Saturday, October 6, 2012
General Conference Weekend
With girls allowed to serve at 19 years old instead of 21, it's like a whole new ballgame for the sisters. Imagine being home at 20 or 21 instead of 22 or 23. This whole "too old to date you" phenomenon exists in so few places outside of crazy Mormon culture, and it seems that be having missionaries come home closer to the same age, and younger, that their chances for school and marriage can be better. A huge note for sisters too, is that with many already having 3 years of school under their belts (or graduated) they can have already become quite 'set in their ways' and expertise, and that can increase the likelihood for clashing with fellow sister missionaries. Many of the young women I work with right now can go next year now!!! Crazy to think about how much that has changed for many young women, that they can go 2 whole YEARS earlier than before!!
And the biggest thought I had was what all those 18 yr old young men watching (and 19 yr old young women) must have thought when they realized that they could pick up mission papers the very next week to fill out... and when they considered, most likely in utter shock... if they felt ready NOW as opposed to later. How did their PARENTS feel? And if a kid is not ready now, what is that one extra year going to do to drastically change that? It's like the parable of the 10 virgins. They should have been saving up all along, so hopefully they could be ready at any moment, by families teaching gospel principles every week at Family Night, and reading scriptures daily as a family, and eating meals together to build and glue together a family identity that provides safety, security, and a chance to build in love and faith. What a life changing announcement for so many!!
Lukas can go on a mission in fourteen and a half years! He's already so excited. He says he knows it will be strenuous, but that he can do it! :) I hope his excitement will continue to build for 14 more years!