What is Your Best Missionary Story?
You know when you got home from your mission that people were interested in your stories for the first week or two and then life entered in and they stopped being interested in the two best years of your life.
But, no matter whether you are 24 or 94, you will find yourself using the phrase, "when I was on my mission..." fairly often in Church or even just talking to strangers who are members.
Here is your chance to share your best stories.
Here are a few instructions:
Keep them to three short paragraphs if at all possible. They may be great stories but you aren't writing another bible. Keep them short and give us the meat. We'll catch on and enjoy them if they aren't long and drawn out.
One story per email please.
Send your story in an email to: email@example.com
Put the title of your story in the subject field of your email and put your first name and last initial at the end of your story.
Not every story will make it in. I'll have to look at each one and cut any that may be a problem.
With that said, SEND IN YOUR BEST STUFF!!
Since Amanda was college age and female, the elders passed her off to us. She came to church that next Sunday where we met her. The night before she had gone to a post-season football game for Florida State and there had been fireworks after. She told us later that as she watched them, she knew that God loved her and approved of her decision to go to the LDS church the next day. The lessons that Sunday were perfect for her. Especially sacrament meeting. One of the members recently returned from his mission and was giving his homecoming talk. When the meeting was over she turned to me and said “I want to go on a mission. But I would probably have to get baptized first, huh?”. We were taken aback and very excited to start teaching her.
That week we taught her the first 2 lessons. Amanda just took everything in. For the next month we taught her, she became friends with the members of the ward and started coming to Family Home Evening, activities and institute. She started to change. Her eyes began to shine and her life was happier. Things were going great. One Saturday night before fast Sunday we were talking with Amanda about fasting and what to fast for. She was struggling in getting a confirmation to know if she should be baptized. We asked her to fast for a confirmation and that we would fast along with her. We knelt down and prayed together that she would receive an answer to her prayers.
The next day I sat next to Amanda in sacrament meeting and she was quieter than usual. She had her head down and seemed to be deep in thought. After, I looked over at her and her countenance had changed. I told her that she looked different and she looked at me a little confused, shrugged her shoulders then walked away. About ten minutes later she came up to me and said “Sister Benfield, I want to be baptized.” She had received her answer and was glowing with excitement.
She was baptized a month later on July 5th. She wanted the most important experience in her life to take place the day after there were fireworks so she would always remember that first confirmation she felt.
Amanda moved out to Utah 6 months later to attend BYU. Her family had a hard time supporting her decision to join the church and an even harder time when she moved west. She gradually fell away from the truth and moved back east where life was more familiar and easier. I know Amanda has a strong testimony and that one day she will look back and remember what had made her genuinely happy. Natasha B. - Utah
The 17th of Never
When we asked if his parents were home, he said “Let me check.” He came back a moment later and said that we would have to return.
Thinking that this might be an opportunity to share the message we had come so far to share, we got excited and said, “OK, great! When can we come back then?”
“The 17th.” Was his reply. Whipping out our weekly planners, my companion missionary said, “The 17th of June, then?”
“No” he said- “the 17th of never.”
I’ll never forget how slick this kid was or just how deadpan was his delivery. I mean, it was spot on, as if he had rehearsed it for months. My wife and I today use this sarcastically when we joke about things that we are sure will never happen. When should we get caught up on all the laundry? The 17th. When are we going to break down and put in our landscaping? Well, I’ve got some free time on the 17th… Jim A. - Utah
Missionary Story from The "Hood"
I served in an economically and spiritually depressed area of New Jersey, in a small town known as Camden that sat on the banks of the Delaware River directly across from Philadelphia. This town was once the crown jewel of New Jersey, but was now overcome with crime, government corruption, and poverty. The air was heavy with defeat.
On one particular occasion, as my companion and I were out “tocando puertas” or knocking on doors, we came across a young latino boy who was very scrawny and couldn’t have been more than 11 years of age, although from his WWF t-shirt, large diamond stud earrings, and menacing scowl on his face it was apparent that he thought he was pretty hardcore.
My companion began to introduce us as special messengers with a gospel message. As was his custom, he broke the ice by inquiring as to the boy’s name. “Everlastin’ “ came the reply. We were both a little stunned, and I had to fight back a small smile from the corners of my mouth. “Everlasting what?” my companion asked. “That’s it- just Everlastin’ “ our young friend replied in his gruffest and most gangsterly of tones. Again we tried not to laugh as this kid really did want to be respected and regarded as a man who meant business, but as we walked away later I couldn’t help but smile to myself and reflect on that product of the ghetto.
I Would Exhort Ya'll
Here's how it went when our Southern Belle read them:
"Behold, I would exhort ya'll that when ya'll shall read these things, if it be wisdom in God that ya'll should read them, that ya'll would remember how merciful the Lord hath been unto the children of men…"
I had never heard the term "ya'll" used in quite that context, but it worked beautifully and she still got the message. Marianne J. - Utah
A Man Named Hilda
One afternoon as I was calling out referrals to the missionaries I was pleased to run across a name that I recognized and could actually pronounce correctly. Since the missionary couple I was calling wasn't at home I was leaving a message, so here's how the message went.
"Hi, Elder and Sister C, this is Sister J, I have a media referral for you. It's for a Bible and it's for a man…(pause)…it's for a man named Hilda." That's as far as I got. After I realized what I had read, and had double-checked that the referral was indeed for a man named Hilda who lived in Georgia, I was lost to giggles. I had to hang up and just laugh. It took me 4 additional messages to get through the entire information before laughter would get the better of me. The missionary couple tape-recorded those messages and have since given me a copy, but not before it was played for all to hear at Zone Conference. Marianne J - Utah