Cost of serving a mission to increase for members of the faith

FILE - In this Jan. 8, 2013 file photo, missionaries for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints walk through the halls at the Missionary Training Center in Provo, Utah. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Serving a mission with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will be more expensive for many members of the faith.

Church leadership sent a letter last week announcing that members will have to pay $500 a month starting in July 2020 for missions in 18 countries including the United States, Canada, Australia and Japan. That is a 25% increase from $400 a month that has been the rate since 2003.

The Utah-based religion says the increase is needed because of rising costs of rent, food, utilities and transportation.

The proselytizing missions are considered rites of passages for young members of the faith. Men serve two years while women serve 18 months.

There are currently about 67,500 missionaries around the world.

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1 Comment

  • KA July 2, 2019 at 6:19 am Reply

    They’re serving their church and THEY have to pay? Man, that church is a real business model to follow. No wonder they have so much money.

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