(SALT LAKE CITY, UT) – The number of Mormon missionaries serving their church across the globe has hit record highs. Officials say lowering the minimum age of service for men and women has boosted overall numbers by 38 percent over the past year. They estimate that more than 85,000 will be abroad by this fall. Scholars say the historic number of missionaries could lead to more converts and help the faith keep more members active and involved.
Brett Crandall, BYU-Idaho Media Relations
Nate Eaton, EastIdahoNews.com