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Published: Thursday, Oct. 10 2013 12:15 p.m. MDT

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gittalopctbi
Glendale, AZ

So sad. Prayers are with you, Elder, and your family and friends. You will have a great mission beyond the veil.

USAlover
Salt Lake City, UT

Boy, are we seeing an unfriendly trend or what?

patriot
Cedar Hills, UT

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.

thebigsamoan
Richmond, VA

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!

islandboy
Honolulu, HI

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.

fivejazzfans
Meridian, ID

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!"

Viva la Migra
American Fork, UT

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?

eastcoastcoug
Danbury, CT

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.

zabivka
Orem, UT

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 tragedy!

higv
Dietrich, ID

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.

Twin Lights
Louisville, KY

My prayers are with the family. May they have peace.

The Deuce
Livermore, CA

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.

cjb
Bountiful, UT

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?

EnglishAlan
Rugeley, Staffs

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.

sharon-0791
Vancouver, 00

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.

raybies
Layton, UT

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 missions.

MoJules
Florissant, MO

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.

atl134
Salt Lake City, UT

@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 significant trend.

maclouie
Falconer, NY

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.

cjb
Bountiful, UT

Re maclouie

The rate of missionary deaths has increased from what it was. Or seemingly so, that's the problem.

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