LDS Church Changes the Age Requirement for LDS Missionaries

February 6, 2013

In the October 2012 General Conference of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, President Thomas S Monson made headlines by altering the long standing policy that young men serve missions at the age of 19 and young women serve at the age of 21.

This change allows young men to prepare and serve if they are ready at the age of 18. It also allows young women to serve at the age of 19. This change in policy will more than likely create a flood of new missionaries. In the past, young men and women would go off to college after high school and many would have a difficult time postponing life in order to serve a mission. Now, these same young men and young women are able to prepare and go before they are too deep into their studies or other things that might prevent them from serving.

If you ask any ward or branch they will tell you the youth are excited about this change in policy and ready to serve.

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