Junior Ganymede
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August 20th, 2013 by Pecos Bill

Mah stake president gave a talkin’ to our gennulmen youngun’s  not too long ago on preparin’ fer mishinary service. Durned if he din’t give them fellers some well-placed expostulations:

  • Sittin’ on yer Francis all the live-long day pushin’ knobs on an electronical gadget ain’t perzactly the best way to tone up for strenyoous mishinary service.
  • The natchural knack fer pickin’ up furrin talk dies out by age 18, so it behoofivies you to already have some practice at it, just in case you end up shippin’ out to some exotical place where they don’t speak Utahan, like China or New York City.
  • You kin’t preach what you ain’t believin’ yer ownself. So familiarate yerself now with the Holy Word, and take out yer soul now and then fer a good inspectin’.
  • You might perchance not wish to be in too great a rush. Goin’ at 18 ain’t carved in stone. You kin wait ’til 19 if need be. In fact, sez the stake president, I may be insistin’ on it for some of you young’uns.
  • On a belated note, you need to grow a thick enough hide to handle a good snort of rejecshun.

That last one is the first partway decent argyment I’ve ever heered for young bucks to be doin’ any datin’.

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August 20th, 2013 12:22:18

We Are Not Oliver Cromwell

June 04th, 2013 by Vader

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June 04th, 2013 13:03:14

58 New Missions. At once.

February 24th, 2013 by Bookslinger

Wow. 58 new missions. A 16% increase all at once.

I am reminded of the massive temple-building efforts just prior to 2000.

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February 24th, 2013 06:12:58

A tweak for men, game-changer for women.

October 10th, 2012 by Bookslinger

Reducing the minimum age for full-time missionary service from 19 to 18 for men is a tweak. But reducing the minimum age from 21 to 19 for women is a game-changer.

There will be a noticeable uptick in the number of men serving, after the initial big surge of 18 and 19 year-olds going out together, and coming back together.

However, that post-surge uptick in men would, to my logic, be limited to the number of men between their 18th and 19th birthdays who would otherwise go inactive or have worthiness issues during that year. (Though those with worthiness issues could still resolve them and go later, I’m thinking there may be some who get discouraged by the issue and still don’t go.)

I’m thinking that the “lost boys” who will now be “saved” by going at age 18 may be somewhere between 10 and 30%. (There is also the “logistical” factor, where for some it will be more convenient to serve at 18 instead of 19, but that is already done in other countries, and I don’t think it is a significant factor in the US, maybe a percentage point or two.)

But for women, as the age has been lowered by TWO years instead of one, that gives ALL of the worthy women an opportunity to serve an 18 month mission before the former minimum of 21 is reached. At age 19, assuming their boyfriends are the same age, those boyfriends will be on missions, and they can still get married at 21 if they want.

Therefore, I believe the increase in sister missionaries serving may be on the order of 100% to 200%, and theoretically even more. (more…)

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October 10th, 2012 11:04:41