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Supporting Early-Return LDS Missionaries: Julie Hanks on Studio 5

KSL Early Return

Many of us may have a loved one or know someone that returned home earlier than planned from an LDS mission. Hear two early-return missionaries’ experiences, and hear what therapist Julie de Azevedo Hanks, LCSW and researcher Dr. Kris Doty have to say about how to best support missionaries when they return home earlier than planned…

Find out more about Dr. Kris Doty’s research
If you are an early-return missionary and need emotional support or a mental health evaluation, we can help.

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3 Ways Parents Can Emotionally Prepare Youth for LDS Mission

3 Ways Parents Can Emotionally Prepare Youth for LDS Mission

In the LDS community, I am often asked, “How can I prepare my son or daughter for full-time missionary service?” As a therapist who sees many teens who have a mission goal in mind, I look for 3 factors that may determine success in meeting the demands of mission service.

1. Social Skills

As parents, we often focus on our child’s G.P.A, but what does their “Citizenship” grades indicate? As a parent myself, when I attend parent/teacher conferences I ask, “How does my child interact with others? Are they kind and helpful with their peers? Are they respectful to you, the teacher?”. Social skills are paramount in relating well to others when sharing the gospel, getting along with companions, (24/7!) and showing respect and good communication with interacting with zone leaders, mission presidents and all their peers in the MTC.

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