Unmarried Returned Missionaries: New Option to Apply for 2nd Full-time Mission

Unmarried Returned Missionaries: New Option to Apply for 2nd Full-time Mission

Unmarried returned Missionaries second mission

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*If you do fit the below description and would like some inspiration, visit The Returned Missionary blog for life-changing articles that will help you find your purpose and your new mission in life. 

**If you are from a country somewhere around the world that doesn’t have any idea what April Fools Day is (because it is mostly only celebrated in USA, check out this page. This is NOT an official announcement of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and this website is in no way affiliated with the Church. 

***I was way super unmarried for almost ten years before I found my sweetheart. And though I had many very real dreams of getting called on a second mission, I had to learn that I could still be happy, and not be married.

A huge influx of missionaries has been coming home after the two-year mark from the October 2012 announcement of missionary age-change. The 88,000+ missionaries who were called to the field have all come home and there are many who still remain unmarried and a bit misguided with what to focus on next. However, they are still extremely capable, replete with knowledge of the gospel and trained with missionary skills.

For this reason, as was reported in a small press conference this morning, the Church has made a decision to allow all temple-worthy, able and willing, yet unmarried, returned missionaries, to apply to serve a second “veteran” full-time one-year mission. All interested returned missionaries have to have served a full-time mission within the last 11 years, which some seem to think is related to knowledge and familiarity with the Church missionary manual Preach My Gospel (released in 2004).

Returned missionaries also must prove via means of smart phone history, Facebook pages and other social media pages that absolutely no romantic prospects exist and that they haven’t had contact with any interested persons of the opposite sex within the last three months (90 days).

Unmarried Returned Missionaries second mission

 

If serious investigation by local bishopric (or delegated home teachers) shows that such interested returned missionaries truly have no prospects, interviews are to be set up with the bishop to apply, and qualified persons are urged to prayerfully consider this new option.

Missions in Chile, Brazil, Australia, England, and mainland United States have been selected from around the world to pilot this program and Church analysts at the missionary department predict that by the October conference of 2015, the number of missionaries serving will nearly double. Mission presidents from pilot missions have expressed their confidence and excitement in this decision as it will bring experienced missionaries back to the field to strengthen the missionaries. President Zanzibar of the Chile Conception Earthquake Recovery Mission has said the following:

“I believe this is an inspired move to bless both the returned missionaries and the young missionaries who need training from experienced missionaries. The work is being hastened and the willingness and experience of veteran returned missionaries will greatly benefit the work. I feel that it is a divinely inspired stone that will kill two birds.”

This excitement will be felt around the globe even more when it is announced by the prophet, President Thomas S. Monson in the April General Conference this Saturday. It may also be that this whole article is just an April Fools Joke and that all you returned missionaries who really wanted this to be possible should give yourselves a pat on the back for getting excited about serving a second mission!!! 🙂

 

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Andy Proctor

Andy is the creator of TheReturnedMissionary.com and the co-creator of LDSmissionaries.com and of HappyMormons.com. He served a mission in Chile and was a Spanish teacher at the Provo MTC for a few years before he graduated from BYU. He loves doing online missionary work after working in the internet marketing industry. He graduated from BYU in 2009 after living in the Holy Land and studying at the BYU Jerusalem Center. He is the author of a new book for RMs, called ​Live Your Mission: 21 Powerful Principles to Discover Your Life Mission after Your Mission, which is the first book in the L​ive My Gospel​ book series. He is a regular contributor to Meridian Magazine and has been featured on the Mormon.org blog as well as LDS Living and Deseret News. He is married and can't wait for the kids to start dropping from heaven.

18 COMMENTS

  1. This would’ve been a wonderful opportunity. I would love to serve a second mission. Anyhow, now that I’m happily married with a soon to be 4 months old baby boy, Mordecai Aliitoa Mamea, I guess the Lord has/have different plans for me.

    • Thomas. I apologize if this was offensive. This is a saying that people often say that was originally said by Brigham Young. I don’t like it either and this post is meant to be satirical on April Fools day. I hope you read my comment at the end. I was an unmarried RM for almost ten years and I know what it is like in this culture. It actually feels like other members believe this statement about you. Almost as if the unmarried RMs are totally without purpose and that there is no place for them in the Church or the world. This is a very sad social psychological (and cultural) phenomenon that I have talked about quite a bit on my other blog (The Returned Missionary). I will be writing more about this as well. And this is the case not just for the unmarried RMs but for those who struggle with same gender attraction, those who have been divorced (me as well) and many other groups of people within our Church.

    • If these things are really true , i would love serving the Lord in His Vineyard. i was indeed very excited upon reading about unmarried returned missionaries who are qualify to serve again, because i am willing to go for a mission.

  2. Andy,
    Hahaha!! You are such a goof and you totally got me! I was soooooo excited I actually shared on my FB wall before getting to the end of the article!

