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Published: Tuesday, March 18 2014 7:00 a.m. MDT

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New to Utah
PAYSON, UT

Venzuelans have shown great courage in demonstrating to make life better in a brutal socialist dictatorship. Having spoken to family members and others who have served missions there, the country is spiraling out of control because of the countries leadership. Murder rates in Caracas are perhaps the highest in the world. Desparate to implement socialism,Hugo Chavez replacement Maduro has forced economic policies that are causing extreme inflation and shortages of basic staples.My sympathy,love and appreciation go to these mostly young people who want a better Venzuela.

FatherOfFour
WEST VALLEY CITY, UT

How many missionaries does this leave in Venezuela?

K
Mchenry, IL

If they have that many congregations why on earth send so many people who never spoke the language until a few months before to the country?

David M
Metairie, LA

Why we send missionaries to Venezuela if they have so many members? Probably why we send so many foreigners on their mission to Utah. We're an international church. It gives missionaries the experience with serving away from their homes. It aids in keeping the world-wide church unified.

portlander
Arlington, WA

@ K McHenry, IL, It's also because the Lord Himself sends them there. The callings to serve come from the Lord and we try to obey. If it does not work out, it is the Lord's will. We have still gained understanding and experience regardless of the outcome. Nothing is lost, even if a life is cut short. There comes a time re-uniting and joy. Eternal joy. We live in faith, not in fear!

elarue
NEW YORK, NY

Despite the whole "It's the Lord's will" argument, K does have a point. Given that native Spanish speakers are second only to native English speakers, it makes sense that Spanish speaking missions would be served by native Spanish speaking missionaries, and American missionaries could then be sent to missions in other countries. Wasn't that Pres. Kimball's vision for missionary work, that each nation would supply its own missionaries in that nation and then export to other nations? Or has that logic changed in the past 40 years?

sj
Spanish Fork, UT

There have not been missionaries from North America in Venezuela for a while now. The missionaries are from other south american countries as well as Venezula.

ulvegaard
Medical Lake, Washington

When I saw this report on another source earlier today I was concerned. There is an ever increasing upheaval in the world. Military action in the Ukraine as well as the shift in control of one of its provinces, the president of Israel suggesting that he no longer feels that he can depend upon the United States, and now missionaries being moved out of a country who's political unrest hasn't even been widely reported on in our country.

My heart goes out to the members of these nations who desire to follow the Savior and are under growing threat from political and world forces which are seemingly no longer pressing for righteous endeavors. Let us all keep a more constant and prayerful vigil. The Latter-day are upon us.

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