Latter-day Saint Leaders Issue Update To Dress Standards For Sister Missionaries
SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on Thursday announced a change to the dress standards for the faith’s sister missionaries.
The new guidelines allow the missionaries to wear dress slacks. Previously, they were only allowed to wear skirts and dresses while proselytizing.
“Adjustment to the missionary dress and grooming standards have changed over time since the beginning of the Restoration of the gospel of Jesus Christ in 1830 and will continue to do so in the future,” said Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. “As we adapt these standards, we always carefully consider the dignity of the missionary calling to represent Jesus Christ, the safety, security, and health of our beloved missionaries, and the cultural sensitivities of the places where they serve.”
The change was primarily motivated by safety concerns, Uchtdorf said.
Sister Bonnie H. Cordon, Young Women general president and a member of the Missionary Executive Council, said the slacks will help prevent insect bites that may cause illnesses.
“There are a lot of vector-borne diseases because of mosquitoes and ticks and fleas,” Cordon said.
Slacks will also help sisters serving in colder climates to keep warm, she said.
Cordon noted the change is “truly optional,” and that sister missionaries can wear dresses, skirts or slacks.
“Whatever will help them in their service as they’re out amongst the people,” Cordon said.
According to a media release from The Church, sister missionaries will continue to wear skirts and dresses during the Sunday services and while visiting the temple, among other occasions.
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