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Year of the Missionary forever hastens the work for Latter-day Saints

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October 17, 2013 @UniverseMetro, @UniverseCampus Brigham Young University Provo, Utah

ast Octobers missionary age announcement was the rst of many changes in missionary work that have significantly affected Church history this past year. One year ago, President Thomas S. Monson, during the Saturday morning session of General Conference, announced that 18-year-old males and 19-year-old females were eligible for full-time missionary service. Since then, missionary service has swelled as thousands more young people have accepted the call to serve. There are currently more than 75,000 missionaries serving around the world, an increase of more than 17,000 in just one year. Ella Briggs, a freshman from Holladay, was a senior in high school when the world heard the news. The biggest change is in peoples attitudes, Briggs said. Everyone is preparing for a mission whether or not they are going to serve one. It was really evident in high school. St udent s were a lways m a ki ng See MIssIONARY on Page 3

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In the October 2012 General Conference, President Thomas S. Monson announced the lowered missionary age requirement to 18 for men and to 19 for women.

Two elders proselyte for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Fiji.

Missionary Year in Review: Oct. 2012 Oct. 2013

Oct. 6, 2012 President Thomas S. Monson announces the lowering of the minimum mission age requirement for men to 18 and women to 19.Mission applications following the announcement increase 471 percent; 58,000 missionaries currently serving Dec. 30, 2012 Missionary force increases to Jan. 29, 2013 58,990 New MTC announced for Mexico City, now operational March 2013 Neighborhood meetings conducted with Provo residents to discuss MTC expansion plans April 2013 Policy regarding emails broadens to include friends and recent converts June 23, 2013 Online proselyting program formally announced by Elder L. Tom Perry during The Work of Salvation broadcast July 2013 Changes in grooming standards for elders allow lighter suits, closed-toe sandals and khakis

Oct. 12, 2012 Plans cancelled for a 12-story MTC building

Jan. 23, 2013 The first wave of young missionaries enters the MTC

April 6, 2013 Feb. 22, 2013 Missionary force surpasses 65,000 58 new an increase of 7,000 missionaries missions in just six months announced to accommodate March 2013 influx of Raintree Commons and Wyview Park managemissionaries ment announce the complexes will be designated as MTC housing and teaching areas

June 26, 2013 MTC is opened in Mexico City 15th MTC in the world

Aug. 15, 2013 Number of missionaries reaches all-time high: 75,000 an increase of 17,000 missionaries in just 10 months

BYU professor makes Rate My Professors Top 25 list

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BY U professor Rosalind Hall recently made Rate My Professors Top 25 professors of the year list, garnering the No. 4 rank out of 1.8 million professors. Rate My Professors, a popular blog run by mtvU for college professor ratings, releases annual lists based entirely on student opinions. Its not voting so much as it is ranking, said Jake Urbanski, MTV communications manager. Urbanski also said the list uniquely provides a real view into the daily life and opinions of students. Students rate professors based on easiness, helpfulness and clarity. Hall was rated a ve out of ve for overall quality. Hall, a native of Wales, U.K., not only teaches concert choir classes but is the director for Mens Chorus. Rather than talk of her own accomplishments, she felt her students opinions were more valuable. See PROFEssOR on Page 3

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Rosalind Hall conducts the Concert Choir during a recent rehersal. Hall is on Rate My Professors Top 25 list.

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