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Updates on Mormon Missionaries Injured in Belgium Explosion

Sister Fanny Clain briefly reunites with Mason Wells and Dresden Empey

UPDATE: (June 2, 2016, at 1:30 p.m. MDT)

On Friday, May 27, Sister Fanny Clain was briefly reunited with Mason Wells and Dresden Empey. Their 20-minute reunion at the Provo Missionary Training Center was the first time they had seen one another since the morning of March 22, when the bombing occurred in the Brussels airport.

All three missionaries shared their joy at being together again and compared details about their injuries, treatment and recovery. Sister Clain had previously visited Richard Norby in his hospital room at the University of Utah Medical Center. Sister Clain departed the Missionary Training Center on Tuesday, May 31, for her assignment as a full-time missionary in Ohio.

UPDATE: (May 26, 2016, at 4:30 p.m. MDT)

The family of Richard Norby and his wife, Pam, provided the following update Thursday on his condition and progress:

UPDATE: (May 2, 2016, at 5 p.m. MDT)

The family of Richard Norby and his wife, Pam, provided the following update Monday on his condition and progress:

UPDATE: (April 16, 2016, at 7:50 p.m. MDT)

The family of Elder Richard Norby provided the following update Saturday on his condition and progress:

UPDATE: (April 8, 2016, at 10:00 a.m. MDT)

The family of Elder Richard Norby provided the following update Friday on his condition and progress:

UPDATE: (March 31, 2016, at 7:00 p.m. MDT)

The University of Utah Hospital held a press conference Thursday, March 31, 2016, with the families of former Mormon missionaries Joseph Empey and Mason Wells, alongside their doctors, to provide an update on their condition and recovery. 

The following statement was also provided by the University of Utah Hospital:

UPDATE (March 29, 2016, at 2:55 p.m. MDT)

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.”  

UPDATE (March 25, 2016, at 8:30 a.m. MDT)

Sister Fanny Rachel Clain's father, Thierry Clain, provided the following update (listed below in English and French) on her condition:

UPDATE (March 24, 2016, at 8:45 p.m. MDT)

Watch a statement from Church spokesman Eric Hawkins (speaking from Belgium) about how the Church is helping reunite injured missionaries in Brussels with their loved ones.

Downloadable remote interview with Church spokesman in Brussels



UPDATE (March 23, 2016, at 10:00 a.m. MDT)

In response to the high volume of media requests, the Church is providing statements from the families of three of the missionaries affected by the explosions Tuesday in Belgium.

Wells Family Statement:

Empey Family Statement:

Norby Family Statement:

UPDATE (March 22, 2016, at 4:57 p.m. MDT)

Watch an online interview with President Frederic J. Babin of the France Paris Mission regarding missionaries injured in the Brussels airport attack:

Downloadable online interview of France Paris Mission President regarding injured missionaries

UPDATE (March 22, 2016, at 12:00 p.m. MDT)

The Church has learned that the fourth missionary, Sister Fanny Rachel Clain, has also been hospitalized with minor injuries. As reported previously, she was with the three other missionaries who were injured, but had left them and passed through airport security when the explosion occurred. The Church will provide more information as we are able. (Contrary to this information provided shortly after the attacks, it is our understanding now that Sister Clain had not passed through security and was standing with the other missionaries at the time of the explosion. She also sustained substantial injuries.)

(March 22, 2016, at 8:00 a.m. MDT)  

Three Mormon missionaries serving in the Paris, France mission were seriously injured in Tuesday's explosion at the Brussels airport, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints reported this morning.

The three had been accompanying a fourth missionary who was on her way to a mission assignment in Ohio, and who had already passed through airport security.

While detailed, accurate information is difficult to obtain because of limited communications in Brussels, mission president Frederic J. Babin has reported that three of the missionaries were in the proximity of the explosion when it occurred and have been hospitalized.

The injured missionaries, whose families have been notified, are:

    Elder Richard Norby (66) of Lehi, Utah.

    Elder Joseph Empey (20) of Santa Clara, Utah.

    Elder Mason Wells (19) of Sandy, Utah.

The missionaries were taking Sister Fanny Rachel Clain (20) of Montélimar, France, to the airport. 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:

Notice to media:  Because of difficulty in communications in Brussels, media are asked not to call the mission office and occupy phone lines. Information and updates will be posted on Mormon Newsroom as they become available.

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