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Church updates missionary situation in revolution-torn Ukraine and Venezuela
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints issued a statement on missionary work in Ukraine a few days after announcing that all missionaries in the Crimean peninsula were being removed for their own safety.
Twenty-two missionaries are being sent home early from missionary service as violence continues to escalate in the western European country. That number nearly matches the 23 missionaries who were removed from the Crimean peninsula on Monday. It is unknown if these missionaries are the same ones.
In a similar situation on the other side of the world, the church announced that all missionaries serving in Venezuela were safe and accounted by mission presidents in the four missions of the Latin American country. Violence erupted in Caracas several weeks ago as students and other citizens took to the streets to protest the current regime, an extension of the the former President Hugo Chavez.
The episode is the strongest outpouring of violence since all non-native LDS missionaries were removed from the country in 2005. Church leaders and missionaries continue to monitor the situation.
#CESdevo tonight — will you be there?
In about 90 minutes, the young adults of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints — single, married or otherwise — will gather during a CES devotional from Sister Linda K. Burton, General Relief Society president of the church.
The devotional will be broadcast from the campus of Brigham Young University-Idaho in Rexburg, Idaho, and viewable online at lds.org.
From her bio on the church’s Mormon Newsroom website for public affairs:
Sister Linda K. Burton was serving as a member of the Relief Society general board when she received her call to serve as the organization’s president at the April 2012 general conference. In her Church assignments, she spent three years serving with her husband as he presided over the Korea Seoul West Mission. They returned from Korea in 2010. She has served on the Primary general board and in various callings in the Young Women, Primary and Sunday School and as a seminary teacher.
She studied elementary education at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City and is married to Craig P. Burton. They have six children and 19 grandchildren.
I’ll have a recap of the devotional later tonight following the program. Feel free to join the conversation with me and other young adults in the church using the hashtag #CESdevo on Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, Instagram and any other social media service.
Church responds to Ukraine revolution
Lost in the violence is the state of LDS missionaries in the country. Many of them have been serving in the most violent areas of Ukraine, with a first-hand glimpse of the uprising.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has officially taken action. The church released the following statement a short time ago:
Due to civil unrest, 23 missionaries serving in the Ukraine Dnepropetrovsk Mission have been removed from the Crimean peninsula and transferred to other areas within the mission as a precautionary measure.
Twenty-three missionaries is not a small undertaking. This is likely the evacuation of a couple of zones in the Ukraine Dnepropetrovsk Mission. If the uprising continues, we could see more dramatic action taking place.
Pray for Ukraine, everybody.