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The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints announced plans Friday to trim its number of missions “to better fit the needs of each region of the world,” to replace the use of tablets in missions with smartphones and to increase the use of technology to help find people interested in religion.

Additionally, Church leaders introduced a standard set of interview questions “to be asked of prospective missionaries uniformly across the world,” according to a Mormon Newsroom release.

Elder Dallin H. Oaks of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles alluded to such changes in the Church’s vast missionary program on June 28 at the annual seminar for new mission presidents.

“The most important thing I can say to you by way of introduction is that we are in an unusual and extremely important transition in our missionary work in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints,” he said.

Two missionary department representatives — General Authority Seventy Elder Brent H. Nielson and managing director Gary Crittenden — spoke to Mormon Newsroom about the reasons for these coming changes and the areas of missionary work that will be impacted.

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