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More than 60 percent of Utah residents will be affected by the recent organizational restructuring of the LDS Church’s elders quorums — the groups in which adult males meet — and the church’s personal ministering system, which now includes females ages 14-18.

This change will encourage people of different generations to work together, serve one another and learn from one another. We’ve been given an opportunity not just to exchange religious insight, but to unite generations.

Right now, a gap exists in American society — one that will continue to grow if intergenerational interaction is avoided. As an individualistic culture, Americans tend to separate by generation and live independently from grandparents and parents, leaving us vulnerable to misconceptions and lack of influence on each other. While younger people can bring energy and enthusiasm to the table, those from older generations have vital insight and perspective from history. There are crucial lessons to be learned from all generations.

As a millennial, I don’t know what it was like to live when the Berlin Wall or Soviet Union existed, nor do I remember what it was like to fly before 9/11. I have been taught concepts and principles of democratic government, federalism and freedom from a young age and from a range of sources, but while principles and concepts are important, real-life experience is unparalleled.

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