Branden Estrada returned home only eight weeks into his two-year mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints because of severe depression, anxiety and suicidal thoughts. It’s how his fellow church members treated Estrada when he got home that surprised him the most. Despite a supportive family, Estrada’s friends and other members of the LDS faith didn’t understand why he was home.
Abruptly terminating cell phone use may have little negative effect on most new missionaries entering the MTC.
Vladimir Bevziuk journeyed to France early in 1995 in search of work. He hoped to improve the quality of life for his wife and 6-month-old daughter in Ukraine. In the end, he did, but spiritually rather than financially.
LDS children grow up attending Primary classes and singing the words: “I hope they call me on a mission when I have grown a foot or two.”
Changes are coming to the daily schedules of full-time missionaries of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
BYU journalism graduate Alex Balinski’s YouTube channel has 500,000 to 800,000 views a month. He believes students interested in starting their own YouTube channel can be successful if they are willing to commit to it.