As the COVID-19 pandemic accelerated across the world, leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints turned their attention to the health and safety of 67,000 full-time missionaries and those they teach and serve.
The First Presidency and the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles — with information directly from and in close coordination with area presidencies and local leaders, the Missionary Department and an army of volunteers — counseled and prayed for solutions.
Facing increasing health risks and nations about to close their borders, wherever necessary Church leaders began returning missionaries to their home nations; some 30,000 missionaries were on the move at one specific time. Others had traveled before them and more would follow.
From the beginning, the Church had been tracking the progression of COVID-19. Leaders realized immediately that the illness would have “a worldwide effect on missionary work as we knew it,” said Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles and chairman of the Church’s Missionary Executive Council.
The Church News would like to record the experiences of missionaries during this COVID-19 pandemic. Please write us and let us know in a brief summary what you learned about yourself and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints while quarantined or traveling home.
What do you know about missionary work that you did not know before the coronavirus crisis?
Because of the anticipated number of responses, please keep your submissions to no more than 200 words, and email your experiences to [email protected].
- Your missionary experience with COVID-19. What have you learned during the crisis?
- Your full name
- Your mission and mission president
- Your home ward and stake
- A photograph of you on your mission