Early Homecoming is dedicated to helping missionaries who returned home early because of physical illness, mental health, family troubles, personal choice, mistakes, or anything else that kept them from serving out their entire call to serve. Individuals seeking to help a missionary who returned home early will also find this blog useful. It is a place where early-returned missionaries can read stories from others, contribute their own stories, find answers to tough questions, understand their feelings, and most importantly hold tight to the gospel of Jesus Christ.
This page is dedicated to helping missionaries who come home early find the relief and advice that they seek, and those who wish to help these missionaries or simply gain more information. For Missionary For Family and Friends For Church Leaders For Ward Members Others Experiences FAQ
by Kristen Reber Originally published December 13, 2013 “As missionaries we’re always told to return with honor. Since I came home early, I don’t know if I can.” This was said by Samuel Adams in a 60-minute film he wrote, directed, and produced independently in 2006 called Returning with Honor . His statement echoes with many other… Continue reading Returning with Honor
by Kristen and James Reber Originally published December 13, 2013 For a long time, even up to a year after I came home from my mission early, I thought that missionaries that had been able to finish their expected amount of time had no problems–that they were able to easily put their missions behind them… Continue reading Even missionaries that “finish” do not always feel successful
by Kristen Reber Originally published December 28, 2013 When I came home early from my mission I went through a period of adjustment that perhaps wasn’t too far off of what most returned missionaries go through. I went through a cycle of feelings that ranged from sad to relieved to depressed to happy to guilty.… Continue reading I Didn’t Love My Mission. What Does That Say About Me?
by Kristen Danner Reber Originally published March 16, 2014 When a missionary comes home early, the decision to stay home or to go back out becomes paramount. For some, the decision will be clear-cut: they will immediately know which path is right. For others, the decision will be rather difficult. And still for others they… Continue reading Stay Home or Go Back Out?
Sometimes the best way to heal is to simply listen to the experiences of others and know that you are not alone. Each of these videos are on the respective pages of the reason for coming home, but if you just want to watch and listen to others’ experiences, this page is for you. Jake… Continue reading Others’ Experiences