4 Mormon Missionaries Injured in Belgium Blast

August 10, 2016
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Brussels - Four missionaries for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints were among those injured in an explosion at the Brussels airport Tuesday.  The missionaries are serving in the France Paris Mission.

According to a news release from the Church, three of the missionaries, all from Utah, were accompanying a fourth missionary who was on her way to a mission assignment in Ohio.  She had already passed through airport security.  She was taken to the hospital with minor injuries, while the three missionaries from Utah had serious injuries.

Mission President Frederic J. Babin reports the three missionaries were near the explosion when it happened and have been hospitalized, two of them had surgery.  Their names are: Elder Richard Norby, 66, of Lehi, Utah; Elder Joseph Empey, 20, of Santa Clara, Utah; and Elder Mason Wells, 19, of Sandy, Utah.

The fourth missionary was Sister Fanny Rachel Clain, 20, of Montélimar, France.  She had been serving in the France Paris Mission while awaiting a permanent visa for the United States, according to the news release.

Family of the missionaries told the Deseret News they had non-life-threatening injuries.

The First Presidency of the Church issued this statement in response to the explosion:

With much of the world, we awoke this morning to the heartbreaking news of the bombings in Belgium. Our prayers are with the families of the deceased and injured, including three of our missionaries who were injured and hospitalized. We also pray for the people of Belgium and France as they continue to deal with the uncertainty and devastation caused by the recent terrorist attacks.

Missionaries in the France Paris Mission have been asked to stay in their apartments for now.