Blue shirts, no ties: New dress code for Mormon missionaries

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In this May 27, 2020, photo, missionaries with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, from left to right, Andrew Zitting, Seth Rather, and Guenter Castrillo pray during a Zoom meeting with a local family while on a smartphone at their apartment, in Brigham City, Utah. After hastily bringing home 26,000 young men and women who were serving in foreign countries, the faith has begun sending many of them out again in their home countries with a new focus on online work that could stick even when the pandemic is over, church officials told The Associated Press. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) – The customary white shirts and ties that have long been the signature outfit for young men serving missions for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will no longer be the only outfit choice.

Church officials said Friday that some men will now be able to wear blue dress shirts and no ties during faith outreach missions.

While many will still wear white shirts and ties, regional church leaders now have the option to allow the new attire if it helps “safety, effectiveness, approachability and cultural sensitivity” for missionaries in their areas of the world.

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