Woman dies in hiking accident on Latter-day Saints mission in Switzerland


A 20-year-old Utah woman died when she slipped and fell down a “steep incline” while hiking in Switzerland on a Latter-day Saints mission.

Annabelle Nielsen, of Highland, was with five other missionaries Tuesday when the accident happened,  The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints said.

Nielsen had been serving the Alpine German-Speaking Mission, where she’d been assigned since July 2019.

“We express our sincere condolences to her family and loved ones,” spokesman Daniel Woodruff said in a statement.

“We pray they will feel the peace and comfort of our loving Heavenly Father as they deal with this tragedy and honor her life.”

Woodruff said they’re in touch with the missioners who witnessed her death and are “working to provide them with the necessary support as they process what happened.”

Robert Lyman, the first counselor in the Highland Utah Central Stake, said her family was “struggling” in the wake of the fatal accident, but added they were “keeping the faith,” the Deseret News reported.

“Annabelle was a sweet, sweet young girl, just a wonderful young woman,” Lyman said. “We’ve known her almost her whole life. Just fun, fun to be around, very kind and loving, very active.