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Mormon women missionaries can now wear pants - for the first tim - KXXV Central Texas News Now

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SALT LAKE CITY (KSTU/CNN) - A big announcement Thursday from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints - women on mission trips will now be allowed to wear pants.

They've only been allowed to wear skirts or dresses since missionary work began in 1830.

"Just something that really bothers us. That's really concerning, and we've been trying to change for a long time,” April Bennett said.

It's a change 188 years in the making.

"It shouldn't have taken this long for women to be able to wear pants while doing missionary work,” Bennet said.

The church said the change was motivated by safety concerns. They wanted to protect women serving in warmer climates from mosquito borne diseases and for women serving in colder climates, like 19-year-old Elaina.

She'll get to wear slacks to stay warm in Sweden.

"It`s going to be a little bit liberating actually since I'm going to Sweden and It's cold there," Elaine Lundquist said.

However, this change isn't all-encompassing. Sister missionaries will still be required to wear skirts or dresses at the temple and during various conferences and services.

For some, that's not a problem.

"You're stepping into a different place when you go into the church or the temple than if you're just walking out on the street so it's important to wear something that kind of reflects that," Lundquist said.

For Bennett, that's part of the issue.

"It's a little bit disappointing to see that they still have to risk it on Sunday, when there's really no doctrinal reason to make them do so," Bennett said.

However, Bennett remains hopeful that this is a change in the right direction.

"I hope that this will lead to more women-friendly policies in the future," she said.

And in the meantime, women can put their pants on one leg at a time, just like their male counterparts.

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