Your Purpose Now that you are Home

Returned Missionary Training Center

Every full-time missionary knows what their purpose is as a missionary. It says it on the first page and paragraph of Preach My Gospel:

“Invite others to come unto Christ by helping them receive the restored gospel through faith in Jesus Christ and His Atonement, repentance, baptism, receiving the gift of the Holy Ghost, and enduring to the end.”

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It is right in front of you and clear as a bell. But when you return, how do you know what your purpose is? Is it the same? How has it changed? Do you know your purpose? We will be talking about these things in the new book Live My Gospel. For now, we just created a video. Please share with all your friends who might have wondered about this before and stay tuned for more posts and videos about this.

avatar Andy Proctor (42 Posts)

Andy is the creator of T​he Returned Missionary (this blog)​, encouraging the tens of thousands of LDS missionaries who come home every year to continue to be productive, hardworking, faithful, and happy long after their full-time mission has ended. His goal with this blog is to help people know how they can live the gospel while living their dreams. He just launched his first book for RMs, called ​Live Your Mission: 21 Powerful Principles to Discover Your Life Mission after Your Mission, which is the first book in the L​ive My Gospel​ book series. He also owns and manages the blog. He is a regular contributor to Meridian Magazine and has been featured on the blog as well as LDS Living and Deseret News.


  1. avatar Mary Aldridge says:

    Great post! My son seemed so completely lost when he got home from his mission that I was really worried about him. I was so worried in fact that I spoke to our bishop about it. He said that while there will be many things pulling at my son to take him wayward no that he was home that the most important thing to do was to remember what he had just done for the 2 years he was gone. This sounded a bit silly to me, but now that the years have passed, it makes a lot more sense.

    One of the things I did to help my son remember was by getting him an LDS missionary plaque that he could hang up in his room at college to remind him of what he stood for and what he meant to those wonderful people he served. Thanks for your post, glad I stumbled upon it today!

  2. My mission president gave me some really good advice when I came back which was that when you go back home, the difference between on the mission and off the mission is that instead of just having the calling as your 24/7 priority, you have 4 other priorities; eternal marriage, work, education and also yourself. So, in my view your purpose is still the same, however, considering that you have at least 4 other priorities, it helped me understand that things are going to progress at least 5 times slower. Also means that you’re kind of like a greenie again in 4 extra areas as well. That, for me, gave me a little perspective on my life back home, and of course directing me to learn PATIENCE.

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