With 10 deaths so far this year, are Mormon missionaries safe?

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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

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

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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?