Summarized by Kent Larsen
Should Missionaries be evacuated over Y2K concerns? (Missionaries have wings clipped for Y2K)
WorldNetDaily 2Dec99 B1
By David M. Bresnahan
Following up on reports that the U.S. State department will evacuate 800
employees from four eastern-european countries, WorldNetDaily's David
Bresnahan asked LDS Church spokesman Michael Purdy if the Church had
similar plans. However, Purdy said that the Church was unaware of the
State Department's evacuation plans.
Purdy told Bresnahan, "We do look at the State Department travel
warnings, but frankly I don't think anyone is aware of this (the
evacuations)." After promising to look into the matter, Purdy didn't
respond to WorldNetDaily by their deadline.
In an earlier news story for WorldNetDaily, Bresnahan reported on the
State Department's evacuation plans, saying that the 800 State
Department employees would be evacuated from Belarus, Moldova, Russia
and the Ukraine, all former parts of the Soviet Union. These countries
all have relatively high levels of computer use, but are economically
unable to make the changes necessary to correct Y2K problems.
Mormon-News was unable to find any specific public notice made by the
State Department on this issue, however, in the case of all four
countries, the State Department's Travel warnings do state that the
Department has "authorized the voluntary departure of eligible family
members and employees who can be spared from duty." The Department's
concern is over possible disruptions in energy supplies, which could
lead to the disruption of other basic necessities.
Meanwhile, word that the LDS Church will restrict missionaries,
employees and General Authorities from travel at year-end has gained
widespread public attention, with one story from the Associated Press
appearing in hundreds of newspapers.