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There could be one side-advantage for BYU in this development. Athletes who go on missions sometimes rearrange their priorities and want a different college environment after the mission experience than they would have craved before it. While the Cougars claim they do not recruit missionaries, there might be cases where they don’t have to, athletes will want to come on their own. A few, on the other hand, might want to leave BYU for other places.
Either way, LDS Church leaders lowering the mission age is a bit of inspiration Mormon athletes who want to serve can celebrate, regardless of where they play their sport. It gives them individual flexibility — and athletic momentum — they didn’t have before.
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