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Published: Sunday, Feb. 3 2013 11:00 p.m. MST

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South Jordan, UT

We are saddened by the news of Sister Smith, and pray for her family, companion and the truck driver.

Danbury, CT

So, so sad. I'm surprised to read she was on a bike. What is the policy on sisters and cars in the US and elsewhere?

Tulsa, OK

I was honored to know Sister Alesa Smith, to watch her grow up the last few years and get sent out on her mission. I was so proud of her. I know that she is now serving an eternal mission and errand for our Heavenly Father. Thank you, Alesa for your service, your family and ward family miss you terribly. But because of what we know, we KNOW we will see you again.

Mount Pleasant, UT

This story brought tears of sadness. I stand all amazed at the love these young men and women have for our Savior Jesus Christ and their desire to serve wherever they are called. She is certainly in a better place than we are and I pray the Lord's choicest blessings will be upon her family, and friends at this difficult time.


At a minimum, there should be a policy that prohibits missionaries from riding bikes when it is dark! If the missionaries don't have a car, then members should transport them to their evening appts.

Deep condolences to the family and friends of Sr. Smith.

Amber K.
Calgary, Alberta, 00

I'm praying for all those touched by this in any possible way, that they will find the strength and comfort they need. In our temporal lives we only see the smallest possible fraction of the eternal picture, but there is comfort in remembering that these pieces WILL form a whole, and it will be more beautiful and lovely beyond our wildest imaginations. Sister Smith spent her last months on earth serving the Lord - and the blessings and joy she is surely now enveloped in cannot be comprehended in this world. D&C 42:44-46 tells that "And the (missionaries) of the church, two or more, shall be called.... and if they die they shall die unto me, and if they live they shall live unto me. Thou shalt live together in love, insomuch that thou shalt weep for the loss of them that die.... And it shall come to pass that those that die in me shall not taste of death, for it shall be sweet unto them" My heart weeps, but the scriptures speak comfort to me always and I'm embraced by the Spirit who eases all pain. May the same be true for any and for all.

Springville, UT

The Biking Policy needs to be rethought. What a loss!

Cedar City, UT

In Finland it is always dark in the winter, but at least they have more dedicated biking paths and equipment for headlights and reflectors. I'm surprised sisters are on bikes here in the US where cars rule and bikers are considered pests on the road.

Greenway, AR


She left with dreams of changing hearts,
one soul at a time.
She was following her Savior’s footsteps,
and seeking out the blind.

And though today we mourn her loss,
Remember, eternity waits.
She still is serving the God she loves,
beyond His golden gate.

So look to the sky for rainbows of love
for she is waiting there;
someday we will walk with her,
and climb up heaven’s stairs.

© Forrest Phelps-Cook

Open Minded Mormon
Everett, 00

I'm sad to hear of this.
I have both a nephew, and a Elderly couple Missionaries from my ward serving with her in that Mission.

Some Missionaries get sent home early,
and then again, some Missionaries get sent HOME early.

My thoughts, prayers and condolences with everyone who knew her.

Provo, UT

Condolences to the family. This is sad.

To all those who are bagging on the biking policy, maybe it was her time to go. She is in a better place. Leaving this life while serving a mission is an honorable way to go and she will be rewarded eternally.

My prayers go out to her family.

Albany, Linn, OR

Aloha and Mahalo for your faithful service.

Salt Lake City, UT

This is heartbreaking for all of us. It is every parent's nightmare. It is especially terrifying for me as a mother who will be sending my own daughter on a full-time LDS mission in less than 1 week! She is headed to a stateside mission that is requiring that ALL missionaries, including Sisters, purchase a bike in advance and ship it there. The church isn't budgeting more cars to compensate for the huge increase in missionaries since October's announcement of the lowered age. My daughter is a novice rider which is scary for her and us (she indicated this on her paperwork). The expense is tremendous (over $800 for a basic package). Now this tragedy occurs which confirms all our fears. It's hard not to completely panic. How many more of these young inexperienced bike riders entering unfamiliar terrain and dangerous locations will have to be severely injured or even lose their lives before the Church rethinks their policies and implement extensive training and safer options?! Having a bike stolen and being unable to afford to replace it is now the least of our worries. Please Church, Do EVERYTHING necessary to prevent another senseless tragedy!

South Jordan, UT

I'm LDS and a RM also do not think it's appropriate or safe having people biking around at 8-9 at night on country roads, especially when it's dark. What a tragedy.

caleb in new york
Glen Cove, NY

people die in car accidents quite frequently and some people can even die just walking down the street so although I think its fair to constantly reevaluate priorities and to make the missionaries' safety a high priority it sounds on this board like a lot of quick-response reactions. Good leadership requires reviewing the spectrum of considerations and not just a quick reaction to one or a few incidents.

Cedar Hills, UT

This is beyond sad. God bless her family members.

Lindon, UT

All of my surviving children served missions on bikes in different parts of the world. Please don't panic. When you send a child on a mission, as in all other areas of life, you are placing your trust in the Lord that He knows what is best for that young man/woman. As long as he/she is faithful, she will be blessed. This doesn't always mean protection if it is that young person's time to go. We had a 13-year-old son killed in a car accident who was called to a different type of mission. Trust in the Lord means we will trust Him in all things, even if things don't always turn out the way we think they should.

Say No to BO
Mapleton, UT

We could use a follow-up to the case of the missionary killed at night while riding in South Texas, somewhere around Hidalgo as I recall. Maybe in 2011. Elders Strong and Walker.
Whatever came of that case?

Tom in CA
Vallejo, CA

Shame on those of you who want to use this incident as a cloak to hide behind while disparaging the LDS Church. You need to look in the mirror.

Stuff happens. That's life. May God bless this family.

Bellevue, WA

I rode a bike on my mission and was run off the road by an irresponsible driver, and that was before texting. I would not want my children riding bikes when they serve their missions. It's just not safe anymore.

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