Sister missionary dies in N.Y. car accident


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    Sept. 6, 2011 6:23 p.m.

    Thank you Vanessa and Natalie for your love, mission, and help. I send your families love and know God will comfort you.

  • Sister Bentley Olive branch, MS
    Sept. 6, 2011 2:27 p.m.

    I love Vanessa so much and I know she is a very choice spirit! She has always been a great example of Obedience to me. She was always positive and always made my day! I Cant imagine how my Aunt and Uncle and my cousin's are handling this, but I know the spirit has given me so much peace and comfort and I hope he is doing the same for them, They are always in my prayers.

  • Sister Bentley Olive branch, MS
    Sept. 6, 2011 2:00 p.m.

    I am a missionary serving in the Arkansas Little Rock mission. I am currently serving in Olive Branch Mississippi. Vanessa is my double cousin. I was the last one to see her in my family when we were in the MTC together for 2 weeks! I really treasure those last times I had with her, even though I didn't know they would be the last in this mortal life. I am blessed to have been there with her and to share that great experience as missionaries. I saw how concerned she was for the people we were teaching in the MTC and how she wanted to come up with the best lesson plan for her investigator and I was amazed at her time and energy she put into everything she did in the MTC. She was truly a great example to me! I have so many great memories of her and me growing up together, I will always remember her wonderful laugh, and how we would laugh for hours together and stay up for hours just talking to each other. I will miss her so much, but because of the atonement of Jesus I know I will see her again.

  • Silent Observer SLC, UT
    Sept. 3, 2011 8:52 p.m.

    What a tragedy. My heart goes out to all involved.

  • Honor Code Denver, Colorado
    Sept. 3, 2011 12:29 a.m.

    Condolences!!! Always sad to see a young life taken, but we know she's doing the Lord's work on the other side!!

  • friedeggonAZstreets Glendale, AZ
    Sept. 2, 2011 10:12 p.m.

    "We just have to assume that Heavenly Father was in charge of this last transfer."

    My heart and prayers go out to this family and those Sister missionaries who worked along side this sister. Regarding the last line (quote above) of this article.... I believe He was in charge and I got chills and tears in my eyes when I read it.

  • hubbardesquire Alabaster, Alabama
    Sept. 2, 2011 9:24 p.m.

    Having lost my oldest niece when she was just barely 18, in a car accident, I know a little bit about the overwhelming waves of grief, despair, and heartache that will envelop the family members and friends of Sister Bentley and Sister Love.

    About all that one can do is to hold on tight to the promises of God, our Heavenly Father. Sometimes the grief and pain will seem beyond what you can bear but, from my own experience, I know that if we will call and wait upon the Lord that He will answer.

    I pray our Heavenly Father's blessings upon all of you, dear ones. I am a convert to the Church. I know that I would not have the blessings of the Restored Gospel without the full-time missionaries and their families who have sent them to the mission field.

    My prayers and thoughts will be with all of you.

  • wmaadams DRAPER, UT
    Sept. 2, 2011 5:54 p.m.

    Vanessa was our daughter Kasse's roomate and a good friend to our son at BYU. It was clear that she was a very special woman of faith. We loved having Vanessa in our home and words do not do justice to the loss and pain that her family and Sister Love are experiencing. My heart and prayers go out to her family, Sister Love and our children. They lost lost a friend, sister, daughter and companion. Kasse is serving a mission in Arizona and I know she is grieving as well as praying for Vanessa and her family. I am thankful to my Father in Heaven and the Lord Jesus Christ for the sustaining Spirit for all that are grieving at this time. May God Bless and Keep You! With respect and love, bill adams

  • patriot Cedar Hills, UT
    Sept. 2, 2011 12:18 p.m.

    Accidents happen and you can't predict or prevent them. Very sad for the family and very difficult to send your precious daughter off to serve and then have this happen. Can't imagine the pain the family is going through.

  • juliest OREM, UT
    Sept. 1, 2011 11:02 p.m.

