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Published: Monday, Oct. 22 2012 8:00 p.m. MDT

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Aggielove
Cache county, USA

This is the greatest blessing I seen in a long time.
I am so excited to see the numbers rise!
What a great deal.

Oatmeal
Woods Cross, UT

The future female leaders in the Church will now overwhelmingly have had a mission experience. Wonderful!

They will marry their equals, making for stronger marriages.
They will speak with more knowledge of the outside world, and with understanding of other cultures.
I predict that the Relief Society will make huge leaps forward as a global humanitarian organization.
I predict that they will be stronger and more capable mothers. What a generation!

Go Utes!
Springville, UT

This is wonderful! My girlfriend left on a mission almost a year ago and i am so grateful that she did! She is far more mature, more enlightened, more committed to the things she does. this will only be a good thing for the world. LDS women have so much to offer the world and it will be a better place for them having served.

raybies
Layton, UT

I think one of the greatest changes to the program is the age women can serve in fulltime missions. In the past, there was something of a stigma (not that I'm saying it was right, but it existed) that if a young woman served a fulltime mission it was because she couldn't attract a man to marry first. I expect this ridiculous lie to be removed now that this policy is in place. The prospects of missionary service awaken in every one that serves a maturity and sense of purpose that is unprecedented in all the world. It truly is part of the Marvelous Work and a Wonder that Isaiah prophesied would occur in the last days, the other part being the raising of strong, God-centered families that can withstand the moral decay of the world. We are being greatly blessed by this redirection of our Heavenly hopes and dreams. I'm so grateful I was able to serve a mission. It changed my life in ways I'm still discovering some 20 years after I did so.

Mr Dana
SAN CLEMENTE, CA

More young men will be worthy to serve, more young women will be willing to serve. More Missions will need to open. I believe that with the increased number of women serving missions, leadership roles amongst the Sisters will need to be established, allowing greater service, training and leadership for these wonderful, faithful Sisters!

lalalaleesa
FORT WORTH, TX

While appreciating Oatmeal's enthusiasm, I would express some caution in such statements.

"The future female leaders in the Church will now overwhelmingly have had a mission experience. Wonderful!" This, I whole-heartedly agree with!

"They will marry their equals, making for stronger marriages." This implies that the sisters who didn't serve missions in all decades past were inferior to their returned missionary husbands.
"They will speak with more knowledge of the outside world, and with understanding of other cultures." Most likely true.
"I predict that the Relief Society will make huge leaps forward as a global humanitarian organization." Probably accurate - but bear in mind, the RS is already pretty darn awesome, with or without returned missionary sisters helming it.
"I predict that they will be stronger and more capable mothers." Again, implies that the sisters who did not, and in the future do not, choose to serve missions, will be lesser mothers.
"What a generation" This, I fully agree with. What a blessing for them to have this door opened to them at a younger age. Wish it had been open in my time as well.

InspectorC
Wasatch Front, UT

Mr Dana @ 8:01 a.m.

Said: "I believe that with the increased number of women serving missions, leadership roles amongst the Sisters will need to be established..."

Reply: Care to explain your thinking here more fully, Mr Dana??

Are you envisioning a "Sister Missionary GENERAL Presidency" being established (to somehow fit in-between the YWGPy and the RSGPy), which would focus entirely on the overwhelming number of new issues and challenges involved in administering this new "tsunami" of Sister Missionaries coming into the Missionary Program?

Or what?!?!

djk
blue springs, MO

i know 2 yw whom are 19 and have their papers almost finished up since the announcement ! i am so thrilled. i cried during the announcement during conference. now is the time the Savior's work will move forward to every corner of the earth. ears to hear, hearts and minds to know, lives to change for the better. oh how wonderful.

MrsH
Altamont, UT

Wow...this is wonderful! I sure had to laugh about Elder Holland's comments about surprising everyone, though.
What a great article about a great subject.

JWB
Kaysville, UT

The work goes on and what a blessing for these young adults to go on a mission for their God, Church, Family and for themselves to serve others.

