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The Church recently updated their dress and grooming guidelines for missionaries, allowing missionaries to wear conservative sunglasses and wide-brimmed hats in order to help them better protect against the sun.

The Church holds its missionaries to high standards—both spiritually and when it comes to dress and appearance. As servants of the Lord, they represent Him in every way.

Missionaries are told, “as an ambassador of the Lord you are to wear professional, conservative clothing that is consistent with your sacred calling and that will clearly identify you as a missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints” (Dress and Grooming Guidelines for Missionaries).

But that doesn’t mean that adjustments can’t be made to ensure our missionaries are safe and comfortable while serving. For example, in July 2015, the Church made a new policy for missionaries in some areas in Africa, Asia, Central America, the Pacific, and South America: suit coats are no longer required. This reduced missionary costs for many families and helped missionaries in hot climates reduce the risk of heat-related illnesses.

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