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#1 DHK

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Posted 11 July 2013 - 11:15 PM

LDS missionary dress code changes | FOX13Now.com
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Posted 11 July 2013 - 11:38 PM

I have to complement the LDS church for trying to modernize itself, I don't see that in a lot of other faiths, and that's a shame as a lot of them risk alienating an upcoming generation the world is smaller and information is at the touch of one's fingertips. And if you don't take advantage of that, you risk becoming outdated

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Posted 12 July 2013 - 07:01 AM

LDS missionary dress code changes | FOX13Now.com


Is that really a noticable change in dress code? If the church wanted the missionary dress code to get into the 21st century, they should get ride of the ties and allow the male missionaries to wear colored shirts.
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Posted 12 July 2013 - 07:41 AM

The thing is, LDS missionaries--at least the males--are instantly recognizable (I've seen non-Mormons dress up like Mormon missionaries at Halloween parties; and we all know how the Book of Mormon Musical capitalized on the image). Any effort to update/"modernize" the dress standards, IMHO, needs to also maintain that visual impression that the Church has been cultivating for the last 40 years or so.

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Posted 12 July 2013 - 09:05 AM

And in some missions, close-toed dress sandals are now allowed.


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Posted 12 July 2013 - 09:33 AM

The thing is, LDS missionaries--at least the males--are instantly recognizable (I've seen non-Mormons dress up like Mormon missionaries at Halloween parties; and we all know how the Book of Mormon Musical capitalized on the image). Any effort to update/"modernize" the dress standards, IMHO, needs to also maintain that visual impression that the Church has been cultivating for the last 40 years or so.


yeah if they went in more normal clothes, methinks people would simply mistake them for Jehovah's Witnesses (to my knowledge, they don't have a dress code)

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Posted 12 July 2013 - 09:40 AM

yeah if they went in more normal clothes, methinks people would simply mistake them for Jehovah's Witnesses (to my knowledge, they don't have a dress code)


Every pair of Jehovah's Witnesses I've had tract into me have been wearing Sunday dress. Though you're right, it's not as uniform as the LDS missionaries, well at least the Elders, the Sisters aren't as uniform as the Elders.
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Posted 12 July 2013 - 09:46 AM

Every pair of Jehovah's Witnesses I've had tract into me have been wearing Sunday dress. Though you're right, it's not as uniform as the LDS missionaries, well at least the Elders, the Sisters aren't as uniform as the Elders.


the uninformed would not know the difference, heck when I was younger I didn't know LDS and Mormons were the same people, though with my knowledge, I now know only 1 pair of LDS Missionaries came to my door, at the time I just assumed they were some sort of Jehovah's Witnesses

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Posted 12 July 2013 - 10:04 AM

Any effort to update/"modernize" the dress standards, IMHO, needs to also maintain that visual impression that the Church has been cultivating for the last 40 years or so.


The dress standards sends the visual impression of being "out of touch" with the modern world. It's a leftover from the 1950s and probably should have stayed there.
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Posted 12 July 2013 - 10:12 AM

The dress standards sends the visual impression of being "out of touch" with the modern world. It's a leftover from the 1950s and probably should have stayed there.


I still think they are doing a better job then other churches

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Posted 12 July 2013 - 10:37 AM

I still think they are doing a better job then other churches


The numbers tells a different story. The other two protelyzing churches, Jehovah's Witnesses and the 7th Day Adventist, both have a higher convertion rate and both are growing faster than the LDS church.
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Posted 12 July 2013 - 10:43 AM

The numbers tells a different story. The other two protelyzing churches, Jehovah's Witnesses and the 7th Day Adventist, both have a higher convertion rate and both are growing faster than the LDS church.


just because something isn't as successful doesn't mean the church doesn't understand the changing times.
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Posted 12 July 2013 - 10:57 AM

The dress standards sends the visual impression of being "out of touch" with the modern world. It's a leftover from the 1950s and probably should have stayed there.



This is not true. In the Philippines, the white shirt, tie, and nametag sends the visual impression, "I'm a Mormon missionary"... And this goes well before people figure out what Mormons mean/are. It is so distinguishable that once a friend/neighbor/acquaintance/stranger tells you, "Wanna go play basketball at the Mormon church?" people automatically say, oh yeah, that's where the white shirts go... And they wouldn't hesitate to play basketball there because they know white shirts and name tags are good people who are so cool as to know how to speak their language. And this goes before they even hear a whiff about Joseph Smith...

The numbers tells a different story. The other two protelyzing churches, Jehovah's Witnesses and the 7th Day Adventist, both have a higher convertion rate and both are growing faster than the LDS church.


The numbers don't mean crap. Conversation rate is not dependent on what shirt you are wearing because it doesn't matter if you're wearing P. Diddy clothes, if somebody don't believe your church is true no conversion is gonna happen... Or, on the flip side of the coin, you can be wearing a nun's habit, if a person feels that your church is true, he's signing up for baptism. Simple as that. Now, how many people will stop to talk to you is a different matter. But, an LDS missionary's ability to speak the local language is a better indicator of his ability to connect with the locals than the shirt he is wearing.

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Posted 12 July 2013 - 11:18 AM

now that I know what they look like, I never see them... ironic

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Posted 12 July 2013 - 11:36 AM

I still think they are doing a better job then other churches


That's not saying much. I had some Baptists once that led off with "Did you know you're going to hell?" I just shut the door and had management remove them from the property.

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Posted 12 July 2013 - 11:49 AM

Thread closed. This was about the announcement of new dress standard for missionaries. Not to bash other religions and their style of proselytizing.




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