Some Mormon men can now go on missions at age 18

The LDS Church has lowered the missionary age for young men in Germany, the United Kingdom, Albania, Cape Verde, Spain and Italy from 19 to 18.

The move was announced three months ago in a letter to LDS stake presidents, bishops and mission presidents, LDS spokesman Scott Trotter confirmed Thursday.

It was prompted, Trotter said, by educational or military requirements in those countries.

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