I have a son currently serving a Mission in Guatemala. My daughter at 23, died
in a seizure on Easter (2012) 6 months prior to this. Her death was unexpected
and devastating. I was truly moved by your story about your precious son, Josh!
Truly amazing how our Heavenly Father sends us miracles when we need them most.
I needed to read this story exactly at the moment I did. Beautiful story ..
beautiful Josh! Thank you for sharing.
I disagree completely. When religious belief turns a tragic death such as this
into anything other than a tragedy, then it is diluting the sacredness and
respect we should have for life. And that disregard for life can be used to
justify the taking of others lives in the name of religion.
Marxist. I concur. Riding in the back of a truck on a dangerous road. I know
the church mandates seat belts and bicycle helmets. Still a good story/
A Scientist,I think you missed the point. God was demonstrating
miracles. He showed he could cure the missionary, and He also showed He could
call him home. There's no tragedy in "perishing." Death
is not an end but, in the words of Neal A. Maxwell, merely a comma in the
sentence of our lives. We continue. This young man's life hasn't
ended; his mission has been extended, in another realm. I'm
confident this family has felt immense comfort of such a personal nature that
they won't share in such a public forum with those who choose not to
understand. But I testify that those on the other side continue, very much
vibrant, very much aware of all of their family, and still very much involved
with life.Miracles, everywhere.
I understand the outpouring of sympathy for this fine young man. When my son
was on his mission I worried every day about his safety (he was in Detroit).
Before he went I advised him to avoid hazardous situations. What if this
missionary had a rule - in a vehicle, seat belt required? Is that too much to
ask? I think missionaries need to be instructed in basic safety requirements.
I hope I have not detracted from the spirit here, but as an old OSHA employee I
felt I had to say something.
With all due respect to the deceased and his family and friends, I wonder how it
makes sense at any level for god to perform a "miracle" just before
allowing this young man to perish.
My parents served in Guatemala City as missionaries teaching English to medical
students until my father was called to the mission presidency. They left 2 1/2
years ago with a deep love for the Guatemalan people and the elders and sisters
who served them. Thank you, Brother Burton, for sharing your story of love and
faith. What an inspiration it is to see the effects of Elder Josh Burton's
service and talents on the people around him. He accomplished a lot in such a
short time on this earth.
I just sent you a message but couldn't send it all. I also wanted you to
know that we were in Leavitt, Alberta just last year as we went to the Temples
up there in Canada! I remember because my husband is from the Leavitt line and
there was a ranch close to the Chapel that said Westin and I took a picture to
send to a former student named Westin Leavitt!What a wonderful area
to be from and after watching the videos of Josh playing his music and seeing
the people from your hometown, we can see what a strength they must be to your
family at this time. We love you and are thankful for your testimonies and the
strength of your family. That's how the Gospel of Jesus Christ ties us all
together as brothers and sisters in the Gospel. Thank you for sharing your
lives with us and for the service your siblings are rendering as missionaries.
My husband and I were helping a daughter move across the country when this
tragedy occurred and so didn't know anything about it until just reading
this article. Our hearts were touched and our eyes were wet with tears, but we
could feel through your story the love and power and tender mercies of the Lord
in Josh's life and with his time to now serve on the other side of the
veil. What a wonderful ambassador of the Savior Josh has been and will continue
to be! This story is a tribute to him and your family, as those of us who
don't know you at all, can feel of your testimonies and dedication to the
Gospel and the Plan of Happiness! There is no doubt that Josh was raised up for
this very purpose of sharing his talents, his music, and his testimony as a
missionary! Thank you for your examples of love of family, love of the Gospel,
and Love for the Lord!
Heart wrenching and uplifting at the same time. Blessings to your family.
Beautifully written. So sorry for your loss. A friend's son, Elder Hatch,
was among the missionaries in that accident, and he is OK. It's interesting
to see God's plans in action. There are so many people who need
missionaries in the spirit world, even more than here. He's still working,
you can be sure!
Thank you, sweetheart...for sharing your heart and your brothers heart. I
received them both with gladness. When I read about Elder Josh's
"graduation(that's how I've ALWAYS thought of it!)I said a prayer
for your family/friends, as I'm sure others did, and my first thought was
then that he's continued his mission there....
Thank you for sharing your faith . As I read about your brother serving in the
Belgium Netherland mission my heart was touched to tears . I am Flemish and I
know how hard missionary work is among our people and then I thought help from
the other side of the veil would be very welcome .Having 5 Guatemalan
children I am also very greatful for the work Josh has done in Guatemala . I
have seen 2 medical miracles happen there too and yours was indeed a tender
mercy - sometimes the Lord has other plans . De mens wilt maar God beschikt .
Blessings for your family .
DeseretNews should include a box of tissues with this article. Such a beautiful
tribute to his brother. Families are forever!
What a touching tribute! After Josh's passing I listened to some of his
compositions on youtube. What a very talented young man! May your family be
comforted in knowing that you will one day be reunited with Josh. He graduated
from this life and is now creating beautiful music in heaven.
I have a brother whom I love unconditionally. I have always wanted to have a
relationship with him as deep and full as you have with your brother, Josh.
Unfortunately, we grew up in a troubled family, not members of the Church, and
we did not like each other. At times I tried to reconcile with him, but it just
didn't work out. We had some tough times later in life and I was able to
have another chance to work things out. I was able to help him with obtaining a
job, and, when he confronted the consequences of our past, he turned to me and
we worked through it. We are finally at least friends now, though there is
still much work remaining.Reading your tribute touched me deeply.
You shared your love, respect, admiration with us, and you taught us what a
truly good, happy person he is. You have given me a little of that feeling, and
I think it will help with my brother. Just want to thank you, and to say, I
hope my brother and I can be like you and Josh, some day in the distant future.
One of our missionaries served in the Netherlands with Elder Burton's
brother. This is a remarkable family. You are in our prayers and clearly the
Lord has blessed your family with the tenderest of mercies in this time of
sorrow and temporary separation.
Beautifully written tribute. Thank you.
May the Lord bless all of you. I'm going to remember the quote about not a
test of faith but a test of patience. Shows a lot of wisdom.
Elder Burton's father was one of my companion's in the mission field.
This is a remarkable story about a wonderful family. I am blessed to know them
and to hav been told this story by Bro. Burton. May you continue to be carried.
I know several members of the Burton family from their time here in Virginia,
and they are incredible people. My deepest condolences.