    I am a missionary mom and the mother of five. I have felt so bad about the passing of Sister Bentley and the pain Sister Love is also going through. I offer my heartfelt condolences to Sister Bentley's family and friends. I hope you will feel the love of our Savior and the prayers that are being offered in your behalf :) We will continue to pray for you and Sister Love and her family as well!

  • Vanka Provo, UT
    Sept. 1, 2011 9:42 p.m.

    To the family and friends of this devoted young woman, I express my heartfelt sorrow for your loss.

  • tomtwin RIVERTON, UT
    Sept. 1, 2011 9:14 p.m.

    The Bentley family is special, this I know having grown up with them in the Millcreek 12th Ward. They are GOOD PEOPLE and I pray the arms of the Lord will enfold them that they may feel his love in this trying time. The Lord Bless You and Keep You.

  • milojthatch Sandy, UT
    Sept. 1, 2011 4:38 p.m.

    So tragic! My pryers go out to this sister's family. But, if she was the missionary everyone says she was, I know she is in a better situation right now then any of us. So, the main grieving is really for her family and friends. God bless them in this time of trial.

  • Amalia ITHACA, NY
    Sept. 1, 2011 3:53 p.m.

    My thoughts and prayer to Sister Bentley's family. I will miss her!

  • GoldieZ Eureka, UT
    Sept. 1, 2011 2:23 p.m.

    God be with you till we meet again.

  • Okieland Norman, Ok
    Sept. 1, 2011 2:19 p.m.

    My love and condolences to Sister Bentley's family, her friends, and her dear companion who is surely living a gut-wrenching nightmare. An extra measure of compassion must be poured out upon Sister Love, who certainly never intended for this to happen when she made that left turn. Sister Bentley died in the service of her fellow-man and God. No greater love has anyone than this. Good work Sister Bentley, time for a new calling.

  • V. Burnett WINTHROP, NY
    Sept. 1, 2011 2:18 p.m.

    Many of us here in the Potsdam, NY District feel blessed by the service of Sister Bentley and grieve her loss. The Lord sends us the very best missionaries up here and we love all of them dearly - to lose one of them like this is devastating. Our prayers are with her family and companion at this time.

  • Supermom6kids King City, CA
    Sept. 1, 2011 1:57 p.m.

    I am sitting here with tears streaming down my face, I am so sad for everyone's loss. I have a missionary currently serving and it breaks my heart whenever I hear anything like this. I pray that her family, and her companion, and others who are hurting right now will be comforted. I also pray for faith for us all to believe that Heavenly Father is aware of each of us, even though we don't understand why things happen. My prayers and sympathy go out to all her friends and family.

  • Sarah B SLC, UT
    Sept. 1, 2011 1:48 p.m.

    I read a very profound thought the other day and I think it really applies here. "If you do what you know in your heart is right, everything else will work out okay." She was doing what she knew was right and everything really will be okay. I pray the pain will fully heal and her loved ones will be able to rejoice at the thought of their glorious reunion.

  • FredEx Salt Lake, Ut
    Sept. 1, 2011 12:16 p.m.

    How very sad.

    My missionary comes home today. This story makes me so grateful for the service these young faithful people give. Even more grateful that my son will be home in a few hours. It's little solace to the grieving family, but they can be assured their daughter was doing what she should have been doing, and that's really what any parent hopes for.

  • MoJules Florissant, MO
    Sept. 1, 2011 11:27 a.m.

    My heart goes out to this family and friends, I hope that the spirit will comfort them and that they will find peace knowing that this young woman is doing a great work and is happy. I have no doubt that she would want her family to be happy. I have not lost a child to physical death, but I have lost one to spiritual death and I know so well the heart ache of going through that and with time the teachings of the spirit. I had to find the positives to dwell on, so that my heart would not hurt every day.

  • Julianne North Salt Lake, UT
    Sept. 1, 2011 9:53 a.m.

    What a sad story but the good upcome is that she is with our Heavenly Father and is doing his work on the other side of the veil. To the family: You will see her again and it will be ajoiceing time. My condolence go out to you and that our Heavenly Father will bless you and your family until you see her again.

