Mormon missionaries kidnapped in Russia 15 years ago reunite to tell faith-filled story

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  • Teraisa Reno, NV
    Dec. 8, 2017 10:39 p.m.

    It’s fantastic they made a movie—it led me to learn more and to thank God for daily blessings. It’s good to hear they are thriving. ~Teraisa

  • Ghost Writer GILBERT, AZ
    Nov. 2, 2012 10:16 p.m.

    In 1998 we adopted a 7-year-old girl from Russia. Travis came to our ward on a regular basis, taught Anna the discussions in Russian and sat with her in primary. A great young man who used his experiences to bless our family.

  • ash5mass us, TN
    Oct. 31, 2012 11:59 p.m.

    That is so scary!!! My husband Was an lds Missionary in Russia in 1998. Very Scary. im glad it worked out for them!

  • ulvegaard Medical Lake, Washington
    Aug. 18, 2012 8:43 a.m.

    This story is evidence that how we perceive life and our trials in it - are our choice. We live in a world of 'victims' where so many feel deprived or at odds against the world. Much of this accounts for the ever increasing number of litigation where people are trying to seek monetary justice and compensation for their woes.

    These two elders faced a nightmare and turned it to their own good and in turn, they have given others renewed strength to face their own assaults in life. Someone once said - Two men looked out through the self same bars. One saw the mud; the other the stars.

  • kargirl Sacramento, CA
    Aug. 17, 2012 4:34 p.m.

    Wow--now that would be the story that would keep people from falling asleep at Sacrament Meeting! I understand how the one Elder could feel it was one of the best experiences of his life. Some of mine weren't what others would have understood as "best experiences", either. These brethren are heroes in the best sense of the word--they drank of the bitter cup and did what was required, in the truest spirit of their Heavenly Father. Rock on!

  • rlsintx Plano, TX
    Aug. 17, 2012 10:01 a.m.

    Their mission president, Cordell Wold was my neighbor for a while in Aberdeen, ID around 1970 - and a really great man. Quite a life experience these guys had...

  • Boise Bill Meridian, ID
    Aug. 17, 2012 8:14 a.m.

    Propst actually lives in Boise and Tuttle lives in AZ.

  • Monk Pleasant Grove, UT
    Aug. 17, 2012 7:37 a.m.

    I was a missionary in Russia at this time (in a different mission) and it was national news. A lot of people asked us about it. When I first heard the new, I wasn't surprised, but it didn't scare me either. We just kept doing what we were supposed to do. Russia was a hard and desperate place in the 1990s. But, we were trying to do something good and simply serve those people, any way we could.

    I'm happy these two survived and kept a helpful perspective on it.

  • RG Buena Vista, VA
    Aug. 17, 2012 5:50 a.m.

    I hope the one kidnapper, who was inactive LDS, was excommunicated over this issue. Kidnapping is generally something frowned upon in our church.

  • Orem Parent Orem, UT
    Aug. 17, 2012 3:23 a.m.

    Glad it all turned out o.k. but I'm not sure making a movie about it is the best idea. Seems that movies like this just plant ideas in the heads of the whackos out there. I think it would be better to give your thanks to Heavenly Father for making it out alive and let the whole issue fade into a distant memory.