LDS Church: Two Missionaries Hurt In Brussels Blast Now Back In Utah For Treatment

Elder Mason Wells and Elder Josphen Dresden Empey
The parents of Elder Joseph Dresden Empey (right) posted this photo of their son and of his missionary companion, Elder Mason Wells, on Facebook. The picture was taken before the young men were injured in the Brussels terrorist attack. Photo: Court-Amber Empey Facebook page

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah, March 29, 2016 (Gephardt Daily) — Two of the four LDS missionaries badly injured in the Brussels bombings last week are back in Utah and will be released from missionary service, according to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

The pair, Elder Mason Wells, 19, of Sandy, and Elder Joseph Dresden Empey, 20, of Santa Clara, are now receiving medical care at a Utah hospital.

Injured In The Brussels Terror Attack
Elder Mason Wells of Sandy, Utah, is greeted in a Belgian hospital by his parents on Thursday, March 24, 2016. Elder Wells was among four Latter-day Saint missionaries injured in an explosion at the Brussels airport on Tuesday, March 22, 2016. © 2016 by Intellectual Reserve, Inc.

LDS Church spokeswoman Kristen Howey said the families of the missionaries have expressed their gratitude for for the concerns and prayers offered on their sons’ behalf since the March 22 terrorist attack.

The other two injured missionaries, Elder Richard Norby, of Lehi, and Sister Fanny Rachel Clain, of France, continue to receive medical attention in hospitals in Brussels.

Norby will be transported to the U.S. for additional care to serious injuries and will also be released from missionary service in the near future, Howey said.

Missionaries Injured In Belgium
Sister Fanny Rachel Clain. Image: FranceTV Pluzz

Clain, who was less seriously injured, is expected to resume missionary service in the United States when she is fit enough to do so.

Richard Norby, Facebook
Richard Norby, 66, of Lehi, Utah. Photo: Facebook

Elder Brent H. Nielson, executive director of the Church’s Missionary Department, expressed “love and gratitude” to each missionary and their families.

“These missionaries and their loved ones have all been through a traumatic experience,” Nielson said. “They have each borne it with faith and fortitude. We are proud of all of them.”

 

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