Some Male Missionaries May Start Wearing Blue Shirts, Ditching Ties
SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – Young male missionaries serving in certain locations may be able to start sporting new looks.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints announced exceptions Friday to dress standards for young men serving as missionaries, which include the ability to wear plain blue dress shirts and the option to wear a tie.
“The exceptions, which were approved by the First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, will give Area Presidencies the ability to adjust missionary attire in specific locations to improve and maintain missionary dignity, safety, effectiveness, approachability and cultural sensitivity while properly representing the Lord and His Church,” according to a Church statement.
Standard missionary attire – a white shirt and tie and a suit coat in certain areas – was reemphasized under the updated guidelines. Area Presidencies will determine if missionaries may be able to wear a white or plain blue dress shirt with or without a tie.
Those missionaries will be notified by their mission presidents if the exceptions apply, according to the Church.
“Missionary attire has regularly adapted over time according to location, style and custom,” said Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf, a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles and chairman of the Missionary Executive Council. “These exceptions are a continuation of that process. In all our considerations, we keep top of mind the missionary’s calling to represent Jesus Christ, their health and safety, and the cultural sensitivities of the places where they serve.”
“Missionary attire will always be dignified, respectful and approachable as missionaries fulfill their purpose of teaching people about the gospel of Jesus Christ,” Uchtdorf added.
Missionaries will continue to wear a white shirt, a tie, and, in some areas, a suit coat when attending the temple, Sunday worship services, and other church meetings.
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