I'm disappointed that these young women view a mission at age 21 as
interrupting life. A mission for anyone is interrupting and is viewed as a very
large sacrifice for the Gospel. Hopefully this hasn't just turned into
another bucket list item but that they are choosing to go because they want to
serve the Lord and give of their time and resources. Maybe I'm misreading,
but this just seems to be yet another indication of the privileged lifestyles
our youth enjoy today. Time to make sacrifices and put off things and to quit
worrying about how badly it's going to impact your lifestyle.Good for these young women for serving, they'll love it and will be very
influential/helpful in bringing people to the Savior.
I am so excited that these young women can now serve at an earlier age. I was a
Sister Missionary and it was the best thing that happened in my life, well
besides marriage and family. But it helped prepare me for that and I feel that
I am well versed in the Gospel and I owe that to my missionary experiences.
Brave Sir Robin is correct.
@KThere's an element of maturity that slightly older sister
missionaries bring that is valuable to the mission. I always appreciated the
sister missionaries in my mission for the maturity they brought...it helped
offset the excessive testosterone and occasional immaturity you would
occasionally expect to see from a bunch of teenage boys. Not all the elders
appreciated that notion, but I did.
@KThat's a good question. I don't know the answer, but
I've felt the spirit to confirm that the changes made are correct.
Perhaps, in time the age will be the same for both. My best thoughts on why the
age difference has something to do with different focuses for both sexes. For
Young Men fulfilling a mission is a Priesthood duty. While for Young Women it is
optional as they have the opportunity to start school, get married, and become
mother's. @ChinookThis definitely does provide
increased wonderful opportunities for Young Women. I don't believe that
Young Women who marry at 19 and choose to become homemakers and mother's
are settling for less. To me the greatest job and calling in this life is that
of a mother. We all have different paths.
@K"Why can't either men or women go at 18 after high school
is completed?"------I am not sure of the
"official" reason, if there is one. But "perhaps" the age
difference is to help keep the men and the women on missions from forming
inappropriate relationships. The closer together the age between the men and
women, the more the temptation would be to "flirt" or do other
inappropriate things. Just a theory I have.
I am proud to be called a Sister Missionary! It still means I am a real
missionary but the title keeps a feminine integrity. Elders or Sisters, We are
all full-time representatives of Jesus Christ and that is the most important
Mountainman....Nuns aren't called "Sister Priests".
I am as curious as K. Any logical response other than revelation. There has to
be a reason for the difference
Being called a "Sister" is a diminishing adjective? Wow! I wonder if all
the nuns in the Catholic church realize that?
Why do these women have to be diminished with the adjective "Sister" in
front of the word Missionary?Are they not real missionaries?
Why can't either men or women go at 18 after high school is completed?
Look out world, the cavalry has arrived! This global surge will have a
significant impact in the gospel being brought to every tongue and people. And
I know the enthusiasm of these Sisters will enthuse and embolden the Elders as
well. May those who are prepared to hear the joyful news be ready and waiting.
I'm so excited about the age change! I hope that as many young women as
possible will take advantage of this amazing opportunity. I wasn't for
missionary work when I joined the church, but now I see how much it changes the
lives of those who serve and, of course, as a convert, of the people
missionaries teach. I'm so pleased to see that more young women will
become real scriptorians and leaders in their homes and the church. For years I
have been sad to see these 19 y/o girls choosing to marry young men who got the
amazing chance to serve missions and who would then go on to finish college and
graduate school, but the 19-year-old brides would then drop everything else in
their lives and stay stuck in late adolescence. This gives women in the church
a chance to grow by becoming more spiritually mature through expanded life
experiences. I hope that these amazing young RMs will come home, finish their
education--even if it takes them to professional school--and that the men in
their lives will value and support them to do so.
Awesome! You ladies will be incredible missionaries! Bless you and your
families as you serve!