A recent request by a Bulgarian Orthodox priest to remove LDS missionaries from Bulgaria and revoke the LDS Church's official registration in that country may have been the result of a misunderstanding.

Several Bulgarian media outlets gave similar accounts of a June 5 incident in the Black Sea coast city of Burgas, Bulgaria, saying LDS missionaries burst into a holiday service of the Bulgarian Orthodox Church, announced they were going to start preaching and then argued loudly with a priest for half an hour before being "physically removed."

An official statement from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints indicated that the story is in error: "Contrary to erroneous media reports, two missionaries serving in Burgas, Bulgaria did nothing to disrupt the services of a local Church and when asked to leave, did so immediately. The missionaries were invited to attend the church service by a member of the congregation."

"That's what happened," said President Blair Bennett, who leads the LDS Church's Bulgaria Sofia Mission.

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