss what helps and hurts.
Mary Beth Raynes, Richard Ferre