"We're waiting to see how many new missionaries will be coming, and where they will be needed first," Elder Holland said. Meanwhile, "our existing 347 missions will have more missionaries added. We can absorb quite a bit of initial growth."
But he noted, "We are having requests from around the globe for new missions. We've got lots of places that are still waiting for new missions." More missionaries, he said, will help "get the gospel to more places than we've ever gone before."
For those who are not able to serve full-time missions because of health or other circumstances that make it "unwise or impossible to go," Elder Holland said "the Lord and the church honors the intent of the heart."
"These are also on the team even as we honorably excuse these from traditional full-time missionary service."
To the rest, he said, "God is hastening his work and he needs more – and more willing and worthy – missionaries to spread the light and the truth and the hope and the salvation of gospel truth to a darkened world."
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