One of two missionaries killed in Texas died after extending his mission


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  • dotp POTEAU, OK
    Nov. 11, 2011 2:50 p.m.

    My deepest condolences go out to the families of these fine young men. It breaks my heart when this happens because I can only imagine what the parents of these missionaries are feeling. They are in my prayers, as I know they are in the prayers of thousands of other LDS families. I have family in the Kearns, Utah area in the Kearns 10th Ward. I pray that all who know them will be comforted by the fact that they were doing the work of the Lord and so have earned their place in Heavenly Father's kingdom.

  • anonymousuk slc, utah
    Nov. 11, 2011 11:34 a.m.

    while it is so sad to hear of these missionaries it is rather insensitive for someone to say that their families should be rejoicing. regardless of what the church says, their parents and families are only human. they are not ready to be rejoicing. at the death of my daughter, i heard that alot and it hurt because the best place for her at that moment was with with me and no where else. they should be allowed to grieve before silly comments are made. just show a little compassion and not highlight religious silliness.

  • AllSeeingEye Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 11, 2011 10:11 a.m.

    I have cried and cried over this story.

    Years ago after extending my mission my mother died unexpectedly just before I arrived home. So, so sad.

    With the help of the Spirit I came to peace with the situation.

    My heart goes out to the families who lost loved ones. We are so sorry for your loss, sacrifice, pain, and sadness. We love you and wish we could put our arms around you and tell you so.

    I'm sorry to have to say that many of the comments above, however well intentioned, are probably not very helpful to those who have lost loved ones. Sometimes mourning with those that mourn and comforting those is need of comfort is a bit more complicated that it may on the surface seem.

  • southmtnman Provo, UT
    Nov. 10, 2011 4:09 p.m.

    Having lost a loved one in a horrible accident myself, my heart aches for the families and friends of these missionaries.

    But I also hope many of you commenting here can appreciate how painful some of your comments are that seem to be trying to minimize the pain and sorrow of this tragic accident.

    No, it is not alright. It is horrible. And these families and friends need to be allowed to feel that it is horrible without being preached at.

    The best thing we can say is, I know it hurts, and I am so sorry for your loss.

  • suzyk#1 Mount Pleasant, UT
    Nov. 10, 2011 1:51 p.m.

    These sweet and faithful missionaries will be with Heavenly Father soon - right where I hope to be someday. This story brought tears and sadness but joy as I read about these remarkable your men who chose to serve our Heavenly Father.

  • magmom MAGNA, UT
    Nov. 10, 2011 12:10 p.m.

    Elder Strong extended his mission because he felt that he still has work to do, and I think he was right. He is now on the other side doing missionary work and his family will be greatly blessed. It doesn't take away the sting of his death, but we can take comfort in knowing that he is serving the Lord.

  • patriot Cedar Hills, UT
    Nov. 10, 2011 11:40 a.m.

    Why do such horrible things happen to the best of people? Why aren't missionaries protected while serving so faithfully? No answers. Life isn't fair and sometimes there is no rhyme nor reason as to why things happen - they just happen. Sometimes we have to simply accept and move on ... as difficult as that is keeping in mind our faith in the bigger picture beyond this life. I pray that the families of these missionaries can receive comfort during the weeks and months ahead.

  • USAlover Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 10, 2011 10:23 a.m.

    Oh my...wow...My 9 year-old daughter prayed for this family last night. We don't know you but we feel some of your loss...and will continue to pray for you.

  • Wyclif OREM, UT
    Nov. 10, 2011 10:12 a.m.

    As a mother who sent three missionaries out, I am weeping along with the families of these two wonderful sons we have lost. Just please know we are all feeling for you and you are in our prayers.

  • J-TX Allen, TX
    Nov. 10, 2011 8:42 a.m.

    "Garza has been arrested and charged on two counts of Accident Causing Injury or Death. The two passengers have also been questioned and released."

    Released? What about leaving the scene of an accident? There should be charges for all 3. Justice?

    My sincere condolences to the friends and families of the slain missionaries.

  • t702 Las Vegas, NV
    Nov. 10, 2011 8:00 a.m.

    My nehpew died from similar incident about 4 years ago. He was due to be released a few days from the incident that took his life. I feel such comfort with the thought that these great worriers of the truth had their missions in life completed and they are being called home. To the parents, thank you for raising such great young soldiers of God. I hope I can be better father to my sons like you have done! God Bless

  • Sense Maker SANDY, UT
    Nov. 10, 2011 5:53 a.m.

    Yesterday we were awaiting my daughter's mission call. My dream mission for her is a Spanish speaking mission in the USA. The two elders that were killed were also on their dream missions. I am truly touched by the strength of the families of these two missionaries, and that Elder Strong's father had the courage last Sunday to bear his testimony about what a wonderful and righteous missionary Elder Strong was. I feel deeply for Elder Strong's twin brother who also is completing a Spanish speaking mission in the USA. May the families continue to receive strength and understanding as they prepare and attend their loved ones' funerals. I hope the speaker's at their funerals will be a great comfort to them and I am sure that Lord's spirit will be strongly felt by all those who attend.

  • Granny Barton Woods Cross, Utah
    Nov. 10, 2011 4:37 a.m.

    Maybe it will help to know that he has extended his mission again. Only this time to a better place.

  • Honor Code Denver, Colorado
    Nov. 10, 2011 4:37 a.m.

    Tragedies bring people closer!! Condolences to all families involved!

