Effect of Missionary Age Change Since Announcement (Infographic)

Effect of Missionary Age Change Since Announcement (Infographic)

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We all remember when, on October 6, 2012, President Thomas S. Monson announced the age change for LDS missionaries. This made an amazing impact on our hearts, but what were the numbers? Here are two infographics that Deseret News published that show the drastic impact this announcement has had in the last two years.


And the effect it has had on the number of sister missionaries.

infographic credit deseretnews.com
infographic credit deseretnews.com

There is a great difference between 2012 and 2013 in both the totals (elders and sisters) and the sister missionaries being called.

infographic credit deseretnews.com
infographic credit deseretnews.com
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  1. Is that Net or Gross? By that I mean is the number representative of those who actually completed their missions, or just those who were called? Sorry, I am the parent of one of those who ended her mission early due to emotional and physical issues and the church really dropped the ball on assisting us. She returned in 2011 and is still a mere shell of her former self– increase in numbers is meaningless until the church steps up and addresses the state of the missionary when they come home and whether or not they are really ready to face the rigors of missionary service.

    • Olsfam, I’m really sorry to hear this. You should read this article that I wrote for those who came home early. I will try to link to it in this comment, but it may not let me on this site so I will also send it to your email. Here it is: The mission is definitely not easy. She should be respected and loved just for the choice to go at all. Please read this article and I’ll email this comment to you as well because sometimes it doesn’t email the comment replies.

    • So sorry to hear of your experience. I never went on a mission, but I admire all of those that go for any length of time. My brother in law went to France and came home early, but he learned quite a bit of the language and it did help him to see a little more of the world. True, it was devastating to him at the time, but he did find positives as he used the skills he’d learned along the path of life. Since every experience is different, I can’t compare your daughter’s with anothers, but I do hope she will be okay and get some help in dealing with what she’s facing right now. I realize this is hard on the whole family, so thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  2. This doesn’t say how many of those 18 year old boys are coming home early because they’re going out before they’re ready. The church needs to re-emphasize that the age to go is still 19 but they can go at 18 IF they’re ready. Many men need that year at college to adjust to living on their own (with their moms just a phone call away if they have questions).

  3. Olsfam, I too am sorry to hear of your daughters struggles. Our son had unexpected health issues (physical and then emotional due to Hurricane Sandy in NY) that brought him home early. His Mission Pres said two inspiring things that I want to pass on to you. 1: a mission is not a saving ordinance 2: it is more important that he/she was worthy to serve than how long they could serve. Upon his return, I was surprised by how many stories we heard from members of health issues that cut missions short. It’s more common than we realize and NOT something to be ashamed of, nor is it an indication of failure. My prayers are with you and your daughter as she works through her emotions.

  4. My heart goes to all missionaries! Since I became a member in 1997, I worked closely with missionaries, almost everyday during my first years as members. Their faith and courage inspired me through tough times of my conversion. I communicate with many of them even after their mission. In all honesty and sincerity, how I dream of the day when our leaders can come up with a program to assist/guide them back to the world just as the Mission Office/Leaders guide and prepare them and assist them during their full time mission.

    Many of our missionaries return to a home that cannot even support them in all aspects of life; to a home with more/worse conditions/situations than what they encountered in the mission field.

    If they can be further guided, supported and live a dignified life then their testimonies as missionaries will grow stronger as their hearts will always beat with the throb of missionary heart.

    I believe that a continued relevant support for return missionaries (who need help) will bless so many lives!

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