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Church Temporarily Removes All Missionaries from Liberia

Church spokesman Daniel Woodruff released an update today, February 13, 2020, about Latter-day Saint missionaries in Liberia:

Economic conditions in Liberia have continued to deteriorate, leading to increased difficulties in obtaining basic supplies and conducting missionary work. For this reason, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has decided to temporarily transfer the remaining 99 missionaries out of that country. We continue to pray for all people in Liberia at this difficult time, and we look forward to missionaries returning when the situation improves.

Previously, on February 2, 2020, Daniel Woodruff, a spokesman for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, released the following statement to media:

Due to economic conditions in Liberia and concerns about adequate supplies, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is temporarily reducing the number of missionaries in Liberia. Over the next few days, 23 young missionaries who were nearing their scheduled departure date will return home. Eight other missionaries who were preparing to arrive in the mission have been temporarily reassigned to other missions. The remaining 99 missionaries in the Liberia Monrovia Mission have adequate supplies. The Church will continue to closely monitor the situation and make adjustments as needed. We pray for the people in Liberia as they navigate the economic situation in their country.

Liberia is home to some 13,200 Latter-day Saints, spread throughout 48 congregations. The Church’s missionaries have been in the country since 1987.

PRESS RELEASE FROM Church Newsroom

Lead image: Elder David A. Bednar speaks to Liberian Saints in 2005. From churchnewsroom.org.
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