Women missionaries at Mormon Temple Square have new dress code

Posted: Friday, July 21, 2000

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Floral prints are out and light blouses with dark skirts are in for the 185 women missionaries who greet visitors at the Mormon church's Temple Square in Salt Lake City.

The new dress code is meant to ''make it easier ... to identify sister missionaries,'' Michael Purdy, a spokesman for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, said Thursday.

''It is not a uniform,'' he said.

Purdy said the church will pick up the tab for ''those sister missionaries who would be burdened by the cost of purchasing any needed clothing to meet this modified dress code.''

In general, male missionaries wear white shirts and dark suits.

Women's clothing ''should be consistent with their sacred calling,'' the instructions say. It should be ''Sunday clothes,'' more professional than casual. Nylon hose and calf-length skirts are a must. No open-toed shoes or T-shirts.

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