Nobody told Me How Mentally and Emotionally Challenging an LDS Mission Was

 Hey! I’m Jennie, The LDS Mission Coach. I’m a certified life coach and mother of two missionaries for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. And I think about you and your missionaries every single day.

Nobody told Me How Mentally and Emotionally Challenging an LDS Mission Was

 Hey! I’m Jennie, The LDS Mission Coach. I’m a certified life coach and mother of two missionaries for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. And I think about you and your missionaries every single day.

I am no stranger to the thoughts and emotions that many of you and your families are experiencing.

My oldest son served in the Louisiana Baton Rouge Mission. My second oldest son served in Australia for 7 months, came home for Covid for five months and then served in New England for twelve months.

You never really think that your son or daughter will be the one who REALLY struggles, or the one who comes home before you were expecting.

You don’t really expect to get tear filled calls from your missionary where they question why they are there, get treated poorly by their companion, or feel homesick, inadequate, anxious and discouraged.

You sort of think that once they are home from the mission that they’ll be in the clear to reap the fruits of serving. But before long you may start to see your confident missionary struggle with self-worth, overwhelm, regret and social anxiety. Sometimes they even start to question their faith or become completely stagnant.

When both of my oldest sons served missions, I never expected to see such intense moments of anxiety, guilt, frustration, stress, and discouragement.

My sons had worked their whole lives preparing to serve missions. I knew it was going to be hard, but nobody told me it would be so mentally and emotionally challenging for them.

I’ve heard example after example of struggling missionaries.

Often missionaries struggle with homesickness, self-doubt and anxiety for months into the mission. And just about the time they hit their stride, it’s time to head back home.
This transition home can also be a challenge. As both my sons got closer to coming home, I started to notice some fear, worry, uncertainty and even dread that accompanied their thoughts about coming home.

I can’t tell you the number of times I’ve heard from missionaries and moms… They tell me: “I never expected my child to struggle so much.” Or “I never saw this level of struggle from my son or daughter. They were so confident before they left!”

You should know that the emotional challenges you are struggling with right now… anxiety, stress, insecurity or self-doubt… those emotions will increase 10x out on the mission. And many times you’ll experience emotions and challenges that you never saw coming.

As I have interacted with and worked with 100’s of preparing, currently serving and return missionaries… I decided that there had to be a better way.

After becoming a certified life coach, and receiving advanced training in Faith-based Coaching tools, I have seen the mental and emotional tools I teach completely change the trajectory of missions and post-mission lives.

The truth is this:

Every step of the mission is filled with uncertainty, but when you are certain in YOURSELF and how to navigate yourself… you CANNOT fail. No matter the challenge that is presented to you.

From the moment you submit your papers, through the MTC, through every single transfer, including the months after you get home… the mission is going to stretch you and change you in a way that you can’t even imagine.

And I want to be here for you every step of the way.

I have made it MY mission to make sure that every missionary has the support they need.

When my oldest son started his mission papers I became aware of the emotional and mental challenges associated with the mission experience.

Since the Fall of 2017, I’ve been on a journey to find a way to empower missionaries to create the exact mission and post-mission experience that they want. And since then, I’ve been thinking about you and your missionary, every single day.

Often people’s interest in the missionaries or RM experience is short-lived. As long as they have a missionary, or are serving a mission, people are investested. And after that time, they move on to other pursuits and interests. Which is great and wonderful.

But, you should know:

Empowering our young adults with mental and emotional tools is more important than ever.

Both of my missionaries are home now… and, I’m not going anywhere.

Different aspects of the mission experience can be a worry for a lot of missionaries.

The LDS Mission Experience will be challenging for many reasons. Not only will you be asked to leave your family and friends, start meeting new people, become a different version a of you…

At some point, you’ll actually need to come back home, plug your new self back into your old life, re-establish your identity, grapple with believing you’ve lost your purpose, all while trying to decide what you want for your future.

Education? Career? Marriage? How will you figure out what’s next?

Most missionaries are overwhelmed at the prospect of becoming a missionary, feel overwhelmed and inadequate on the mission, then come home and feel overwhelmed and inadequate because they aren’t living up to the person they were on the mission.

And let me tell you:

None of this is necessary.

Missions are meant to be hard, but they don’t need to leave us suffering from overwhelm, inadequacy, regret and self-doubt.

The mission has the ability to make you the best version of you yet, and I can show you how.

I help missionaries in all stages.

And depending on which stage of the mission experience you are in, you will need a unique set of solutions. Click below to empower yourself with tools that will help you overcome worry and anxiety, create epic, unwavering confidence and never question your purpose again.

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