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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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.
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.
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.
Kristen Reber is the podcast host of Early Homecoming: Insights from Missionaries Who Returned Early and the author of Early Homecoming: A Resource for Early-Returned Missionaries, Their Church Leaders, and Family. She graduated from Brigham Young University in 2014 with a bachelor’s degree in English and a minor in Editing, and another minor in Psychology. Kristen worked as the operations manager of Latter-day Saint Publishing and Media Association (LDSPMA) for several years before becoming their associate director of education. 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.