This comment that I came across hit me really really hard and gets right to the core of what I want to do with this website. I want LDS early return missionaries to view themselves as game changers and fully capable members of the church and of their communities. Recently I returned home early from my LDS full time mission. I was called to serve in the Washington D.C. South mission, but due to mental health challenges I only lasted in the MTC for approximately three weeks before being sent home. Coming home provided me with some of the most challenging experiences of my life. Not only did I face feelings of failure, abandonment, and fear but I was also put in a place in which I had no plans; because, truly I wasn't supposed to be there for about two more years.
On this site you will find the stories of other early return missionaries who have gone on to change the world, you will find valuable resources that are not readily accessible (articles, statistics, service mission information, etc.), and you will find tons of valuable information shared through our blog page. Thanks for tuning in, please let us know if there is anything specific we can do to help you.
Recently while reading an article online I came across this comment: "My son was sent home from his mission 2 years ago with mental problems. He has not been the same [since]. He feels like a failure. Before his mission he was a straight A 4.0 student with scholarships to USU and was interested in pre med. Now he is a college drop out and not sure what he is going to do. He says he is failure and that he is stupid and can't learn. He wanted to go back out but was told by our stake president after 6 to 8 months that is was not an option.
This has been one of the hardest things I have ever gone through. I am a returned missionary and know the struggles of being a missionary. But for my son it is like his life has been placed on hold and that he has no directions [nor] means at which to get it back on track. Last years I spent about $6000 on counseling and meds to try and help him overcome his sense of worthlessness. I have no idea of where to go from here? any suggestions."