Some LDS missionaries in Japan told to return home early

Dozens of Mormon missionaries serving their last six weeks in areas of Japan unaffected by the earthquake got an unexpected message this week: You are going home immediately.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints decided to move more than 100 missionaries from Tokyo and Sendai into the Sapporo, Kobe, Nagoya and Fukuoka missions and needed to open up spots. Missionaries currently scheduled to arrive in Japan in April will remain at the Missionary Training Center in Provo until further notice, according to William McIntyre, president of the Kobe LDS Mission.

“Although the new release date is a few weeks earlier than anticipated and a surprise to all, they have fulfilled their full mission terms, and we are grateful for their selfless service and sacrifice,” McIntyre wrote on the mission’s website.

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