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Last June, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints announced it would be sending a safety survey to missionaries around the world. On Friday, the church released changes as a result of that survey.

The survey was to help church leaders understand missionaries’ day-to-day experiences and perceptions related to physical safety. According to the church, the results painted a picture of overall safety among missionaries and highlighted areas for improvement.

“We were pleased to learn that an overwhelming majority of missionaries reported feeling safe within their missions, and the number of incidents was very low compared to the total missionaries serving,” said Daniel Woodruff, church spokesman, in a press release. “Gratefully, serious threats and violence involving missionaries are uncommon, although we recognize that exceptions occur.”

According to Woodruff, the feedback from the survey will inform future changes to the Missionary Handbook and has already impacted the following policies and procedures.

  • A Sister Safety Committee that meets regularly is using the survey results to determine how to enhance the overall safety of sister missionaries.
  • A follow-up process has been implemented to provide better care and support for missionaries following an incident.
  • A significant health, safety and security training program is being produced that is heavily influenced by the survey results.

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