The last thing I heard from a prophet on this subject was "Every young man
should be worthy to serve and every worthy young man should serve a
mission."That translates to every young man should serve.But
when you get to age 25, the stage for this kind of service has passed.For a worthy young man, not serving will be a point of sadness all of his
life.For a young man who is not worthy, other types of sadness surely
When/If they change the Young Men to 18 month missions there will be another
surge. Surprised they haven't done it already in this recession.
Young Men expected to serve is pressure enough. Not required. As an
Elders Quorum leader, I had an adult Elder that didn't serve a mission. He
would not participate fully in leadership. After several discussions showing a
mission is not required and that he can lead return missionaries he changed his
view. Now he's in our Bishopric.
Perusing the General Handbook of Instructions looking for the entry showing
missionary service is "required" for anyone, male or female... No luck
The article said, "Young Mormon men are expected, but not required to serve
missions." May I remind you that the young men are required to serve.
Although we're grateful for the young woman who do serve missions,
it's not required of them to serve. It's nice to see the
impact the lower age requirements has on young men and young women. It helps
them to balance out life more, gives them an opportunity to share their talents
& develop new talents given to them. I believe many people with be blessed
with more missionaries sharing the gospel & bringing light into their lives.
Sister missionaries have more opportunities to teach single women. I am curious
to see if there is a influx of single women and therefore children not living
with their fathers joining the church. And if so, what impact local units will
have with growing membership but not an equivalent priesthood growth.