    Well done sir!! 🙂 😀
    Nancy

  3. Ha ha! Good one! I loved the use of the old cliché, ‘menace to society’! And the thought of having your social media – hilarious!

    One thing, though; April Fools day is not, ‘. . . mostly only celebrated in USA . . . ‘. The first mention of it was in Chaucer’s “Canterbury Tales”, (1300’s) but there were precursors of it in Rome and India and probably a lot more places besides.

    In France children try to stick pictures of fish on some unsuspecting person’s back and, when it’s discovered, they shout, ‘Poisson d’Avril!’ – April’s Fish.

    Here, in Ireland, the opportunity to carry out April Fools’ jokes ends at noon. If someone tries to carry out a prank after that children will chant,

  4. Ha ha! Good one! I loved the use of the old cliché, ‘menace to society’! And the thought of having your social media investigated – hilarious!

    One thing, though; April Fools day is not, ‘. . . mostly only celebrated in USA . . . ‘. The first mention of it was in Chaucer’s “Canterbury Tales”, (1300’s) but there were precursors of it in Rome and India and probably a lot more places besides.

    In France children try to stick pictures of fish on some unsuspecting person’s back and, when it’s discovered, they shout, ‘Poisson d’Avril!’ – April’s Fish.

    Here, in Ireland, the opportunity to carry out April Fools’ jokes traditionally ends at noon. If someone tries to carry out a prank after that children will chant,
    April Fools is dead and gone,
    You’re the fool for carrying on,
    Two potatoes in a pot,
    You’re the fool and I am not.

    Still, very few people are willing to give up the opportunity to play practical jokes so it carries on throughout the day, regardless.

    So, there you are, a little April Fools Day information. Again, great prank! Thanks for the laugh:)

    Rua

  5. I know this is April Fool’s, but unfortunately, this is how I was treated by my BYU bishop the FIRST time I went on my mission. (The article is even funnier because of that). He refused to give me an interview, and demanded I marry one of the boys in my ward (I was very unimpressed with them). He was so proud to be the bishop of the highest-marrying ward on campus. He quizzed me ad nauseam about my dating prospects (which I refused to answer, and had plenty), and told me I had to date as many men in the ward as I could (not out of the ward?), then come back in six months before he’d consider it. “A girl like you should be making one of our righteous boys happy”. (A girl ‘like me’? Good thing I’m a reward trophy for someone else. What about MY happiness? Even more important, what about my revelation?)

    Of course, I suddenly had the opportunity to move to another apartment, outside of those ward boundaries. 🙂

  6. This is an annoyance to me. I dont know where I saw this post, but I saw it a few days ago. I am a returned missionary for 9 months. I had a very tough mission and I made a few mistakes while in the field that I regret. I was sincerely pondering about going to apply for a second mission to make restitution, have a more enjoyable experience, and to help more of Heavenly Fathers children. I miss the mission field a ton. After several days of pondering about if this was a decision that I should take, I go find this article and find its an April Fools joke.

    • I’m sorry that this joke caused confusion for you. It just shows what kind of person you are: someone who loves the Lord and would do anything to help His work roll forward. I was unmarried for almost a decade after returning home from the mission and would dream about this all the time. This is partially why I wrote this as a satirical post, because I know that so many people would probably do it. Also because there are so many RMs who after serving a full-time mission, struggle to find their personal mission in life. This is an issue that I feel passionately about and am writing a book about. I am speaking on this subject at the LDS Missionary Expo at the end of April and will also publish my speech on the site www.TheReturnedMissionary.com (which I manage as well). I’m not saying that you don’t know your mission in life. I am just saying when we are full-time missionaries, we know exactly what we are supposed to be doing at all times of every day because we know our purpose (found on page 1 of Preach My Gospel). It feels good to know that what we are doing is in alignment with what the Lord would want us to be doing. When we come home and perhaps don’t discover our mission or purpose in life, we naturally look backward to a time in life when we felt meaning and purpose. This is why I believe that I had dreams all the time about serving a second mission. However, I also believe that once we feel passionately about our personal mission, it will be a strong impetus for progress and fulfillment, even if we never get married. I had to learn how to be happy and not married because I was unmarried for a long time. I have moved the April fools disclaimer to the top of the post now that it has passed to avoid further annoyance.

  7. This post starts out very sincere and I was questioning it now that conference is over. It took a while for me to realize that I had good reason to question it. I think that it was a bit insensitive to our return missionaries who are looking for a purpose after serving their missions. I particularly didn’t appreciate it being used as an April Fools joke due to the fact that it put false hope into hopeful hearts. I’ve played April Fools jokes on my kids as well as others and had them played on me and it’s been a lot of fun. Forgive me but I thought this was a bit insensitive and didn’t get one chuckle out of it. I felt sad for those who thought this might be fact. I think that I have a pretty good witt and sense of humor and maybe you say that I need to lighten up more but this “joke ” was not fun at all. For those who thought it was funny that’s just great but was it worth it for those that it hurt.

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