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Published: Monday, Oct. 8 2012 11:00 p.m. MDT

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Layton, UT

The new policy will be a great blessing to the church. Already one of the things the homewards struggle with is what to do with young men when they first enter the Elder's Quorum--having graduated beyond High School, leave the Priest Quorum, and yet still have a year waiting period to serve a mission. A LOT of young men get into trouble during that year because there's a huge change in culture between Elder's Quorum and the "fun" of Priest Quorum. They expect adventure, but often EQ is more focused on young families and activation of adults who've wandered... So some bishops encourage that age to go to Single's Wards, but then they don't really fit there either--if they're intent on going on a mission, because they're not likely to make any serious relational ties. So they sorta drift.

Now young men can prepare and head directly to the mission field as they qualify. It's a really smart move on the part of the church.

Allen, TX

I completely agree with raybies. Other countries have been sending 18-yr-olds for years, with great retention numbers. We lose a lot of young men who leave home for that 1st year of college and get caught up in the world because they are so very focused on themselves.

One of the great things missionary work does is enlighten one to the fact that he or she is not the center of the universe. It instills a different view of the world and its inhabitants.

While some will still choose that 1st year of college - atheletes, or my son who has to wait to get his braces off - I think that for the majority of the boys NOT waiting that year "in limbo" is a very, very good thing.

And as for sending girls earlier - I'm all for it. It will vastly increase the number of sisters serving and raise the bar again for the young men, since so many YW will have had the experience of a mission, they will want a man who can relate to all that means. I never understood the waiting until 21 anyway. Can you say 70,000 missionaries? :-)

Kaysville, UT

The Lord's plan is made by the Lord.

He needs missionaries and for the next couple of years with these adjustments, He will have them in larger numbers, if people do what the Lord wants.

Faith is what we have control over and the leaders of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints have their prayerful process to know the Lord's plan.

Thank goodness we have great people, families and members that will do the Lord's will and realize the blessing of His plan.

The Spirit is what we see in what people do and respond to what the Lord wants. Thanks for keeping this news in the real news.

Alaskan Ute
Fairbanks, AK

My daughter was in the audience when it was announced, and she said it was a sea of texting.

Oh, and by the way, as a BYU Freshman, she's announced she plans to serve a mission after she completes her Freshman year, and I couldn't be more proud.

Temple, TX

I wish I'd gone on my mission before I graduated college. I learned a foreign language and really learned how to really study. It will be exciting to see the effects of more sister missionaries, as hopefully more will take the opportunity to serve.

Salt Lake City, Utah

Re: Claudio Springville, Ut
"And for the record, bitterness and hatred would certainly be considered "suffering" "

No question about it. There are consequences attached to our actions that we can't escape. Certain behaviors will always generate the same end results. I sympathize with those who have made their bed on a pile of rocks but they are the ones who have to sleep on them.

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