- Associated Press - Tuesday, June 14, 2016

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Four Mormon missionaries serving in the Mexican state of Chihuahua have been reassigned elsewhere in the country after trying to baptize three boys without their parents’ approval.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints does not allow teaching or baptism of minors without permission of a parent or legal guardian.

Church spokesman Eric Hawkins says the missionaries unfortunately acted outside church policy and have been corrected.

The Salt Lake Tribune reports (https://bit.ly/1VXsI2Q) the four missionaries attempted to baptize a 9-year-old and two 11-year-olds in a church last week. The missionaries were briefly detained by police after the boys became afraid and told their parents what happened.

Police said the four male missionaries were released after several hours because they had not committed a crime.


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