@Aaron38...I would guess that you have an issue with the church leaders on that
one...who in turn are guided and directed by Heavenly Father.
@Nora Nell.....Sister Missionaries as well as Elders are serving in
heavily-populated Muslim countries. A friend of mine who recently returned from
Indonesia (for work) said that there were several pairs of Elders, and a handful
of sister missionaries in Jakarta.Muslim people can be killed for
renouncing their religion or joining other religions, so the primary focus of
the missionaries in countries like that are geared toward the Christians who are
there, or to serve people of all faiths.Jakarta was hit with its share of
fires (where entire neighborhoods burned down), and flooding last year. You know
who was there to serve and help with relief efforts? The missionaries. It's
not all about conversions. Some missions are geared toward merely setting the
example (of service) taught to us by our savior, Jesus Christ.
Yes, to blindly think that a it takes lots of help, professional & personal
to work through a traumatic experience. So many times the folks reporting on
such things, only think of the physical injuries & A quick recovery. I
do think that missionaries be taught self defense during their time at the MTC.
Especially the female missionaries. As we know, danger lurks around even our own
corners, mostly in the bigger cities & to be trained enough to possibly
lessen the attack or even thwart it can be huge!
I have family members in Kosovo and I can tell you that this is no place to be
sending missionaries. Islamic extremism is on the rise there. The country is in
dire poverty. Sure, there are nice people there who like Americans but if you
have to send U.S. and NATO forces there to keep the peace, why are you sending
Religion of peace?
@Brother Benjamin Franklin"These missionaries were beaten nearly
to death."Where in the world do you get your information from?
"Why in the world would 7 terrorists target two young, defenseless religious
girls? "Because in many parts of the world proselytizing by any
faith is looked down on, or even illegal. If these were radicalized muslims,
the fact that Americans were there, trying to convert people to Christianity
from Islam would be an affront to them... male or female.RunMom....you have no details about the attack, what happened, or what the
condition of the girls is. The church has been very forthright in detailing
when bad things have happened to missionaries in the field, and there is no
reason to believe in this case, they are being anything but truthful and honest
now - unless you have something else to base your claims on other than feelings
My prayers are for the safety of all the missionaries. I believe that the
instances of divine protection are too numerous to count. Now that the numbers
of missionaries are increased, Satan is fighting with all he has. We need to
pray more fervently, but even still it is obvious that there are times when free
agency has to play itself out. Mortality is tough!
My daughter will be serving in this mission shortly. The information I am
hearing from a parent who has a son currently serving in Kosovo and an elder
that just returned from his mission there is that this was a rare attack. It is
well known that Americans are revered by Kosovars and there is even a statue of
Bill Clinton in Pristina. The authorities in Kosovo have taken the attack very
seriously. Regarding Kosovo being a Muslim country...it is actually largely a
secular society with Muslim background. Meaning that many lay claim to being
Muslim but do not actually practice their faith. I know the leaders of our
church take the safety of our children very seriously. All missionaries would
have been pulled from Kosovo if there was any reason to believe that this could
be an ongoing occurrence. In the meantime my prayers are with these brave
sisters and their families!
This article is very vague. The story seems to have been "softened" or
doctored. Where are the details? What were the circumstances of this beating?
Why in the world would 7 terrorists target two young, defenseless religious
girls? What really happened to these Sister missionaries? What is the nature of
their injuries? Other than the word of a church spokesperson, who obviously
wants to downplay the seriousness, where is evidence they are really
"OK"? I think it is irresponsible and unfair to say these sisters will
"fully recover" when they have obviously been through a terrible trauma
which will definitely cause lasting psychological, if not physical, damage. If
these terrorists were really being "watched" then why wasn't the
beating prevented? Many unanswered questions. I'm heartsick for these girls
and their families. I don't understand why they were placed in such a
Frankly I am stunned that the LDS Church would send Sister Missionaries into a
predominantly Muslim country. It must have been Devine intervention that saved
them from death and rape.Then again, Young Elders could not teach
Muslim women. There must be a reason.
I hope these two sisters didn't receive serious injuries. I would think the
Church would bring them back for proper treatment and then send them to a safe
area. I would not want my daughter to remain in that type of environment. Bless
their hearts for wanting to serve.
I am just glad they will be okay.
Very cowardly to attack women. Animals. It won't help their cause much,
whatever their goals are. My prayers go out to the brave sisters who chose the
When parents send their children off to missions, there is never any guarantee
that they will be safe. Nor should there be. Steps and precautions are taken
and should be. When things go wrong, lessons might be learned.YES, the
Church should look at ways to improve safety. But let's be honest with
ourselves and the missionaries. Missionary work is traditionally and inherently
risky at times, even sometimes despite the best precautions. Paul, Alma and
Amulek, myself, my brother-in-law, Joseph F. Smith, and many many others
suffered persecution and were abused physically. But there is no guarantee and
no way to assure it will never happen again. Does that mean missionaries
shouldn't serve? It hasn't meant that in the past. I don't
think it should in the future.
I can't imagine the trauma these two sister missionaries and their families
have been through. I have never heard of sister missionaries being beaten
before. As the Church pushes out into these third world countries and dangerous
places where lawlessness runs freely these sorts of things are going to continue
unless the way we allow our missionaries to proselyte is changed in these areas.
My heart and prayers go out to these sisters. May the lords blessings and Love
surround them. I hope they are in a safer area now.
Thank God the young women will recover and have been moved from the area and
that the suspects were arrested. If the LDS Church is wise, they will pull
sister missionaries (possibly all missionaries) out of the area completely and
consider pulling missionaries out until the situation cools off.These missionaries were beaten nearly to death. We owe it to these
missionaries and their families to ensure something like this does not occur