LDS Church reassigns missionaries in Venezuela

SALT LAKE CITY — Citing difficulties getting and renewing visas for its missionaries in Venezuela, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is reassigning them to other Spanish-speaking countries.

“The Church has experienced difficulty over the past few months in renewing visas for missionaries, and in obtaining new visas, in Venezuela,” church spokesman Dale Bills said in a statement Monday.

“Consequently, it has decided to reassign U.S. missionaries serving in Venezuela to other Spanish-speaking missions in Latin America, the U.S. and Canada where such missionaries are needed,” the statement said. “Parents have been advised accordingly. The Church will keep the matter under review.”

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The Daily Herald, USA
Oct. 25, 2005

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