LDS Church temporarily transfers 158 missionaries out of Nicaragua

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The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has transferred its remaining 158 missionaries out of Nicaragua, the Church announced Monday afternoon.

“In light of continued violence and deteriorating conditions in Nicaragua, the Church has decided to transfer the remaining 158 missionaries out of that country,” said Daniel Woodruff, LDS Church spokesman. “Those missionaries are being moved to temporary assignments in North America, South America, the Caribbean and New Zealand.”

At the time of the announcement, the majority of the missionaries had already left Nicaragua. However, a few missionaries remain in a safe location and will be relocated to their new assignment in the next few days. The mission presidents over the two Nicaragua missions were also affected.

“As part of this move, the Nicaragua Managua South Mission president and his young family have left the country and returned home,” Woodruff said. “The Nicaragua Managua North Mission president and his companion will remain in Nicaragua for the time being to take care of some ecclesiastical responsibilities over local Church members.”

On May 22, the LDS Church transferred 169 missionaries out of Nicaragua. With the new announcement, all missionaries are pulled from Nicaragua.

“The Church will continue to monitor developments in Nicaragua and make a decision in the future regarding the eventual return of missionaries,” Woodruff said. “In the meantime, we pray for peace and stability for all who live there during this uncertain time.”

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