Published: Friday, Nov. 16 2012 12:00 a.m. MST
The increase in female volunteers is easily explained. Many women want to serve
missions but also want to marry. They don't want to be "old maids"
(in Mormonism, if you aren't married by 20, you're an old maid).
Having the ability to go earlier lets them have both worlds.
Good people serve God. Good people help each other. God bless everone who is
willing to leave hearth and home to teach others that there is a way to find
happiness and joy.
The Lord called and the youth are answering the call. I love the youth of the
This is a probably 3 year bubble, with a slight increase long term of young
women serving net.
@rlsintx - Not sure how you came up with "probably 3 year bubble with slight
increase long term of young women," but I think you miscalculated. The
impact will be measured by the number of young men who would have gone on a
mission at 18, but decided not to at 19 (perhaps worthiness issues during the
year after high school) and the number of young women who would have gone on a
mission at 19, but decided not to at 21 (perhaps already married). My guess is
more young men and more young women will serve missions as a result. I
wouldn't be surprised if full-time missionaries went from 52,000 serving to
100,000 serving year after year.
r.e. Ranchhand, I don't know what the average age is for all LDS women to
get married but in Utah the average age for the first marriage of females is
22.8 years. That's younger than the national average but to say that
"in Mormonism, if you aren't married by 20, you're an old
maid" is to perpetuate a silly myth. The average age of marriage for my wife
and my daughters and daughters-in-law is 25 and none of them thought of
themselves as "old maids." They all had degrees when they got married
and are great mothers and wives! They are all "stay and home" moms too.
the numbers misrepresent normal reality. You have a bunch of 18 year old men
who can instantly go and you have a bunch of 19 and 20 year old women who can
go. 3 years of people who can suddenly go who couldn't go before the
announcement. Until they lower the age again..we will not see a bubble like
this...ie 700 to 4000 sudden applications.I do not believe the number of
missionaries will double to 100,000. but it will be interesting to see what the
number of missionaries changes to. my guess around 60,000.
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