Home Early ... Now What?: How to Navigate Coming Home Early from a Mission

Home Early ... Now What?: How to Navigate Coming Home Early from a Mission

by Destiny Yarbro


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Home Early ... Now What? is a faith-building, hope-filled guide written by LDS early-returned missionaries for early-returned missionaries. It provides tangible helps for the missionary themselves, their families, their mission presidents, their priesthood leaders, and their ward members.

In these pages, you will learn from fellow early RMs how to:

- Resist feelings of failure
- Navigate your first Sunday home
- Understand the natural stages of grief
- Value the mission you were able to serve

Visit earlyrm.com for additional resources.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781537719597
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 11/13/2017
Pages: 172
Sales rank: 1,099,998
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.37(d)

About the Author

Destiny Yarbro came home early twice. For years she struggled silently, fearing that she had failed the Lord and wondering why He had taken away the mission she always expected to serve. Step-by-nearly-imperceptible-step, the Lord guided her healing from pain to gratitude, sorrow to joy for her mission. Over three years, Destiny interviewed and surveyed more than 1,000 early RMs and their families to write the book she wishes would have been available when she came home early.

Destiny is from Paulden, Arizona and a graduate of Brigham Young University. She loves visiting the branches of the church throughout the world. In between trips, she enjoys being a social entrepreneur and creating resources to help members with specific life challenges, such as having a disability, being homebound, having a mental illness, being incarcerated, etc. She loves hiking, playing the piano, writing, and teaching.

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Home Early ... Now What?: How to Navigate Coming Home Early from a Mission 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you’ve recently come home early from an LDS mission, or know someone who has and wish to know more about what they must be feeling right now, this book is for you. It’s very personal and written directly to the missionary, empathizing with their current situation with stories and advice from other early returned missionaries who came home for a variety of reasons and made it through. Family and friends are critical elements to a missionary’s healing process, so if your missionary seems distant and you’re struggling to empathize with them, wondering what to say and what not to say, I recommend this book as a guide. Because it speaks directly to the missionary one-on-one, by reading it you can get a fuller sense of some of the struggles and heartaches they are experiencing. Short guides are also included at the end for parents, bishops/stake presidents, ward councils and even mission presidents with helpful advice on how to best assist the missionary. The entire book is very well thought out and filled with experiences and lessons from real people who once felt beat down and defeated, but kept standing up again and again until they gained back their strength. Their experiences are a guiding hand for missionaries who feel like all hope is lost, because it’s not.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As the father of the author, I began reading this book to see what my child had learned through her ordeal. What transpired instead was that I became the student as this book tutored me through my own strenuous experience. Confused, we did our best to love and support her and welcome her home, but all that we attempted to do did very little to relieve her grief and our bewilderment. I now mourn the fact that I did not have this book at that time. How differently I would have navigated myself through those subsequent days, months and years. Many mistakes were made because I was not spiritually or emotionally prepared, mistakes that I only now recognize because of the principles, doctrines, and practical personal insights this book taught me. I highly recommend this book to everyone because you and I will, at some unexpected moment, be in the presence of an early returned missionary, and how we act (not re-act) in that moment, can either bless and strengthen or add to the pain and confusion of that already struggling soul.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Truly an outstanding resource of healing and fresh hope for the brokenhearted. Pages packed with the words of the Lord, words of the brethren, and words of those who've lived the private details of this sorrow and have accessed the enabling power of Jesus Christ's atonement. A trustworthy tool for Mission Presidents, local leaders, family and friends to learn from, and to give to the early returned missionaries they love and care about. An inspired compilation. The resource we needed in hand when we first felt dizzy with logistical details, yet one that will be read and re-read for fresh hope and healing in the years that follow. Sound gospel principles and practicalities for the missionaries themselves, their families and their leaders. An outstanding compilation of scriptures, words of the brethren, and words of those who've lived through it. A much needed resource.