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Lone Peak High graduate, Lehi resident injured in Brussels bombings during missionary service

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Elder Mason Wells is one of three missionaries who were seriously injured in the explosion at the Brussels airport Tuesday morning. He is serving an LDS mission in Paris, France. (Photo courtesy Kymberly Snowden Wells)

Elder Mason Wells is one of three missionaries who were seriously injured in the explosion at the Brussels airport Tuesday morning. He is serving an LDS mission in Paris, France. (Photo courtesy Kymberly Snowden Wells)

Elder Mason Wells (19), a 2014 graduate of Lone Peak High School, and Elder Richard Norby (66) of Lehi, Utah were among three LDS missionaries injured during the terror attacks at the Brussels airport this morning.

The attacks, which occurred at approximately 2 a.m. local time, also injured Elder Joseph Empey (20) of Santa Clara, Utah.

“I just talked to him,” Kymberly Snowden Wells, Mason’s mom, told us. “Mason said his Achilles tendon was ruptured, he has burns on right hand and side of head, and says they aren’t too bad. He said he wanted us to know he was blessed because he was right next to the bomb. He sounded tired.”

“Mason said his Achilles tendon was ruptured, he has burns on right hand and side of head, and says they aren’t too bad. He said he wanted us to know he was blessed because he was right next to the bomb.” —Kymberly Snowden Wells, injured missionary’s mom

The three had been accompanying a fourth missionary, Sister Fanny Rachel Clain (20) of Montélimar, France, who was on her way to a mission assignment in Ohio, and who had already passed through airport security. However, the LDS Church learned at 12 p.m. MDT that Sister Clain was also hospitalized with minor injuries.

Sister Clain had been serving in that mission while awaiting a permanent visa for the United States.

All missionaries in the France Paris Mission have been asked to remain in their apartments.

The First Presidency of the Church promptly issued a statement this morning in response to the bombings:

“With much of the world, we awoke this morning to the heartbreaking news of the bombings in Belgium. Our prayers are with the families of the deceased and injured, including three of our missionaries who were injured and hospitalized. We also pray for the people of Belgium and France as they continue to deal with the uncertainty and devastation caused by the recent terrorist attacks.”

Updated at 12:30 p.m. to include new information on Sister Clain.

Updated at 1:15 p.m. to include more information on Elder Wells’ injuries from Kymberly Wells.

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2 Responses to "Lone Peak High graduate, Lehi resident injured in Brussels bombings during missionary service"

  1. IlaMae Stucki says:

    This is such a tragedy, however, if we think back to the time of Joseph Smith…evil people took the life of the prophet on American soil then. There are even more evil people now and we are so blessed to at least have our missionaries survive without life threatening injuries.. The angels do minister among us!

  2. Robin Anderson says:

    I am heartbroken to hear this. I know the Wells’ family personally. I lived in the same neighborhood as them, I played with those kids, all the kids in the neighborhood got together and spent HOURS outside. Kym is amazing. She made sure I never felt left out of anything where she could help. If there was an activity, she went out of her way to make me feel welcome. My heart goes out to her and the whole Wells’ family. God bless them. And God bless Mason as he begins to heal from the injuries caused by the bomb. You are all in my thoughts today.

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