The First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints sent the following letter on March 31, 2020, to all Latter-day Saints. See the latest updates on how COVID-19 is impacting Saints worldwide.
The COVID-19 pandemic has required many adjustments to missionary service, including the need for large numbers of missionaries to return to the United States and Canada from around the world. The ability to reassign these missionaries—even on a temporary basis—has now become more limited by changing conditions. This has created a measure of uncertainty for many missionaries and their families.
We have prayerfully considered these circumstances and are making available two opportunities for missionary service for those who have returned and are awaiting reassignment or may yet be required to return to the U.S. and Canada. Each opportunity requires a temporary release prior to reassignment. These options, as well as opportunities for prospective missionaries and missionaries beginning their service, are described in the tables below.
We are confident that missionaries and prospective missionaries will seek the counsel of parents, priesthood leaders and the Lord as they consider their future missionary service.
Please know of our deep love for missionaries and their families as we all continue to participate in this great work together.
The First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve Apostles
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Missionaries returning to the U.S. and Canada from international assignments
Missionaries from the U.S. and Canada currently participating in online MTC training
Temporarily released and choose by April 30, 2020 to be:
Choose by April 30, 2020 to be:
Currently under call but have not begun online MTC training
Choose by April 30, 2020 to:
*Specific mission assignments will be determined by the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles.
Additional communication will be provided to stake presidents, including information about senior missionaries.
Adjustments to Missionary Service: Countries Outside the U.S. and Canada
March 31, 2020
Missionaries returning to their home countries
Missionaries currently in online MTC training or under call
Will be reassigned* to a mission in their home country and return to service as soon as conditions allow
Will complete online MTC training and begin service in a mission in their home country as soon as conditions allow
For all missionaries from countries outside the U. S. and Canada: