Mormon missionary Mason Wells, 19, is a living “blessing from God” and perhaps a little bit of a magnet for terror.
The young American who was previously impacted by terror attacks in Paris and Boston was injured in the bombing at the Brussels airport along with two other Mormon missionaries in Belgium on Tuesday and his parents believe it’s a “blessing from God” why he is alive today.
“He shared with us that he was extremely close to the blast where he was burned by it,” Mason’s father, Chad Wells told ABC News. “It’s a blessing from God he’s alive.”
Mason, said Chad, suffered a ruptured Achilles tendon, shrapnel injures, as well as second- and third-degree burns on his face and hands after the bombing but managed to stay “calm and composed” in the aftermath of the attack that claimed the lives of 31 people, three suicide bombers and injured about 300 others.
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During the Boston Marathon bombing, Mason was with his father waiting for his mother Kymberly a block away from the finish line, where the bombing took place.
“It had shaken their bodies and he (her husband) had taken Mason to our hotel and said to stay there,” Kymberly Wells recalled. “Mason was very calm and composed.”
“Mason has always assured us that he is safe and careful,” Kymberly said. “I told him first and foremost always be aware of your surroundings, please be very careful when you’re traveling be very observant to people around you.”
Chad says his son is expected to make a full recovery and noted that Mason is a “strong kid.”
“I think the Boston experience helped him to stay calm,” Chad Well said.
A Mormon official told him that Mason, “despite being on the ground and bleeding actually had a sense of humor and remained calm through the situation. That’s our Mason.”
And despite his injuries Mason is looking forward to joining the U.S. Naval Academy despite his injuries.
“The way we get back on our feet after something like this happens is a true test of character,” said Chad. “He was blessed significantly by God. We see a blessing by this, not a terrible curse.”
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Your mom is in my prayers! I’m going to a cool church tomorrow! Brain cancer my son’s dad died from this
I enjoyed the stories that you posted, and I love the name of your blog, but I admit I am surprised at including the one about the Mormon Missionary. I’m glad that this young man is ok and survived the terror attack, please don’t get me wrong about that, but you have stories all about Christianity. Despite the name of the Mormon Church “Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter Day Saints” it is not a Christian religion. It certainly is your right to post any stories that touch your heart, but my concern would be that since the name “mustard seed” is a Biblical reference that people who are new believers will mistake L.D.S. as a viable Christian option and it is not.
In College I learned a bit about about L.D.S. and Joseph Smith and the golden plates he found. He believed that JESUS came over here to North America and that is how the golden plates happened to get here. It appeared that Joseph Smith really just wanted a reason to commit polygamy. The religion is usually called “Mormon” rather than L.D.S. due to the Book of Mormon. Anyone who has ever gone to Sunday School or read a Bible knows that there is no Book of Mormon in either the Old Testament or New Testament. My cousin married a girl who was an L.D.S. member and after about 20 yrs they left the Church after they found out a lot of things about the religion that I understand from him are not well publicized by the L.D.S. Church. Probably b/c more people would leave if they knew the truth.
I know that they are usually very devout and I think it’s a great idea that their young people have to spend a mandatory time in missions, but that still does not legitimize a religion. Muslims who practice Islam are told to pray 5 x/day and they are not supposed to drink alcohol. They may actually pray more times a day than many Christians and Jews but they are allowed to practice polygamy and they are allowed to marry young girls (Mohammed’s one wife was either 12 or 14 and he was old enough to be her grandfather) against their will. Women have no part in the Quran, whereas both the Old Testament and New Testament have women playing important roles. Islam is extremely anti-women. I lived across the street from an Arab family of Muslims for 22 years. I saw the daughter be disenrolled from High School at 16 y.o. and sent to their country of origin to marry a man that she had never met. While the other girls in the neighborhood were going to College or even starting a career, she was having her first baby at 17 and the next one less than 2 years later. She was not allowed to learn how to drive and her husband was physically abusive and she was stuck in a horrible situation. She was not permitted by her parents to move back home, she had no High School diploma and no job skills. Of course we can not judge a whole religion by one family; but there is more that happened with the other sister too and I was told that these are common occurrances in this religion. I could go on but I am just using Islam to make a comparison. I do appreciate the article about Mason and it beautiful to see how GOD works in a situation such as a terror attack, but I am concerned that having the article appear in your blog could be misleading to people who haven’t spent enough time in the WORD to know that L.D.S. is not a Christian religion and not a viable option if people are seeking a Church to be a part of where they can learn about, and get closer to CHRIST. Please do not take this comment in a spirit that it was not meant to convey. In Matthew 22:36-40 after one of the disciples asked JESUS which is the greatest commandment, HE first tells them to love the Lord thy GOD with all their heart and all their soul and all their mind;
39 And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. 40 On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets. Who is our neighbor?? Our neighbor is whoever we work with, live near, even stand next to in line at the store. We are to love them as ourselves regardless of who they are, who they love (homosexual or not) regardless of what they believe, what religion they practice, or the color of their skin. We are to love them and pray for them and that is the only way that we will ever touch their heart so that they can find the love of JESUS.