Great news that these women were released so quickly and without physical harm.
No mention made of ransom or action by which they were rescued -- a suspicious
circumstance in a medium that thrives on gory detail and hero-making. The
apparently instantaneous involvement of the FBI could be a two edged sword. The
close association of the LDS church with US culture and power has substantial
potential political meaning, as seen in cases of violence against US-based fast
food outlets. One hopes that opposition to US participation in local affairs in
Central and South America, or any part of the world, won't manifest itself
in "retributive" action against young missionaries abroad.
We also are very, very, Happy that the girls ( our sisters ) are safe! and happy
that they were not physically harmed or abused!! God Bless You!!Henry & Margia Vander Veur II
I hope the church will put more safety procedures in place for missionaries. It
would be very easy for any missionary of the church to be lured into a dangerous
situation as they are in and out of peoples homes and often proselyting in areas
that they are not familiar with. Unfortunately, in the world we live in,
missionaries are easy targets to those who would do them harm. The
church has several former Secret Service, CIA and FBI types working for their
security department with the expertise to develop these safety programs train
the missionaries. This becomes even more important given the changes to the
missionary program and the number of missionaries increasing, particularly young
Reasonable Person: My beautiful daughter was a sister missionary in a Spanish
speaking mission. The sweet missionaries refer to each other as
"Hermana" to this day. They are truly sisters, and would never be
offended to be called such. I am inspired by the courage of these
young women and of their dedication. I love that they shared the gospel, even
while being held against their will. They inspire me to be brave.
resonable per....I'd say person but you'd be offended to be
identified with a male gender word of "son"
Only a small percentage of missionaries are sisters. That is why they are
identified by Gender wheras men are identified as Elders.
When do we start mentioning "brother missionaries".These
women are full-fledged missionaries. Quit defining only them by their gender.
Bless their hearts for their desire to serve a mission. So thankful they were
protected and isn't it amazing how strong their faith and testimony is to
want to stay and fulfill that mission. Bravo for her...what an example.
Great news, nice to hear a happy ending.
It works to have the FBI in other countries work "undercover" to protect
themselves, their families, and be more effective in stopping "bad
guys". So happy to hear the sister missionaries were found quickly and
"special police anti-kidnapping unit helped by the FBI" Helped by the FBI? why doesn't the local press mention the FBI? or is it
simply that all south american cops are always 'instructed' and/or
'helped' by the FBI?