These missionaries will sport the trademark name tags, suits and dresses, but they won't necessarily be looking for converts. Instead, they will assist with family history, temple work, military relations, building maintenance and more, according to a news release from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Warren G. Tate will serve as president of the new mission, an expansion of the current Family and Church History Headquarters Mission.
"This will give our missionaries … the opportunity to assist local priesthood leaders in the Salt Lake City area," Tate said in the release, "by serving members and those not of our faith to find their ancestors by using FamilySearch, teaching them the gospel and providing service."
Craig C. Christensen of the faith's Presidency of the Seventy also pointed to the new mission's expanded reach, noting it "will allow these wonderful missionaries to further the work in many meaningful ways."
Peggy Fletcher Stack