“’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
Just as the youth in the Church sing, “We are as the army of Helaman,” we, as senior missionaries, and in fact, we as members of God’s Church everywhere, are as Ammon. We offer our talents to build the kingdom, and God magnifies them until they are swords of strength that gather and protect His sheep throughout the world. We are all, indeed, superheroes in God’s hands as we offer to serve Him.
Go on a date every single week. That’s part of what preparation day is supposed to be for. If you spend the whole day doing laundry, shopping, cleaning, and reading books, you’ll miss out on essential nourishment for your marriage. Missions don’t need to be spiritual and focused all the time. You can actually take time to have fun together.
“No senior missionary finds it convenient to leave. Neither did Joseph or Brigham or John or Wilford. They had children and grandchildren too. They loved their families not one whit less, but they also loved the Lord and wanted to serve Him. Someday we may meet these stalwarts who helped to establish this dispensation. Then will we rejoice that we did not seek the shadows when a call to missionary service came from the prophet, even in the autumn years of our lives.” President Russell M. Nelson
Even though senior couples often feel insignificant or incapable, they can bring about great things in the Lord’s work. One member interaction can lead to a whole family of converts. One service can lead to many open doors. “Small means in many instances doth confound the wise.”