My heart breaks for these families though I don't know them. I'm
praying for these families tonight.
My thoughts have been for the families of these two young men. Each I am sure
was diligently doing their best in The Lord's service.Having
sent out 2 sons and a daughter I know the hear-ache they must be feeling with
this tragedy.I think if I were sending out anymore as a father I
would supply each with a co2 detector to travel with them.
I have to say that as a missionary we never had our appartment inspected and
some of the places we lived in were pretty low budget and broken down. The one
thing the Church should do is have someone from the area in the stake be
assigned to inspect the apartment regularly. This is something that should never
My prayers are with the families.Whenever I travel I take my
portable, battery-powered CO detector along. CO deaths can be prevented with a
I know the church wants these missionaries living in the local communities,
among the local people (I did that in a big eastern US city as a missionary and
lived in some very questionable apartments) but if they want to send out 80,000
missionaries then they should be able to cover the cost of putting them in cars,
not bicycles or even reliant on public transportation, and should put them in
nicer, middle class apartments with security and more modern safety features.
I traveled to Africa on a business trip, into a remote area, and
stayed in nicer, secure locations. It doesn't have to be first class,
luxury apartment living, but they can be better, more secure and safe
accommodations than what missionaries currently have. I think the
church needs to seriously look at this and upgrade their current standards, even
if that means missionaries have to live outside their area and travel in
@patriot Our apartments were inspected every month or two (this was within the
past 20 years). It was mostly for cleanliness but was also done to make sure
things in the apartment were working correctly. The problem is that leaks like
this can develop rapidly and are not easy to find without CO monitors.
I stayed in some pretty rough apartments, some were out right dangerous. The
church needs to make sure that apartments are of a decent standard and that they
have working smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. Peoples lives should not be
put at risk so that the church can save a few dollars.
Patriot... I live in the Albuquerque New Mexico Mission and yes there is a High
Council member who is charge of procuring and inspecting missionary apartments.
This is a tragedy too loose two young missionaries. Their mission continues on
the other side of the veil. I have to think that prayers for the families will
be the only solace to this tragic ending of two young lives.
Apartments have always been inspected by a person in the mission. This sort of
thing is avoidable, and I would be upset as a parent. The church needs to
tighten up the safety issues now. Thanks
My heart is broken for the families of these missionaries. I am absolutely sick
to hear this! As a mother of a missionary I agree that it should be standard
procedure for the church to MAKE SURE that our missionaries apartments be
inspected for safety by professionals when at all possible. For all the horrible
stories we hear, there are many that we don't, since there were only
injuries and not deaths involved. My niece saved her companion's life with
CPR after she was electrocuted by a clothes washer (in Chile) There was water on
the floor of the laundry room, and there were no GFCI's in the wiring! I
understand that we can't prevent every bad thing that could possibly go
wrong, and that many countries have sketchy, NON-updated wiring for instance.
However, I'm curious to know if any safety procedures are ever discussed
with missionaries in the MTC for possible eventualities that they might face
(esp. in countries that are not "up to code") or for regional dangers
that they should be aware of. I truly hope that we will learn lessons from these
tragic experiences, especially those which have caused fatalities.
Many lives could be saved if a comprehensive safety and safety training program
were put in place. Professional inspection of each living quarter would only be
a part of it; young missionaries would also be trained to identify and avoid
potential hazards. There would be full time employees with professional
backgrounds in safety watching out for the missionaries. We are asking families
to sacrifice a lot to send their children on missions; at a minimum they should
be able to expect to see their child return safely home.
We are presently serving a mission as a senior couple and one of our assignments
is to inspect all the living quarters of our very loved missionaries. My sister
is also serving in another country and is doing the same thing. By direction of
church authorities, we have purchased and installed CO detectors in the bedrooms
of all our missionaries. Those who ridicule the church and the missionary
program are very mistaken. We love our missionaries and very much appreciate
their love and sacrifice for their fellow man in preaching the gospel of peace
throughout the world. We do everything we can to keep the missionaries safe and
healthy. We love them as much as our own children. Our hearts are broken because
of this tragic accident. Our love and prayers are extended to their families and
We are all forgetting one very important thing here. Each and every one of our
lives have an "expiration date" stamped on it. We all pass through the
veil when that time on earth is up. None of us can escape it or negotiate for
more time with Heavenly Father. Unfortunately it was just these missionaries
time to die. My heart breaks for those left behind but thanks to the sealing
power given to us by Elijah, they will be together for ever.
Thanks for this format of social network that Elder Bednar spoke about last
week. This can be a time to evaluate what mission presidents can and should
do for their missionaries. Not all have the same type of background to think of
safety from their work experiences and cultural backgrounds or country
experiences. Safety and welfare are important factors as expressed in Section
134. There are not always codes but there can be a person to look at safety,
especially overseas in housing, transportation, etc.
God protects the faithful Saints until their journey in mortal life is through.
Consider Paul, Abinadi, and Joseph Smith, Jr. Consider William Tyndale, Martin
Luther King, Jr., Abraham Lincoln and more. While the passing of a loved one is
surely treacherous, at least the deaths of these two fine young men came without
violence from others or in rebellion to God. Peace comes from doing our best to
live God's commandments and trusting His timetable for ourselves and our
Horrible, horrible story. My prayers go out to these two young gentlemen and
their families.@Big Bubba, excellent advice. Thanks.
