Rule change means some LDS missionaries will now dress differently than others

Posted at 7:42 PM, Jul 02, 2015

SALT LAKE CITY – The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints announced Thursday they were making a change to the rules regarding the attire their missionaries wear, but only for those who serve in hot climates.

According to a post on, male missionaries for the LDS Church, or “elders”, are known for their uniform appearance, which includes black name tags and suits.

While those suits may bring widespread visual recognition, in some hot climates they are “impractical” according to the LDS Church.

The press release states: “To reduce the financial burden on missionaries and their families, elders who are called to serve in missions identified by the Church as having hot climates will no longer be required to purchase or wear suit coats. Missionaries called to serve in these missions will be notified in their call packets.”

The full list of missions impacted by the change is available in the document below, which is courtesy

Missionary Attire in Hot Climates via