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Gramps,

My son and his girl friend, both 17, recently had a child which they gave up for adoption to a wonderful LDS couple. Coming to the decision to do this was grueling and difficult, but the teenagers knew that they were not ready to commit to each other and both have a lot of growing up to do. Together they agreed on the adoption and the couple who would raise their child. My question is, my son is getting his life in order and has the dream of going on a mission. Is this totally out of the question now or is it still possible? We have heard both answers.

Anon. From Arizona

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Dear Anon,

The completeness of repentance from serious infractions of the moral code and subsequent worthiness to hold positions of responsibility in the Church rest in the province of the bishop of the person’s Ward. He not only is a judge in Israel, but is in a unique position to give counsel and guidance in such matters. Your question should be directed to him, but it would far more appropriate coming the person directly involved than from a third party.

-Gramps

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