LDS Church relocates more missionaries in Ukraine

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Sister Kathryn Webber while serving in Chernivtsi, Ukraine. (Photo courtesy Kathryn Webber.)

Sister Kathryn Webber was sent home early in March from her LDS mission in L’viv, Ukraine because of political discord. (Photo courtesy Kathryn Webber.)

Political uproar in Ukraine is once again causing The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to transfer 85 missionaries from the Ukraine Donetsk Mission.

A press release from the LDS Church said, “The well-being of missionaries is always our first priority, and every effort is being made to keep them safe.”

The missionaries are being relocated to one of the three other missions in Ukraine: Ukraine Dnepropetrovsk Mission, Ukraine L’viv Mission or Ukraine Kiev Mission.

In March, 22 missionaries serving in Ukraine were sent home early because of political unrest in the country. A few weeks later, the LDS Church transferred 152 non-native Venezuelan missionaries out of Venezuela to other South American countries because of political discord.

Mission presidents have prepared their missionaries for being uprooted. In an interview with Sister Kathryn Webber, a sister missionary serving in L’viv, Ukraine who was sent home early with the first group of 22 missionaries, Webber shared her experience with the protests in Ukraine.

“After that I spoke with my mission president and he told me, ‘Just make sure you have all your things organized so if anything drastic happens overnight you can get to the mission office as soon as possible,’” Webber said.

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Rebecca Lane

While her first language is sarcasm, Rebecca dabbles in English and Russian to achieve her lifelong dream of being a journalist. A BYU sports fan, reading enthusiast and wannabe world traveler, Rebecca is a Colorado transplant that is convinced Colorado's mountains are much larger than the many Utah County peaks. Rebecca manages UtahValley360.com for Bennett Communications. Follow her on Twitter @rebeccalane.

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