Some of those new missions in México are in some extremely dangerous
regions.Control of these areas by various drug cartels is quite
strong.Ciudad Juarez?Reynosa?Other northern
border cities of MéxicoIn my opinion, this is asking for
trouble.If any of these missionaries are harmed, will The Church be
held responsible for placing these young folks in regions of México well
known to be unsafe, where thousands of murders have occurred?
I have a son serving right now in Maryland, a daughter who is 18 and another son
who just turned 16. My wife and I and our 16 year old son are working towards
the goal of having him leave the summer after he graduates high school in 2 more
years.Who knows? Perhaps our oldest daughter will choose to serve,
too. Our oldest son's 24 month mission will cost us approximately $11,000.
I'd like to have that money to do other things with, but in the end, ALL
things belong to the Lord, including the wealth He has so graciously granted us.
That money could not be spent on any 'better' thing.The
lowering of the age is a HUGE blessing, particularly for the young men. It was
a challenge to graduate from high school at 17, put my future life on hold while
I waited to serve my mission. Now the young men can graduate from high school
and be gone in a few months. Awesome!Truly the 'weak
things' of the world will preach the gospel to the kings and queens of the
earth.The Church is true! Drive on!
Actually it isn't the return missionaries that are leaving but the ages
between 18-25. Most leave the LDS Church during that first year after high
school. Why, because once they get on their own they are away from their
parents and tend to try to fit in with the crowd. Yes, some are return
missionaries but the biggest ones are the ones who never or don't go on a
mission.Will the new missionary age limit that is really up to the
individual. The missionaries are their to teach the gospel of Jesus Christ.
PREACH MY GOSPEL is a revelationary book and answers 90% of any of the questions
the evangelicals can come up with. Many missionaries will just leave when a
confrontation is taking place. They have been instructed to do so because to
stay looses the spirit. You will find out that soon the missionaries will be as
well trained as the evangelicals and even more so. They will be stronger in
their testimonies and in the spirit. They will be able to with stand all that
Satan has to through at them. The number will drop considerably and therefore a
stronger more vibrant missionary force.
@Provo Scientist- Don't know if your facts are accurate, but
just read last October that LDS college-age kids are the highest number who are
leaving the church in record numbers. The reason given was their high
internet/research access now, which show all the church's past history,
revelation and temple rite changes. They claim they have not been given all the
facts and they're upset.I have several nephews, RMs, who were
challenged by non-Utah Christians about their Biblical claims while on missions.
They could not research or get sufficient answers while Ms, but got plenty
afterward.I think the LDS church should invite discussion, debate,
education on all-things Mormon and save those souls who might stay, could they
get more info outside the "Zion Curtain", as it's referred to.
They are taking a big risk by sending the younger kids. Evangelicals are
trained and waiting, believe me!
Drastic times call for drastic actions. The lowering of the missionary age is a
drastic action prompted by drastic drops in convert baptisms and drastic
increases in members going inactive or leaving the Church completely.The LDS Church is not so worried about the old folks. It is the younger
generation of 20 somethings who are much more secular than any generation before
them. The LDS Church employs not only a large Public Relations firm and
Department, but also a department staffed with social scientists who study the
membership of the Church and make recommendations to "the Brethren".
That research shows that unemployment is high and college enrollments are low
for that young group. So the Church is putting them to work early, before they
can get out of their homes and become entrenched in that common
"singles" lifestyle that depletes the energy of a generation.I admire the Church's efforts in this regard, but I doubt it will make
much of a difference. The highest inactivity rate in the LDS Church is among
returned missionaries. This age change and Mission increase will not change
that; it will make it worse!
Send the kids to Backo! Hope they paid attention in their Bible classes.
We're ready for 'em!
Johnny Triumph, I wouldn't count Western Europe out just yet. I know of one
mission there that is nearly doubling in size, and I'm guessing it's
not the only one. If this keeps up, hopefully the Church will still reopen some
of the European missions it consolidated a decade ago.
