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Mormon missionaries in Ukraine taking safety precautions

First Published      Last Updated Feb 19 2014 01:56 pm

Worried Latter-day Saint parents seeing news reports of protests in Ukraine that have claimed dozens of lives can rest easier — all Mormon missionaries "have been contacted and are safe," according to church spokesman Cody Craynor.

The Utah-based Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has three missions in that Eastern European nation, which means there could be as many as 600 total missionaries there. The church is not taking any chances with their safety.

"Missionaries near affected areas have been instructed to stay in their apartments," Craynor said in a statement Wednesday. "Church leaders continue to closely monitor the situation and maintain regular communication with missionaries."

Ukraine, which has an LDS temple, is home to more than 11,000 members in 56 congregations.