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LDS CHURCH TRANSFERS HONDURAS MISSIONARIES

The missionary department of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Church has announced the transfer of 70 North American missionaries from Honduras because of security concerns.

Church spokesman Don LeFevre refused to identify those concerns, but a representative at the U.S. Embassy in Honduras said the country has experienced a dramatic increase in crime because of economic hardship.LeFevre said missionary work will temporarily be handled by native Hondurans and by missionaries from other Spanish-language countries.