First Presidency asks world leaders to seek peace in Ukraine as church closes Kyiv temple

Because the conflict over Ukraine intensified once more Friday, the First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints issued an announcement 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 an announcement 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 hope for peace. We all know that enduring peace may 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 stated.

“This temple has suspended all operations and ordinances till additional discover,” in response to a observe 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 current appointment for a sealing or your personal endowment, you may be contacted by temple employees,” the temple’s web site stated.

Combating in Ukraine intensified once more on Friday as Russian troops superior on Kyiv, the nation’s capital. Ukrainian troops proceed to supply stiff resistance, nonetheless, 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 going on 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 had been close to the top of their assignments returned house. 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 all the church’s non-Russian volunteers had left Russia greater than every week in the past.

“As of mid-February, roughly 50 younger volunteers have taken assignments outdoors of Russia, given the latest suggestion of many overseas governments advising towards journey to Russia,” spokesman Sam Penrod stated. “Native church conferences and companies stay underneath the path 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 legislation 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 comply with the legislation’s provision that every one proselytizing happen in homes of worship.

The Catholic Diocese of Salt Lake Metropolis and Catholic Group 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 help our Ukrainian brothers and sisters by donating to the efforts of Catholic Aid 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 US, Catholic Group Companies of Utah’s Migration and Refugee Companies workforce is keen to help.”

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