Two weeks ago, we took our 7th missionary son to the MTC and I was reminded all over again just how difficult--and wonderful--it is to be the mother of a missionary. After all these years of missionary-mommying, though, I find that the moment I say goodbye I am much less focused on things like "does he know how to iron a shirt" and much more focused on things like: "what can I do to help him be successful?" As a mother (and the wife of a former mission president), there are some things I have learned through the years that I hope might help other missionary moms like you! Let me make one thing clear right up front: I am not an expert! I certainly do not have all the answers (hardly any of them, as a matter of fact.) Because every missionary is different, nothing works the same for each one. This blog is simply a collection of things that have worked for me...things that have helped me as I have worked every day to support my missionary sons. Please feel free to use anything you find here to help, support, inspire, teach, motivate, encourage, and express love to your missionary. Your child is unique and wonderful in his or her own way---only you will know exactly what he needs to help him succeed. I do have one piece of advice, though, that applies to every single missionary mom on the planet: Never underestimate how important you are in this mission experience. Your child needs you---now, more than any other time in his life to this point. This is a time for you to really shine as a parent!
And one more thing I know for sure:
YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE!!