“Serving a mission gives retired people a chance to use their talents and gifts again. They discover that they are truly needed, and as a consequence they find a powerful new sense of direction in life. They joyfully lose themselves in new experiences and opportunities for growth. The reward for those who serve is often renewed health and energy. ” Elder David B Haight
Your father is going to love having specific information to help him prepare for his senior mission. There are just so many details to plan for. Give him Senior Missions: What to Expect and How to Prepare, and give him the gift of peace of mind.
Your mother may be anxious about a senior mission in her future. Give her the gift of peace of mind when you give her Senior Missions: What to Expect and How to Prepare. This book has all of the information she’s been looking for.
The Church has launched a new web page for prospective senior missionaries! If you go to seniormissionary.lds.org, you can find information to help you prepare for a mission. You can also search current missionary opportunities. Check out this web site and have some fun investigating the possibilities!
“’Our decision to go on a mission brought new vigor, new emotions, new friends, new places, new challenges. It brought us closer together as husband and wife; we had a common goal and a real partnership. And best of all, it brought new spiritual growth, instead of spiritual retirement.’ Brothers and sisters, let us not go into spiritual retirement.” Elder Robert D Hales
“In considering missionary opportunities, many couples throughout the world have an abundant desire to serve but lack abundant means. If this is your situation, remember that the right mission call may not be to a far-off country with a strange sounding name. The right call for you may be within your stake or area.” Elder Robert D. Hales
“What greater gift could grandparents give their posterity than to say by deed as well as word, ‘In this family we serve missions!'” Jeffrey R. Holland
“We need many, many more senior couples. … Make yourselves available to leave home and give full-time missionary service. There are few times in your lives when you will enjoy the sweet spirit and satisfaction that come from giving full-time service together in the work of the Master.” President Thomas S. Monson
“Fear of the unknown or fear that we don’t have the scriptural skills or language required can cause reluctance to serve. But the Lord has said, ‘If ye are prepared ye shall not fear’. Your life is your preparation. … Just go and be yourselves.” Robert D. Hales
As we consider couple missionary service, it is appropriate to involve our families in the same way. In family council meetings, we can give our children the opportunity to express their support, offer special assistance we may need, and receive priesthood blessings to sustain them in our absence. Where appropriate, we may be able to receive priesthood blessings from them as well. Elder Robert D. Hales