This is the greatest blessing I seen in a long time.I am so excited to see
the numbers rise!What a great deal.
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!
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
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.
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!
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.
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?!?!
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.
Wow...this is wonderful! I sure had to laugh about Elder Holland's
comments about surprising everyone, though.What a great article about a
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.
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!
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.
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.
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
year2. 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.
What a tremendous blessing.
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
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.
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.
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!