LDS apostle Jeffrey R. Holland predicts 100,000 Mormon missionaries by 2019

First Published Mar 04 2015 12:39PM      Last Updated Mar 04 2015 12:39 pm

“We’re projecting out probably within four years,” apostle Jeffrey R. Holland told a radio interviewer, “the base-line number for the missionary force will be something around 100,000.”

Holland made the remarks during an hourlong interview with conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt. The session largely focused on the Utah-based faith’s concerns about religious freedom in the United States and abroad. But the mention of the increase in the full-time missionary force stood out.

Many had predicted the dramatic jump in the number Mormon missionaries during the past two-plus years — from about 58,000 in 2012, when leaders lowered the minimum age requirement, to nearly 90,000 at the end of last year — would fall back into the 70,000s by now.

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