  • Dadof8 Pleasant Grove, UT
    Sept. 1, 2011 9:50 a.m.

    My son served in the same mission and had the privilege of meeting Sis. Bentley as she entered the field in NY. She made a great impression in that first month of her mission while he was there. Having a sense of how Pres. Bulloch felt about his missionaries I can imagine the anguish he feels. My thoughts and prayers are with Sis. Bentley's family and friends, and also with Pres. and Sis. Bulloch and the missionaries in the Utica Mission.

  • sitichon PROVIDENCE, UT
    Sept. 1, 2011 9:02 a.m.

    My daughter's best friend. Absolutely a wonderful girl from a wonderful family. My daughter just returned from her mission and was waiting for Vanessa. As BretS mentioned, her hurt was just overwhelming. The next morning in scripture study we happen to be at Alma40 which speaks of the resurrection. We could barely finish it through the tears. But I'm so happy to have been able to know Vanessa and have her often in our home. No matter how bad a circumstance was, Vanessa brightened the situation.

  • bobosmom small town, Nebraska
    Sept. 1, 2011 9:01 a.m.

    Our prayers are with her family. May the Lord bless everyone involved. She must have been a really choice spirit. I hope she teaches the gospel to my family that havent had the opportunity to hear it in this life.

  • ldsinny ROME, NY
    Sept. 1, 2011 8:41 a.m.

    This sister served in the mission that covers my ward. I am sorry to hear about this. One thing to remember is that for her family, this is not "goodbye," but "see you in less than an hour."

  • Linus Bountiful, UT
    Sept. 1, 2011 8:31 a.m.

    Until we lost our sixteen-year-old son in an automobile accident, we thought the term "heart-ache" was simply metaphor. Afterward, we discovered that it is literal, if not understated. Oh, what pain!

    We will pray that the Bentley's and all who have cause to mourn will have the constant companionship of the Comforter.

  • EnglishAlan Rugeley, Staffs
    Sept. 1, 2011 7:59 a.m.

    "It may not be on the mountain's height, or over the stormy sea.
    It may not be at the battle's front, My Lord will have need of me.
    ...But, if, by a stiil small voice, he calls, to paths that I do not know,
    I'll answer, Dear Lord, With my hand in thine, I'll go where you want me to go."

    I am so grateful for these wonderful Missionaries that answer the call. I am a convert, and was so blessed by the two that taught me. I then had the chance to serve, as did members of my family. God Bless you Sister Bentley, Sister Love, and your dear families. God Bless also the lady in the other car.

    To the Bentley Family, having suffered the loss of loved ones, I testify that there truly is "a balm in Gilead."

  • raybies Layton, UT
    Sept. 1, 2011 7:54 a.m.

    Vanessa is a hero. What a tragic loss to all of us that she's gone. My heart and prayers go out to her family and to her ailing mission friends.

  • RanchHand Huntsville, UT
    Sept. 1, 2011 7:06 a.m.

    Cars are unnatural.

    My condolences to the family.

  • B.ryce PROVO, UT
    Sept. 1, 2011 7:02 a.m.

    I didn't know her well, but interacted with her every so often while working at the BYU basketball and football games. She had an infectious smile and always seemed to be happy. She will be greatly missed by more than just family and friends. My prayers are with the Bentley family.

  • inmyopinion88 WEST JORDAN, UT
    Aug. 31, 2011 11:56 p.m.

    My the Lord be with those involved in the accident and with this sister's family. My thoughts and prayers go out to you.

  • ImaUteFan West Jordan, UT
    Aug. 31, 2011 11:11 p.m.

    BretS. - I was struck by something from your post . . . "we did not know pain like this existed." What a profound statement. As a parent who has lost a child, it is the most heart-wrenching emotional pain imaginable. My heart hurts for your family right now.

    May God be with you and your loved ones during this most difficult time.

  • suzyk#1 Mount Pleasant, UT
    Aug. 31, 2011 10:16 p.m.

