SALT LAKE CITY -- Sales are booming at Utah clothing stores catering to Mormon missionaries.

That's because more young Mormons are heading out on missions due to the recent lowering of the minimum age for missionaries in October from 21 to 19 for women; and from 19 to 18 for men.

Applications for new missions are up two-fold since the announcement, with older missionaries and new, younger missionaries planning to go out at the same time.

That means there are more women looking to buy dresses and skirts, and more men searching for shirts, ties and jackets.

Sales at the Mr. Mac store in downtown Salt Lake City are up a quarter since the announcement. The Sister Missionary store in Orem, Utah, is doing so well that owner Jenni Theobald may open new stores.

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