Now their female counterparts are flocking to missions in record numbers after a subtle, yet critical, change in church policy lowered the age minimum from 21 to 19 for the women, known as sisters. The Church announced another policy change Tuesday , saying it will now support national and local anti-discrimination laws for the LGBT community, if those laws also follow church doctrine. Church leadership has said that women do not have the same mandate as men to become missionaries, but that they are welcome. There are now more than 22, women serving on missions, making up more than a quarter of all missionaries, according to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, as the church is officially called. The number of sister missionaries has nearly tripled since the age minimum was lowered in October All are the first women in their families to go on a mission.
Skip navigation! A little over a year ago, Kili Franks, 21, left college. George, Utah. She loved it there and was close with her basketball teammates, with whom she would participate in study parties and go on road trips. Though she was raised in a Mormon family, Franks is the only one of five children to serve a mission and knows less than a handful of women who made the same choice. Franks said her family was initially taken aback when she told them about her plans to go on a mission. When most people think of Mormon missionaries, images of a clean cut young men in ties and white buttons downs likely to come to mind — but things are changing. In , the Mormon Church lowered the age at which women are able to serve as missionaries , from 21 to 19, and from 19 to 18 for men. The change led to an explosion in young women going on missions from 8, to 17, over the last six years, according to Church spokesman Daniel Woodruff.
To read Part 2, click here. Missionary Camille Junca felt her mother was being ridiculous. A family friend stationed nearby with National Public Radio had offered to pick up Junca from her mission and take her away, her mother said anxiously in an email, because the Mexican state where she was serving had become too dangerous. Junca and her companion had been on lockdown since Sept. Fifty-seven students were reported missing, and violent protests erupted after witnesses reported seeing some of them put into police vehicles.
Many people believe that they can't do anything to protect their privacy online , but that's not true. There actually are simple steps to dramatically reduce online tracking. I am going to give you a lesson in LDS missionary work. Not a massive one, but to give you an idea of what it entails, particularly towards female missionaries. There will be personal anecdotes as well, as I served my mission between — My ex-girlfriend served her mission in Hungary.