By Associated Press - Friday, July 3, 2015

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - The Mormon church is relaxing its dress code standards for male missionaries sent to serve in hot climates around the world.

The Utah-based Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints announced Thursday that missionaries in certain regions don’t need to pack a suit jacket that’s traditionally worn with a white shirt, tie, dark slacks and name tag.

The faith says the jackets are impractical in sweltering locations like the Philippines or Nairobi, Kenya and the church wants to cut costs for missionaries and their families who buy their suits.

The Salt Lake Tribune reports (https://bit.ly/1UinBrM ) the church similarly relaxed dress rules for male missionaries two years ago, saying suits were no longer required during everyday activities but were to be worn on Sundays or at special occasions.

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Online:

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints dress code announcement: https://bit.ly/1RWi3zm

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Information from: The Salt Lake Tribune, https://www.sltrib.com

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