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85 Mormon missionaries moved in troubled Ukraine

First Published      Last Updated Apr 11 2014 12:38 pm

Concerned about civil unrest in Ukraine, the LDS Church said Friday it is moving another 85 of its missionaries from the Donetsk Mission to another part of the country.

Last month, the Utah-based faith transferred 23 missionaries in the Dnepropetrovsk Mission from the Crimean peninsula to other areas within the mission "as a precautionary measure," the church said in a release.

And 22 missionaries serving in that country ended their missions early, going home in March and April, the church said.

"The well-being of missionaries is always our first priority," the latest church statement said, "and every effort is being made to keep them safe."

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has four missions in that Eastern European nation, which means there could be as many as 800 total missionaries there.

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

Peggy Fletcher Stack