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Published: Monday, Jan. 7 2013 6:30 p.m. MST

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Colorado Springs, CO

Red Corvette: Same thought: Can't get a job; go on a mission!

Jack
Aurora, CO

You are correct, desperate times call for desperate measures. We certainly do live in desperate times, when the Gospel is needed now more than ever. These times when so many more people are searching for the light the Gospel brings......yes, we need more missionaries to bring that message to them.

Wee One
Santa Monica, CA

Not too long ago there was an emphasis on "flooding the Earth" with the Book of Mormon. Now we are "flooding the Earth" with missionaries. Great things will no doubt be coming on the horizon as these young men/young women will be home around the same time filled with the Spirit. I expect marriages to go up and children being raised in many more homes where both mom and dad have served missions. I was told in our neck of the woods, 18/19 year olds will be here in early March.

Cinci Man
FT MITCHELL, KY

A wonderful part of all this is that so many more adults of this next generations will be able to testify from humble experience the things that their missions did for them, in terms of personal growth, sacrifice, consecration, and blessings to families across the globe. I am so grateful that the chance for my granddaughters to serve missions will be greater, and I wouldn't be surprised if there were a positive affect on my grandsons, too. All of my children served missions, and it has blessed our family tremendously. I am grateful for inspired leaders and welcome this change.

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Eddie
Syracuse, UT

I love to read the "spin" put on comments by those outside the Church. They all preach gloom and doom and say the Church is going down in membership and activity. If that were true why would the Church be building so many more Temples and Chapels? The cost to build these buildings is tremendous not to mention the upkeep. Having traveled the world for the past 40 years, I can tell you that the Church is stronger than ever in ALL parts of the world, and grownig in places that you would not think of because the Church goes in the "front door". The that door does finally open, we walk in and the Church grows in leaps and bounds. Where other Churchs play the bribe game, we do not and thereby gain the trust of the Government in the long run and get a foothold that lasts. No unhallowed hand can stop the Church from rolling forth. Sure and steady.

Dauly
Provo, UT

Isn't it interesting that this article gets so much positive press yet the residents of Provo won't allow the MTC to build a taller building to hold the missionaries. Actions speak louder than words.

atl134
Salt Lake City, UT

It'd be a record now since 18 and 19 year old guys and 19 20 and 21 year old girls would all have this as the first year they'd be eligible. The real question is what it'll be next year, whether it falls back to what there was before the change or if it stays at some elevated (though not as high as this year) level.

Allen
Salt Lake valley, UT

This huge increase in missionary applications is to be expected and is not surprising. The key thing is whether this high rate of applications will continue in two or three years. Many of the 18-year olds who are applying would have applied when they became 19 or 20. This policy change will, hopefully, pick up many of the 18-year olds who wouldn't have applied when they became 19 or 20.

Shimlau
SAINT GEORGE, UT

being one of those who graduated from High School at 18, I had to wait a year, and also put my name in a lottery to be able to serve a mission. I started my education, but I would have much rather started my mission early, then started my formal education. just one man's opinion.

O'really
Idaho Falls, ID

Dauly- would you like a highrise in your backyard? The church pulled back and decided not to build it out of respect for the neighborhood. Yes. Actions do speak loudly.

Allen
Salt Lake valley, UT

I've been told that 18-year-old missionaries have already been serving in other countries. My daughter-in-law is from Japan, and she said that if high school graduates start college, they can't interrupt college for any reason. If they do interrupt it, they have to start over when they return from the interruption.

I support the policy change because I support our leaders. Time will tell about the effect of this change on the rates of missionary-applications.

Esquire
Springville, UT

Statistically, it will have to level off when the system adjusts and absorbs the shift. Atl134 is right.

JWB
Kaysville, UT

Everything the prophets do is on the Lord's time, not man's time. There is a season and a time for all things and this is the season the Lord has appointed through his Prophet. What a blessing to have a Prophet that can lead and guide us through this life's paths if we listen to his counsel and guidance through the Holy Ghost that can help all people.

The world has had strife and torment since the beginning and especially through our country's history, we have had our moments. We are so blessed in our nation to have relative peace from the torments that others in many countries experience.

