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Published: Sunday, Feb. 16 2014 9:45 p.m. MST

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Salt Lake City, UT

What do you expect...naive American youth being sent to a foreign land, a long-time adversary to the U.S., to walk around in solitary pairs. Of course something bad is going to happen! This isn't the 1950s in suburban Pennsylvania. Its 2014 when American political, economic, military, and cultural influence around the world is rapidly declining, and along with it what little influence the LDS church had established around the world. Wake up people. But at least those boys are out rubbing shoulders with the rif raff, meanwhile their "leaders" preach to the choir from behind cloistered walls.


Quite the spectrum of opinion being expressed here. I found the story interesting. I also have interesting stories from my own mission. I don't see that the world is fundamentally any safer or more dangerous now than is was in 1980, 1950, 1920, 1890, or 1840. Given the necessary nature and location of missionary activity, as long as the safety record for missionaries continues to be better than for their demographically equivalent population in their respective home countries then I don't see any room for criticism of the management of the missionary program. From my perspective, I wouldn't complain even if the safety record were a little worse than what they could expect "at home." Nothing ventured, nothing gained. Foolish rush in where angels fear to tread, but it doesn't say that those fearful angels don't carefully tread where they are needed. One can carefully venture where one shouldn't just rush in.

Salt Lake City, UT

Hey Sasha Pachev...I remember you from Russia! I remember having Elder's Quorum in a little round room with a bunch of old World War 2 artifacts (German and Russian) Ha! Great times!
I'd be fun to catch up after all these years...if only there was some way we could "link up" or become "online face to face friends" or something...I dunno some kind of media that would be social. oh well, can't think of any other way to say hi except desnews comment board :-)

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