Kristen Reber is the author of Early Homecoming: A Resource for Early-Returned Missionaries, Their Church Leaders, and Family. She is also a devoted Latter-day Saint, wife, mother, and friend. You can often find Kristen reading, writing, playing her harp, or traveling with her family. She and her husband, James, recently moved their family to Utah Valley.
When a mission doesn’t last as long as expected, it can be difficult to adjust to the change in plans. But every mission matters to our Heavenly Father. Based on personal experiences and scholarly research, this book helps loved ones, leaders, and returning missionaries navigate through the mixed emotions of an early release for any reason and press forward with faith.
I've had the opportunity to interact with Kristen in multiple settings. I'm continually impressed by her maturity, thoughtfulness, great ideas for improvement, professionalism, and organizational skills. As an author, her uplifting messages can bring light to many people.
The heart of "Early Homecoming" is poignant testimony of the love and concern of our Heavenly Father and his son for each person and the place of trials, faith and repentance in their plan. These overarching themes make this book universally applicable and uplifting regardless of the reader's mission experiences or lack thereof. While not everyone serves a mission, every person experiences unexpected trials and disappointments. Everyone has wronged and been wronged, and all must learn how to repent, forgive and move forward.
I have worked closely with Kristen for many months on several publishing, marketing, and administrative projects. She has routinely done all that was needed with high quality, great timeliness, and a wonderful attitude. She has a gift for setting up systems and accomplishing tasks in the most clear and useful way possible. And she consistently takes initiative and makes it easy to work with her.