Because the conflict over Ukraine intensified once more Friday, the First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints issued a press release pleading with world leaders to hunt a swift, peaceable decision. (Steve Griffin, Deseret Information)
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SALT LAKE CITY — Because the conflict over Ukraine intensified once more Friday, the First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints issued a press release pleading with world leaders to hunt a swift, peaceable decision.
What did the First Presidency say about Russia and Ukraine?
“We’re heartbroken and deeply involved by the armed battle now raging. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has members in every of the affected areas and all through the world. Our minds and hearts have been turned towards them and all our brothers and sisters.
“We proceed to wish for peace. We all know that enduring peace could be discovered via Jesus Christ. He can calm and luxury our souls even within the midst of horrible conflicts. He taught us to like God and our neighbors.
“We pray that this armed battle will finish shortly, that the controversies will finish peacefully, and that peace will prevail amongst nations and inside our personal hearts. We plead with world leaders to hunt for such resolutions and peace.”
The assertion was launched by Presidents Russell M. Nelson, Dallin H. Oaks and Henry B. Eyring on the church’s newsroom web site.
What in regards to the Kyiv Ukraine Temple?
Earlier this week, earlier than Russian troops invaded Ukraine by land and sea, church leaders closed the Kyiv Ukraine Temple close to the nation’s capital as a precaution, church spokesman Sam Penrod mentioned.
“This temple has suspended all operations and ordinances till additional discover,” in line with a word posted on the temple’s web site.
The Kyiv temple is the one Latter-day Saint temple between Germany and the Pacific Rim.
“In case you have an present appointment for a sealing or your personal endowment, you’ll be contacted by temple workers,” the temple’s web site mentioned.
Combating in Ukraine intensified once more on Friday as Russian troops superior on Kyiv, the nation’s capital. Ukrainian troops proceed to offer stiff resistance, nevertheless, ABC Information reported.
Ukrainians fled Kyiv and different main cities as hostilities grew. In the meantime, Russia additionally started to see the impacts of the worldwide sanctions. The Russian inventory market fell by 33%.
What is occurring with Latter-day Saint missionaries in Ukraine and Russia?
The church introduced in January, as tensions on the border grew, that it had reassigned all non-Ukrainian Latter-day Saint missionaries to different international locations. Some who have been close to the tip of their assignments returned residence. Others now are serving in Germany, Croatia, Poland, Sweden, Spain, Canada and in a number of U.S. states, together with Alaska, Illinois, Washington and at Temple Sq. in Salt Lake Metropolis.
On Friday afternoon, a church spokesman confirmed that the entire church’s non-Russian volunteers had left Russia greater than per week in the past.
“As of mid-February, roughly 50 younger volunteers have taken assignments exterior of Russia, given the current advice of many international governments advising in opposition to journey to Russia,” spokesman Sam Penrod mentioned. “Native church conferences and companies stay underneath the course of native members, who function lay leaders of their congregations. The message of peace, love and hope in our Savior Jesus Christ continues to be lived and practiced in strict observance of all authorized laws.”
In July 2016 Russia applied an anti-terrorism regulation that included a provision banning public missionary work. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints instantly complied, redesignating its younger missionaries as volunteers and directing them to observe the regulation’s provision that every one proselytizing happen in homes of worship.
The Catholic Diocese of Salt Lake Metropolis and Catholic Neighborhood Companies additionally issued the next assertion:
“We be a part of with Pope Francis in his name for prayer and fasting for peace in Ukraine and the safety of harmless lives. We encourage our authorities leaders to welcome any Ukrainian refugees displaced by these mindless acts of aggression and urge individuals to assist our Ukrainian brothers and sisters by donating to the efforts of Catholic Reduction Companies, which is already serving individuals in want in Ukraine. Ought to the state of affairs escalate to the purpose of resettling Ukrainian refugees in the USA, Catholic Neighborhood Companies of Utah’s Migration and Refugee Companies workforce is keen to help.”