October 7, 2012
If you follow other Mormon bloggers, you may have caught an obligatory post or tweet that something called General Conference happened this weekend. I’m going to mention the same (smiley face) only because a wonderful change in church policy had been announced in which the age females could serve a mission is now 19, lowered from 21. Church leaders had previously said that the 21-years-of-age requirement was an effort to keep the number of women serving missions down. I personally found this limiting to women in the church, not to mention troubling since there is much emphasis on marrying off young. But upon hearing the announcement, I felt tears in my eyes because this means Mara has the choice to serve a mission sooner, just as her brothers may choose. It also means that church leaders finally realize that a larger female representation in the mission field is of importance and value. My hope is that the church is listening. Change is slow, but it’s happening.
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