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.