The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints made a big announcement over the weekend at their semi-annual general conference. Now young LDS men will be able to serve their mission at the age of 18 instead of 19, and young LDS women will be able to serve at age 19 instead of 21. We wanted to know what this means for Brigham Young University-Idaho.
“So we are thrilled by this morning’s exciting announcement, by President Thomas S. Monson, quote: ‘All worthy and able young men who have graduated from high school or its equivalent, regardless of where they live, will have the option of being recommended for missionary service beginning at age 18 instead of 19, then he added, able worthy young women who have the desire to serve, may be recommended for missionary service beginning at age 19 instead of age 21” said Russell M. Nelson.
If you didn’t hear this message on Saturday, you probably saw some of the memes put up on Facebook and Twitter by thousands of LDS members. It was obvious, excitement was in the air.
“I can tell you this, as of today we have received a significant increase in phone calls and inquiries from young women about
deferring school to go on missions, that has been ringing off the hook today” said Director of Admissions at BYU-Idaho, Tyler Williams.
While the university is excited to send students off on missions, they have to start preparing for what this could do to the student body.
“We anticipate that it will have an impact, we’re just not sure what the impact is going to be, maybe the young men will go directly on a mission, maybe they won’t, we’ll just have to let time tell us what the trend will be” continued Williams.
One thing is for sure, the university feels this new announced age change for missionaries will be a great blessing for many.
“You know one of the potential things that could be happening is that more young men are going directly on their missions, you know when they come back their first experience in college, they’re probably going to be more serious minded and better prepared to tackle the rigors of a college environment” said Williams.
We will be following the changes the university decides to make within the coming months.