Political tension in Nicaragua forces LDS missionaries to move

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The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints announced Tuesday it will transfer 169 of the 327 missionaries serving in Nicaragua because of political instability.

The church released a statement saying 37 of the missionaries being transferred were approaching the end of their service at the Nicaragua Managua North Mission and will be sent home. Twenty other missionaries in the Nicaragua Managua South Mission will also return home. Additionally, 112 missionaries will be temporarily reassigned to missions in North America, South America and the Caribbean. The remaining 158 missionaries staying in Nicaragua will be moved to safer areas.

“The church will continue to closely monitor conditions and developments in Nicaragua. We pray for the people there as they navigate this difficult time in their country,” said church spokesman Daniel Woodruff.

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