LDS church pulls missionaries out of Turkey

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GEORGE FREY
Two LDS missionaries walk past a large map of the world in a hallway at the Missionary Training Center. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will be taking missionaries out of Turkey. (Associated Press)

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has pulled its 15 missionaries out of Turkey, citing concern about unstable conditions there.

The Salt Lake Tribune reports (http://bit.ly/2a7bOKs ) that a news release from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints says the missionaries were transferred to Germany and will work with the Turkish-speaking population in Berlin.

The Church says it plans to send the missionaries back when things return to normal in Turkey. A violent attempted coup on July 15 recently heightened tensions in the country.

The Church’s website says it has one active mission and 439 members in Turkey.

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