After months of unrest in Ukraine, a Greenville man has been assigned to serve a two-year Mormon mission in Kiev.
He said he submitted papers to serve the mission there in January and received his assignment from headquarters at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints last week.
"I looked it up afterwards," said Torre Rossano, 21. "It was a bit scary."
Rossano said he had not been following escalating tension in the region in the news closely, but once he received his mission call, he began researching.
He said he is cautiously optimistic his mission will continue as planned, but he is aware that there is a possibility he will not be able to go to Kiev.
"I would guess that I would go to another country in Eastern Europe that speaks Russian," he said.
Rossano will head to Provo, UT, to the Missionary Training Center, where he will learn basic Russian and learn how to teach about the church's doctrine in that language.
The LDS Church has removed 23 of its missionaries from the Crimean peninsula, the current epicenter of unrest. They have been sent to other parts of Ukraine. The LDS Church said it is monitoring the situation in Ukraine closely.
The two-year mission is a rite of passage for most Mormon men. The voluntary service involves proselyting and charitable service to others. Missionaries have minimal contact with family, other than email, during those two years.
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