In response to news media inquiries, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints issued the following statement this week:
“As Church leaders had anticipated when the change was announced, the number of individuals who have begun the missionary application process has increased significantly. Typically approximately 700 new applications are started each week. The last two weeks that number has increased to approximately 4,000 per week. Slightly more than half of the applicants are women.
"These are early numbers and it is difficult to say exactly where we will be over the coming months but we are grateful for the willingness of our members to make the sacrifice to serve people around the world. We recognize that Church members are interested to know additional details on the logistics of this change as discussed after the announcement and look forward to providing more details as the program moves forward.”
See a full news package on the Church’s announcement of the change in age requirements for young missionaries: http://www.mormonnewsroom.org/article/church-lowers-age-requirement-for-missionary-service