  • Gregg Weber SEATTLE, WA
    Nov. 9, 2011 11:08 p.m.

    If you had a car with headlight problems would you play it safe and keep behind another car so that that other car can be your headlights and also mask your faulty headlights from an approaching police car. Otherwise, if you were in front, the officer would see your blinking lights?
    Realizing there was damage done, I wonder if there is evidence of faulty headlights before the accident/incident. There are many questions that any good cop will ask.

  • kathyn Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 9, 2011 9:03 p.m.

    I pray that the families of these fine young men will be comforted at this time. These missionaries truly gave the ultimate sacrifice.

  • SLabrum BOISE, ID
    Nov. 9, 2011 9:01 p.m.

    My heart is completely broken over this terrible tragedy. None more than both families of these wonderful, valiant servants. I have two sons serving missions at this time and I continually pray for their safety as well as all missionaries throughout the world. I can only say that these two strong and faithful Elders have been delivered safely home into the loving arms of our Heavenly Father. They heard there names being called and they obeyed. May the families be carried at this most difficult time through our love for them and through their love of their sons. God be with you, till you meet again.

  • agkcrbs Holladay, UT
    Nov. 9, 2011 8:25 p.m.

    We're all waiting to go, though it's hard to see our fellows and loved ones taken at any age. May God give us peace and assurance.

  • DRay Roy, UT
    Nov. 9, 2011 8:10 p.m.

    It is a wonder that the missionaries around the world are blessed with a great safety record. Riding a bike in the hills of Japan, there were many instances when we were protected, many accidents when I walked away unscathed...perhaps the tragic death of these Elders will be turned into a blessing for many who are aware of it. Often that is the case, hope the death of these Elders will bring many more to a understanding of the Plan of Salvation, bring people together in love. Pray the parents and family members may find peace.

  • runningman PLEASANT GROVE, UT
    Nov. 9, 2011 8:05 p.m.

    I served my mission there from 1995-1997. While I was serving in Donna Texas there was a missionary that was hit and killed by a group of teenagers that were passing another car. This brought back all sorts of horrible memories from my mission. There was only one missionary killed in this instance. It was always a little scary riding my bike on some of those streets. People often are not looking for pedestrians or bicyclists. Makes me feel sick when I think of those families that wil never have their loved ones back

    Nov. 9, 2011 7:55 p.m.

    heartfelt condolences to the dear family and friends of these wonderful wonderful missionaries. this causes my heart to just ache. you will be in my thoughts and prayers.

  • O'really Idaho Falls, ID
    Nov. 9, 2011 7:50 p.m.

    I, too cried as I read this. It's close to my heart as I think of my own son serving a mission right now. Praying for peace and comfort for their families.

  • Shushannah Milnthorpe, Cumbria
    Nov. 9, 2011 6:45 p.m.

    Thoughts, prayers and good wishes are with the families and friends of these valiant young men...God speed.

  • Big Pappy west jordan, utah
    Nov. 9, 2011 6:14 p.m.

    This does tug at the hearts of LDS members and non members alike. I have a son serving in Paraguay and I pray for his safety and the safety of all missionaries throughout the world. May the good Lord bless and keep them all.
    And to the famlies who lost their sons, may the Spirit hold you and comfort you in your time of great need. Know that we all mourn with you and are greatful for your missionaries service. May you know that the Lord has them in his loving embrace and will help you understand why he called them home.
    God bless you all.

  • A1994 Centerville, UT
    Nov. 9, 2011 5:39 p.m.

    This is one of those things that you just can't quite square up in your mind in this life. I have no doubt that these missionaries are in good shape for the eternities, and in due time, all will be made right.

  • milojthatch Sandy, UT
    Nov. 9, 2011 5:30 p.m.

    This actually made me shed a few tears. Like many, I served a mission, and I can only imagine how hard it must be for the families to not have their sons come home. Yet, assuming they served God well, I'm sure they are heaven bound. So, it's sort of a bitter sweet moment. Still, my prayers go out to the loved ones of these two fine servants of God.

  • sid 6.7 Holladay, UT
    Nov. 9, 2011 4:15 p.m.

    May God bless and keep the friends and families of these young men during this difficult time.

    Godspeed and God Bless

  • owlmaster2 Kaysville, UT
    Nov. 9, 2011 3:32 p.m.

    From my limited understanding this shouldn't be a time of sorrow but a time of rejoicing for these young men. They died in the service of their God and their promise is sure. Now the families have to live up to the standards set by these Elders. Now is a time to be like them and be with them once again.
    I too feel saddened by their loss but I know they dwell in the Kingdom of God today.

    Nov. 9, 2011 3:18 p.m.

    I have a son on a mission in Argentina, and I felt sick inside for these families. We just have to trust in our Heavenly Father that all will be well.

  • SammyB Provo, UT
    Nov. 9, 2011 3:08 p.m.

    With my third son recently home, and my last one ready to go soon, my heart breaks for the family whose arms ache to hold him. We lost a son years ago and how grateful we are for the promise and having our arms filled one day.

    When the Church looses a missionary, that young man or woman feels like our own. Most members feel this way and we mourn together.

  • Cats Somewhere in Time, UT
    Nov. 9, 2011 2:29 p.m.

    These young men have earned their places in Heaven. Let us all pray for their families at this time.

  • AZ Blue & Red Gilbert, AZ
    Nov. 9, 2011 1:34 p.m.

    Our hearts and prayers out to all the families.