Editor's note: Thousands of missionaries across the world are facing upended plans during the pandemic. Some are returning home before completing their...
In the blink of an eye, Jacob Hale found himself riding with other missionaries in a van headed to the airport, having had no time for proper goodbyes or to communicate with his family and with no flight itinerary.
The Korea Seoul Mission went from 130 missionaries to just 45 missionaries in what felt like just the blink of an eye. President Brad Taylor and Sister Ann Taylor were left heartbroken, with over half of their missionaries gone.
Missionaries didn't know when or if they'd be returning to Guatemala or receiving new assignments. For Vanderholm, the most confusing part of it all was leaving his mission again without any closure.
Missionaries who are awaiting a temporary assignment have found different ways to stay mission-ready during their time at home.
After only 12 and a half months in the Louisiana Baton Rouge Mission, Shane Amidan was honorably released because of underlying health conditions that put him at a higher risk for COVID-19.