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Published: Thursday, Oct. 3 2013 6:05 p.m. MDT

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Ford DeTreese
Provo, UT


Good answer. I think it's the best approach I've seen.

Logan, UT


I agree with your first point, and I would also add that the same holds true for members. 19 was never a make-or-break date, and neither is 18. But I fear that many members will make the same mistakes of pigeonholing young men (or even young women) if they are not out on a mission the second they graduate HS, even if they are perfectly worthy individuals who just aren't ready for one reason or another. One of my younger brothers was not ready to serve a mission until he was 21 (he is now serving and doing a fine job), and was virtually ostracized and went through Hades with respect to how others treated him in the interim. He is and always was a worthy young man, but he recognized that he was not mature enough in some ways to serve successfully until he was older. He had a lot of guts to stick it out even though the very people who should have been supporting him were often the ones talking about him behind his back. Ironically, it's often the older missionaries who are the best ones out there.

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