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Guest Stand: Thinking About Serving A Senior Mission?

lds senior missionBack in the 60s and 70s girls that went on missions were considered misfits. Surely something was wrong with them, or they would have been married by the time they were twenty-one. Young women were encouraged to put marriage first, knowing that it was their highest priority. The few of us who did go on missions were cautious about telling people that we were returned missionaries because it might be a black mark on our resume.

But lots and lots of women who married young wanted to serve missions, and they and their husbands committed to serving together later in life. Then, about twenty years ago, the General Authorities began encouraging couples to consider senior missions. In 2010, President Monson pleaded, “We need many, many more senior couples,” and in 2011, Elder Holland exclaimed, “We need thousands of more couples serving in the missions of the Church.”

So all of those wonderful, faithful sisters who had put marriage first began to prepare for their long- awaited missions. But they didn’t know exactly what to expect. It was my own senior missions that led me to consider how I might be able to support senior missionary couples. Continue reading

When the Lord Calls – Three Ways to be Ready

Elder and Sister PackardIt All Began Here….

When we were forty years old we were given a good amount of stock as part of a business deal. It was projected to increase well in value and be the means to our financial security and early retirement. We went to our financial adviser and enlisted his help. We intended to retire from our business at the age of fifty, just ten years from then. Our plan was to serve as a full-time senior missionary couple for our church, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, at that point. In fact we planned to serve several, alternating spans of time at home and then back out into the field. Our adviser helped us chart out what things needed to be accomplished in the next ten years. We took our plan to the Lord, promising that if He would help us accomplish these things we were His at age fifty. Then we went to work. With laser-beam focus we attacked several personal financial goals…pay off the house, have ‘X’ amount in savings, wills and trusts established, get out and keep out of consumer debt, etc., along with many business goals. Continue reading