152 LDS missionaries moved out of tumultuous Venezuela

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After contentious political protests, the LDS Church is removing the non-native missionaries out of Venezuela. (Photo courtesy LDS Church)

After contentious political protests, the LDS Church is removing the non-native missionaries out of Venezuela. (Photo courtesy LDS Church)

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is moving non-native Venezuelan missionaries out of Venezuela because of political discord.

A statement released by the LDS Church said, “Due to the unrest in Venezuela, the Church is transferring 152 missionaries who are not Venezuelan citizens to other missions in South America. Venezuelan missionaries are in frequent communication with their mission presidents, and every effort is being made to keep them safe.”

The anti-government protests seeking human rights changes have frequently ended in violence the past month.

This is the second time in the past two weeks that the LDS Church has relocated missionaries because of political uproar. At the beginning of March, the Church moved missionaries out of the Crimean Peninsula in Ukraine because of protests there. They also sent 22 missionaries home early to accommodate the missionaries being moved.

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While her first language is sarcasm, Rebecca dabbles in English and Russian to achieve her lifelong dream of being a journalist. A BYU sports fan, reading enthusiast and wannabe world traveler, Rebecca is a Colorado transplant that is convinced Colorado's mountains are much larger than the many Utah County peaks. Rebecca manages UtahValley360.com for Bennett Communications. Follow her on Twitter @rebeccalane.

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