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Flowers bloom near the Salt Lake Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Salt Lake City on Friday, April 5, 2019. (Photo: Ravell Call, Deseret News)
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Church Announces Options For Int’l Missionaries Returning To US, Canada

Flowers bloom near the Salt Lake Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Salt Lake City on Friday, April 5, 2019. (Photo: Ravell Call, Deseret News)

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – Missionaries who have returned to the United States or Canada during the COVID-19 pandemic will be allowed to be reinstated after 14 days of self-isolation or return to service next year.

The announcement from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints also allows for flexibility for missionaries participating in online Missionary Training Center training, prospective missionaries and those who have received a call but have not begun online training.

Missionaries returning to the U.S. and Canada from international assignments can choose by April 30 to:

  • Be reinstated to their original or a temporary assignment with their original end date.
  • Return to service within 12-18 months with a new end date.

Missionaries from the U.S. and Canada currently participating in online MTC training may be released after training and reinstated to their original or a temporary assignment as soon as conditions allow. They may also choose to be released and return to service within 12-18 months.

Those missionaries who have received a mission call but have not started MTC training can begin that online training as scheduled, moving to their original or a temporary assignment as soon as possible or delay their mission and begin service within 12-18 months.

Prospective missionaries can submit an application, receive a call and begin service as soon as conditions allow or delay and submit their application at a later date.

Missionaries Outside Of The U.S. & Canada

Missionaries returning to home countries other than the U.S. and Canada will be reassigned to a mission in their home country and begin service as soon as conditions allow.

Their end dates will remain unchanged and all prospective missionaries will be assigned to their home countries until conditions change.

Missionaries who have started online MTC training will begin service in their home country as soon as conditions allow. Prospective missionaries may submit applications or delay and submit that application at a later date.

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