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Latter-day Saint church to begin some missionary training via video conference

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Posted at 5:49 PM, Mar 18, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-18 19:50:00-04

SALT LAKE CITY — The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is continuing to make changes to some of its missionary work policies as the COVID-19 pandemic develops around the world.

"All missionaries scheduled to enter missionary training centers in Provo, Utah, or Preston, England, will be trained remotely by video conference. Missionaries from regions where government officials are restricting activity will also be trained by video conference," a news release from the Latter-day Saint church said.

The church is also reducing the number of missionaries in areas where COVID-19 is of particular concern.

"[S]ome missionaries may be reassigned, and young men serving in the United States and Canada may conclude their service three months early," the news release said.

Senior missionaries and young missionaries with health issues may be released from service, except in:

  • 2 missions in the Europe East Area (as of March 18)
  • 6 missions in the North America Northeast Area (as of March 16)
  • 22 missions in the Europe Area (as of March 12)

Click here for further updates on how COVID-19 is affecting church members worldwide.