No immediate plans for Mormon missionaries in Cuba

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Mormon church says it's too soon to say if it will start sending missionaries to Cuba as the United States begins re-establishing diplomatic ties with the communist island.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints currently has a few congregations in Cuba but does not send missionaries there.

President Barack Obama announced steps Wednesday to restore diplomatic relations with Cuba and ease some economic and travel restrictions.

Church spokesman Eric Hawkins says it's unclear what the announcement may mean for the church's growth in Cuba or how it will affect missionary work.

Hawkins says missionaries are sent to countries around the world where they are officially recognized and welcomed by governments.

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