Mormon Times asked how the announcement changed the plans and preparations for these prospective missionaries. Here are a few of their responses.
When I heard the announcement during general conference, my heart just sang out. All of a sudden goals and studying for preparation for my mission were "amped up." I called my non-member friend from school to tell her about the news. I was so excited and she could hear that in my voice. I don't know if she knew how to take the news, but she said, "Congratulations."
— Laura May Johnson, 17, Geneva 1st Ward, Geneva, Switzerland