Linda & Richard Eyre: Wonderful changes in store for LDS missionary force

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  • Alex 1 Tucson, AZ
    Oct. 15, 2012 2:49 p.m.

    The maturity factor at 18 only matters if you are a passive parent hoping for society and the church to do what you alone as a parent have a responsibility to do. If you are not going to take an active role in raising your children to serve the Lord, then sure, your child will be immature at 18. It is up to you.

    My sons are no less capable of maturely serving the Lord at 18 than 19. Why? It is all a matter of expectation and preparation. If you work for, expect and prepare for your son to be a mature, hard working, young man, who is firm in their testimony of Christ and His restored Gospel when 18, I am willing to bet you will get it in most cases. You just have to want it bad enough.

  • markmongie Kaysville, UT
    Oct. 14, 2012 11:42 a.m.

    I entered the MTC in Provo the same time as my wife in 1989. I was 22 and a new convert from South Africa, she 21 and from Michigan. We spoke very briefly in the MTC, and decided to be penpals. Our friendship grew as we shared our missionary experiences in different missions, both serving the Lord at the same time. We courted after mission and got married in 6 months. I feel that our shared experiences together have unified our testimonies and marriage partnership. I want my daughters and son all to serve missions and have the same rich missionary heritage they can share with their spouses. I feel that this inspired new program will do 3 things: FIRST - Save many young men who lose faith drifting for 1 year out of high school. TWO - Get young men and women focused together on serving the Lord.

  • higv Dietrich, ID
    Oct. 14, 2012 8:20 a.m.

    Attraction to sisters was not a problem to me. There were many I would not date. Some good ones. All sisters should not serve missions but oppurtunity if it is right.

  • GiuseppeG Murray, Utah
    Oct. 12, 2012 2:39 p.m.

    "Having said that, we did find a substantial maturity advantage in most elders who had a year of college before their missions. Parents and local church leaders will have to be careful in deciding who is ready to go right out of high school and who is not."

    Like this bit.

    Here's to hoping parents and local church leaders also take Elder Christofferson's Priesthood session talk to heart as well. "In the Church and kingdom of God in these latter days, we cannot afford to have boys and men who are drifting. We cannot afford young men who lack self-discipline and live only to be entertained." Hoping that translates into diligent efforts on the part of parents and local church leaders to help train up these young men and women rather than standing by complacently entertaining them.

  • rogerdpack2 Orem, UT
    Oct. 12, 2012 1:48 p.m.

    It is true that Sisters tend to be more effective missionaries. I suppose they wanted more missionaries to hasten to work. Go Sister missionaries!