SALT LAKE CITY — Missionaries for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are returning to serve in Liberia, according to church officials.

"Non-native missionaries (those from outside Liberia) will serve in surrounding areas until it is determined that it is safe for them to enter Liberia. We are touched by the faithfulness of the members in this region as they have continued missionary work in the absence of full-time missionaries. We know they will welcome the return of elders and sisters to their country,” said LDS Church spokesman Eric Hawkins.

The deadliest outbreak of Ebola in recorded history prompted the church to remove all 274 of its missionaries from the African nations of Liberia and Sierra Leone last August.

The World Health Organization declared Liberia free of Ebola virus transmission on May 9.

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Liberia has more than 8,000 LDS Church members in 22 congregations, while Sierra Leone is home to more than 13,000 Latter-day Saints in 30 congregations.

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