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By Kent Larsen

LDS Church Starts 'Visitor's Center' Mission in Nauvoo

NAUVOO, ILLINOIS -- The LDS Church has formed its 334th mission from the 200 missionaries working in Nauvoo's Visitors Center, construction projects and BYU center. The Illinois Nauvoo Mission will include missionaries that conduct tours and answer questions, but who generally don't proselyte or baptize. The mission is similar to the Church's Salt Lake City Temple Square Mission.

The current Nauvoo Visitor's Center Director, Richard K. Sager, has been called as the first president of the new mission. Sager says that the mission is unusual. "This is a unique situation. There aren't many places in the world where there is such a concentration of 200 or more missionaries in one place." He also says that the change will help the Church become more involved in Nauvoo community affairs.

In addition to the visitor's center, missionaries in the new mission work on restoring old buildings in the area, work on the construction of the Nauvoo Temple, and work at BYU's recently acquired Nauvoo center, the Joseph Smith Academy.


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