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(Al Hartmann | Tribune file photo) Temple Square with the Tabernacle and Salt Lake Temple seen from a high angle above South Temple and West Temple streets in 2011.
Layoffs hit a third Mormon church department

The LDS Church has laid off 13 computer-tech staffers in its Family History Department, a cutback that comes six months after a workforce reduction in two other church departments.

"Though this number is relatively small, we are mindful of the individuals and families affected by these changes," church spokeswoman Ruth Todd said Monday of last week’s layoffs. "These employees will each receive a generous severance package to assist them as they seek new employment."

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In late January, the Utah-based Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints announced plans to trim "between 5 percent and 8 percent of the workforce" in the faith’s Publishing Services and Information Communication Systems departments.

Those workers, too, were offered "substantial" severance packages and help finding new jobs.

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