Whether Latter-day Saints make a happy dance or express reservations about the Friday message that the missionaries of faith can now call home every week, it may depend on their generation. from the opportunity to hear their children's voices over the phone – as well as in video chats and texts – more often than Christmas and Mother's Day.
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Veronica Poznanski, who serves with his husband while leading the mission of the Church of Jesus Christ by Latter-day Saints in Paris from 2011 to 2014, called the "inspired" move.
"It seems that mission presidents must send home more and more young missionaries who are emotionally fragile," says Poznansky, a Frenchman who lives in Germany. "Regular communication with parents, especially, can help because they listen and give loving and calming advice and follow them. [It also could aid] Families who will feel really involved in the service [children’s] and presidents of missions who can cooperate more with families in specific situations.
That depends, she said, "from these conversations, which remain instructive and reasonable, and that parents do not invite friends [or boyfriends] when they wait for the call. "
As a therapist, Sarah Hughes-Fun of Billings, Mont, expects these changes" to reduce the number of missionaries coming home. Early, while supporting positive increases in mental health for missionaries and overall emotional health. "Breaking the link with primary care systems often" increases anxiety and depressive symptoms, "she said. The more frequent call "supports a healthy relationship and increases access to familiar love and support." He also provides missionaries with one more time to convey the concerns about safety, physical health and future plans.
Older members, however, worry that connecting with parents so often – though church leaders say missionaries are not expected to call their parents every week – may divert the attention of young men and women from focus to the proselytizing of the world.
For some, the mission is a holy time to devote all their energies to bringing the new-believers to Christ, free from family drama and romantic tangle.
The calling at home only twice a year was seen and defended as an expression of a desire to withdraw from the world, a noble sacrifice that some continued
"We are moving away from the monastic elements of missionary work," says Steve Evans, founder of the Salt Lake City Social Agreement. day Saint Saint, who expressed mixed feelings of change. "I hope we can preserve the contemplative, consecrated nature of missionary life."
Then Evans added, "I'm sure we can."
At least, Utah Peter Aspund hopes that phone calls will not replace "The detailed, funny and remarkable emails [like the ones I] obtained from my oldest when he serves."
These emails, Aslund said, "created a record of his service, which will be very significant to him in the future." 19659002] Neil Evans of Reston, Va., Applauds the new missionary communication policy, but wonders if he has gone too far.
"Twice a year is too little," Evans said. "Once a week is too often."
It is very valuable to "sit down and put your thoughts and feelings in writing," he said. "I understand it is not necessarily [to call weekly] but something in the middle would be nice. Once a month. Once every month. "
He is not sure whether the calls will make missionaries" more or less household, "says Evans, who was a missionary in Virginia from 1987 to 1989, and currently has a son in Peru and a daughter in Brazil. However, he is "very grateful that the church is listening and making changes."
On the other hand, the leaders of the Latter-day Saints pointed out missionary mental health and family involvement as one of the reasons for this move. Young men (18 years of age) and full-time women (who may be 19 years of age) must "use the judgment when determining the duration of phone calls and video chat," said the statement of the First Presidency, Be careful of their companions. "
Family members are asked" not to initiate calls or talks, but instead wait for the missionary to contact them during their weekly preparation, "the leaders said. "If the missionary's parents live in different places, he or she can contact each of the parents individually."
The Church encourages weekly communion with their families "using any approved method that missionaries decide," said Apostle Dieter F. Uchtdorf, Chairman of the Mission Executive Board. "This may vary depending on their circumstances, locations and schedules for this week. Not all missionaries are expected to talk to their parents every week. The exact way of communication is left to the missionary when he or she decides what best will meet their needs. "
The change also makes it possible to adapt to a variety of family circumstances, Uddorff explained in a press release, and better. supporting missionaries who would benefit from enhanced personal contact with their family at home.
"We love the missionaries and we know that the Lord values their selfless service," says Uhddorff. "We continue to try to find the best ways to support them and their families while they serve."
"I was blessed to have parents who knew when to behave," says Stevenson of East Lansing, "but not all of them do."