Opinion: Bountiful High LDS “mission call” grad exercise deserves reflection, reconsideration

About 50 Bountiful High School graduates had the announcer at their commencement state the location of the LDS mission they had been assigned when their names were called to pick up diplomas. The incident, as chronicled by Tribune religion writer Peggy Fletcher Stack last month, is the latest in a long history of cluelessness displayed in Utah high schools.

Mormon church leaders last year lowered the eligible age for male missionaries from 19 to 18, meaning many high school graduates this spring will go directly on missions before going to college or whatever other endeavors they choose.

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