Well if your mission takes you to Bayone New Jersey... the going price for not
getting the crap beat out of you is at least 20 bucks. I'd carry at least
$30.00 for insurance just in case the next thug who will accaust you is in a bad
mood. Tip: If any of you Elders have any misguided thoughts of fighting
back...which I highly reccommend you don't... then at least carry two $5.00
rolls of dimes tightly wrapped in duct tape. If they aren't carrying clubs then
they'll have something easy to hide. Brass knuckles are illegal and will add
extra jail time if they're caught so they use other equalizers.
Perhaps the fact that Sister Missionaries were not mentioned is that the story
was submitted buy the AP?I am so happy that the sisters are OK!
I'm more concerned about the long-term consequences for this jamoke. Whether he
is caught or not, he will one day have to answer for this.
Glad they're ok. They were lucky, protected or both.
byronbcaI served in Caracas Venezuela. There is NO WAY I'd go back
now to some of the barrios I tracked in. Ironically, the time I got robbed, we
were in the "safe" area. I had about $5 on me and a CTR ring. As he
was robbing us, I introduced myself and explained that we were missionaries and
even offered him some pamphlets. He politely declined. But he did apologize that
he "had to" rob us. Even during it, I felt safe.
I don't get how this is news, I went to Tijuana Mexico and getting held up for
money was literally a weekly occurrence in the mission. I was never officially
mugged, but there was a time that gang members, "cholos", with knives
in their pants asked to see what was in my backpack, they looked disappointing
when all they saw were books.I'm no longer active in the church but
I will admit that it's a miracle that so few missionaries get hurt. You could
not pay me to walk down some of the streets I walked as a missionary.
Dude - Maybe they just wanted their CTR rings.
Many years ago on my mission in NC a fellow tried the cut the buttons off my
suit jacket. My companion broke his wrist. My adult children think that we
should have been kinder.This guy was lucky he wasn't decked with a
20 pound purse.
I don't think this story was very well written. It didn't say Sister
Missionaries, it didn't say what Mission, and it didn't say their names or home
towns (which they usually do, especially when they are adults- over 21). That
would have been helpful. I also don't think the argument that it 'happens all
the time' is appropriate. Although I think that the comment made about a Mission
President counciling his Missionaries not to write home about every offense
against them to save the anxiety of their families is an inspired decision for
each Mission...I do think this incident was newsworthy in that it happened to
Sisters. It's terrible that those innocents were accosted. I hope this inspires
us to increase our faith and prayers for ALL of our Missionaries as they leave
their homes and families to unselfishly go out to serve the Lord. And for the
person who commited these crimes...he needs our pity and prayers as well.
@ Utes21 at 2:07pm "The Lord will always protect his servants."Please google the words Mormon Missionary Killed and get back to us on
We get to take cell phones on a mission now? Cool! My son will be exicited to
So I guess his response to the ever important question, "Will you be
baptized?" is no (right?).
Wow..on the mission we frequently discussed disappointing outcomes of baptismal
challenges, but this takes the cake!Glad the missionaries are both
ok - hope the rattled families at home are as well.
Gotta wonder about the wisdom if sending two gals out alone.
My husband (6'0") served in Brazil and one time a teen (5'2") tried to
rob him at knifepoint. He offered the teen what he had on his pocket and leave.
The teen wanted the money he had at his apartment. He always wanted to be a
police officer so I guess he thought that would be a good time to start
practicing because he grab the kid by his collar, lift him and pull him against
the walls so he could look at his face and said "you take this money and
leave". We saw his companion 20+ years later and his companion still got
all freaked out when remembering the story. I know it was very stupid to do it
but oh well!
Hope he reads the Book of Mormon he stole.
Ohhhhhhh, SISTER missionaries! That makes a lot more sense. I really couldn't
figure out the whole purse thing. I guess I should have read a bit more
carefully. It reminds me of the old riddle: a kid who gets in a car wreck and
is taken to a hospital where the doctor on duty says "I can't operate on
this boy." "Why not?" they ask. The doc responds "Because
he's my son." Who's the doctor?As for the mugging, I've had a
gun pulled on me before and it's no picnic. I'm glad no one was hurt and hope
the sisters aren't too traumatized.
I will gladly pay for everything they lost.
Missionaries both elders and sisters have had things like this occurring for
years so why is that big a deal? It is good to know the sisters are ok though.
Dude, they would have GIVEN you the Book of Mormon!
Hopefully where they can they pack heat. It's the utah way.
Time to let the missionaries have a conceal carry permit.
I am so glad that these two sisters are ok!
What is this world coming to. At least there was nothing more serious that was
done to this women.
I am glad no one was hurt. Sad this had to happen at all.
My mission president made us promise we wouldn't write home and tell our moms
when we got robbed - he would get so inundated by phone calls from concerned
parents that he couldn't do his job. I guess that cat's out of the bag with
these sisters - their robbery is front-page news!
Nice dude, maybe you'll have time to read that book when they catch you...while you're sitting in jail...Then, when you get out, the
Sisters will arrange your baptism, and you'll be clean from all your sins...Something to look forward to...
If you have served a mission you most likely have been robbed or something
interesting has happened to you, its a way of life.
I looked at the article, and the cigarette case was mentioned. But so was this
comment: "The missionaries involved tell me that the vintage cigarette case
was being used as a wallet."
Uhhhh...the local newspaper report in the the Augusta Times mentions that a
cigarette case was an item in the stolen purses...why is that not mentioned in
this article? lol...
Obviously, this fellow was merely masquerading as a "person of
interest". Glad the sister missionaries are OK. I personally know of a
situation, wherein a man at knife point, two LDS Elders on the streets of D.C.
Several witnesses told him to NOT rob the "ministers". As he fled the
scene a half block away, he turned to see if the Elders were pursuing him, they
weren't, he ran into traffic and was struck by a Metro bus. Thought that was
fitting.(my younger brother was one of the Elders) After that, in that part of
their Mission, no more street robberies of Elders occurred for several years.
Hmmm...on my mission in South America we got robbed about once a month on
average. Sometimes at gunpoint, usually at knifepoint. I guess this is bound
to make news when it happens in the U.S.
It would have been nice to identify these as "Sister Missionaries" in
the title and early on in the (very short) story. I was quite shaken by the
image of two male elders handing over their "purses".
I'm kind of surprised this made news. I was held at knife-point several times on
my mission and even held hostage for about 2 hours. I guess it is more rare to
happen to Sisters. Glad to hear they're okay.
I have a son currently serving in Brazil. He was robbed at gunpoint last year.
He said it happens to almost every missionary that serves in certain parts of
the mission. They are specifically taught not to carry anything of value. His
watch was stolen. That was all he and his companion had of any value.
This happens a lot, people see LDS missionaries nicely dressed and they
automatically think these guys or girls got money. Nope just pass along cards
and pamphlets maybe a BOM. Your told not to carry any cash, just the credit card
the church gives you at the start of your mission.I maybe understand two
Elders but two Sisters is really ridiculous. I dont most of the time agree with
most byu fans but TJ is right on this one. Very low indeed. Look at the bright
side Sisters, you will now always have a good story to tell your families. The
Lord will always protect his servants.
You can't get much lower than this guy has. He obviously doesn't know much about
LDS missionaries or he would know they don't carry much money.Really happy
to hear the Sisters are OK.