Mormonism just created its largest mission ever, and it will be in the faith's own backyard.
The new Utah Salt Lake City Headquarters Mission will become the 422nd mission in the 15.6 million-member global religion come Jan. 1. It will boast some 1,200 missionaries.
These full-time volunteers will include young "elders" (men) and "sisters" (women) as well as retired couples known as "senior missionaries," service missionaries, and retired single sisters.
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.