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New LDS missionary age changing Utah culture

SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 News) - Future missionaries anxious to serve others are booking physicals and buying clothing to prepare.
SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 News) - Future missionaries anxious to serve others are booking physicals and buying clothing to prepare.

Dropping the minimum age to serve a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints increased application to serve by more than 400 percent.

A doctor at the Art City Medical Center in Springville says the number of physicals performs on prospective missionaries jumped from one a week to two a day.  

"We started getting increased calls the first week after the announcement was made," said Medical Doctor John Taylor.

More women than men are calling his office for missionary physicals because the minimum age to serve dropped two years for women, but only one year for men.

Medical offices are filling up so quickly that a future sister missionary called the Springville location because she said all the offices in Orem are booked for several weeks.

Big changes are also taking place in missionary clothing store like CTR Clothing in Orem.

"We had customers walking through the door just looking things over, checking things out trying to visualize what they've got to do," said CTR Clothing manager, Rod Staples

He says missionary clothing is selling faster than ever before.  His biggest headache now is deciding how much inventory to order.  "We're still sitting back on how we're going to deal with this. You know what do we plan for," said Staples.

Latter-day Saint Church leaders received about  700 missionary applications a week before the age change and 4,000 applications after.





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