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LDS Church announces limited layoffs

Published: Sunday, Aug. 30 2015 9:01 p.m. MDT

LDS Church Office Building in Salt Lake City,  Utah, July 18, 2008.  (Tom Smart, Deseret News archives) LDS Church Office Building in Salt Lake City, Utah, July 18, 2008. (Tom Smart, Deseret News archives)

A number of employees of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are being laid off in what a church spokesman called “a planned reduction in workforce” as a result of the "evolving needs of a global church."

Michael Purdy said the reduction primarily affects two church departments: the Publishing Services and Information Communication Systems departments. While he did not give a specific number of layoffs involved, Purdy did indicate the layoffs will comprise 5 to 8 percent of the two departments.

“The action is based solely on the need to be sure that resources are being used wisely to meet the evolving needs of a global church,” Purdy said, indicating that it is not a matter of declining budgets, but rather a matter of “reassigning budgets to meet current needs.”

While the reduction is not a widespread action among the thousands of church employees located around the world, Purdy said church leaders are “keenly aware that behind the numbers are individuals and families.”

“We are offering a substantial severance package to those impacted by these changes and will work to help these individuals find other employment,” Purdy said.

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