LDS members take to Twitter to share reactions to the missionary age change

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  • K Mchenry, IL
    Oct. 7, 2012 8:47 p.m.

    Why on earth can't they both go at 18?

    Some missionaries like in Korea would serve at older ages. Military requirement and college.

  • SuziQ Springville, UT
    Oct. 7, 2012 5:54 p.m.

    I had heard that they might change the age on the young men because it has been done in other nations. So many young in the United States lose their focus on a mission in the time between high school and 19. My son, who only has 2 weeks left of his mission to Fiji, would have been gone immediately after high school if he could have. What I didn't expect is that my 18 year old daughter could be gone in a year! Yikes. I wasn't ready to send another missionary out again. But I see a lot of wisdom in the change. Imagine the strength of a whole generation of RMs marrying RMs:D This should also be a wake up call to all parents to get your kids ready for missions while they are still in your home. I am excited about the change. (And a little scared because I am sure that I will be seeing more of my daughters serve than they would have with the older age.)

  • coltakashi Richland, WA
    Oct. 7, 2012 8:33 a.m.

    When I received my original mission call in December 1968 it was for a 30 month mission to Japan, but a couple weeks later I was in the first group going through a 2-month Language Training Mission in Hawaii for a 24 month mission. Then missionary training was required for all missionaries, instead of the one week I had before leaving for Hawaii. President Kimball's call for more missionaries from outside the US has changed the lives of tens if thousands of LDS around the world. And the Lord responded by opening Africa and the former Soviet Bloc nations. Unexpected and miraculous things are going to happen that will open doors for all these additional missionaries around the world, as young LDS women and men and their families exercise their faith and answer this call.

  • jbstanford Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 6, 2012 10:39 p.m.

    I think the funniest tweet was a guy who said "dang, my 19yr old girlfriend broke up with me halfway through the first session". Might not be true, but still :)

  • MoJules Florissant, MO
    Oct. 6, 2012 4:56 p.m.

    So I know I am getting old, I feel so advanced to leave comments on line here, rather then mailing in comments, that I use to do years ago. But guess twitter is where it is happening for leaving comments and I am clueless on how that works. I don't know how to text either, cell phone for us is when we get a flat or call home and say, need anything while I am out.