Mor­mon mis­sion­ar­ies to be re­duced in Liberia

Antelope Valley Press - - RELIGION -

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Church of Je­sus Christ of Lat­ter-day Saints an­nounced Sun­day it is re­duc­ing the num­ber of its mis­sion­ar­ies in Liberia be­cause of con­cerns about hav­ing ad­e­quate sup­plies for them due to the coun­try’s eco­nomic prob­lems.

In the next few days, 23 young mis­sion­ar­ies who were close to end­ing their as­sign­ments in the West African na­tion will re­turn home, church spokesman Daniel Woodruff said in a state­ment. Eight other mis­sion­ar­ies who had been pre­par­ing to go to Liberia have been tem­po­rar­ily as­signed else­where. There are ad­e­quate sup­plies for the 99 peo­ple who will re­main at the Liberia Mon­rovia Mis­sion, Woodruff said.

“The Church will con­tinue to closely mon­i­tor the sit­u­a­tion and make ad­just­ments as needed. We pray for the peo­ple in Liberia as they nav­i­gate the eco­nomic sit­u­a­tion in their coun­try,” he said.

Serv­ing a mis­sion for the re­li­gion, widely known as the Mor­mon church, is con­sid­ered a rite of pas­sage for the faith’s mem­bers. Men serve for two years and go on mis­sions as young as 18. Women serve for 18 months and are al­lowed to start them at age 19.

The church has 13,200 mem­bers in Liberia, where its mis­sion­ar­ies have been work­ing since 1987.

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