The change affects a sizable number of Latter-day Saint young men who will turn 18 before they graduate later this spring. Many are submitting their mission applications in anticipation of receiving their high school diplomas while almost literally on their way to the Missionary Training Center.
Near the end of October, less than one month after the announcement had been made lowering the age of missionary eligibility for Latter-day Saints, mission applications increased by 471 percent for a two-week period. The change lowered the mission age from 19 to 18 for men and from 21 to 19 for women.
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