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LDS missions: A culture change for Utah

The announcement that Latter-day Saints now are eligible to serve missions at younger ages — 18 for men and 19 for women — will change Utah culture. Admissions and scholarship policies at Utah colleges likely will have to be adjusted, graduation rates, particularly for women, might alter, and the typical age for marriage among LDS people could be affected. For young LDS Utahns and their families, this is a sea change.

It is impossible to predict all of the impacts. But government institutions, particularly public schools and universities, should seek to accommodate the new reality while maintaining a level playing field for all students.

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