A colleague of mine is doing her thesis on the Missionary experience in the LDS church.My mission was the best four months of my life.
She's got the cooperation of a couple of locally-based missionaries who are journaling their experiences for her.
She's an organizational communciation person and is studying what's known as "assimilation" how people take on the norms of the organization. In the case of the LDS church how people assimilate into the whole idea of being missionaries and how that's communicated in the organization.
OK, that's a little inside joke there. My college roommate used to love to say that when we'd do introductions at FHE or something.