Sister missionaries kidnapped and released

Published 12/21 2012 05:31PM

Updated 12/21 2012 05:39PM

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints/
SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 News) -- Authorities for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints say two sister missionaries were kidnapped in Guatemala City, Guatemala.

The two sister missionaries were held for two days before being released by a special police unit today.

One of those sisters is from the US, the other is from Ecuador. Both are expected to be fine.

The following is a statement from Michael Purdy, spokesperson for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints:

“We are grateful for the safe return of two sister missionaries serving in the Guatemala City Central Mission, and we appreciate the concern and diligent efforts of all those involved in securing their release. We pray continually for the well being of our missionaries across the world.

Thankfully, such incidents are very rare. Most realize that these young people have dedicated this portion of their lives to sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ. They do so at their own expense because of a desire to serve others, and are known throughout the world for the goodness of their lives and the message they share.”

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