Early Homecoming

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.

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Returning Home Early

Early Homecoming is an invaluable resource to LDS missionaries who return home early for any reason and at whatever stage they are at in the healing process, their Church leaders, and family members. In her faith-inspiring and compassionate style, Kristen Reber walks readers through the myriad of questions surrounding an early return, including “Why did this happen?”, “Should I stay home or go back out?”, and “How do I help my child?”. With chapters dedicated to each reason for an early return, Church leaders, and parents, Early Homecoming will uplift and strengthen those who return home early and those who seek to help them.


Early Homecoming provides outstanding awareness to those seeking to understand what is like to return home early from an LDS mission. Early-returned missionaries will gain greater self-awareness to help combat the negative emotions that come with an early return. Parents will gain additional understanding for what is happening inside their own minds and their child’s during an early return. Church leaders will gain additional awareness about how to guide someone through the early homecoming process and how to ensure someone is truly ready to return to the field (or go on a mission, period.) In her faith-inspiring and compassionate style, Kristen Reber helps all involved grapple with the nuances of an early return and to find peace with the trial.


  • This book helps everyone involved deal with the challenges and opportunities for growth that come from plans that don’t turn out as planned. Read this book, trust Kristen, and apply these ideas to strengthen your relationships.

    Barry Rellaford coauthor of A Slice of Trust and Founder of “The Strength of 10
  • This book validates the phenomenon of returning early from a mission as a legitimate issue that needs and deserves attention. It is exactly the book I would want to read if I were an early-returning missionary. Written with compassion and understanding, it provides beautiful counsel whether you are boarding an airplane to take that long flight home or you have been home for years.

    Dr. Kristine Doty-Yells PhD, LCSW
  • 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.

    Deseret News

About Kristen

Kristen Danner Reber served a mission in the Philippines from October 2010 to April 2011. Two parasites derailed her plans to serve the expected eighteen months, and she struggled for years with feelings of failure. She graduated from Brigham Young University in April 2014 with a bachelor s degree in English and minors in editing and psychology. She has since become the operations manager for LDS Publishing and Media Association (LDSPMA) where she enjoys working closely with many professionals in publishing and media fields. Kristen also enjoys doing freelance writing and editing work, and most notably has published two articles with the Ensign. When she’s not writing or editing, you’ll likely find Kristen playing her harp or engrossed in a book. Kristen married James Reber in 2013 in the Utah Manti Temple. They recently moved from Washington state to Utah Valley with their two children.

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