2 LDS missionaries injured in Brussels attacks return to Utah

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SALT LAKE CITY — Two of the LDS missionaries injured in the Brussels bombings last week are back in Utah and will be released from the missionary service, according to a statement from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Tuesday.

Elder Mason Wells, 19, of Sandy, and Elder Joseph Empey, 20, of Santa Clara, are currently receiving medical attention at the University of Utah Hospital.

Both men are in fair condition, according to hospital officials.

Through Church spokeswoman Kristen Howey, the families of the missionaries expressed their profound gratitude for the concern and prayers offered by many during the past week.

The other two missionaries, Elder Richard Norby, 62, of Lehi, and Sister Fanny Clain, 20, of Montélimar, France, continue to recover 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, the release states.

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. They have each borne it with faith and fortitude. We are proud of all of them,” Nielson said.


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