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Published: Wednesday, Jan. 30 2013 1:10 p.m. MST

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bradleyc
Layton, UT

Great move for the missionary effort but sad day for Benimerito. Great school. I have many friends who gained knowledge and testimony in their youth by attending there. It will be missed.

Say No to BO
Mapleton, UT

Makes me think of the mission home that was once the Lafayette School. We walked over to the cafeteria in the COB for meals. Our accommodations in Provo were a bit more spartan. Bunk beds in the Women's Gym and classes in some old wooden barracks buildings on campus.
We survived. They all looked good compared to life in Peru.

RockOn
Spanish Fork, UT

Now thousands each year will begin an intensive 1.5 to 2 year education that will change their lives and many more. Great use for a beautiful Benimerito campus. Great point of leverage.

South of the border
Sparks, NV

Benemerito hs been a great school. It will be missed. I have been very impressed by the students that have been educated there. This is a sad day, and a happy day.

Allen#2
WEST VALLEY CITY, UT

Makes some of us think of when the MTC was in 3 old houses on State Street and missionaries were in the MTC 6 days only.

doingmybest
upland, CA

When I served my mission 1969-1971, we used to take investigators so they could see an example of the church's interest in education.
Students, many new members and some investigators (who would soon become members) would work there to pay for their studies at Benemerito de Las Americas, and would send whatever was left from their earnings to help their families.
Students lived there and each house would be operated by a Mom and Dad and everyone living church principles...It was no ordinary high school.

The church also operated a fine accredited Teacher Training School there (Escuela Normal) and those teachers would go on to teach at all of the church schools throughout the country.

It's a sad day, mixed feelings about the closing.Wish they could have continued to do both a missionary and the "high School". But we believe we are guided by The Lord and His Prophet in these decisions and we respect the decisions made.

John Marx
Layton, UT

I know kids that have attended this school.
I can't help but feel this move might be a little shortsighted. Lowering the missionary age requirement will cause a temporary surge in missionaries, but eventually the numbers will level out. Due to the younger age for women, you might see some higher numbers overall but I'm not sure it'll be that much higher.
I suppose I just think this didn't have to come at the expense of the kids going to school there.

Allen#2
WEST VALLEY CITY, UT

It would be nice if the Church had more schools where youth can work in a wholesome environment.

On the other hand, the Provo MTC has provided employment for many students while attending BYU. Our 2nd daughter worked in the cafeteria at the Provo MTC before she served a full time mission. Her husband had worked at the Provo MTC after his mission and the employment helped them pay for their education at BYU. I personally feel that a building is being used for a more important cause as an MTC than as a private school.

doingmybest
upland, CA

not a good comparison, nobody is closing BYU to open an MTC...but it was the church's decision to make...they have more knowledge and insight of the situation there today, than an old missionary's 40+ years memories could ever have.

MR15
Singapore, 00

Benemerito is, and will always be, a special place for those who were privileged to attend. Many of us receive the news with mixed emotions. Evidently there is sadness; nonetheless, there is an overwhelming spirit of gratitude for the experiences that helped us gain a quality education, build a testimony of Restored Gospel and make everlasting friends.
It will be missed, but there is a pressing work to do, and we are honored to see our dear school serve a greater purpose now as a MTC.

Mike B
TUCSON, AZ

The church once had many elementry schools in Mexico but closed them once they determined that adequate government education was available. In light of this I am suprised that Benemerito lasted as long as it did. It was a great school but a part of me wondered about sending high school age children away from home to boarding school, however this was no ordinary boarding school. We heard that one of the Apoltles said "Benemerito has graduated" I am sure we will hear great things from MTC Mexico City. I wonder if some day there will be a BYU Mexico City.

Brave Sir Robin
San Diego, CA

@John Marx

Your assumption is incorrect. Certainly there is/was a dramatic spike when the age requirement was lowered because suddenly there was a larger number of eligible people. But the "steady state" number of missionaries when the dust settles is going to be higher than it was before because now more women will be going because the new age limit makes it much easier to fit a mission into their lives. So the number of men will be basically unchanged, but the number of women will keep the numbers elevated. So no, this was not a short-sighted move.

Aggielove
Cache county, USA

Hope the food is better

byufan1993
Provo, , UT

Brave Sir Robin

I am happy to say I "liked" your comment. ;)

Steve C. Warren
WEST VALLEY CITY, UT

@Brave Sir Robin, John Marx

I agree with much of what both of you have said. The fact that has gone largely unreported is that the raw numbers and proportion of young men serving missions in the Church was considerably higher in the mid-1990s than it was in 2012. That is unlikely to change much over the long haul. However, the big difference that has occurred with the new missionary ages is to shift the preaching of the gospel away from young men toward young women. The raw numbers and proportion of missionaries who are young women will now be considerably greater than it was in the mid- and late 1990s.

Patrick Henry
West Jordan, UT

I'm sad to see a quality school closed in Mexico. Many thousands of Mexican Saints will now be forced to go to other schools, which I doubt are of the same quality as that LDS High School currently is.

Franjeado
Lambare, Paraguay

Creo que el mayor crecimiento de la Iglesia, producida por la reduccion en la edad de servicio de los Misioneros, se producira en Latinoamerica, indudablemente.

smarty pants
Herriman, UT

Benemerito is a great school. You'll never find a place like that in Mexico. I lived there, I studied there, I went to Seminary, I learned to work with a schedule. I had to get up @ 5 a.m. I had to do many, many, many chores. I learned Folkloric dance, but most of all I gained a testimony of the gospel. I had the chance to learn the gospel in a better way surrounded by many good leaders and friends. I also Iearned not everyone was living up to the rules, but there is oposition in everything. The teachings have remained with me for many years. I went to a private college in MX, I married in the Temple. I'm a mother of 3. My oldest is now in Young Women. The purpose of the school has been fullfilled for many generations. What a blessing to have now an MTC. This will be a wonderful blessing to everyone who gets into that place and to Mexico as a country.

J-TX
Allen, TX

Sad and happy. Many lives have been blessed at Benito's.
Triste y feliz. Se han bendecido muchas vidas en el Benito.

It has been noted, and I agree, that it is time for a Latin America BYU.
Como ha sido comentado, y estoy de acuerdo, ya deben establecer una BYU en latinoamerica.

Panama might be a better geographical location than Mexico, but it depends on a critical mass of qualified instructors with testimonies.
Podria ser que les convenga mas Panama para su ubicacion, pero eso dependera del surtido de profesores calificados, y con testimonios.

tabasco2013
usa, UT

today we have a mtc, but still room to build a temple. good for the benemerito and mexico, and the world.

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