Criticizing the church for missionary deaths does not help comfort the families.
My sympathy goes to the families involved. The area involved was part of my
mission, and I have many friends there.The church is not careless in
keeping missionaries safe. On my mission, several were sent home temporarily or
permanently released for health reasons. And asking the church to protect the
missionaries from tragedy, even death, is like asking God to intervene in any
turn of fate. It would disrupt the purpose of mortality.
Brother Benjamin Franklin, our lives on this world are not important compared to
the work of sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ. As Christ promised, "For
whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for
my sake shall find it."Elder Bennett was serving the Lord and
doing his work when he died. What greater testimony can there be than to live
each day as though it were our last in the service of our Heavenly Father?I pray that Elder Bennett's family and friends are comforted by the
Spirit and that they know they will surely see him again.
My heart goes out to the family of Elder Bennet. Losing anyone is hard, and when
you lose someone who is serving an honorable mission, it does give one pause to
question -- at least for one brief moment -- should we have done something
different? However, that said, we must keep in mind that none of us is given the
assurance that we have tomorrow. We are all subject to death and while those
left behind mourn, we are not left comfortless unless we decide to be. Second
guessing those in authority, at least in the church, is not a good idea, unless
you KNOW for certain they are doing something knowingly wrong. Since that does
not appear to be the case here, we must assume this young man had greater
responsibilities on the other side of the veil and is now carrying on his
mission there. I pray with all my heart that this family will receive the peace
and comfort they are assured from the Holy Ghost. I can't imagine how
heart-breaking this must be for them. Blaming the church for his death is
misplaced blame. There will be showers of blessings.
Please accept my heartfelt sympathy. My heart has just been breaking for these
missionary families whose missionaries have been called home. But knowing that
the work is hastening on this side of the veil, it must be on the other side as
well. At least we know where these missionaries will continue to be serving. How
comforting to know that they are among the elite to continue His work.Again, you will be in my prayers, may you find peace and comfort in those
around you and through your loving Heavenly Father at this time and in the hard
times to come.Much Love to your family.
I hesitate to comment much any more because the DSN staff chooses to ignore so
many posts that end up in Graceland with Elvis. But I truly hope they post this
one. I sincerely offer my condolences to this family who has paid a great price
for their faith. Elder Bennett is doing a great work and his loss is great to
the whole world and especially his family and future family. But I know that he
is serving with all his heart, might, mind, and strength in the same way he did
a few days ago. What a joyous reunion you will one day have with him and Him.
Blessings and comfort to you all.
A sad day indeed.. I will pray for the family.. but then again... what a
wonderful day to know that he died serving the Lord. I am positive that this
Elder is now working doubly hard on the other side, to those who never knew or
understood the gospel.. so be ye therefore comforted to know that Elder Bennett
is still in the service of our Heavenly Father!
Wow.Though we understand the plan of salvation and the concept of
eternal life. Yet, news like this is still difficult and hard to bear. It
takes time and all we can do is to utilize yet another gift and aspect of the
the Holy Ghost as it comforts and encourages us as we cope.Deepest
I think missionaries actually have fewer deaths than the comparable population.
As an area physician in the Caribbean we had a missionary serving in Jamaica die
suddenly. It may well be ventricular fibrillation. It can happen on a rare
occasion. There is just about nothing you can do unless you can treat the
patient in the first minute.
So sorry to hear of this.Sounds like they should have rushed him
home for the operation a few days sooner.
In this world, death comes to everyone eventually, and tragically cuts short the
lives of even the young and children. But we can be grateful when those we love
have lived exemplary lives. Their lives were long enough to have positive
eternal consequences.There are people in Wyoming who will know that
this young man gave them a significant part of his life.
There seems to have been quite a few missionary deaths lately. So sad! One of my best friends was hit and killed by a car while serving his
mission and it was a total shock to all of us. Having faith in and a testimony
of the atonement and plan of salvation got us through that hard time. I am so
sorry for your loss! May God bless and comfort you during this very difficult
My heart goes out to this family. Their sorrow must be very hard to bear. I pray
that they will be blessed with comfort and peace in this difficult time. I have lost a child unexpectedly and know that the initial shock and
grief are overwhelming. It is faith in God and his plan for our lives that has
helped me to find a positive spiritual outlook on this kind of situation. I
would take my daughter back in a heartbeat. But, in retrospect I can see how her
eternal life and progress have been blessed. Perhaps, more startling to me, I
recognize how my life has been blessed by the joy of knowing that one of my
children is safely within the arms of God. Each day, I am reminded of the happy
reunion that awaits me if I live my life in keeping with God's plan of
happiness. God bless this family and their friends. I know that
sacrifice truly does bring forth the blessings of Heaven.
Sad to hear this,trusting in the Lord and his plan takes great
faith, and it seems that Elder Bennett knew this since day one of life. I
honestly feel that he is continuing this work for Heavenly Father in the life
beyond which we don't understand. As a Returned Missionary I want to say
thank you Elder Bennett and continue your work.
I can never imagine what it's like to experience the pain of loosing a
child on a mission. And I do wonder sometimes and questions why things like
this happen. It seems too many missionaries lives as of late have been
tragically taken before they finished and that's so hard to comprehend. I
know the Lord sees the big picture and knows what's best for us but it
still doesn't make things easier to cope with. May He comforts this
Elder's family in his arms of mercy and give them peace!
My thoughts and prayers go out to the family of this young man. This is a very
unfortunate thing that has occurred, and I pray that the extended family,
friends, and congregation of this young man's family reach out and support
him at this very difficult time. Can the LDS Church stop and think
for a little while about the repeated events we have seen in the media with two
separate missionaries dying in Guatemala, one getting hurt in Spain, another
Pacific Island elder passing away, and now this? Can they stop to realize what
is happening here? These young people trust that they will be kept
safe, and yet we continue to hear these stories time and time again. How is it
that they sleep at night? Do they realize how much pain and suffering they are
causing the families left to pick up the pieces? Can the LDS Church
not stop and give consideration now to calling their missionaries to serve
locally, in temples, family history centers, and other locations where they will
be far safer?? We hear far too many of these tragic stories.Please,
I beg the Church before we lose another young person.
My best regards to the family. May God bless them.
My deepest sympathy to the Bennett family in the passing of your son. May our
Heavenly Father bless you with great comfort and peace during this very
May our Heavenly Father and His Holy Son, Jesus Christ be with the family of
Elder Bennett. Perhaps the grief and sadness of this earth are
countered with the joy in heaven when a missionary is called home. It seems to
me that more missionaries are being called home, perhaps because the work in the
Spirit World is escalating due to the imminent return of our Savior to this
earth. As written in the hymn "the time is far spent, there is little
remaining" except the work is done on the other side of the veil. I pray that the family of this young elder will be comforted and given peace;
that the Comforter will abide with them and ease their pain.