How can parents best support their sons and daughters who are serving as full-time missionaries?

Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf

Bear witness of what you feel and express gratitude for your child’s service as a missionary. Focus on the spiritual dimension of your child’s service. A missionary’s phone calls home are wonderful; they can change the dimension from “What did you have for breakfast?” to “What is your favorite scripture?” and from “How did you sleep last night? Did you overcome your cold?” to “Which family or individual are you teaching now and what lesson? What has strengthened you most?” The danger is sometimes that we focus on the trivial and neglect the spiritual. —Elder Uchtdorf is a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles and chairman of the Church’s Missionary Executive Council

Sister Bonnie H. Cordon

When a mission call suddenly finds you a world away from your son or daughter, you may not be able to walk side-by-side with them, but you can still share the spiritual journey. You may not share a meal, but you can still feast together on the word of God.

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