Kidnapped Mormon sister missionaries freed in Guatemala

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  • TimBehrend Auckland NZ, 00
    Dec. 26, 2012 12:43 a.m.

    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.

  • Henry Vander Veur II WEST VALLEY CITY, UT
    Dec. 24, 2012 6:51 p.m.

    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

  • Guam_Bomb BARRIGADA, GU
    Dec. 23, 2012 5:07 p.m.

    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 women.

  • Anne26 West Jordan, UT
    Dec. 23, 2012 6:33 a.m.

    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.

  • ute alumni paradise, UT
    Dec. 22, 2012 6:16 p.m.

    resonable per....
    I'd say person but you'd be offended to be identified with a male gender word of "son"

  • higv Dietrich, ID
    Dec. 22, 2012 5:49 p.m.

    Only a small percentage of missionaries are sisters. That is why they are identified by Gender wheras men are identified as Elders.

  • Reasonable Person Layton, UT
    Dec. 22, 2012 2:32 p.m.

    When do we start mentioning "brother missionaries".

    These women are full-fledged missionaries. Quit defining only them by their gender.

  • suzyk#1 Mount Pleasant, UT
    Dec. 22, 2012 1:31 p.m.

    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.

  • OCoug Ogden, UT
    Dec. 22, 2012 7:33 a.m.

    Great news, nice to hear a happy ending.

  • fowersjl Farmington, Utah
    Dec. 22, 2012 6:14 a.m.

    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 rescued.

  • AllBlack Sydney, 00
    Dec. 21, 2012 6:18 p.m.

    "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?