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A love letter to missionaries and missionary work everywhere. But mostly, it’s a testimony of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
A love letter to missionaries and missionary work everywhere. But mostly, it’s a testimony of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
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Whether you’re still wrestling with the idea of serving a mission, just turned in your mission papers last night or have been checking the mailbox daily for about a week now, this book is for you.

Or if you’ve never once thought about it but now are — #inception — this book is for you too.

The book is a collection of stories from missionaries. Missionaries preparing, missionaries serving, and missionaries (like myself) who have served. Together, they work together to paint a picture of what a mission is.

The experiences and stories shared in this book give a look at the life of a Mormon missionary in an age when literally thousands are signing up to serve. 

Hipster RM started as a class project my last semester of college. The people I’ve met and the lessons I’ve learned because of it have been life changing. It has reaffirmed again and again my love of proclaiming the gospel.

I am a firm believer that the experiences we have are meant to be shared. With that being said, the goal of Hipster RM is to give prospective missionaries all over the world a glimpse at missionary work as they prepare to embark in the service of God.

More than any other time in the history of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, there is a push for missionary work, to share the message of the restored gospel of Jesus Christ in lands far and near.

All of the funds that are raised for this project will go directly to the publishing, printing and shipping of this book.

I don’t claim anything of myself. This project has been the effort of dedicated, talented and hard working individuals and an immeasurable dose of inspiration from on High.

And through it all, I've had my biggest supporter, my husband, Eric Whitlock. Eric and I continued dating, got engaged and were married all during this project. He has offered countless words of encouragement, enthusiasm and feedback.

Eric has inspired me more times than I can say with the blog and the book. He makes me fall more in love with him every time I hear him talk about his mission and the love he has for it.

Eric and Emmilie on their wedding day.
Eric and Emmilie on their wedding day.

I would be highly ungrateful if I did not acknowledge God’s hand in this life-changing project.

Thank you so much for being a part of Hipster RM — The Book.

HandL Publishing, the publishers of Hipster RM - The Book
HandL Publishing, the publishers of Hipster RM - The Book

Risks and challenges

One of the biggest problems with this blog was picking a topic.

It started as an assignment for a communication class in my last semester of college.

Create a blog in a sea of mommy bloggers, fashion bloggers, expert bloggers and food bloggers? Challenge excepted.

Thanks to a moment of sheer inspiration, I decided on missionary work as a solid topic, having loved my mission and lived in a culture where every other girl I knew was signing up to serve.

The content came easily from there, but it was a struggle to really connect with the readers. Miraculously, I gained a following and learned that the content of the blog was having a very real effect on the readers.

When I was approached about turning the blog into the book, I was concerned with the challenge of turning something in a digital format into a hard copy. There have been design, editing and formatting challenges, but Hipster RM's publishers, HandL publishing (Holly and Landon Whitesides), have been phenomenal to work with and have made this book a reality. Landon Whitesides and his wife Holly are the publishers behind Hipster RM and HandL publishing. They are the one's who have helped me put this project together, publish this book and make my dreams become reality.

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