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Utah Mormon missionary one of many injured in Spain's fatal train accident

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  • Chris B Salt Lake City, UT
    July 25, 2013 1:20 p.m.

    I thought missionaries had to stay with a companion?

  • JP Skillet Salt Lake City, UT
    July 25, 2013 1:45 p.m.

    Chris - they do, unless given permission by their mission president. This Elder was traveling to his assignment from the training center. Good question though. Go Utes!

  • marxist Salt Lake City, UT
    July 25, 2013 1:47 p.m.

    Well thank God he's going to be OK. I couldn't take another missionary death right now.

  • Zoot Suit Charlotte, NC
    July 25, 2013 1:50 p.m.

    Chris B, missionaries can travel alone when going to a new assignment.

  • Arroba Brigham City, UT
    July 25, 2013 1:53 p.m.

    Many times, it's not possible for them to travel with a companion on transfer days, or as with this elder, travelling to his first city.

  • Xbalanque DC, VA
    July 25, 2013 2:25 p.m.

    It's common to not have a companion when traveling to your first area, or on a regular transfer. You travel to where ever you are going and then somebody waits for you at the bus station, or whatever, in your new area and picks you up.

  • crawfordzoo Barstow, CA
    July 25, 2013 6:36 p.m.

    In Europe it is not unusual to travel by yourself on transfer or, as in this case, to your first assignment. I served in Switzerland and did all transfers by myself.

  • Beck to Harline Provo, UT
    July 25, 2013 7:45 p.m.

    Steve is a great guy. Happy to hear he is doing well.

  • ThinksIThink SEATTLE, WA
    July 25, 2013 8:45 p.m.

    Poor guy. Just terrible luck to have been on that train. I'm sure he'll make a quick reocvery and get on with things, but it just shows you how quickly something good can go bad.