A memorial service was held in La Paz Sunday for two missionaries for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints who were slain by terrorists May 24.
Elder Jeffrey Brent Ball, 20, Coalville and Elder Todd Ray Wilson, 20, Wellington, Carbon County, were murdered by automatic weapons fire, the first politically motivated killings of LDS missionaries. The victims are the sons of Alfred Brent Ball and Lois Joyce Bates Ball, and Arvil Gray Wilson and Elaine Bunderson Wilson.Terrorists who claimed responsibility sent a letter to a La Paz newspaper calling the missionaries "Yankee invaders" and attacked "their local slaves."
"Yesterday the missionaries (in Bolivia) did participate in their regular worship services," LDS church spokesman Jerry Cahill said in Salt Lake City on Monday. "They had a memorial service for the missionaries in La Paz.
"The situation is still being evaluated, but the missionaries are safe and in good spirits."
He noted that all LDS missionaries in that country have been instructed to remain in quarters until further notice. "All of the missionaries are secure and accounted for, and the mission president is in regular contact with them."