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Published: Tuesday, Aug. 20 2013 5:00 a.m. MDT

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patriot
Cedar Hills, UT

with the age change to 18, the majority of boys will be leaving while 18 which means there is no time to earn money post high school and before the mission...as it used to be. It used to be a young man would have an entire year post high school ...or at least 6 months ...before turning 19 and leaving for a mission. If you have a son - as we did - who was active in athletics in high school there was no time for work during high school so that year after high school provided at least 50% of his mission money as he worked as a carpenter helper and furniture mover. No more. Parents would now have to foot the entire bill. I suspect many lds parents will have their sons drop high school athletics or perhaps participate in something less demanding such as track or cross county. Most athletics today REQUIRE year round club participation which rules out working. It's a tough decision for sure.

brenlk
China, 00

Patriot - I would suggest, that as per President Monson's original announcement on the age change, that not all YM are required to go when they turn 18. Is it an option? Yes. Is it mandatory? No. To quote from President Monson, "...effective immediately all worthy and able young men ... will have the option of being recommended for missionary service beginning at the age of 18, instead of age 19. I am not suggesting that all young men will—or should—serve at this earlier age. Rather, based on individual circumstances as well as upon a determination by priesthood leaders, this option is now available." If that means someone needs to take a year post high school to earn money and save to help cover the cost of their mission, I certainly think that would be appropriate.

Likewise, I agree with you that participation in athletics can at times be a burden upon families in general. It seems nowadays that competition is more and more intense and participation in club teams not only takes away from the opportunity to earn money, but costs a lot of money with associated club fees and travel costs as well.

Wee One
Santa Monica, CA

One word of caution. If someone gets a call that is not "exotic or foreign", PLEASE be mindful of how you react. I have seen where someone is called to somewhere in the United States and comments are made because it is not abroad. In some of the youtube.com videos where a missionary is called to Odgen, Utah or SLC, Utah or Idaho, you can tell those around are trying very hard to be upbeat about it. It doesn't matter where you are called, it matters you know that the Lord wants you to be there and that great lengths are made to get the right missionary to the right mission.

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