Returned Missionaries

If you were inspired and entertained by the new Saturday’s Warrior, you’re sure to be inspired and entertained by some of the stories Elder Kestler (Clint Pulver) shares in his new interactive video autobiography. Enjoy! Some of his mission stories are hilarious..just sayin’!

Here are some of the best LDS Pick-up lines around.

  1. “What’s your favorite temple? I’m looking at mine!”
  2. “A date with me is like a temple, and you have a recommend.”
  3. “I was reading the Book of Numbers last night, and I realized I don’t have yours.”
  4. “I will treat you how I treat my scriptures. With care and love.”
  5. “You are my Pearl of Great Price.” 
  6. “Are you the iron rod? Cause I wanna hold onto you for the rest of eternity.”
    -1 Nephi 8:24 “And it came to pass that I beheld others pressing forward, and they came forth and caught hold of the end of the rod of iron; and they did press forward through the mist of darkness, clinging to the rod of iron, even until they did come forth and partake of the tree.”
  7. “The tree of life called. It wants its sweetness back.”
    1 Nephi 8: 10-11 “And it came to pass that I beheld a tree whose fruit was desireable to make one happy. And it came to pass that I did go forth and partake of the fruit thereof; and I beheld that it was most sweet, above all that I ever before tasted.”
  8. “You remind me of the fruit in Lehi’s dream. You are the most precious of all.”
    1 Nephi: 15:36 “Wherefore, the wicked are rejected from the righteous, and also from that tree of life, whose fruit is most precious and most desireable above all other fruits.”

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Joseph Anderson has been home from the mission for eleven years. Since returning he has watched countless returned missionaries feel like a fish out of water when they get back. Because of this he created a free 90 day training course for any RM who wants to just watch his videos. You can watch them on his YouTube channel or find them on his website On the website there are also worksheets to download every day that accompany the videos. This sets it apart from any other training out there.

About this project, Joseph said this:

“A few years back, I heard the story of Mark Mabry. If you are unfamiliar with his story, he is the photographer that created the reflections of Christ exhibit. He had talked about how he wanted to use the talents and gifts that he had been given in order to build the kingdom of God. As I reflected on this, it got me to thinking, “How is it that I can use my gifts and talents to further build the kingdom of God?”I pondered on this for a while.

“One day as I was playing guitar, an idea came to me so strongly of what I could do to build the kingdom of God. Over the past few years, there have been many RM’s coming home from their missions and falling away from the church. It was brought to my attention that the number of RM’s falling away was far too high! And it occurred to me that these RM’s would come home and often feel like a fish out of water. There lives had been planned for them since they were little kids and now they had many decisions and choices to make. It was during this time of figuring things out that many would fall away.

“For many years, there has always been a joke about creating an RMTC that taught RM’s how to return to regular life and still keep their spiritual depth that they gained on their mission. So as I was playing my guitar this powerful impression came that I should create one. For the past 14 years of my life I have studied personal development and have my own life, business and relationship coaching practice. I realized that many of these tools could be valuable to RM’s when they return, however most RM’s are broke and have no money. In the scriptures, it says that they did receive great learning because of their riches. I wanted to provide that learning to all RM’s in a convenient resource. So that being said, Welcome to RM University!

Here is the introduction video:

Go to his website to see more and watch the videos or to share these videos with any returned missionary you know who just got home or who may have been home for a while. Really anyone could benefit from the principles that Joseph shares.

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Twin brothers left at the same time on their LDS missions so they could also return at the same time, limiting the time the best friends would be apart.

The Meldrum twins from West Jordan have been inseperable for 18 years and then were apart for two. The plan to leave and return together mostly worked, but one brother arrived at the Salt Lake International Airport about 24 hours before the other.

He waited at the gate to be reunited with his twin before the two went out to rejoin their family after a two-year absence.

Watch Steven Crass’s coverage of the missionary’s wait and emotional reunion below:


Click here to see the full story at KUTV.

Missionary Name tag - Sister Anna Parker - Honest Truth about a misison
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When I received my mission call on December 26, 2009, I was instantly overwhelmed by the reality of a mission. It really hit me, for the first time, that I would be leaving home for 18 months and that I would be preaching the gospel every day as a servant of the Lord. Humbled by my calling, I tried my best to pick the brains of returned missionaries I knew, trying to glean from them as much information as I could. My question for each of them was the same: “If you could serve your mission all over again, what would you have done differently?” I was blessed and inspired by the counsel I received, and I tried my best to take their advice to heart.

Now, as a returned missionary myself, I can’t help but look back at my mission and consider what I would do differently, if given the chance. Every great missionary tries to serve with no regrets, but with age and experience comes knowledge and wisdom that we wish we could have imparted to our younger selves. It is with that idea in mind that I would like to share some of the insights from some fellow returned sister missionaries. I hope that as you serve or get ready to serve, you can avoid common mistakes and be saved from some of the heartache and struggle experienced by those who served before you. It is with love in my heart that I share this advice so that you can serve without regrets and have the best possible experience on your mission.

“The thing I would change is how much effort I would put into personal study in the mornings. I’ve never been a morning person, so it was always a struggle, but I’ve always felt since then like I really lost an opportunity to grow in understanding there.” – Sister Cindy Cluff, Arizona Tucson Mission, 2010

Read more at She Traveled.

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Faith has everything to do with your romance.

“Believe that your faith has everything to do with your romance, because it does. You separate dating from discipleship at your peril. Or, to phrase that more positively, Jesus Christ, the Light of the World, is the only lamp by which you can successfully see the path of love and happiness for you and for your sweetheart.”

“How Do I Love Thee?” BYU Devotional, February 15, 2000

Love is what you go through together.

“I still think the best definition of marital love is James Thurber’s, who said simply that love is what you go through together. I will be eternally grateful for what Pat was willing to go through with me—that she did not feel I had to have my degree and a car and a home and a career all in hand before we could marry.”

“Be Not Afraid, Only Believe” CES Devotional, February 6, 2015

Good marriages require all our consecration.

“No one would wish a bad marriage on anyone. But where do we think ‘good marriages’ come from? They don’t spring full-blown from the head of Zeus any more than does a good education, or good home teaching, or a good symphony. Why should a marriage require fewer tears and less toil and shabbier commitment than your job or your clothes or your car? Yet some of you will spend less time on the quality and substance and purpose of your marriage—the highest, holiest, culminating covenant you make in this world—than you will in maintaining your [car]. ‘You must not give half-hearted compliance to a marriage,’ said President Kimball. ‘It requires all our consecration.’”

“However Long and Hard the Road” BYU Devotional, January 18, 1983

Find all 10 at Aggieland Mormons.

Rap for missionary work? Who would have thought? Apparently, David Archuleta and James The Mormon think it’s a good fit. Both are returned missionaries and both popular artists. They have now teamed up to create a new rap called “Workin.” If you haven’t seen the video or heard the song, watch the video below and if you like the song enough, buy it for $0.99 here.  The Facebook video for “Workin” has now been watched over a million times!

The song is part of an album called PMG that is inspired by missionary work. If you didn’t already notice, PMG stands for Preach My Gospel. James the Mormon’s mission is to help spread the gospel in natural ways by sharing his gifts with music. So watch the video below and share if you love it!

Oh don’t miss the cameo of the missionaries at the end of the video!



This is an epic story about a rebellious missionary who was swallowed by a figurative “whale”, turned around and successfully finished his mission.

Enjoy the story!

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