On Monday, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints released the following statement:
The Church has reassigned 30 volunteers in the Provo Missionary Training Center (MTC) who were originally called to serve in Russia. These volunteers were reassigned to serve in different missions in Russia or to other Russian-speaking missions in Eastern Europe. The remaining 47 volunteers currently in the MTC will proceed to their originally assigned missions in Russia.
With recent changes in the law, volunteers in Russia may not proselyte publicly, but instead focus on supporting the Church and its members, and on engaging in community and humanitarian service. This has decreased the number of volunteers needed and has made it necessary to adjust some assignments.
The Church continues to operate its seven missions within Russia—seeking to comply with every requirement of Russian law—and will continue to call additional volunteers as required to support the Church there.
I can relate somewhat to the 30 missionaries in the MTC who were reassigned to different missions. In 2008 I was originally called to serve in the Russia Samara Mission. Then, I was called in by my Stake President and told I was reassigned to serve in the Argentina Neuquen Mission (due to Visa difficulties, I believe).
I had a wonderful mission in Argentina- it was perfect mission assignment to help me grow and learn. I have a testimony that mission call reassignments are inspired and that the Lord can make your mission a wonderful experience, wherever you serve, if you let Him.
- Read the official statement on MormonNewsroom.org.
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Resource about LDS Missions in Russia: