Ready to serve a mission: Responses from around the world

Young Men and Women tell how change in age affected their plans

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  • J-TX Allen, TX
    Jan. 5, 2013 3:20 p.m.

    I am in the YM Presidency and am thrilled about the change. It immediately made us change our attitude, as some of my Deacons will be on missions within 5 years. We are more coordinated with what the Teachers are doing, and they more with the Priests' preparation, as we need to make sure they progress and are ready right out of High School.

    It means I will have 2 sons out, over-lapping by a year, instead of one right after the other, but double the blessings, double the fun!

    There is one further blessing I have thought of, that I have not seen discussed on these message boards. Withe a far higher percentage of our young women serving as missionaries in the future, they won't be available right after High School to get married early.

    I feel this is a positive. For years, I have felt that in some LDS Cultural circles there is too much emphasis on getting married as soon as possible. I think this change will allow our young women to mature, prioritize, and in the end, choose their mates more carefully.

  • JWB Kaysville, UT
    Jan. 4, 2013 8:43 a.m.

    This is sort of like President Brigham Young asking for volunteers to help rescue the Martin-Willey hardcart companies. Young people were ready to put on their workclothes and go help rescue souls that needed care of food and warm clothing. These men got to the icey cold rivers and streams and crossed those streams to rescue God's children.

    Missions do the same process of saving souls on this earth. I am so grateful for people willing and ready to leave their comfortable position and go into the world to do their mission.

    What a blessing for both men and women of the Church and of the world who will get this influx of servants of the Lord.