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NPR: Shift in Mormon age policy widens women's options

October 31, 2012
source: NPR

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MR says: The article says the new policy represents a philosophical shift in how Mormon women are viewed by the Church — and by themselves. What do you think?

Hannon Young was listening with only half an ear during the General Conference of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints earlier this month when Church President Thomas S. Monson started talking about missionaries. But then Young perked up — and froze, as Monson declared that women no longer have to wait until they are 21 to go on their missions. They can begin at 19, he said.

"You could hear an audible gasp throughout the whole conference center," says Young, a freshman at Brigham Young University. "It was just this wave of shock."

A moment later, Young, who turns 19 in July, began to laugh and cry.

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