Saturday, October 6, 2012
LDS Church Lowers Minimum Age for Missionary Service to 18 for Men and 19 for Women
In an official announcement this morning, LDS Church President Thomas S. Monson reported that the Church has lowered the minimum age for missionary service worldwide from 19 to 18 for men and from 21 to 19 for women. As indicated in his announcement, President Monson reported that the Church has lowered the minimum age for missionary service for several specific countries - often to accommodate mandatory military service and education constraints - such as in Venezuela and the United Kingdom. An analysis of the history of LDS missionary work and trends in the growth of the number of members serving missions can be found here.