The little stone spoken of in the vision of Nebuchednezzar by the Prophet
Daniel, cut out of the mountins in the latter days is rolling forward to fill
the whole earth. During the last wondow of time, the restored gospel is being
shared with all the world. What a joy and blessing to live in such a time and
and see ones children involved in building up the Kingdom of God as well.
The church is ridiculously true!
Has a map come out detailing the changes in the mission boundaries. The ones I
am most interested in are California Bakersfield and Arizona Gilbert. I also
find it interesting that so few changes were made in Europe.
@woolybruce"In two years when missionary numbers have recovered from
the spike of sending two years of missionaries in one year and numbers are back
down to pre Oct 2011 levels, I wonder if there will be a reduction of 58
missions."I don't think the number will fall to pre Oct
2011 levels. It'll drop some since obviously future years won't have
two years of guys and three years of girls in their first year of eligibility
but the younger ages will allow for more men and especially more women to serve
missions so maybe it'll fall like 20 missions. Then again I think the surge
in missions is a smaller percentage of total missions than the surge in
missionaries is as a percentage of missionaries. The church might already be
planning for the dropoff and is just temporarily having more crowded missions.
This is great news. I live in Bakersfield California and look foward to the new
mission here in my hometown. For years we have looked forward to having a Temple
and we know that someday that will happen. Having a Mission Home here in
Bakersfield is a blessing. Sincerely. Trenton
I served in Cancun Mexico in the Merida Mission. That place was awesome and very
productive. Who ever goes there will be very blessed.
"We just need to keep aligning our compass to the north star and do as the
Prophets, Apostles, Stakes Presidents, Bishops and others do each week in our
various meetings." @ JWB...are you really serious in writing
this? I'll follow what "I" think is best for me. The North Star
and a handful of volunteer ecclesiastical neighbors are not particularly all
that well informed.
Since I live in Washington State in the USA, I am eager to see what the
boundaries will be for the Vancouver, WA Mission and the Federal Way, WA
Mission. What an exciting time to be living. Praise the Lord!!!
What ever brings increased numbers is great. The Lord has his plan and the
leaders have that all in tune with the Lord. As we know we live in good times
as our general leaders remind us at least twice a year during the General
Conferences. However, our world around us highlights only the crisis to keep
people in the fear mode. That mode is not beneficial for our families and our
mental state.We just need to keep aligning our compass to the north
star and do as the Prophets, Apostles, Stakes Presidents, Bishops and others do
each week in our various meetings. The world is full of people that
want to have a better life. They hear the message and know the message brings
them truth and that Heavenly Father has a plan for them. It may not be what
they can accept at the time but others will help align their compasses on future
visits, now or later.Buenas noticias or good news comes in many
forms. We can be positive in the message to prepare while we are in our youth.
I am grateful for our leaders who are inspired to bring us this news today.
Interesting to see 5 new missions in Africa. Those missions will not be closed
when the work slows down - Africa is the fastest growing area of the church on a
percent growth basis. It is also one of the fastest growing areas for Islam,
which makes our efforts there much more important.It is time to
start building a BYU-Africa. It would add substance to the work there, be a
great PR move, and accelerate the growth of the church.
I think that the numbers will stay up because now the young men will prepare to
go out of high school more than before and most definitely a lot of the sisters
will serve. Many sisters that considered serving got married in the interim
waiting to turn 21. Young men were not answering their Priesthood
duty and serving as they covenants to do, so The Lord had to reach out to the
sisters to fill in where the YM chose not to. Hopefully that year less of
waiting, under then tutelage and watchful eyes of their parents will cause the
young men's numbers to increase even more.
How awesome is this! There is great wisdom in sending our youth at an earlier
age before they get into other aspects of their lives. Having a prophet on the
earth makes a huge difference for all us! I love being LDS!! It was missionaries
who helped to teach me and I am grateful to have served three missions, two with
my husband. No one can ever count how much our own lives are enriched by
@Bastiatarian YES! I agree. I didn't serve in Tokyo South, but in Sendai
when there was a Tokyo South. And I'm from Tucson, too!
