The First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve Apostles have approved changes in policies regarding the length of missions and housing costs for senior missionaries. The new changes provide opportunity for people to serve full-time missions who would not otherwise have the resources.
Missionaries for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints serve voluntarily and at their own expense. Senior missionaries generally serve after their retirement from the workforce. Their service may take them to another state or province in their own country or to another nation. Senior missionaries may serve proselytizing missions, humanitarian missions, health and education missions or leadership missions where they teach and train local members.
In the past, most senior missionaries committed to 18 months of service, but now they will have several options ranging from 6 to 23 months. In addition, a cap on housing costs is now in place.
Read more about the new policy changes at LDS.org’s News and Events website: Changes Made in Senior Missionary Policies