Mormons on Facebook share how the missionary age change has impacted them

Published: Wednesday, Nov. 7 2012 9:33 a.m. MST

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Linda S.
Orem, Utah

It's caused a lot of pain for a lot of people such as me who feel guilty for not going.

LValfre
CHICAGO, IL

@Linda,

Nobody should feel guilty for not being a missionary. That's very sad and unfortunately quite common in LDS culture. You're loved by God just as much as missionaries are. You aren't any lesser of a person. You'll make it to the celestial just like anyone else.

melsoftballer
Tempe, AZ

@Linda S.

I'm going to assume you're female (don't know any guys named Linda...), and aren't an able worthy priesthood holder. So you definitely should not feel guilty about not going. When I was 21 I thought about going on a mission, but felt Heavenly Father would be pleased with whatever choice I made. Since I never really had a desire to go, I didn't. And though looking back now, I can see how a mission would have blessed my life, I can also see the blessings I've received by taking what was for me just as good a path. If you feel pain or guilt, be a missionary right now. Reach out to someone today who could use the blessing of the gospel in their life and share your testimony.

WYOREADER
Gillette, WY

I could not be happier about this announcement! I know for a fact that I would have gone if I could have at 19. This announcement is going to blow missionary work wide open throughout the world. I don't think we've seen anything yet brothers & sisters the work will roll forth like it never has! It's so exciting to live at this time. My daughter is a freshman at USU and is so excited. She turns 19 in July and can hardly wait until she can go!! I am so excited to have another missionary out (her brother returned almost 3 years ago). Sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ is something we all should be doing but these full-time missionaries have such a special gift given to them when they are set-apart that makes them AMAZING!

Paul in MD
Montgomery Village, MD

Linda, please don't feel guilty about not wanting to go on a mission, and don't let anyone get away with trying to make you feel that way. The age change only affects how early people CAN go, not when the SHOULD go. That is a personal decision for you to make.

Young men are expected to serve, and are expected to go by age 19. If they are ready and willing, they MAY now go at 18. Young women likewise, MAY serve starting at 19 rather than having to wait until they are 21.

I have known youth, men and women, who have not gone. For a very few, I am aware of specific reasons why they could not, but for most it was their own choice, and I don't think less of them for it.

A mission is hard, and it is a big sacrifice. You have to go willingly. Choosing not to serve a mission is not an indication that your are bad or weak, and anyone who thinks it is needs to spend some time on their knees.

One of the best bishops I've ever known chose as a young man not to serve a mission.

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