Last summer the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints sent a survey to missionaries worldwide to understand their day-to-day experiences and to get their perspective on their physical safety.
“The results painted a picture of overall safety among missionaries and highlighted areas for improvement,” Church spokesman Daniel Woodruff said.
Woodruff said the majority of missionaries reported feeling safe in their missions, but the Church does recognize serious threats and violence can sometimes occur.
“Missionaries throughout the world are known for their goodness and selfless service. We greatly value their safety. We are committed to doing all we can to understand and to improve, where needed, the circumstances of all missionaries,” said Woodruff.
The feedback from this 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.
The Church says they will be send another survey to missions where multiple safety concerns were reported. They will then share that information with mission presidents to help them understand the risks in their missions and to help them better consider where missionaries are placed.