In 1939, when Germany mobilized its military against neighboring Poland, LDS missionaries were notified to evacuate their missions. In August 1940, the full-time missionaries in the South African and Pacific missions were also evacuated because of the spread of hostilities in Europe. Later the missionaries were released from the missions in South America. By 1943 the only missionaries serving outside of North America were in Hawaii.
All of the more than eight hundred missionaries were transported at Church expense to America, where they were either reassigned to missions within the United States or released to return to their homes. All this was accomplished without serious illness or accident. This thesis recounts their activities, experiences, and problems. Special research emphasis has been given to personal interviews and contemporary journal accounts.
College and Department
Family, Home, and Social Sciences; History
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Boone, David F. Sr., "The Worldwide Evacuation of Latter-Day Saint Missionaries at the Beginning of World War II" (1981). Theses and Dissertations. 4542.
World War, 1939-1945, Evacuation of civilians, Mormon missionaries