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Local Family Faithful Son Serving Mission in Ukraine is Safe

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NBCRightNow.com - As political tensions continue in Ukraine, a local couple is holding on to the hope that their son will stay safe.
     
Tanner,18 is serving a two year mission for the LDS church, his parents say they are feeling faithful and not fearful that their son will stay safe so far from home.

"Fear and faith can't exist together and we choose to have faith that things are working out," Brent, Tanner's father said. 

Brent and Melinda's son has been in Ukraine for a little more than three months just south of Kiev.

While political tensions with Russia run high the local LDS community is making sure their young missionaries in the area are out of harm's way. 
     
"Of course you worry because he's your son and you love him but the church is really aware of the political situation there and we also know that the lord will protect him so we say our prayers and he says his prayers and go forward with faith without fear," said Melinda. 

Missionaries in the Crimea mission have been relocated to other parts of the country because of safety concerns. 

Tanner has been told to stay away from government buildings and large crowds and has prepared a 72-hour kit in case the church decides to quickly evacuate them, but he reports back in emails to his parents that he's okay right now.
     
"He loves the Ukrainians because when you serve someone you love them and that's where he's at, he just really expresses his love for the people," Melinda explained. 

Locally there is another missionary, Joseph Gelwix serving in Donensk Ukraine.
     
The U.S. Department of State is advising Americans defer non-essential travels to Ukraine right now, specially in the Crimean Peninsula.
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