As a 23 year old young woman, I entered the mission home with a call to teach for 18 months and hoping to learn a language still very new to me. I had accepted a mission call, leaving behind family, friends and college classes to teach what I knew in my heart to be true. Then just two years ago, as a pregnant mother, I returned to Santiago, Chile for the 15th anniversary of my full-time mission with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Several of us Americans boarded planes and returned for the first time to the areas we served and taught in, then gathered with our past companions and families in South America. What a memorable experience! My mission changed me forever, molded me into a better person and taught me how to love. Two things were and still are very important to missionaries– studying and learning what they are to teach and mail from home. For this reason, I wanted to share with our readers a brand new resource…
” The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints currently operates over 400 missions with more than 75,000 missionaries serving throughout the world. When the missionary age change was announced in the October 2012 general conference, a new wave of prospective missionaries began preparing for the moment they would receive their call.
After receiving the call, missionaries and families often begin their search for specific information on that mission. Until now, there has not been a centralized site to learn about the culture and people of each mission area. On October 1st, 2013 Deseret Book Company launched an online missionary website, MissionHome.com.
MissionHome.com focuses on each phase of missionary service—prepare, serve and return. It includes helpful hints to prospective missionaries including tips for how to pack efficiently and how to prepare to leave as well as inspiring and authentic experiences from former missionaries. A complete mission directory, created by missionaries who themselves have served in that area, provides information about local customs, food, transportation, safety, and many other insights.
“We saw a way that we could provide a gathering place for missionaries and the families of missionaries to become acquainted with the area where they would be serving as well as provide other unique resources,” said Laurel Christensen Day of Deseret Book Company, “and MissionHome.com was born.”
MissionHome.com is easy to use and provides a library of information for prospective and returning missionaries as well as help to families of those currently serving (a section for senior couples will be coming soon). Familiar LDS authors as well as recently returned missionaries and past mission presidents will be regular contributors to the site.
In addition to great free content and resources, families will be able to send care packages directly to their missionaries with guaranteed delivery from Deseret Book. Service is available to most missions.
For more information on Mission Home, visit www.missionhome.com. Visit them online at Youtube/ Pinterest/ Facebook
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