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How are you responsibly welcoming missionaries home during the COVID-19 pandemic?

By Lauren Bennett, | Updated - Mar. 27, 2020 at 1:54 p.m. | Posted - Mar. 26, 2020 at 5:50 p.m.

SALT LAKE CITY — We’ve seen what not to do when welcoming home a newly returned missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints — i.e. don’t be like the hundreds of Utahns who swarmed the Salt Lake City International Airport earlier this week.

Now we want to see how individuals are following social distancing and other CDC guidelines to welcome their missionary home.

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See all the safe and fun ways people are welcoming a missionary home below

Throw a parade

To maintain social distancing and still give everyone a chance to celebrate the return of a missionary, this neighborhood threw a parade.

submitted by Erin Goff

Glowstick party

Last week we welcomed home a missionary with a glowstick party! We stood outside with glowsticks and a sign while he drove down the street.

submitted by Amelia Evans

Heart attacking the room

I had to evacuate my sister from California. I drove to pick her up and brought her home in one day. We came home in the middle of the night, my parents haven’t even seen her. They heart attacked the bathroom she’ll be using and left flowers, notes, and other goodies in her room for her. After she comes out of her two week quarantine they are going to give her a welcome home with hugs and kisses. We thought this was the best way so that my parents could hug her and welcome her back without the risk of spreading the virus.

submitted by Jillena Freeman

Sending virtual signs

We made a sign and sent his mom a picture.

(Photo: Rachelle Frederiksen)

submitted by Rachelle Frederiksen

Drive-by welcome

We welcome our sweet missionary home by hosting a drive by and honk. It was a huge success and we all stayed safe.

(Photo: SA Honey)

submitted by SA Honey

Alone at the airport

I picked up my daughter from the airport alone welcoming her home from the Vietnam mission with a giant mom-hug. This means we are both now quarantined — something that has been worth it. There are only a few rooms in our home that we use (space that others do not) but I am able to exercise with her (walking/ jogging outside twice a day) and listen as she continues her missionary work remotely. We are lucky to have others that pass us food on paper plates. It's been a sacrifice and a privilege for our family as we strive to do our part to stop the spread of this virus.

submitted by Andria Berry

Braving cold weather

This is my wife during the snow storm this week welcoming back our neighbor, Sophie Cottle.

(Photo: Sid R Alvey)

submitted by Sid R Alvey

Safe distance at the airport

For all those concerned about the number of people picking up their missionary at the SLC airport. Our son was on the 2nd flight that came in from the Philippines on Sunday. Everyone stayed on/in/right outside their cars. 1 missionary came out at a time and everyone yelled his name from car to car as the missionary walked down the center aisle. His family would scream to him and he would run over to their car. We didn’t come within 6 ft of anyone, except our missionary, and now we are all quarantining to make sure everyone stays safe. The media captured a very different moment on this same day, but this was our experience.

submitted by Cristy Bird

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