The cost of missionary service is increasing

By mbrooks on June 28, 2019
Elders Jason Andersen and Chet Norman do their missionary work In Tonga, on May 22, 2019. (Jeffrey D. Allred / Deseret News)

By Matthew Brooks

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints announced that the cost of service as a full-time missionary will increase. The cost will go up to $500 per month.

It is a 25% increase, from the previous monthly cost of $400.

The First Presidency of the church made the announcement in a letter. The church sent the letter to international and local leaders in 18 countries in North America and Europe.

The cost increase only applies to a missionaries who live in those nations and in Australia and Japan.

The cost to be a missionary in other areas of the world is determined by local church leadership according to a missionary’s circumstances.

The increase goes into effect July 1, 2020.

Church spokesman Daniel Woodruff said church leaders want potential missionaries a year’s notice to prepare for the increase.

“They should counsel with their families, ward or branch members, or others who may choose to assist,” he said.

The First Presidency letter stated that the church leadership knows the sacrifices made by those who serve a full-time mission.

“We love and are most grateful for the many young men and young women who answer the call to serve the Lord as full-time missionaries and express appreciation for those who support them,” the letter reads.

The eighteen countries where the increase will go into effects are: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, France, Finland, Germany, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, the Netherlands, Norway, Switzerland, Sweden, the United Kingdom and the United States.

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