Below are some quotes from the prophets regarding young women and sisters servings missions.
When President Monson announced the lower age requirement for young women to serve as sister missionaries, he said: “We affirm that missionary work is a priesthood duty—and we encourage all young men who are worthy and who are physically able and mentally capable, to respond to the call to serve. Many young women also serve, but they are not under the same mandate to serve as are the young men. We assure the young sisters of the Church, however, that they make a valuable contribution as missionaries, and we welcome their service.” (Welcome to Conference, President Thomas S. Monson, October 2012)
Regarding this same announcements, Elder Jeffrey R. Holland of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles said, “those [women] who do serve are stunningly successful and we enthusiastically welcome your service…Personally, I am absolutely delighted if this change in policy allows many, many more young women to serve.”
President Gordon B. Hinckley said: “Regarding single sisters serving as missionaries: We need some young women. They perform a remarkable work. They can get in homes where the elders cannot. But it should be kept in mind that young sisters are not under obligation to go on missions. They should not feel that they have a duty comparable to that of young men, but some will wish to go. If so, they should counsel with their bishop as well as their parents” (“To the Bishops of the Church,” Worldwide Leadership Training).
Here are some other posts related to young women and sisters serving missions that you may want to check out:
- Sister Missionaries, What Made You Decide to Serve?: This article will help young women who are considering going on a mission. A panel of returned sister missionaries shares why they decided to serve.
- Advice for Young Women Considering Serving a Mission: The panel of returned sister missionaries was also asked to give some advice to young women who are considering serving as an LDS missionary.
- Mission Preparation for Women and How It Differs from Men: This next article in the series of articles geared to future sister missionaries discusses how mission preparation for young women differs from men.
- A Day In The Life of Sister Missionaries: From a panel of returned sister missionaries: What is a typical “day in the life” of a sister missionary? Here are their answers and a funny video to go along with it.
- I asked our panel of returned sister missionaries: What should future sister missionaries know about clothing and what advice would you have for them on dress and appearance? Here is their Sister Missionary Clothing advice.