My mission story was published on “Don’t Stop, Sargeant” – a site for early return missionaries.
How often I hear members say, “The Lord protects His missionaries.” And it’s true. He does watch out for us. Significantly less 18 to 26-year-old young adults die on a mission
than if living as “regular” young adults.
And yet, why do some missionaries have to come home early? Why are some missionaries not “healed” during their missions? These questions pulled on my heart for a long time after my return from the mission.
In 2009, I was called to the Hungary Budapest Mission. I was absolutely ecstatic. My parents had both served missions and I grew up listening to their stories of preaching the gospel, walking ’til their calves ached, and the time a little boy peed on my mom’s head from the second story of a home. I was thrilled and could not wait to have a growing experience like theirs for the next year and a half!
As I neared the end of my MTC stay, for the first time in my life, my health acted up. I had some kind of seizure and went home to see if we could find some answers. When the results came back clean and I was obviously doing fine after some recoup time at home, I waited eagerly to see where I would be re-called. I do not think I have ever been so happy as the day I found out I was assigned to the Hungary mission again! They told me I would fly back to the MTC the next day – I had never really unpacked, so packing was a cinch!
When I arrived in Budapest, I was given the most incredible trainer and assigned to the city of Pest. The first weeks were absolutely incredible.