- Associated Press - Friday, May 20, 2016

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - The Latest on changes to clothing rules for Mormon missionaries (all times local):

3:28 p.m.

The Mormon church will allow women serving as missionaries to wear dress pants during rainy seasons in parts of the world where mosquito-borne diseases such as Zika and dengue are prevalent.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints announced the new rules Friday. Women will still we required to skirts and dresses during church services and at temples. About 29 percent of young missionaries are women.

All missionaries are being encouraged to wear clothing that covers their arms and legs to avoid mosquito bites.

The Zika virus is carried by mosquitoes and has been linked to microcephaly, a condition in which babies are born with undersized brains and skulls.

The announcement by the Mormon church is the second revision to missionary clothing rules announced this week. Officials also said sunglasses and wide-brimmed hats are now allowed for proselytizing men and women to protect them from the sun.

There are about 74,000 missionaries currently serving worldwide.

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11:29 a.m.

Mormon leaders are giving their young missionaries some help for those long walks beneath the blazing sun.

Leaders with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints updated their dress and groom guidelines this week to approve sunglasses and wide-brimmed hats for the proselytizing men and women who serve around the world.

But missionaries are being warned not to get too crazy with the new rules. They are instructed to use simple and conservative sunglasses, and no bright colors or mirrored lenses. And they are supposed to take them off when speaking with people or when they are inside.

The expanded rules allow for hats with at least three-inch brims, but no fedoras or baseball and cowboy hats.

There are about 74,000 missionaries currently serving worldwide.


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