18 awkward moments every recently returned missionary experiences

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For everyone out there that wished there was an RMTC (Return Missionary Training Center) to phase back into day-to-day life so they could avoid these awkward encounters, best of luck to you.

1. When you forget how to speak English properly.

Finding Nemo- It's like he's trying...

Spanglish isn’t a real language, just in case you were wondering.

 

2. Going places by yourself and forgetting you don’t need a companion.

Les Mis - On my own

That natural instinct to look over your shoulder and make sure your companion is only a few paces behind — get rid of it. You no longer have a committed stalker.

 

3. Learning to call your old companions by their first names.

James Bond

Yeah, I think I’m going to stick with elder.

 

4. Not knowing any of the popular songs on the radio.

Enchanted - I've never heard this song

Why does everyone know the lyrics to this song? And how in the world did it ever get popular?!

 

5. The first time running into a missionary from your mission of the opposite sex.

Big Bang Theory - awkward hug

Am I suppose to hug you now? Shake your hand still? Ignore you? Please say ignore you.

 

6. Going on your first date post mission.

She's the Man- Do you like cheese?

Hey, normal conversation for the past few years has centered around the gospel. What are the kids talking about these days anyway?

 

7. Logging on to Facebook for the first time and not recognizing any of your “friends.”

do-i-know-you

So what if all the girls got married and changed their last name, you should still be able to recognize them, right?

 

8. Not having anything to wear.

Steve Urkel confused

With two years passing, nothing seems to fit anymore, nor is it in style. What do you mean that nobody wears overalls anymore?!

 

9. Seeing a returned sister missionary for the first time.

Sebastian- She's got legs

Contrary to popular belief, most sisters don’t enjoy wearing skirts 24/7. I know…you’re surprised. 

 

 

10. Hitting on a married person because you forgot the ring check rule.

Big Bang Theory- Crawl in hole and die

Calm down, you just spent two years getting rejected day after day which has prepared you for these embarrassing moments in dating life.

 

11. Sharing your room with your five-year-old sister.

Monsters Inc- Boo and Sully

There is officially no longer a place for you at your parents’ house, but it is still a few months until you can head back to school. Welcome to playing dress up and tea parties and tiptoeing around your her room.

 

12. Lecturing parents on their spiritual lives.

Pull yourself together

It’s a new experience to have the tables reversed.

 

13. Bumping into exes on campus.

Just-smile-and-wave-boys-penguins-of-madagascar-20799079-500-240_large

Oh, by the way, I wanted to thank you for the “Dear John” letter — NOT!

 

14. Trying to play sports again.

Soccer fumble

I promise I was coordinated once upon a time.

 

15. Having nothing to talk about but your mission.

A_long_time_ago

It’s not your fault that all you’ve been doing for the past 18/24 months is missionary work. But — news flash — the world has moved on without you.

 

 16. Not knowing what to do with free time.

Elf- Schedule

Just back away from the planner and enjoy some free time already.

 

17. Not knowing what to do with yourself.

Friends- Doing with my life

Still don’t know what to major in? Everyone wants to know your life plan, but you’re still trying to figure out how to get your contacts in for the day.

 

18. And most importantly, the golden question.

Mawwiage

No, it doesn’t matter if you have only been home for a few hours, everyone will want to know when you are getting married. Settle down (pun intended) — that awkward moment will last until you finally tie the knot.

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Rebecca Lane

While her first language is sarcasm, Rebecca dabbles in English and Russian to achieve her lifelong dream of being a journalist. A BYU sports fan, reading enthusiast and wannabe world traveler, Rebecca is a Colorado transplant that is convinced Colorado's mountains are much larger than the many Utah County peaks. Rebecca manages UtahValley360.com for Bennett Communications. Follow her on Twitter @rebeccalane.

11 Comments

  1. Emily Olsen Reply

    This is so right on. I especially loved the comment about Facebook– so many surprises after 18-24 months. Thanks for sharing, I’m glad to know it wasn’t just me!

  2. LB35 Reply

    One other that applies to those of us who served in the British Isles: Making a turn onto a street that is not busy and when another car does approach, realizing you are on the wrong side of the road .

    1. Zuzana Jedličková Reply

      With the British Isles also goes the fact, that when you speak English, people doesn’t understand… because you’ve been using different kind of English

  3. Misty Reply

    The only things that I would add would be that moment when you go towards the rear end of a car to back the other person out only to realize that it’s no longer a rule. And the other is that you don’t need a companion or friend to see a text before sending it. Both of which I was extremely guilty of!

  4. Dave Reply

    Really funny. The internet “happened” while I was serving my mission. Everyone was talking about email and chat rooms. No idea what they were talking about. I can really relate to #4. I came home right before Christmas and therefore ended up at at New Years Dance a few weeks later. I just sat there.

  5. Te Awhina Reply

    Hey! I loved this . my best friend finished her mission and everything that has been written here is all true! Especially the planner one 🙂 and I loved the humor behind it was a good read and funny and true .

  6. TuiSione Reply

    Haha yes! number #5! I saw an rm of the opposite sex and immediately my hand came flying out of my pocket. hahaha Soooooo Awkward! :/ luckily she laughed and lent in and hugged me! #Saved!

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