"There's more opportunity to interact with the missionaries. More opportunities to reach lives and touch lives of those who are interested in hearing about the church," said David Stubbs who is a Latter-day Saint from Woods Cross.
LDS missionaries are called by their church leaders to teach a message about Jesus Christ throughout the world.
This message is picking up momentum because of President Thomas S. Monson's October 2012 announcement. It lowered the age for worthy men to serve from 19 to 18 and for women from 21 to 19.
"There'll be many more people that will have the opportunity to hear that message and that's what it's all about is giving that opportunity for everyone to hear," Stubbs said.
Number of LDS Missionaries:
October 2012 -- 58,000
June 2013 -- 69,000
fall 2013 -- 85,000
2014 (estimation) -- 100,000
"It's just remarkable to see how it's spreading up and you can see how the Lord is accomplishing his work," said James Fountain from Glendale.
Potential missionaries were falling through the cracks. The Church was losing men because they had to break up their college educations to serve and women because many would marry before reaching the former eligible age to serve.
"Now they can go right into a mission and start serving," said Fountain.
More LDS missionaries will likely mean more baptisms, more retention in the Church and more future leadership.
"The gospel is growing. People are hungry and they want this and there's people out there that are looking. We just need to look for them," said Joann Fountain from Glendale.
Fifty-eight new missions were organized to accommodate this growing number of missionaries across the world. The missions are
especially growing in Mexico and in Brazil.
The influx of missionaries is having a negative impact on Utah colleges and universities. They're taking in less tuition, which is making it harder for the schools to balance their budgets. The schools expect things to level out in two years when the missionaries return home.