Reflection On The 182nd Mormon General Conference

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The 182nd LDS General Conference is a conference that many will never forget. That conference changed my life. All worthy young men received the option that day to begin missionary service at the age of 18, instead of 19. All worthy young women were also given the opportunity to begin missionary service at the age of 19, instead of age 21.

(Watch President Monson 's announcement here --> )

I remember hearing the news that Saturday morning at my high school. I was attending a mandatory rehearsal that day and was unable to watch the first session of conference. When word got out at rehearsal I remember many of my female classmates jumping up and down and bursting into tears. I will be completely honest...though I was absolutely thrilled for everyone around me, no part of me wanted to jump up and down or cry. These girls dreamed of serving a mission and that opportunity was now within reach. I 'm currently 19 years old and I will not be serving an LDS mission.... and that 's okay.

I have lived in Cache Valley my whole life. That means that you are 90% likely to see three church houses when making a left turn... and in some places I wouldn 't even be exaggerating. Being surrounded by so many people of the same faith has been such a blessing. Since
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Faust said,
"You sisters do not know the full extent of your influence. You sisters enrich all of humanity. All human life begins with you. Each woman brings her own separate, unique strengths to the family and the Church. Being a daughter of God means that if you seek it, you can find your true identity. You will know who you are. This will make you free—not free from restraints, but free from doubts, anxieties, or peer pressure...A conviction that you are a daughter of God gives you a feeling of comfort in your self-worth. It means that you can find strength in the balm of Christ. It will help you meet the heartaches and challenges with
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