The following is excerpted from the Church Newsroom. To read the full report, CLICK HERE.

More than 1,500 employees and service missionaries from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints displaced due to COVID-19 associated safety precautions have been reassigned to work virtually from their homes on family history and other several other related assignments until they can return to their regular assignments.

The coronavirus pandemic caused Church facilities and operations around the world to halt or adjust their day-to-day services.

“It was overwhelming,” said Lorys Saavedra, who works at a Church distribution center in Centerville, Utah. “We didn’t know what was going to happen.”

Precautionary measures temporarily impacted temples, distribution facilities, historic sites and thousands of family history centers around the world.

Steve Rockwood, president and CEO of FamilySearch International, explained that as COVID-19 safety measures unfolded, FamilySearch and Church leadership discussed options to help the displaced service missionaries and workers find opportunities elsewhere.

That is when the FamilySearch team offered to match displaced individuals’ skillsets with FamilySearch’s online operations and opportunities until they can return to their previous duties.

To read the full report, CLICK HERE.