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Nearly 82,000 LDS missionaries now, new PBS piece reports

By Tad Walch, Deseret News

Published: Sat, Dec. 14 12:10 p.m. MST

 Missionaries walk to a devotional Tuesday, June 11, 2013, in Provo. One segment of Sunday's PBS show \

Missionaries walk to a devotional Tuesday, June 11, 2013, in Provo. One segment of Sunday's PBS show "Religion and Ethics Newsweekly" is titled "Mormon Missionary Expansion" and includes LDS Missionary Department Managing Director Steve Allen saying the church now has "almost 82,000 missionaries today."

(Tom Smart, Deseret News)

SALT LAKE CITY — The LDS Church now has nearly 82,000 missionaries.

That tidbit comes from a segment titled "Mormon Missionary Expansion" that will air Sunday morning on the PBS show "Religion and Ethics Newsweekly."

PBS.org posted the eight-minute segment Friday. It includes Steve Allen, managing director of the Missionary Department of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, saying the number of missionaries has risen from 58,500 in October 2012 to nearly 82,000.

That's up from the 80,333 reported by church President Thomas. S. Monson at the faith's general conference on Oct. 5.

"God is hastening his work," Allen told Lucky Severson, a contributing correspondent to "Religion and Ethics Newsweekly." "He's speeding it up. We have a sense that there's an urgency about spreading the message of the gospel across the world."

Severson interviewed Allen, Elder Carl Pratt, president of the Mexico City Missionary Training Center, and Dana Call, president of the Mexico City North Mission and a number of missionaries for the piece.

Severson reports that the number of baptisms per missionary has dropped recently, and that Allen gives two reasons: First, the new emphasis for missionaries on member retention — "shoring up the wayward is now part of the missionaries' job," Severson says. Second, the world is increasingly secular.

In Utah, "Religion and Ethics Newsweekly" runs Sunday at 6:30 a.m. on KUED.

Email: twalch@deseretnews.com

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1. truth in all its forms
henderson, NV,
Dec. 14, 2013

with that many missionaries china should open in the next year or so. After china embraces the gospel north Korea, Cuba and other countries will embrace the gospel shortly as well.

2. Dixie Dan
Saint George, UT,
Dec. 14, 2013

If the full time missionaries are to active members, doesn't this overlap with the V.T. and H.T.?

3. FREDISDEAD
West Point, ny,
Dec. 14, 2013

Don't know about where you are at Dan. But I have NOT had a home teacher come regularly in 10+ years.

At least the Elders and Sisters actually VISIT people they have responsibility for.

4. A Scientist
Provo, UT,
Dec. 14, 2013

FREDISDEAD,

Lucky you.

I'm not even a member, but the HTs and VTs infiltrate our home and annoy us with their superficial niceness and trite "gospel message" on a regular basis. Although my wife is active LDS and attends the Temple, even she acknowledges how much of a waste of time it is.

5. desert
Potsdam, 00,
Dec. 14, 2013

Forgive me, how in the world are they doing it ?