LDS mission president from Orem recovering after being shot in Mexico

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President Madsen and his wife, Diane, began their service in the in July of 2014. Photo courtesy of the LDS Church.
President Madsen and his wife, Diane, began their service in the Oaxaca Mexico Mission in July of 2014. Photo courtesy of the LDS Church.

A man from Orem presiding over the LDS Oaxaca Mexico Mission was shot during a sandwich shop robbery in Juchitan of Zaragoza on Tuesday, Sept. 8 at 6:00 p.m.

55-year-old President Lynn Richard Madsen is currently in recovery, and Church officials say he is expected to make a full recovery.

Mexican news outlet PaGina3 reported that Madsen was accompanied by three other male missionaries when two young men between ages 16 and 18 arrived at the restaurant on a motorcycle taxi. One of the young men entered with a gun in hand and began going through bags of customers and employees.

When Madsen resisted, the young man shot him in the legs.

“The bullet went through both calves, leaving four bullet holes. I talked to him today, and he is doing just fine,” Madsen’s daughter Kayla Madsen Jarrett posted on her Facebook page.

LDS Church Public Affairs wrote, “Fortunately his wounds are not serious in nature. He is receiving medical treatment and is expected to make a full recovery.”

Mexican officials reported that the assailants escaped and their whereabouts are currently unknown. The amount stolen is also unknown.

President Madsen and his wife, Diane Mathis Madsen, began their service in Mexico in July 2014. According to KSL, prior to their service in Mexico, Madsen and his wife lived in Orem and owned LDM Enterprises Broadcast Consulting.

“Thank you all for your prayers and concern,” Jarrett wrote on her Facebook page. “Just to be clear, my parents are doing just fine. No need to panic or worry. We know the Lord is watching over him right now, and we are all very thankful that this incident wasn’t worse … Even while in pain, he has such a positive attitude, and just wants to be back on his feet continuing the work in Mexico.”

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