Re maclouieThe rate of missionary deaths has increased from what it
was. Or seemingly so, that's the problem.
So here is a number to consider: accidental deaths in USA in 1999 was 93,591.
Assuming a population of 300 million, that means for a population of 80,000
missionaries, statistically, 25 deaths. Instead, missionaries have experienced
less than half. So what is the problem? I agree with previous post, it's 11
too many, but is there a problem? Be interesting to see statistics for other
years vs number of missionaries. If we don't look at the numbers then we
just get hysterical.
@Viva la Migra"s this just because there are so many more
missionaries serving now, or is there something else going on?"Mostly that and it's a more connected world so we're more likely to
hear of such things. I don't think there's any statistically
I am sorry for the family and friends of this young Elder, sometimes we may
question all the deaths that are happening. We have to remember the first and
foremost, these young valiant men and women that are serving the Lord are
sometimes called home to their Father in Heaven early. It is not to hurt the
families, but he is the Father and he knows his children and he sometimes calls
them for a greater assignment.
The church should make basic safety training mandatory for all young men. Also,
they are a year younger, there are more of them, and 18 years old is pretty
young to be out on your own, often in areas of the world that have no notion of
public safety. Quite honestly it's a miracle more aren't
hurt, but the church does make a tremendous effort to protect their elders and
sisters. Still, I wonder if part of this sort of trouble is due in
part because of lapse in teaching basic life-skills (something one might get
from the Boy Scouts, for example), and if there's not some way to encourage
our individual wards and youth programs to better prepare our youth to serve
My heart breaks with this news. A dear friend is mourning the loss of her nephew
Taylor Ward who died last month on his mission in Idaho. I have seen the raw
emotion of a family who is devastated, but I have also seen the peace that comes
and the great support of everyone that rallied around them. I did look up
some death rate statistics. With just a quick search I found these rates which
are from 2007 and for the U.S. The death rate for people in the age category of
15-24 is 79.9 per 100,000. While this doesn't compensate for each dear
missionary that we have lost this year, it does give some perspective. Sadly
death is part of living. I have a daughter in the mission field right now and
another one leaving in January. Of course my heart aches and I cry each time I
read of these tragedies, but that doesn't change my opinion that my
children are just as safe, and probably much safer (not driving late at night
when more serious accidents happen, not engaging in high risk activities,
following traffic laws, etc) than if they were home.
As a Returned Missionary, and the father of Returned Missionaries, my heart goes
out to the family, friends and companions of this wonderful young man. Any
Missionary that dies is a tragedy, and we ALL feel the pain. Living in the
Mission Field, I can tell you that we love and take care of our Elders and
Sisters, and feel deeply any loss. Every one lost is one too many.Having said all that I have said, take any group of 80,000+ young men and
women, and compare the death rates. My belief is that even with 11 in one year,
and though that is 11 too many, this would be a low number in any of those
groups of 80,000. We live in a small town in England of about 12,000 people.
We have lost more than 11 young people in our town this year. Drug abuse, car
wrecks, illness, alcohol, etc all take their toll.
There have been a rash of missionary deaths since the age was lowered.
Coincidence or does one extra year of maturity make that much difference?
It may be worth thinking that its time to look at missionary work from a
different angle other than sending missionaries out to distant places. This year
has been rough for a number of families in the LDS Church. I don't pretend
to understand what a mission is about as I am not a member of this church. As a
parent, I would really have to think about this given the number of deaths this
year. It seems that this thing is in the papers way too much.
My prayers are with the family. May they have peace.
The Lord does permit things to happen. Wallace Dunbar Bingham a Great Great
Uncle of mine was killed diving in New Zealand to bath. Dived on sandbar and
two feet either way would be safe. Early 1920's. Elder Cowley said
something to effect needed on other side. From Family Histories that I read.The righteous do not go before there time. The missionary in Spain
survived. Of course missionaries don't go out without being in decent
health. Many miracles do happen. Others don't. Many survive car wrecks
and being hit on bikes. Others don't. Just get transferred. Devastating
to hear of missionary or anyone going before there time. The Lord said my
thoughts are not your thoughts my ways are not your ways.And safety
is stressed on not to go in danger and of course car and bike safety. Some
fatalities are caused by disobedience. However some are freak. Every Zone
conference talks about car and bike safety.
Wow--it sounds like a greater emphasis needs to be placed on safety! It's
been a rough year for LDS missionaries. Stay safe out there, kids! Say what you will about the LDS Church, religion, or missionaries--at the end
of the day, these are real kids with their whole lives ahead of them. What a
So, are we teaching any safety guidelines in the MTC experience or in the
mission field? Most companies with a year like this would be launching a serious
safety program. I love the Church and missionary program, but this is a serious
wake up call - 11 deaths and the year's not over. There are a lot of things
we could learn from how other global organizations approach this.
12 missionary deaths this year, 2nd one in Mexico. Is this just because there
are so many more missionaries serving now, or is there something else going on?
As an Idahoan and father of a missionary also serving in Mexico I wish this
family peace and comfort at this difficult time."How beautiful
upon the mountains are the feet of him that bringeth good tidings, that
publisheth peace; that bringeth good tidings of good, that publisheth salvation;
that saith unto Zion, Thy God reigneth!"
Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family of this faithful servant of God.
May your memories of this cherished brother, son and friend comfort you and
uplift you. Our family who has sent sons and daughters into the mission field
mourns with you.
Oh my gosh! I just commented on an article about Elder Ward being killed in
Idaho a minute ago and now there's another story about another missionary
killed in Mexico! So sad, and my heart goes out to the families of these
missionaries and their companions. It seems Satan is on the loose and the
angels that were promised to protect them on the left and on the right are not
doing their job. As the parent of a young son who's a senior in high
school now and thinking about a mission, this is very alarming and disheartening
indeed. I'm at a loss for words!
11th missionary death in one year. Holy smokes - this is terrible. So very sad
for the family of the missionary...prayers and blessings for them at this time.
Boy, are we seeing an unfriendly trend or what?
So sad. Prayers are with you, Elder, and your family and friends. You will have
a great mission beyond the veil.