Missionaries learning Thai at the Missionary Training Center of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Provo Tuesday June 18, 2013. Aaron Proctor, their teacher, at right. Photo by Trent Nelson | The Salt Lake Tribune
SALT LAKE CITY (RNS) Ten Mormon missionaries have died so far in 2013, far above typical levels. And while church officials insist the spike doesn’t represent a trend, it has raised anew the question: Is missionary work safe?