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Elder Holland Felt the Need to Answer This Question About Missionaries and Mental Health Early

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In anticipation for his upcoming question and answer event with young single adults, Elder Jeffrey R. Holland of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles released another personal video to his Facebook page. Unexpectedly, Elder Holland felt the need to answer one question ahead of time.

The question came from an early-returned missionary: “I served a mission, but it was only four months long. I returned from my mission early due to mental health problems. It’s really difficult not to feel like a failure. I’m not even sure if it was my fault…what do I do? How can I look at my short mission the way that I should?”

Listen to Elder Holland’s answer below. UPDATE: Watch the entire broadcast and read our recap of the amazing Face 2 Face event here. 

First Face to Face QuestionI have been reading the questions you are asking for the #LDSFace2Face event tomorrow evening at 6 p.m. MST. I encourage you to keep asking them in the comments below. We will continue to watch the questions as they come in. In the meantime, I’d like to go ahead and answer one of the questions that I saw from a young man who asked about how he should feel after returning home early from his mission due to mental health problems.

Posted by Jeffrey R Holland on Monday, March 7, 2016


Tune in to watch Elder Holland’s Face 2 Face event with young single adults on Tuesday, March 8, at 6 p.m. MST. You can watch on, BYUtv, and Mormon Channel. You can still submit questions by commenting on Elder Holland’s Facebook post here.


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Aleah Ingram
Aleah is a graduate of Southern Virginia University, where she studied English, Creative Writing, and Dance. She now works full time as a marketing and product manager, writer, and editor. Aleah served a mission in California and loves baking, Lang Leav poetry, Gaynor Minden pointe shoes, and Bollywood movies.

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