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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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
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.
"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.
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
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.
Maybe it will help to know that he has extended his mission again. Only this
time to a better place.
Tragedies bring people closer!! Condolences to all families involved!
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.
I pray that the families of these fine young men will be comforted at this time.
These missionaries truly gave the ultimate sacrifice.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
Thoughts, prayers and good wishes are with the families and friends of these
valiant young men...God speed.
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.
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.
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.
May God bless and keep the friends and families of these young men during this
difficult time. Godspeed and God Bless
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.
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.
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.
These young men have earned their places in Heaven. Let us all pray for their
families at this time.
Our hearts and prayers out to all the families.