For decades, the rule has been that young Mormon men could serve voluntary missions at age nineteen and women at age 21. At the October 2012 General Conference for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, this rule was unexpectedly changed. Now, men can leave at age 18 and women at age nineteen. They must complete high school or the equivalent first. Young people do not need to leave earlier, but it is an option for those who are ready spiritually and temporarily and who are interested in leaving sooner. This policy has already been in place in 48 countries where there were needs to serve earlier due to required military service or limits on educational age ranges. Mission presidents report that these young missionaries do very well and so it makes sense to expand the program. There has been no change in the upper age. Young men can serve until age 25. Women may serve at any age at all once they reach the minimum age, with no upper age.
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I just flew home from Utah, completely exhausted and exhilarated at the same time. Yesterday was one of the highlights of my life – I put my first of four sons in the Missionary Training Center, heretoafter known as the MTC. I knew it was going to be both brutal and fantastic. I came prepared with a purse full of tissue and a prayer in my heart that I would be strong and not collapse in a heap of pitiful tears in front of my son and the entire MTC.
If you’re a mother of a missionary, then you’re probably already counting down the days and minutes until you get that long-awaited phone call from your son or daughter on Mother’s Day!
My son’s mission call finally came! Woohoo! If you’ve just started following my blog, then you know that my oldest son recently sent in his mission papers and was patiently waiting. Notice that I didn’t say I was the one patiently waiting? I was going crazy with anticipation! It almost felt like when I was pregnant, excitedly waiting to meet this new little person who would forever be a huge part of my life. I knew that wherever my son would be sent would play a big role not only in my son’s life, but also in that of our entire family.
Hi! My name is Trina Boice and I’m new to this site, although not new to the subject of missionary work! I served a full-time mission in Spain and LOVED it! If you keep reading all of my blogs then you will learn more than you ever wanted to about Spain and read some of my wonderful experiences there. Serving a mission was one of the best, hardest, most spiritual, challenging, and thrilling times of my life.
The first Sunday that I attended church with a new friend, who happened to be raised in a Latter-day Saint (LDS) family, I saw two young men walk in and sit up front with the Bishop and his assistants (Counselors). They were dressed in suits and wore black name tags. Not one other person in the congregation nor leadership was wearing a name tag — only those two young men.
Full-time missionaries for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints spend their days teaching about the doctrines and beliefs of the Church. Most often, they teach within the homes of people who express interest in hearing their message and discussing their religious beliefs with the missionaries.