For those hunting for peace and light from the Lord can find that peace by searching the scriptures and listening with real intent to the missionaries. They have this zeal and spirit from their hearts and souls and from personal experiences through seminary and institute and from loving parents.

These young men and women have desire to listen to the Prophet's voice. Thank goodness for good people throughout the world heeding calls to serve as those men and women who served the Willey-Martin pioneers.

Twin Lights
Louisville, KY

ATL134 and Esquire,

Once the current tsunami wave passes (collapsing the next several years worth of applications into one) I do think there will be somewhat elevated levels of YM going on missions and significantly higher levels of YW. That is the talk I am hearing all around me from both YM and YW and I think it fairly reflects what I experienced "back in the day".

Overall, I think this will be a very positive change for the mission program. Will there be challenges? Sure. Not necessarily any worse than the challenges today, just different.

Canyontreker
TAYLORSVILLE, UT

Elder Nelson is right. Rumors of underground missions are false. There are no missions, mission presidents, or called missionaries in communist countries. On the other hand, what people don't realize is that within the law, Chinese members in China are preaching the Gospel to their extended families. My experience working in Mainland China is that it is easy to find a ward or branch in every major city. When the missions finally open; there will be potential Chinese full-time missionaries ready to take the call too.

Allen#2
WEST VALLEY CITY, UT

Eddie: The church is building many new chapels BUT MANY chapels that had 3 wards meeting in them now have 1 or 2 wards because many members are moving away from where present chapels are located and the church is not stronger in all areas.

Our stake has consolidated 8 wards into 6 since June 2008. A stake next to ours had 4 buildings with 7 wards. In 2001, the number of wards was reduced to 5. Two buildings have been demolished and the stake was consolidated into the stake next to it where the total of 10 wards was reduced to 8. Three Taylorsville stakes were reduced to 2 stakes within the last 2 years (but I don't know how many wards were discontinued).

Barstow California had 2 wards and was a stake center a few years ago. There is now only 1 ward in Barstow and the stake was discontinued in 2008. The San Jose East Stake was discontinued in 2007. The Anaheim 3rd Ward has fewer members that it did a few years ago. (There is a list of many stakes that have been discontinued in the LDS Church Almanac including 21 stakes in California alone.)

Allen#2
WEST VALLEY CITY, UT

Eddie: The church is building many new chapels BUT MANY chapels that had 3 wards meeting in them now have 1 or 2 wards because many members are moving away from where present chapels are located indicating the church is not stronger in all areas.

Our stake has consolidated 8 wards into 6 since June 2008. A stake next to ours had 4 buildings with 7 wards. In 2001, the number of wards was reduced to 5. Two buildings have been demolished and the stake was consolidated into the stake next to it where the total of 10 wards was reduced to 8. Three Taylorsville stakes were reduced to 2 stakes within the last 2 years (but I don't know how many wards were discontinued).

Barstow California had 2 wards and was a stake center a few years ago. There is now only 1 ward in Barstow and the stake was discontinued in 2008. The San Jose East Stake was discontinued in 2007. The Anaheim 3rd Ward has fewer members that it did a few years ago. (There is a list of many stakes that have been discontinued in the LDS Church Almanac including 21 stakes in California alone.)

mjkkjk
Provo, UT

Re: O'really

If that 9 story building (NOT a high rise) were for the church to train missionaries, then I would ABSOLUTELY support it.

Some of us have lived in other parts of the world where we have 360 degrees of ugly. If it pains you to move your head slightly to the left or right in order to still see the mountains, you won't get much sympathy from me.

Canyontreker
TAYLORSVILLE, UT

atl134 asked, "The real question is what it'll be next year, whether it falls back to what there was before the change or if it stays at some elevated (though not as high as this year) level."

As the article stated the biggest surge is from young women. Women that would not have gone are finding the opportunity and my guess, young men finding a mission more exciting if more of their peers are going. The numbers will not go back to the level before the change.

Ernest T. Bass
Bountiful, UT

I'll wager that a large focus of the bigger numbers is to search out members on the rolls but who no longer attend. Knocking on doors is a complete waste of time, I did it every day for two years with no results. They'll pester those who have moved on in hopes of baptizing their spouses/kids.

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