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Published: Wednesday, Nov. 9 2011 12:00 p.m. MST

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Sense Maker

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.

Las Vegas, NV

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

Allen, TX

"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.


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.

Salt Lake City, UT

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.

Cedar Hills, UT

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.


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.

Mount Pleasant, UT

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.

Provo, UT

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.

Salt Lake City, UT

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.

slc, utah

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.


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.

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