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Missing LDS Missionaries Contacted, Church Officials Optimistic

Missing LDS Missionaries Contacted, Church Officials Optimistic

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(KSL News) A bishop with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has made contact with four missionaries being held hostage in Nigeria.

We just received the following new statement from a spokesman for the Church:

"A local bishop of the Church has been able to speak with each of the missionaries by phone this morning and has confirmed that they are well. We continue to be optimistic about the outcome. We are grateful for the help of local community leaders in Nigeria working for the missionaries' release. We also appreciate the prayers of people worldwide in behalf of these missionaries."

The missionaries are all Nigerian citizens in their 20s serving in the Port Harcourt Mission. Church officials say every effort is being made to secure their release.

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