Two of the four missionaries badly injured in the Brussels bombings last week are back in the United States and will be released from missionary service, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints said today.
The pair — Elder Mason Wells and Elder Joseph Empey, both from Utah — have returned to the United States and are receiving medical care at a Utah hospital.
Through Church spokeswoman Kristen Howey, the families of the missionaries expressed their profound gratitude for the concern and prayers offered by many during the past week.
The other two injured missionaries, Elder Richard Norby and Sister Fanny Clain, continue to receive medical attention in hospitals in Brussels. Elder Norby will be transported to the U.S. for additional care to serious injuries and will also be released from missionary service in the near future. Sister Clain, who was less seriously injured, is expected to resume missionary service in the United States when she is fit enough to do so.
Elder Brent H. Nielson, executive director of the Church’s Missionary Department, expressed “love and gratitude” to each missionary and their families. “These missionaries and their loved ones have all been through a traumatic experience. They have each borne it with faith and fortitude. We are proud of all of them.”
KSL, a local news organization in Utah, also shared this photo and video of Elder Joseph Empey when he was reunited with his parents in Brussels.
A happy update this morning: The parents of Elder Joseph Empey posted this video of him, up and walking around the hospital this morning.Elder Empey is one of four missionaries from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints injured in the Brussels terrorist attacks.Video courtesy: Court Empey
Posted by KSL Today on Monday, March 28, 2016
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