Tomorrow evening an internal research group from the LDS Church is coming to interview some of my ward’s members. The topic is the youthening of missionary age eligibility, and groups of eight of us at a time will spend a half hour with the researchers. They want to meet with: priests and laurels; parents of priests and laurels; parents of soon-to-be, currently serving, or recently returned missionaries; ward mission leaders, ward missionaries, and members of the ward council to round out a group of eight. I am a father of two priests, and we have been asked to be on hand.
I don’t know why our ward’s opinions or tastes are being sought, but I can tell a bit about the ward. It is the Kentlands Ward of the Washington, D.C. Stake, located on the west side of Gaithersburg, Maryland. I was in the temple with 37 of our youth last year; four more who were expected couldn’t make it. Six young men from our ward are currently serving as full-time missionaries; no young women are out currently, though I can think of three who have returned from missions over the last four years. If someone were looking for an east coast ward where there are a lot of youth, many of whom will likely be missionaries, this ward would fill that need.
Any with thoughts about missionary age are welcome to share them in the comments, but I will hold off partaking of them until after tomorrow night.