The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has announced new exceptions to the missionary dress standards for Elders.

The approved new standards by the First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve Apostles will give Area Presidencies the ability to adjust missionary attire in specific locations while maintaining missionary dignity and cultural sensitivity as representative of Jesus Christ.

“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.”

The new guidelines allow Elders to wear white or blue shirts with our without a tie. These changes will be determined by the Mission president based on geographical and cultural circumstances of the mission area. Missionaries will be notified by their mission president if these exceptions will be applied to them.

“Missionary attire will always be dignified, respectful and approachable as missionaries fulfill their purpose of teaching people about the gospel of Jesus Christ,” said Elder Uchtdorf.

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