Four missionaries serving in the France Paris Mission of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints were seriously injured in the explosions at the Brussels airport this morning.
Following the announcement of the news, many people expressed their support and prayers on social media for Elder Richard Norby, 66, of Lehi Utah; Elder Joseph Dresden Empey, 20, of Santa Clara, Utah; Elder Mason Wells, 19, of Sandy, Utah; and Sister Fanny Rachel Clain, 20, of Montlimar, France.
Utah Governor Gary Herbert issued a statement about the explosion and shared it on his Twitter.
“It is not uncommon for innocent victims to be targeted in these terrorist attacks, but seldom do we see people of faith who have forsaken everything — family, friends, school and careers — in order to share a message of hope and love with the world also fall victim,” Herbert said in the statement. "To the Norby, Empey and Wells families, please know that the state of Utah is united in prayer at this time for the health and well-being of your missionaries."
Bryce Harper, a professional baseball player for the Washington Nationals, expressed his support for the people in Brussels and the missionaries on Twitter.
Jackson Emery, a former BYU basketball player and graduate of Lone Peak High School where Elder Wells also graduated, shared his support for the missionaries and their families on Facebook.
Prayers with the missionaries and their families.
Guy Holliday, the wide receivers coach at University of Utah, encouraged people to pray for the people in Brussels and the missionaries through a post on Twitter.
Set aside our differences i.e. Church & University affiliations & Pray 4 those injured & killed in Brussels Including 3 LDS UT Missionaries— Coach Guy Holliday (@eagle88me) March 22, 2016
Ally Condie, an LDS author, said her thoughts and prayers are with the people in Brussels and the missionaries on Twitter.
My heart is broken for Brussels. Thoughts and prayers to all those injured and affected and to the Mormon missionaries who were hurt.— Ally Condie (@allycondie) March 22, 2016
To our St George and Santa Clara friends we are praying for Joseph Empey and all of his family. God bless and be with you. We love you the Badger family
Ian Siedow posted on Twitter saying one of the missionaries who is injured is one of his brother’s former missionary companions.
Lisa Steele Chriss said on Facebook that Elder Norby, was one of her favorite seminary teachers.
A beautiful man and one of my favorite seminary teachers, Richard Norby, was injured along with other missionaries in...
Erin Peterson Ropelato shared on Facebook that Elder Norby was also one of her seminary teachers.
Brother Norby was my seminary teacher at Tooele High! Prayers for him, his wife and his family and everyone involved during this difficult time.
Michelle Dilworth Moore said Elder Norby served on the high council with her dad on Facebook.
Praying and deeply concerned for my friend Elder Richard Norby who was seriously injured in the attacks in Brussels. He...
Jeremy Guthrie, a former Major League Baseball player, posted on Twitter saying his thoughts and prayers are with Brussels and the LDS missionaries.
Thoughts and prayers for all the victims & people in Brussels. Especially mindful of the LDS missionaries who were injured while serving.— Jeremy Guthrie (@TheRealJGuts) March 22, 2016
This story will be updated throughout the day.
Lindsey Williams writes for the the Faith and Family sections of DeseretNews.com