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Due to ongoing political unrest that has rocked the Central American nation of Nicaragua for nearly two months, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints announced that 169 of the 327 missionaries currently serving in the country will be transferred to other countries.

Some of this will be due to what can best be described as attrition (i.e. missionaries going home will not be replaced). That’s according to Daniel Woodruff, Church spokesman:

Due to growing political instability in Nicaragua, the church is in the process of transferring 169 missionaries out of that country… This includes 37 missionaries from the Nicaragua Managua North Mission, all of whom were nearing the end of their service and will return home. In the Nicaragua Managua South Mission, 20 missionaries will return home while 112 missionaries will be temporarily reassigned to other missions in North America, South America and the Caribbean.

The remaining 158 missionaries will be reassigned to safer areas of Nicaragua.

This is the second time in less than a month that the Church has opted to temporarily reassign missionaries. In late April, “volunteers” in Turkey were temporarily reassigned due civil unrest.

During the April 2018 General Conference, Church President Russell M. Nelson announced a long-awaited temple in Managua, the capital of Nicaragua. With the announcement, the country became the final Spanish-speaking Central American country to receive a temple and leaving Cuba as the last Spanish-speaking country in all of the Americas to be temple-less—a situation, uh, not likely to be resolved in the immediate future.