Future sister missionaries gather outside Salt Lake Temple to celebrate shared plans to serve

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  • Johnny Triumph American Fork, UT
    Dec. 12, 2012 12:32 p.m.

    I'm disappointed that these young women view a mission at age 21 as interrupting life. A mission for anyone is interrupting and is viewed as a very large sacrifice for the Gospel. Hopefully this hasn't just turned into another bucket list item but that they are choosing to go because they want to serve the Lord and give of their time and resources. Maybe I'm misreading, but this just seems to be yet another indication of the privileged lifestyles our youth enjoy today. Time to make sacrifices and put off things and to quit worrying about how badly it's going to impact your lifestyle.

    Good for these young women for serving, they'll love it and will be very influential/helpful in bringing people to the Savior.

  • MoJules Florissant, MO
    Dec. 10, 2012 9:59 p.m.

    I am so excited that these young women can now serve at an earlier age. I was a Sister Missionary and it was the best thing that happened in my life, well besides marriage and family. But it helped prepare me for that and I feel that I am well versed in the Gospel and I owe that to my missionary experiences.

  • Coach Biff Lehi, UT
    Dec. 10, 2012 12:55 p.m.

    Brave Sir Robin is correct.

  • Brave Sir Robin San Diego, CA
    Dec. 10, 2012 9:51 a.m.


    There's an element of maturity that slightly older sister missionaries bring that is valuable to the mission. I always appreciated the sister missionaries in my mission for the maturity they brought...it helped offset the excessive testosterone and occasional immaturity you would occasionally expect to see from a bunch of teenage boys. Not all the elders appreciated that notion, but I did.

  • OCoug Ogden, UT
    Dec. 10, 2012 12:42 a.m.


    That's a good question. I don't know the answer, but I've felt the spirit to confirm that the changes made are correct. Perhaps, in time the age will be the same for both. My best thoughts on why the age difference has something to do with different focuses for both sexes. For Young Men fulfilling a mission is a Priesthood duty. While for Young Women it is optional as they have the opportunity to start school, get married, and become mother's.


    This definitely does provide increased wonderful opportunities for Young Women. I don't believe that Young Women who marry at 19 and choose to become homemakers and mother's are settling for less. To me the greatest job and calling in this life is that of a mother. We all have different paths.

  • Utah Fan Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 9, 2012 10:26 p.m.


    "Why can't either men or women go at 18 after high school is completed?"


    I am not sure of the "official" reason, if there is one. But "perhaps" the age difference is to help keep the men and the women on missions from forming inappropriate relationships. The closer together the age between the men and women, the more the temptation would be to "flirt" or do other inappropriate things.

    Just a theory I have.

  • finny Provo, UT
    Dec. 9, 2012 7:55 p.m.

    I am proud to be called a Sister Missionary! It still means I am a real missionary but the title keeps a feminine integrity. Elders or Sisters, We are all full-time representatives of Jesus Christ and that is the most important thing.

  • Reasonable Person Layton, UT
    Dec. 9, 2012 6:26 p.m.


    Nuns aren't called "Sister Priests".

  • Champs Washington, UT
    Dec. 9, 2012 5:50 p.m.

    I am as curious as K. Any logical response other than revelation. There has to be a reason for the difference

  • Mountanman Hayden, ID
    Dec. 9, 2012 4:59 p.m.

    Being called a "Sister" is a diminishing adjective? Wow! I wonder if all the nuns in the Catholic church realize that?

  • Reasonable Person Layton, UT
    Dec. 9, 2012 1:48 p.m.

    Why do these women have to be diminished with the adjective "Sister" in front of the word Missionary?

    Are they not real missionaries?

  • K Mchenry, IL
    Dec. 9, 2012 10:13 a.m.

    Why can't either men or women go at 18 after high school is completed?

  • Zoniezoobie Mesa, AZ
    Dec. 9, 2012 9:58 a.m.

    Look out world, the cavalry has arrived! This global surge will have a significant impact in the gospel being brought to every tongue and people. And I know the enthusiasm of these Sisters will enthuse and embolden the Elders as well. May those who are prepared to hear the joyful news be ready and waiting.

  • chinookdoctor PASADENA, CA
    Dec. 9, 2012 9:51 a.m.

    I'm so excited about the age change! I hope that as many young women as possible will take advantage of this amazing opportunity. I wasn't for missionary work when I joined the church, but now I see how much it changes the lives of those who serve and, of course, as a convert, of the people missionaries teach. I'm so pleased to see that more young women will become real scriptorians and leaders in their homes and the church. For years I have been sad to see these 19 y/o girls choosing to marry young men who got the amazing chance to serve missions and who would then go on to finish college and graduate school, but the 19-year-old brides would then drop everything else in their lives and stay stuck in late adolescence. This gives women in the church a chance to grow by becoming more spiritually mature through expanded life experiences. I hope that these amazing young RMs will come home, finish their education--even if it takes them to professional school--and that the men in their lives will value and support them to do so.

  • Orem Parent Orem, UT
    Dec. 8, 2012 9:09 p.m.

    Awesome! You ladies will be incredible missionaries! Bless you and your families as you serve!