We have dedicated parents and teachers, including Bishops, Presidents of Stakes and of the various quorums and organizations that have spent years influencing and bearing their testimonies of the message they will take on their mission.

Heavenly Father's plan for us is marvelous and to have His Spirit with them as they teach of Christ and the power of the Holy Ghost will still be the same but at an earlier age.

What a blessing to live in this time when they faithfully complete their mission and join others in their journey through the rest of their life.

The Lord provides a way for His work to go forward and I am grateful for a Prophet and Apostles and other leaders that will help mission presidents and missionaries adapt to this process to make the Lord's work move forward in all the countries that allow missionaries now.

Having had a daughter on a mission, she was so blessed with her knowledge and abilities that she helped many people know truth.

AZRods
Maricopa, AZ

So nice to see all positive comments!
In my mission during the early 70's we had only a smattering of sisters in Central America.
And even here in AZ it's not very common to see sister missionaries in a ward.
So I look forward to seeing their bright happy faces traveling the world over.
And getting into homes and lives that perhaps others may not have been able to.

Each missionary has that something special that softens a person's heart. A sort of spirit to spirit connection that helps that person or persons open their heart.
Clearly, the Holy Ghost is the key to all that, but that first contact and first impression goes a long way to getting your foot in the door.
Adelante Hermanas de Zion!

PGVikingDad
Pleasant Grove, UT

My prediction is that the immediate - and lasting - impact will be a doubling of the missionary workforce. I also believe that women in the field will outnumber men within a year. This is a powerful change, and will lead to an expansion of Church membership like we have never witnessed.

Mr Dana
SAN CLEMENTE, CA

dear inspectorC:
I served as a Missionary in New Zealand back in 1976-'78. There were a few Sister Missionaries in comparison to the Elders. However, more and more Sisters are now entering the Mission Field and with this new "age" announcement even more. Sisters work as junior and senior companion's some as trainers for new sisters. Zone Leaders and District leaders are called to direct, train and report the work within their respective areas. (no Keys) Sisters fall under their direction. My thoughts come from working as a Ward Mission Leader and over the last year, having Sisters serving here. The mission can call a few Sisters as Sister Leaders to assist and work with the sisters in connection with Zone leaders and Assistants. Sister's face different obstacles and issues that many young Elders can't and shouldn't deal with. It also allows Sisters to experience leadership training for their future service back home, just like Elders.

Thinkman
Provo, UT

Change was made for 3 reasons:

1. Reverse the declining growth of converts and get back to a yearly average of 300,000+ convert baptisms per year

2. Retain more male members by making it almost automatic to go on a mission right out of high school before any chance of becoming corrupted in the year between high school and serving a mission at 19. When you go on a mission, you have a higher chance to stay active LDS throughout the rest of your life.

3. Get more female members in the missionary force as they are the most effective at finding, teaching and converting and thereby retain more females to stay active LDS throughout their lives.

Ldsfan
South Jordan, UT

What a tremendous blessing.

don17
Temecula, CA

Time for a Missionary Training Center in Nauvoo! Getting the Sisters into the Mission Field is key. We Elders found them, but the Siters have a way as do the Senior Couples.

Gazman12
England, 00

Great Revelation from our leaders. The reason why the MTC'S were not told about this change in advance is that they didn't need to know before it was annonuced. Even members of the seventy didn't know about these changes before thay were announced.

falasha
Mount Laurel, NJ

Will the sisters be able to serve as district or zone leaders, or is this a priesthood leadership position? In some missions sisters could tract with elders or an elder/sister pair could tract on one side of the street which would allow them to enter more homes to teach. Hopefully a few minor changes could help balance and improve the ministry. Looking forward to improvements or "modernizing" of the dress code as well as it is a constant source derision in popular media.

Afterglow Fanissimo
Salt Lake City, Utah

This is gonna be radical to the max! Now Richard Dutcher can make a sequel to Singles Ward, but with sister RMs!!!!! Reserve your copies today!

Juice19
South Jordan, UT

Classic

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