Elder Sister Nelson

Photo Tom Smart Deseret Morning News

The Deseret News is reporting that Elder Russell M. Nelson and his wife Sister Wendy Nelson, and possibly other LDS Church leaders were robbed in Mozambique:

Elder Russell M. Nelson of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ Quorum of the Twelve and his wife, Wendy, were among church leaders robbed by armed assailants Friday evening in the Mozambique Maputo Mission home.

On a church assignment in Mozambique, Elder and Sister Nelson were having dinner with Elder William W. Parmley of the Quorums of the Seventy and the church’s Africa Southeast Presidency and his wife, Shanna Lee, and with mission President Blair J. Packard and his wife, Precinda, said LDS Church spokesman Scott Trotter.

“We don’t have complete information yet, but we understand Sister Packard’s arm was broken,” said Trotter. “In addition, she and others suffered some superficial injuries, mainly cuts and bruises.”

Elder and Sister Nelson will continue their assignment over the weekend as planned, he added.

Local authorities are investigating the matter.

The LDS Church was legally recognized in Mozambique, a southeastern Africa nation, in 1996, with the first branch created in the capital city of Maputo. Missionaries arrived in 1999.

The Mozambique Maputo Mission was created on Jan. 1, 2005, the church’s 339th mission.

The Salt Lake Tribune reports a similar story:

A group of armed robbers attacked LDS Church Apostle Russell M. Nelson, his wife and four other people during a dinner in a Mozambique home Friday evening.

Nelson, 84, a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, was visiting Maputo, Mozambique for a church assignment when the assault happened, said LDS Church spokesman Scott Trotter.
Nelson and his wife Wendy were dining at the home of Mozambique Maputo Mission president Blair Packard, along with Elder William and Shanna Parmley of the Africa Southeast Area Presidency, Trotter said.
Robbers entered the home and assaulted the group. Trotter said Packard’s wife Cindy suffered a broken arm during the attack.
Detailed information about others injured was not available Saturday, but Trotter said others “suffered some superficial injuries, mainly cuts and bruises.”
He said it’s not clear what was taken from the home during the robbery. Maputo police are investigating the incident.
Nelson and his wife will “continue their assignment over the weekend as planned,” Trotter said.
Nelson was ordained as an apostle in 1984. He has a bachelor of arts and medical degrees from the University of Utah and also graduated with a Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota. He is an accomplished surgeon and medical researcher, according to http://www.lds.org.
Nelson’s wife, Wendy Watson, was a professor of marriage and family therapy at Brigham Young University before she retired in 2006. She has authored several books, according to http://www.lds.org. The couple married in 2006.

A group of armed robbers attacked LDS Church Apostle Russell M. Nelson, his wife and four other people during a dinner in a Mozambique home Friday evening.

Nelson, 84, a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, was visiting Maputo, Mozambique for a church assignment when the assault happened, said LDS Church spokesman Scott Trotter.

Nelson and his wife Wendy were dining at the home of Mozambique Maputo Mission president Blair Packard, along with Elder William and Shanna Parmley of the Africa Southeast Area Presidency, Trotter said.

Robbers entered the home and assaulted the group. Trotter said Packard’s wife Cindy suffered a broken arm during the attack.

Detailed information about others injured was not available Saturday, but Trotter said others “suffered some superficial injuries, mainly cuts and bruises.”

He said it’s not clear what was taken from the home during the robbery. Maputo police are investigating the incident.

Nelson and his wife will “continue their assignment over the weekend as planned,” Trotter said.

Nelson was ordained as an apostle in 1984. He has a bachelor of arts and medical degrees from the University of Utah and also graduated with a Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota. He is an accomplished surgeon and medical researcher, according to http://www.lds.org.

Nelson’s wife, Wendy Watson, was a professor of marriage and family therapy at Brigham Young University before she retired in 2006. She has authored several books, according to http://www.lds.org. The couple married in 2006.

Kevin Barney over at BCC has also posted the news account.

KLS’s report is here.

Mormonism Unveiled has an informative post as well, with some links.