Monday , June 04, 2018 - 11:21 PM
SALT LAKE CITY — The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints announced Monday it will transfer its remaining 158 missionaries out of Nicaragua.
The move follows an announcement two weeks ago that it would move 169 missionaries — about half of the faith’s missionary force in the country — due to “growing political instability.”
In Monday’s announcement from LDS Church spokesman Daniel Woodruff, the church said the move was because of “continued violence and deteriorating conditions.”
Most of the missionaries have already been moved to temporary assignments in North America, South America, the Caribbean and New Zealand, the statement said. The other missionaries are in a safe location and will move in the next several days.
The church said the Nicaragua Managua South Mission president and his young family have returned to their home, while the Nicaragua Managua North Mission president and his companion remain in Nicaragua for the time being.
“The Church will continue to monitor developments in Nicaragua and make a decision in the future regarding the eventual return of missionaries. In the meantime, we pray for peace and stability for all who live there during this uncertain time,” the statement said.
During the church’s last General Conference, church President Russell M. Nelson announced the faith plans to build one of its temples in Managua, Nicaragua. The church has 98,534 members in 111 congregations in the nation, according to the Mormon Newsroom website.
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