LDS Missionaries Reach 75,000

by Larry Richman on August 15, 2013

Since the October 2012 announcement that men can begin Mormon missionary service at age 18 and women at 19, the ranks of Mormon missionaries have swelled. Prior to the announcement, 58,500 missionaries were serving. As of this week, that number is now 75,000.

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J. Lee August 15, 2013 at 12:33 pm

That is 16,500 more people per year on airplanes. ;)

Howard August 15, 2013 at 6:27 pm

It’s a one time bump caused by 18 and 19 year old males and 19 – 21 year old females being called in the same year. There will probably be some ongoing gain but expect these numbers to fall back closer to base line levels. And then what will the church do with all the MTC capacity they are building?

JimD August 15, 2013 at 11:11 pm

I think you’ll still see higher numbers than before once the bump is over, because the Church will snag more of the kids who previously would have drifted away in the year(s) between high school graduation and mission eligibility.

Christian Harrison August 16, 2013 at 11:49 am

Howard raises a good point … but JimD has the correct response: yes, there’s an influx but the new baseline will be markedly higher as the Church captures more potential missionaries, sooner.

On a side note: this is one of the worst-designed “info graphics” I’ve seen. Poorly executed; form over function. Grr.

Larry Richman July 7, 2014 at 2:29 pm

Update July 7, 2014: The number of missionaries is expected to peak at 88,000 later this year. Then sometime late in the fall, it will begin to plateau and then decrease and stabilize around 77,000. See

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