Now if there was only some way to lower the age that senior couples could
go...Thats tongue in cheek. Many couples don't realize they don't
need to wait to be 65. My wife and I have served two full time missions already
and will be going again. Neither of us is 60 yet. Get out of debt, plan to go
and the means will become available. I lost a parent during each mission. I
was where they wanted me when they died. We had a son marry and spend his
honeymoon with us in Japan, our first and second grandchildren were born and we
changed the lives of hundreds of young missionaries by supporting and teaching
them. You won't miss as much by going as you will miss by staying home.
Seniors, get off the recliner and go serve!!! The Lord needs your experience!
The article says that with this change, there are actually NO new missions or
territories where missionaries haven't already been serving, just boundary
changes to accommodate the surge of young people going on their missions earlier
than they would have under the old policy. In a couple of years the total
missionaries serving throughout the world will drop back down, because those who
were the first to serve at the younger age, will have reached the age they would
have served under the old policy. The greater truth in all this is
that the Church will now be able to encourage young men and women who before,
for various reasons under the old policy, by the time they reached the age to
serve, would have taken a different path, will most likely now serve. The net
effect is that a greater number will serve. As far as the Church
being able to maintain a force of 60,000 missionaries after this first two year
influx ends, only time will tell. The bigger question is, what caused the total
missionary force to drop below 60,000 and remain there for so many years?
In two years when missionary numbers have recovered from the spike of sending
two years of missionaries in one year and numbers are back down to pre Oct 2011
levels, I wonder if there will be a reduction of 58 missions.
The joy is unspeakable to see how the Lord is moving his work forward, praise be
to the parents and young people, to seminary teachers,Sunday school and young
men and you woman teachers who are doing their part to help these new
Missionaries to gain testamonies and go forth like the armies of Helaman and
spread the gospel throughout the earth. The prophecies of Daniel are being
fulfilled right before us. I am so glad to be a member of The Church of Jesus
Christ of Latter-Day Saints and to watch the gospel going forward by the
greatest of Heavenly Fathers Spirit children. Glory be to God, to his son Jesus
Christ and may Gods blessings be with each of you who desire to serve.
Certainly an exciting time for the church and the all the new missionaries --
When I was serving back in 1958 - 1960 I was in the Northwestern States Mission
which covered northern Idaho, Washington, Oregon, Vancouver Island, and Alaska.
There were only about 6-8 Elders in Alaska at the time I was transferred from
Kellog Idaho to Ketchican, Alaska. Alaska had just become a State in
Feb.1959.When I renewed my drivers license in Anchorage it Still said Territory
of Alaska.It would be interesting to know how many missions have been created
from that one mission
Wonderful news for all!!!Colorado, Denver is getting a great man. The
Missionaries and people will love him. Is Colorado, Denver a split from
what used to be the Utah, Vernal Mission?
memdem, I wondered about the big fireplaces and wonder if some went to the same
place to open their calls.And yes, we do take the words of Jesus Christ
seriously when in his final parting words he said to go forth to every nation,
kindred tongue and people to preach his gospel.Yay for Gilbert AZ.
That's an amazing choice and a very good one.My old Honduras
mission that included Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica y Panama has changed a bit
since '73. Wow! Fun time.Just wish you could find all the nay
sayers on here who were predicting that the church would shrivel and dry up
within the next 10 years and become a forgotten entity.I'd say
we're headed in the wrong direction for someone's hopes and dreams :)
I've got to say, you Mormon people seem to take your missions seriously. I
thought the Olympus High School video was entertaining. It brought a smile to
my face. And whats with all the big fireplaces?
The Lord is speeding up the work, it is the Latterdays and we need to move at a
swifter pace. What a wonderful timeto be on the earth and see what is
happening. Bless you all who grasp the rod and follow the Prophet.
Yes! Tokyo South is back!
This is completely fantastic! Very telling where the growth is, no expansion
for Western Europe.