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News Release —  7 January 2013

Response to Mormon Missionary Age Announcement Remains Enthusiastic and Unprecedented

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Missionaries speak with a woman in Hong Kong
Missionaries speak with a woman in Hong Kong © 2012 by Intellectual Reserve, Inc. All rights reserved.
Sister missionaries prepare at the Missionary Training Center in Provo, Utah. In the weeks following the missionary age announcement on 6 October 2012, the Church reported that missionary applications had increased dramatically (from 700 applications per week to 4,000), with women comprising more than half of the applicants
Sister missionaries prepare at the Missionary Training Center in Provo, Utah. In the weeks following the missionary age announcement on 6 October 2012, the Church reported that missionary applications had increased dramatically (from 700 applications per week to 4,000), with women comprising more than half of the applicants © 2012 by Intellectual Reserve, Inc. All rights reserved.
Missionaries learn Spanish at the Missionary Training Center in Provo, Utah. Training time for same-language and foreign-language missionaries will soon be reduced by 30 percent — those not learning a language will be at the MTC for two weeks instead of three, and those learning a language will have two weeks cut from their MTC stay
Missionaries learn Spanish at the Missionary Training Center in Provo, Utah. Training time for same-language and foreign-language missionaries will soon be reduced by 30 percent — those not learning a language will be at the MTC for two weeks instead of three, and those learning a language will have two weeks cut from their MTC stay © 2012 by Intellectual Reserve, Inc. All rights reserved.
Laundry day at the MTC provides an opportunity to write letters home and study the gospel
Laundry day at the MTC provides an opportunity to write letters home and study the gospel © 2012 by Intellectual Reserve, Inc. All rights reserved.
Sister missionaries teach the Gospel in Africa. In the weeks following the 6 October 2012 missionary age announcement, the Church reported that missionary applications had increased dramatically (from 700 applications per week to 4,000), with women comprising more than half of the applicants
Sister missionaries teach the Gospel in Africa. In the weeks following the 6 October 2012 missionary age announcement, the Church reported that missionary applications had increased dramatically (from 700 applications per week to 4,000), with women comprising more than half of the applicants © 2012 by Intellectual Reserve, Inc. All rights reserved.
A sister missionary comforts an elderly woman. Speaking of the general response to the announcement of lower missionary age requirements, Elder David F. Evans says, “What we're seeing is just an absolute overwhelming response from this generation to the invitation of the Lord and His prophet to rise up and go and serve your fellow man and preach the gospel"
A sister missionary comforts an elderly woman. Speaking of the general response to the announcement of lower missionary age requirements, Elder David F. Evans says, “What we're seeing is just an absolute overwhelming response from this generation to the invitation of the Lord and His prophet to rise up and go and serve your fellow man and preach the gospel" © 2012 by Intellectual Reserve, Inc. All rights reserved.
Missionaries, walking the streets of Africa. The Church operates 340 missions around the world, each with an average of 170 missionaries. To accommodate this new influx of missionaries that will result from the 6 October 2012 announcement of lower age requirements, capacity for many missions will rise to 250 missionaries. When missions exceed that number, new missions will be created as needed
Missionaries, walking the streets of Africa. The Church operates 340 missions around the world, each with an average of 170 missionaries. To accommodate this new influx of missionaries that will result from the 6 October 2012 announcement of lower age requirements, capacity for many missions will rise to 250 missionaries. When missions exceed that number, new missions will be created as needed © 2012 by Intellectual Reserve, Inc. All rights reserved.
The MTC cafeteria allows missionaries to eat healthy and well-balanced meals while building friendships with each other
The MTC cafeteria allows missionaries to eat healthy and well-balanced meals while building friendships with each other © 2012 by Intellectual Reserve, Inc. All rights reserved.
The Provo MTC health clinic helps missionaries maintain their well-being to meet the demands of a busy schedule
The Provo MTC health clinic helps missionaries maintain their well-being to meet the demands of a busy schedule © 2012 by Intellectual Reserve, Inc. All rights reserved.
Missionaries look forward to receiving letters from family and friends while serving at the MTC. In the photo above, a missionary at the Provo MTC checks his mail.
Missionaries look forward to receiving letters from family and friends while serving at the MTC. In the photo above, a missionary at the Provo MTC checks his mail. © 2012 by Intellectual Reserve, Inc. All rights reserved.
The Missionary Training Center in Provo, Utah. Training time for missionaries will be reduced by 30 percent to help adjust to the influx of missionaries coming as a result of a 6 October 2012 announcement that lowered age requirements for missionaries
The Missionary Training Center in Provo, Utah. Training time for missionaries will be reduced by 30 percent to help adjust to the influx of missionaries coming as a result of a 6 October 2012 announcement that lowered age requirements for missionaries © 2012 by Intellectual Reserve, Inc. All rights reserved.

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  • Missionaries speak with a woman in Hong Kong
  • Sister missionaries prepare at the Missionary Training Center in Provo, Utah. In the weeks following the missionary age announcement on 6 October 2012, the Church reported that missionary applications had increased dramatically (from 700 applications per week to 4,000), with women comprising more than half of the applicants
  • Missionaries learn Spanish at the Missionary Training Center in Provo, Utah. Training time for same-language and foreign-language missionaries will soon be reduced by 30 percent — those not learning a language will be at the MTC for two weeks instead of three, and those learning a language will have two weeks cut from their MTC stay
  • Laundry day at the MTC provides an opportunity to write letters home and study the gospel
  • Sister missionaries teach the Gospel in Africa. In the weeks following the 6 October 2012 missionary age announcement, the Church reported that missionary applications had increased dramatically (from 700 applications per week to 4,000), with women comprising more than half of the applicants
  • A sister missionary comforts an elderly woman. Speaking of the general response to the announcement of lower missionary age requirements, Elder David F. Evans says, “What we're seeing is just an absolute overwhelming response from this generation to the invitation of the Lord and His prophet to rise up and go and serve your fellow man and preach the gospel"
  • Missionaries, walking the streets of Africa. The Church operates 340 missions around the world, each with an average of 170 missionaries. To accommodate this new influx of missionaries that will result from the 6 October 2012 announcement of lower age requirements, capacity for many missions will rise to 250 missionaries. When missions exceed that number, new missions will be created as needed
  • The MTC cafeteria allows missionaries to eat healthy and well-balanced meals while building friendships with each other
  • The Provo MTC health clinic helps missionaries maintain their well-being to meet the demands of a busy schedule
  • Missionaries look forward to receiving letters from family and friends while serving at the MTC. In the photo above, a missionary at the Provo MTC checks his mail.
  • The Missionary Training Center in Provo, Utah. Training time for missionaries will be reduced by 30 percent to help adjust to the influx of missionaries coming as a result of a 6 October 2012 announcement that lowered age requirements for missionaries

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