Joyce Nixon, 93, recently sat down on the edge of her seat across from her husband, Reed Nixon, also 93 years old, in their home in Orem, Utah, to talk about some of their adventures over their last 72 years together. “I don’t know why you’d want to speak to us. We’re ordinary,” Joyce said. But in many ways, Reed and Joyce’s life together has been anything but common, starting with their journey to the altar and continuing on through their serving more than 23 missions worldwide.
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If you’re reading this, you probably already know how overwhelmingly difficult it can be to come home early from a mission. Young adults who serve may experience physical injury, mental health issues, civil emergencies, worthiness concerns, serious conflicts with others, or disobedience to mission rules, causing them to leave their mission before their expected release date. Regardless of the reason, God would not want this setback to leave any of His children spiritually crippled.
Tony Finau, Elders John Groberg and Vai Sikahema talk Church growth in Tonga and the power of missionary work worldwide
As a young missionary first arriving in Tonga in 1953, Elder John Groberg couldn't imagine the impact that the small island nation and its people would have on his life and on The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Now, nearly 66 years later — despite still appearing as little more than a period on the map of the world, — Tonga holds the highest per capita rate of Church members of any country in the world.
As I have taught and trained missionaries as an instructor at BYU, I have observed a common problem. Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints want to share the gospel—they want to be great missionaries—but a few misunderstandings and false traditions stand in the way. The following are three key principles that will help us conquer our fears and open our mouths.
A friend called me today regarding the announcement about the cost of a mission increasing from $400 per month, per missionary, to $500 per month, beginning in 2020. He wanted to know what I thought about the increase, knowing I had served as a mission president in the U.S. After logging on to the church website to confirm the story, my first response was, “It could have been much higher given the true cost of a mission”.
The cost of serving a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will rise 25 percent next year to $500 a month. The first increase in missionary living costs since 2003 will be effective July 1, 2020, according to a First Presidency letter sent to the church's international leaders and local leaders in 18 countries in North America and Europe.
“We know that you have been called by prophecy and revelation,” he said. “You have been foreordained to be leaders in the Lord’s Church at this time. And you will preside over the choicest spirits of this generation...I would like to express my fondest and prayerful hopes for you,” said President Russell M. Nelson at the 2019 Mission Leadership Seminar on Sunday.