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9 Ways My Pregnancy Was Like Your Mission

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Two Latter-day Saint couples hang out for the evening. The Netflix movie ends, we're breaking out the ice cream and brownies. And then the brethren start telling mission stories while we sisters compare pregnancies. If you are not to this stage of life yet, I warn you, it will come. Of course, the sisters have great mission adventures, too, but maternity stories tend to trump those big time. Here are some things most pregnancies have in common with the classic mission experience: 1. Tell and retell Over and over these tales never get old. We love to one-up each other with their uniqueness and the many surprises we experienced. OK, so a missionary in Norway slid off an icy front porch into the coal cellar of a house he was tracting. But a friend of my mom's had a baby in a taxi, a baby on the hospital lawn, and a baby in the hospital elevator. 2. We need support Neither missionaries nor expectant moms can make it through without help. Encouragement is...

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