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The First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve Apostles have approved updates to the handbook used by full-time missionaries of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Changes to “Missionary Standards for Disciples of Jesus Christ” include clarifications and additions, ranging from using time more wisely to communicating appropriately with friends, and from a new reference on prejudice to instruction on interactions with children and members of the opposite sex.

“Missionary standards help missionaries to focus on being disciples of Christ and staying true to their sacred calling to invite and help others come unto the Savior,” said Elder Marcus B. Nash, General Authority Seventy and executive director of the Missionary Department. “These updates provide helpful guidance to missionaries on how they can most effectively teach the gospel and represent the Lord and His Church, wherever in the world they may be serving.”

The updates to “Missionary Standards for Disciples of Jesus Christ” — first published and implemented in 2019 — were announced Monday, Aug. 21, on

The changes are available online in English, French, Portuguese and Spanish, with other languages to follow. Printed handbooks with the updates are expected later this year.

List of handbook’s latest updates

Following is a list of the updates to the missionary handbook:

All chapters

The handbook now features new artwork for each chapter.

Chapter 2 — “Missionary Organization and Activities”

Section 2.4.2 — “Sample Daily Schedule” adds time for missionaries to study English, if needed.

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