    As I read this I felt sad that she wasn't able to complete her mission, yet she really will and do it with Heavenly Father. It's always sad when a tragic incident like this takes an innocent life. All I can think of is...that Heavenly Father must have really had a need for her there. May the Lord's peace and calmness be with her friends and family during this difficult time.

  • olytitan Holladay, UT
    Aug. 31, 2011 9:49 p.m.

    very sad..

  • elizabeth maher FARMINGTON, UT
    Aug. 31, 2011 9:16 p.m.

    She was needed in another place to continue her teachings of the Savior..

  • MAYHEM MIKE Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 31, 2011 8:00 p.m.

    Please accept my most sincere condolences. . . We have had four of our seven children serve missions and know how loved they are by the Lord for their devotion and spiritual influence. I know Sister Bentley is now surrounded by loved ones and that her "mantle" of authority to preach the Gospel and serve will continue among those in the Spirit World who long for salvation. I pray you will receive the Lord's confirmation that your daughter is loved and now protected in an environment of total love. My best wishes also go to Sister Love, and I pray for her speedy recovery and that she will feel the comforting love of our Savior.

  • Grandma19 Spanish Fork, UT
    Aug. 31, 2011 6:57 p.m.

    My deepest condolences to all the sister missionaries' families and loved ones. May our gracious Heavenly Father wrap you in the arms of His great love, and whisper peace to your souls.

  • Rob Logan, UT
    Aug. 31, 2011 6:31 p.m.

    I am so sorry for your loss. My prayers will be with you that you will have peace to be with you.

  • photographermom South Jordan, UT
    Aug. 31, 2011 6:02 p.m.

    Bret S. So sorry, what a terrible loss. I hope in time you and your family can feel comfort.

  • Bret S. OREM, UT
    Aug. 31, 2011 5:27 p.m.

    Vanessa is my sister-in-law, my wife her older sister. This has been devastating for all of our families. We did not know pain like this existed. But we take some comfort knowing Vanessa did not suffer, and that she was doing what she thought was right in serving a mission, and died firm in her convictions. We love her so much and her memory will survive for generations. She was an amazing girl.

    For those that knew her a facebook group has been set up in her memory. Search for VanessaBentleyForever as this site won't allow me to post the actual URL.

  • John20000 Cedar Hills, UT
    Aug. 31, 2011 5:26 p.m.

    Having been in a similar experience, the Lord will be very close to all involved.

  • SirTipsALot65 Hurricane, UT
    Aug. 31, 2011 5:21 p.m.

    Sorry, May the lord be with them all

  • Colorado Reader Littleton, CO
    Aug. 31, 2011 5:21 p.m.

    Every missionary mom's nightmare! My heart breaks for this family and her companion.

  • Serenity Manti, UT
    Aug. 31, 2011 5:04 p.m.

    what a heart-rending story. She was called home long before her time to serve the Lord in other realms. May that same Lord be with her family and loved ones, and give them that peace which is beyond human understanding. My sincere sympathy goes out to them.

  • Gregg Weber SEATTLE, WA
    Aug. 31, 2011 4:51 p.m.

    Many would feel guilty about driving the car that turned left and had an accident. My concern is that this feeling of "guilt" might become excessive. I wasn't there. Nor am I the Mission President or anyone else in church authority but I hope that they will be able to spiritually listen and to speak to the driver much better than I in the 135 words remaining.

  • O'really Idaho Falls, ID
    Aug. 31, 2011 4:48 p.m.

    Heart breaking for both the family of Sister Bentley and for Sister Love. May the Lord bless them all.

  • katamb-midvale Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Aug. 31, 2011 4:35 p.m.

    May the Lord bless and keep her family. This good sister has gone to a new field of labor - hopefully teaching my family.

  • KEAW Tucson, AZ
    Aug. 31, 2011 4:28 p.m.

    I know the Bentley family, my thoughts and prayers are with them as well as with Sister Love. I am sure she is going through just as much pain as the Bentley family are, may the Lord be with all who are hurting at this time.

  • MR Draper, UT
    Aug. 31, 2011 4:03 p.m.

    Sad. Thoughts and prayers go out to the family.