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New missionary policy impacts LDS students as they change college plans and lives

BYU sophomore Alana Smith's life took an unexpected turn Saturday morning.

Smith had a plan: finish a bachelor's degree in music and theater, and plan a wedding with her boyfriend. But the 19-year-old coed had a nagging feeling that her plan was missing a step.

"I kept feeling like I should do some kind of mission, and I didn't know why," Smith said. "I didn't know how I would work it into leaving college."

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