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Missionary Age Changes

One of the most recognizable symbols of the Church today is a pair of young missionaries looking for people to teach. In the 19th century, though, it was much more common to see middle-aged missionaries. One analysis suggests that the average age of a Latter-day Saint missionary before 1900 was around 35.


William E. Hughes, “A Profile of the Missionaries of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints: 1849–1900” (master’s thesis, Brigham Young University, 1986), 134