Youth donate time, money to spread the Word

Published: Thursday, December 26, 2013 at 10:39 AM.

According to Wikipedia, missionaries must remain in professional, conservative attire. For instance, a light colored suit is acceptable. They are also allowed to wear a sweater or suit vest over their dress shirt and are encouraged to wear brightly colored ties.

Sister missionaries are required to wear skirts and dresses that cover their knees and are not required to wear skirts and dresses that are mid-calf length. Young women are encouraged to dress in bright colors and patterns, and they may wear appropriate jewelry and accessories. Sister missionaries may not wear slacks (outside of service activities or exercise) and must wear shirts that cover their entire shoulder.

In some areas these standards are altered slightly according to the discretion of the mission president. For example, in hot, humid climates, such as Florida, suit coats are not required, and dress shirts may be short-sleeved.

Casual clothes may be worn only in limited circumstances, such as when missionaries provide manual labor, exercise, or during preparation day — when the missionaries are involved in recreation, cleaning, shopping, and laundry.

The missionaries are unpaid volunteers, said Krebs. The young Mormons engage in proselytizing, church service, humanitarian aid and community service as part of their time as missionaries.

In fact, the missionaries are expected to pay their own expenses, and every missionary pays a set amount each month while serving, Hill said.

“At one time, the costs varied based on where the mission was located,” Hill explained. However, that amount was eventually set at a constant amount to spread out the cost of mission service and to help make the mission experience more affordable for all missionaries.

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