Ostracize, Condole, or Congratulate: What to do When Missionaries Come Home Early

Missionaries who return early from their missions for any reason face an unusual problem of re-entry into conventional Mormon life. The panel will address questions such as: What percentage of missionaries return early? Why do missionaries who are given an honorable release for medical reasons still feel stigmatized? Should missionaries who return early simply because they dislike the work be granted an honorable release? Would it help to admit more openly the conflicts and frustrations of missionary service? Are the problems of an early return different for women than for men? What services and supports are in place for those who return early?

Levi Peterson, Thom Duncan, Kathy Tyner, Gae Lyn Henderson, Louis Moench, Christopher Bigelow