More Mormon missionaries means fewer college students

Jorgen Sumsion spent the fall semester studying biostatistics at Brigham Young University, but he's not enrolled this semester.

Sumsion is still in Provo, but the 18-year-old is at the Missionary Training Center preparing for a Mormon mission in Taiwan. He plans to continue his studies at BYU -- after he returns from his two-year mission.

Colleges and universities across Utah are dealing with the temporary loss of Mormon students like Sumsion. It is one of many ripple effects from the Oct. 6 announcement by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to lower the minimum age for missionaries: from 21 to 19 for women; and from 19 to 18 for men.

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