Sorry I've been so absent lately. My muse has left me, and I've been really busy with health challenges, a career change, and the bar exam (again). If I get a few moments, I'll update on those fronts.
Today at Zelophehad's Daughters, Galdralag has a post about feminism and serving a mission. A friend sent in a list of questions directed at women who have served missions. I answered the questions in the comments there but thought that it would be useful to reprint my responses here as well. So, below are eleven questions I was asked about serving a mission. Feel free to add your responses in the comments, but please also consider posting them at ZD so that the wider Bloggernacle can benefit from your wisdom.
- Did you know you were feminist/ have feminist beliefs before the mission?
- Were you aware of the apparent disjoint between those views and the teachings of the church? If so, how did that impact your decision to go on a mission?
- Once on your mission, as you’re mostly teaching the basics, do those somewhat “controversial” beliefs even make much of a difference? How much do they matter?
- Were you preoccupied with the idea of where you’d be called?
- A close friend said that he thought I’d be a great missionary, but that I’d be really bothered by things like not being able to baptize the people I’d be teaching. I’m fairly openly in favor of wanting the priesthood. Were you ever hurt or troubled by not having priesthood authority on the mission? If so, in what ways, and how did you deal with that emotionally and spiritually?
- What were the best/worst parts of mission? Do you have any regrets or things you wish you’d done/done better?
- What were your reasons for wanting to go?
- Were there reasons your fellow sister missionaries went that might not have been the best?
- Did encountering unsympathetic authorities, elders, or sisters in the mission have much impact on you? Did you have any companions that were unsympathetic? How was that?
- How did the mission impact you personally? In what ways have those experiences helped you become your best self?
- What was it like coming back?