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Mormon Church pulls missionaries from Ivory Coast

Due to escalating unrest and political instability in the wake of the Ivory Coast’s contested presidential election, the LDS Church is pulling its non-African missionaries out of the small West African nation and relocating them in Benin and Togo, which are all part of the same LDS mission.

The move is considered a “precaution,” said LDS spokesman Scott Trotter.

Matt Martinich, an LDS scholar in Colorado who is researching Mormonism’s international growth, said the missionaries who have been moved “will serve the remainder of their missions [in those adjoining nations] unless conditions improve” in the Ivory Coast.

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