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Published: Friday, Feb. 22 2013 12:00 p.m. MST

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Res Novae
Ashburn, VA

I'm not trying to downplay this, but it seems more like an administrative rearrangement that doesn't necessarily correspond to numbers of missionaries in the field, which is likely to decline once the current wave pushes through. I'll get excited when we enter mainland China, not when we subdivide regions where we're already established.

Bill in Nebraska
Maryville, MO

Is it a wonder that some still don't understand that this isn't Thomas S. Monson's Church or Joseph Smith's Church. This is the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. It is the Lord's Church and he is in CHARGE. These decisions were not made lightly. Take for instance one of the largest missions in the Church has now been split, the Independence, Missiour Mission with the formation of the Wichita, Kansas Mission. A few years ago the foundation of the Omaha Nebraska Mission removed this mission first and now the formation of this mission. Shortly, sister misssionaries will be teaching in the outlying areas of Northern Missouri and elsewhere. The Lord has moved up his time table to prepare the earth for his second coming. The time is now for us to become as President McKay stated, "Every member a missionary". It is our responsibility and our duty. Prophesies have been stated in many areas of the world and even in this country when all missionaries will be doing is teaching and baptisms.

Look around you and you can see the revelations and prophesies beginning to be fulfilled right before your eyes.

Virginia Beach, VA

@ Bill in Nebraska

Very well said! "Look around you and you can see the revelations and prophesies beginning to be fulfilled right before your eyes". All anybody has to do is read the Book of Mormon, Book of Isaiah, D&C, etc. and any LDS author that speaks on the subject of the gathering of Israel. Currently reading LeGrand Richards "Israel! Do you Know?". This is the Lords work, not man's work.

Arlington, WA

To Thinkman...and others. One thing that the "announcement" will provide is permanently increased numbers of sister missionaries, some say to the extent that sisters will permanently outnumber elders. Sisters now have the opportunity to serve missions first, regardless of any other life-goals that they may have. Service can now come first, before education or motherhood, both of which can still be attained easily AFTER serving a mission, sharing the Gospel and their testimonies!

What a wonderful and faith promoting announcement this is!

Tucson, AZ

I am amused at those who try to predict the future themselves and second-guess the work of the Lord. Does it matter if this is a "spike?" Did it matter that there was a lull in numbers pre-October 2012? Absolutely not. And really, does it matter at all what you or I think or conjecture about it? Absolutely not.

The lull in numbers previous to now had something to do with raising the bar on the standards on who could go on missions. I think many youth took that to heart and started preparing themselves. This is a manifestation of that preparation. Also, it is no coincidence that the new "Come Unto Christ" Sunday School and YM/YW curriculum has also inaugurated this year. This new curriculum and the method in which it teaches is only going to prepare even more missionaries of the future. Spike? I doubt it, my irrelevant opinion.

The Lord's work goes on no matter what we think.

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