All LDS missionaries serving in Paris are safe and accounted for.
There are strict guidelines for missionaries to ensure their safety. The church takes extra precaution to make sure missionaries are trained for any situation.
After the terrorist attacks in Paris, mission president Elder Babin over the France, Paris mission says all missionaries in Paris are safe. His Facebook post said, “We are and we will stay vigilant to assure safety to all our children.”
What precautions are taken to keep these young men and women out of harm’s way?
“One of the main things they tell us is to have your companion with you at all times,” said Cooper Peterson who served in the Guatemala, Quetzaltnegao Mission.
Peterson says anything can happen.
“Robbers would come on the bus and hold people at gunpoint. A lot of the time we would carry five dollars with us or whatever so we could give them the least amount of money,” he said.
There are strict guidelines for each mission to deal with any circumstance or natural disaster
“An earthquake happened in the morning and within 10 minutes our leaders were calling to make sure everyone was OK,” Peterson said.
Taylor Smiddy is preparing to serve her mission in London, the close proximity to the Paris attacks worries her family.
“She had some friends over and they were saying things that were scaring my mom, which made me scared but I know that I’ll be safe,” Smiddy said.
Babin says all missionaries in Paris were home by their 9:30 p.m. curfew which kept them away from the attacks.
Nearyly 12 BYU-Idaho students and faculty were scheduled to return to Paris on Monday morning but have been delayed in Barcelona due to border closures after the attacks. Efforts are being taken to reroute the study abroad from Spain to Salt Lake City.