Sister Wendy Watson Nelson described the experience Friday during a speech to 3,300 women at the Time Out for Women event in Salt Lake City. The robbery occurred in May at an LDS mission home in Mozambique.
"The four armed robbers had one intention," Sister Nelson said, "to (harm) my husband and to take me hostage."
Sister Nelson described finishing taco salads with Mozambique Maputo Mission President Blair Packard and his wife and two other couples when a stranger came in the door. Sister Nelson said Cindy Packard, the Mormon mission president's wife, identified the situation -- announcing "This is a robbery" to her guests -- and eventually ran outside to shout for help in Portuguese, which only she among the group could speak well. Sister Packard suffered cuts and bruises and a broken arm in the attack.
Sister Nelson said the attempted robbery and abduction was a sobering experience that confirms that "life is a spook alley," but she takes comfort in the scripture that advises the righteous to "fear not what man can do."