Monday, October 8, 2012

Missionary Age Change

By Claire Enos

So, I was going to write about General Conference, but the truth is I only saw the Saturday morning session. I am quickly writing this on my sister's laptop because I didn't bring my laptop to Salt Lake City with me and she only has internet in the Clubhouse at her apartment complex. Not sure if I'll be able to get on and quickly write something up tomorrow so I'm writing it up quickly right now.

I know the biggest thing everyone is probably talking about is the fact that Missionary Age has been lowered for both Young Men and Women. This shocked me when President Monson mentioned the change in age for Young Men, and when he mentioned that they were lowering the age to 19 for Young Women I literally started crying. I couldn't even see my notebook through my tears, I was so overcome with the spirit and magnitude of this announcement. It was made even more profound by the fact that I was actually sitting in the Conference Center during this announcement! Somehow, my sister and I both got tickets to that session the night before, and we walked 3 miles uphill to the Conference Center at 7:40 in the morning in order to get there in time to take our seats in Plaza 1 (far right closest to the front on the floor).

We were in our seats by 9:15 and took a few pictures (which I'll probably add to this post when I get the chance). It was my sister's first time going to General Conference in the Conference Center. She was so excited and I was excited to be there when she went! I think the thing that affects me the most is that we both walked in not quite old enough to go on missions, and walked out of the session old enough to go! I texted my mom later and she said she was in shock. One second she had no kids old enough to go on missions (although I would be old enough in 12 days), and the next second she had two kids old enough to leave on missions.

All I can say is, it was inspired that we were able to go see conference in person for that session, and I'm glad we got to be there!

There was a lot more that was said in Conference, anything stick out to any of you?

<3Claire

5 comments:

  1. I was really excited about the temple in Tucson. We've been praying for years that we'd get one down here and so we are thrilled.

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  2. Kaylee that is so cool! I must confess I wasn't paying attention to temples, but it's always cool when a temple is finally announced for an area you live in! I'm excited for all of you down there!

    <3Claire

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  3. In today's world 18 and 19 are so much more mature than say back in my day. Heavenly Father definitely saved his best and brightest.

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  4. Terry, I don't think we're that mature. But I guess you would know! My mom is always complaining about how immature I am, but I'm as mature as my age would suggest I would be. (21 on the 18th!)

    <3Claire

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  5. I have a daughter whose birthday was over the weekend. She lives in Tucson and is telling everyone how excited she is that the prophet promised her a temple for her birthday. Loved all the messages and I can't wait to read them again. hugs~

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