For many, the idea of living through a terrorist attack seems anything but helpful. But for Elder Mason Wells, 19, his experiences may have made a big difference as he faced yesterday’s horrific bombings in Brussels.
During the Boston Marathon Bombing of 2013, Wells and his father had been a block away from the finish line where the bombs detonated, killing three people and seriously wounding over 280 others. He was also serving his mission in France during the November 2015 attacks that killed 130. Chad and Kymberly Wells, Elder Wells’ parents, spoke to ABC News on how they believe the experiences may have actually prepared their son.
“I think the Boston experience helped him to stay calm,” Chad said. Elder Wells was basically at “ground zero” during the attacks and suffered a ruptured Achilles tendon, shrapnel injuries, and second- and third-degree burns to his face and hands. His parents also said they were told by the Church officials who contacted them that they said Mason had a sense of humor and remained calm as he lay on the ground bleeding. It is optimistic he will make a full recovery.
Even though this is now the third terrorist experience for Elder Wells, the family does not see it as a dangerous pattern in their lives.
“This is the third time that sadly in our society that we have a connection to a bomb blast,” they said. “The way we get back on our feet after something like this happens is a true test of character. He was blessed significantly by God. We see a blessing by this, not a curse.”