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Letter

Further Adjustments to Missionary Service

While some missionaries will remain and complete their regular term of service, many others will be released early

The First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints sent the following letter March 26, 2020, to Church members around the globe. See the latest updates on how COVID-19 is impacting Saints worldwide.

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

In our letter of March 20, 2020, we indicated that the original term of service for missionaries brought back early to the United States would likely be reduced to accommodate the large number of missionaries returning from around the world.

  • Where possible, in some areas of the world, missionaries will remain and complete their regular term of service.
  • Elders and Sisters who were originally called to other international assignments and are returning to the United States and Canada and have completed at least 18 months and 15 months respectively, will be released.
  • Elders who are currently serving in a mission in the United States and Canada who are scheduled to complete their service on or before September 1, 2020, will be released when they have served 21 months.

As we evaluate changing conditions, further adjustments will be made.

To all missionaries who have served and are continuing to serve in these unique circumstances we express our deep gratitude. We love and pray for our missionaries and their families. We are grateful for the continued prayers and support of parents, loved ones, and Church members as we make every effort to help them remain safe and well in these challenging times.

Sincerely,

The First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve Apostles

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