2 Mormon missionaries OK after attack in Kosovo; suspected assailants arrested

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  • hockiechick Santa Monica, CA
    Nov. 17, 2013 9:47 p.m.

    @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.

  • hockiechick Santa Monica, CA
    Nov. 17, 2013 8:41 p.m.

    @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.

  • DesertBrat60 Indio, CA
    Nov. 17, 2013 9:45 a.m.

    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!

  • Aaron38 Payson, UT
    Nov. 15, 2013 9:52 a.m.

    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 missionaries there?!!!

  • Chris B Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 15, 2013 8:58 a.m.

    Religion of peace?

  • gittalopctbi Glendale, AZ
    Nov. 15, 2013 8:53 a.m.

    @Brother Benjamin Franklin

    "These missionaries were beaten nearly to death."

    Where in the world do you get your information from?

  • UtahBlueDevil Durham, NC
    Nov. 14, 2013 2:55 p.m.

    "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 you have.

  • gmlewis Houston, TX
    Nov. 14, 2013 2:43 p.m.

    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!

  • sharon-0791 Vancouver, 00
    Nov. 14, 2013 12:30 p.m.

    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!

  • RunMom Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 14, 2013 11:49 a.m.

    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 dangerous location.

  • Nora Nell Olympia, WA
    Nov. 14, 2013 11:38 a.m.

    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.

  • suzyk#1 Mount Pleasant, UT
    Nov. 14, 2013 10:44 a.m.

    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.

  • Twin Lights Louisville, KY
    Nov. 14, 2013 8:20 a.m.

    I am just glad they will be okay.

  • morpunkt Glendora, CA
    Nov. 13, 2013 9:15 p.m.

    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 right.

  • Hamath Omaha, NE
    Nov. 13, 2013 8:11 p.m.

    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.

  • patriot Cedar Hills, UT
    Nov. 13, 2013 7:37 p.m.

    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.

  • utah cornhusker NORFOLK, NE
    Nov. 13, 2013 6:10 p.m.

    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.

  • Brother Benjamin Franklin Orem, UT
    Nov. 13, 2013 5:34 p.m.

    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 again.