Friday, June 13, 2014

Oh, How We Need Each Other!

Our lovely Missionary Momma, Deena Gose, recently started an awesome thread over on the FaceBook group. In the interest of getting to know each other better, she asked us to share an odd fact or two about ourselves and where our missionary was serving and how long they have been out.  Thank you Deena for your curiosity!

The responses are simply wonderful!  This is an amazing group of women.  Thank you for taking a moment to share a little piece of yourself with the group.  When we know each other better, we can love each other better. What a beautiful blessing each of you are! We are a mighty force for good!

We are a vast group of women, almost 5,000 strong!  We have many differences.  We each have unique gifts that help us love and serve each other and our missionaries.  We discovered that in some cases we share the oddest things!    In the end, we share what is most important to us - our love for our missionaries.  We love them with all our hearts and express that love in so many varied and beautiful ways!

I made a few notes when I was reading through all 196 comments ... Yes, I read them all, most of them more than once.  I laughed and I cried.  I felt your spirits reaching out in love and friendship towards each other.

We have missionaries serving ALL over this world!  From every state in the US to Russia and tiny islands in the sea, some on the other side of the planet and others on the other side of the veil.  Our children are EVERYWHERE spreading the good news of the Gospel of Jesus Christ!  He is real and He loves all His children!

These missionaries have been out anywhere from 7 1/2 hours to 23 months.  We have moms who are anxiously awaiting the BIG WHITE envelope, those that are wadding through all the paper work of Passports, Visa's, FBI Clearance that accompanies a foreign mission and those that are on the final countdown.  We have mommas praying over sick missionaries, and those that have come home early.  As a group we have sent out thousands of Elders and thousands of Sisters.  We are the mothers of a mighty army of God! 

We have single moms and married moms.  Professional mommas and moms who are professionals.  We have big city girls and small town girls dreaming of the big city.  We have vagabond moms who have lived all over, and those with deep, deep roots in one place. 

We have grammar freaks, and video game geeks.  Dancers (both belly and hula) and one who turns a cartwheel once every year.  Marathon runners and movie marathon watchers.  Our mommas are drag racers and snowmobile racers. 

I counted at least 3 of our mommas that are currently over 40 and PREGO!  Wow!  What awesome mothers they are!  There are plenty of "surprise" babies and there are never too many "miracle" babies.  We never tire of talking about our babies! 

We are readers, writers, artists, photographers, teachers, singers, dancers, runners, cancer survivors, comedians (I mean crossing guards), equestrians, returned missionaries, pioneer stock, converts and Catholic!  We are Missionary Mommas!

We love baking, fencing, gardening, Dr. Pepper, Coca Cola, celeb gossip magazines, World of Warcraft, books, movies, country music, sugar, chocolate, chocolat (no, not the same thing), our missionaries and EACH OTHER!

Some of us live in an empty nest and others with a house full of kids, some with more pets than people, and even some with competitive jump ropers.

We have experienced heartbreak and profound joy.  We have witnessed many miracles.

We are women of the highest worth.  One of us was even offered 6,000 camels for her hand in marriage!  Some of us met our husbands on blind dates, or even married the guy who sold us a car!

Our lives are so different, yet at the core, we are the same.  We are daughters of our Heavenly Father.  He loves us, and we love Him.  We are Missionary Mommas and oh, how we need each other!

Wendy Minks



  1. I absolutely love this!!!! We are so different and so the same. And it's a good thing we're all different or the world would be so boring. And we all love our missionaries more than life itself.

  2. I absolutely love this!!! We are all so different and yet so the same. It's a good thing we are all unique or the world would be so boring. And we all love our missionaries more than life itself.

  3. Oh Wendy!!! This is soo PERFECT!

  4. You have great insight!!! Thanks for sharing!

  5. Thanks Wendy loved it made me laugh & wow so many different things that we do but united in the gospel & love we have for our missionaries .

  6. Well said Wendy! I wish I could get the sisters in my ward to unite like this for Visiting Teaching. A group of united women is a force to be reckoned with.

  7. You are amazing Wendy!! Thanks so much for saying what most of us feel and can't quite put into words.

  8. You hit the mail right on the head!! I loved this sooo much. Great job!!

  9. That was great Wendy!!! Now I'm gonna have to go find that thread and read it . . .

  10. If anyone would have told me that I would gain this many friendships in just a matter of 2 months, i would have said you are out of your mind! But I have, we are all different, come from different places in our lives But we all have 1 thing in common our Elders and Sisters. Our babies! For this I am so blessed to get to know each and every one of you! We are so strong together!! Thank you for blessing my life!

  11. Thank you Wendy! I love this post!

  12. I want you to all know how much I LOVE missionaries and their families. We are UNITED as Sisters and Mothers and I so appreciate your friendship. I hope you will all remember we are here to lift, inspire and care for one another. This is a large group with lots of different opinions. I know that we can all be loving to each other and still maintain our own ideas. Love you to all!