Missionaries Serving in Two African Nations Are Reassigned

Contributed By Sarah Jane Weaver, Church News associate editor

  • 11 August 2014

Due to the outbreak of illness related to the Ebola virus, as a precautionary measure, all missionaries serving in the African nations of Sierra Leone and Liberia are being transferred out of these countries and reassigned to other missions.

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  • Due to the outbreak of illness related to the Ebola virus, the Church has transferred all missionaries serving in the African nations of Sierra Leone and Liberia out of these countries.

Due to the outbreak of illness related to the Ebola virus, the Church has transferred all missionaries serving in the African nations of Sierra Leone and Liberia out of these countries. The missionaries, who have been reassigned to other missions, are safe and in good health.

“Ensuring the health and safety of our missionaries is our top priority,” according to a statement posted on www.mormonnewsroom.org, which noted that the measures taken by the Church are precautionary. “In recent weeks, measures have been taken to reduce risk to missionaries, including asking them to remain in their apartments.

“To date, there are no reports of illness among the missionaries. Families are being notified as the missionaries arrive in their new assignments. This is a very challenging situation for the missionaries, members, and citizens of these countries, and like other organizations, we are taking every practical step to reduce risk.”

The Church has a strong presence in Liberia and Sierra Leone, where thousands of Latter-day Saints continue to live, worship, and serve.

Two Latter-day Saints in the countries had contracted Ebola as of press time.

The Church, through its humanitarian programs and partners, is in the process of assessing needs and considering how to best support relief efforts to its members and the people of these countries.

Due to the outbreak of illness related to the Ebola virus, as a precautionary measure, all missionaries serving in the African nations of Sierra Leone and Liberia are in the process of being transferred out of these countries and reassigned to other missions.

Due to the outbreak of illness related to the Ebola virus, as a precautionary measure, all missionaries serving in the African nations of Sierra Leone and Liberia are being transferred out of these countries and reassigned to other missions..