Michelle King: Better preparation for missionaries, on 'Mormon Times TV' this Sunday

I would have loved to have been a fly on the wall at the Provo Missionary Training Center when President Thomas S. Monson of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints made his big announcement at the start of the LDS Church’s semiannual general conference this October. He announced a change in age requirements for missionary service — giving young men the option to leave at age 18, and young women the opportunity to go when they turn 19.

Our youngest son was in the Provo MTC at the time and wrote us of the reaction there. He said that, right after President Monson announced the changes, there was a huge initial gasp from every missionary — then cheering. Definitely something out of the ordinary for a conference session.

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