What a week of contrast. As thousands and thousands of missionaries are making their way home to the states due to COVID-19, my Dad, and his new wife, Sue, are making plans to leave on the medical mission they were called to just last week.
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Flights home via Istanbul, London, and directly from Casablanca to Atlanta had been booked and canceled due to sudden Moroccan travel bans. We were leaving, we weren’t, yes, no, maybe, no. Meanwhile, Moroccan police patrolled the streets of Rabat blasting disconcerting Arabic warnings of some sort. The call to prayer still rang forth comfortingly predictable five times daily, but now Moroccans were banned from the mosque.
“I have tried for five months now to feel real joy like I felt everyday while serving my mission. I rise early, I study my scriptures, I pray often, sometimes all day, but I just can’t seem to feel it.” I was taken aback; it seemed almost as if the RMvirus had spread from my returned missionary students at the Institute and religion classes all the way to France.
The following statement was released by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on March 22, 2020, about self-isolation for returning missionaries.