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'Substantial' number of missionaries to return to home countries, LDS church says

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Posted at 10:16 PM, Mar 20, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-21 00:21:44-04

SALT LAKE CITY — In the latest change to missionary work in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints amid the coronavirus pandemic, it was announced Friday that "substantial numbers of missionaries" will be sent to their home countries because of increasing travel restrictions.

Those returning will go through a 14-day period of self-isolation before being reassigned to missions in their home countries. Some may not be reassigned based on local conditions.

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In addition, the church's announcement said that the length of service (18 months for women, 24 months for men) may be reduced for those serving or reassigned in the United States because of the large number of missionaries returning from around the world.

Also, the church stated that no new missionaries would report to the church's missionary training centers, but will instead receive training through technology before being sent to their assigned missions.

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