Vests for missionaries on bicycles,, day and night, depending on location, keeps
them more visible. Combination carbon monoxide and smoke detectors can allow
missionaries an alert, if batteries are changed out every six months. Carbon
monoxide is a silent killer and does not discriminate. It causes malaise and
one doesn't realize it is happening to them. An alarm can help as it
doesn't suffer malaise and can be an advance warning there is a problem. A
vest costs a couple of dollars and weighs next to nothing and can be put in a
backpack or even stored on the bike. We have seen missionaries riding bikes in
their dark suits at night on a narrow heavily trafficked road with multiple
trailers in-tow. Having rode with a man who would ride to downtown SLC on his
bicycle who got hit by a truck with multiple-trailers in daylight on Beck street
and survived due to his protective clothing and helmet. I seen others not so
lucky. These elders had helmets but no vests and in dark suits and no
reflectors. There are ways to highlight these elders. Carbon monoxide/smoke
detectors are worth their costs .
With 5-10 LDS missionaries dying/killed every year, the odds of your missionary
dying on a mission are roughly 1/10,000. If you serve your mission for two
years, the probability of losing your child is 1/5,000. I'm sure the
Church is concerned about these incidents and will spend money, thought and time
to ensure (as much as possible because none of us are guaranteed another day)
the safety of the missionaries. Frankly, given where many missionaries serve
and drawing on my own experiences 20 years ago, it's a miracle more
missionaries aren't harmed.
An awful lot of assumptions are being made in these comments. A water heater
could go on the blink at any time. Apartment inspections would not have
necessarily prevented this. And we don't know from the evidence presented
so far that the apartment was substandard in any way.But I do agree
that this incident should prompt the Church to make sure all missionary
apartments are equipped with CO2 and smoke detectors. With the Church's
purchasing power they should be able to obtain them cheaply. Then it's just
a matter of making sure the batteries get changed on schedule.
To all those saying apartments are inspected regularly, that is not true of
every mission. I remember 1 apartment inspection during my 2 year mission. It
consisted of them making sure it was clean and that we had not put any holes in
the walls. 0 safety checks were done.
I am the parent of a missionary who will soon be serving in Taipei. I am sending
him a carbon monoxide detector today. There are missionary deaths from carbon
monoxide poisoning every few years. CO detectors are cheap, small, and readily
available. It is time, and past time, for the church to add this essential item
to the list of required missionary supplies. It would be easier than writing
condolence letters to the grieving families. Let's hope these elders are
the last to die from such a preventable cause. My heart goes out to their
Having been involved in the safety business one way or another for almost 40
years, there are accidents that can be preventable if the appropriate procedures
had been taken, in most. Some but very few are not preventable for
missionaries. Acts of violence can impact on missionaries but sometimes they
may have waundered into an area that wasn't part of their responsibility or
to travel through. Having served in the military and on missions in 8 different
countries and extensive travelling in Asia, what we are used to i the United
States is not typical around the world. We are a world wide Church and
governments haven't always kept their codes and standards for every
domicile or public buildings. In the United States and several other countries,
their laws, regulations, building and safety codes are pretty strict and
counties and cities apply them by permits, not true for all countries. There
are a lot of missionaries out there from a lot of other countries who may not
have been exposed to a safety culture of what is permitted or acceptable or not.
Not all mission presidents have the same background, either. Parents can
provide $2.50 vest and $25.00 monoxide tester and 20 batteries.
This is beyond sad.
I get tired of members who use any excuse to criticize--veiled or outright--the
church. I am not referring to those who have sincere suggestions, but to those
with that tone of voice in their comments. You act as though the brethren and
sisters of the church have no regard for our missionaries or any member of the
church for that matter. We are all human and we learn through experiences in
life. When was the last time a missionary died of CO2 poisoning? That's
what I thought.
It was only a few years ago that we read of two missionaries dying in Romania
for the very same cause: carbon monoxide poisoning. Every bedroom of every
missionary in the world should have a a detector. Time to make safety the #1
priority of mission presidents. No president should have any one of his
missionaries in a location without smoke/CO detectors. Give them portable ones
On the practical side of things, I agree that CO detectors should be distributed
by the Church. Or, in the spirit of the Law of Consecration, whenever a new
missionary apartment is obtained, the local ward mission leader should find a
way to buy a CO detector, and ensure that the missionaries keep the battery
active.On the eternal side of this, these young men, in the
foreknowledge of God, were supposed to be take to the other side of the Veil.
There are billions of spirits there to hear the Gospel of Jesus Christ. When
one is keeping the commandments, their time on Earth is not shortened, so I
believe, as others have said, that it was their time to pass through the Veil.
I grieve with their families, too, but they are hopefully sealed to their
parents, and all the blessings of the Lord can still be theirs.
This nearly happened to me in the mission field 40 years ago. One of our members
detected it in time.I'm so sorry for these families.
(cont'd) I know the majority of our sons have no idea how to keep a place
clean, respect property, or even how to change a battery or bulb. We have
missionaries as tenants in property we own, and we are grateful the Church
allows us to check our properties as often as we feel it is necessary. In our
case, we check often, for cleanliness & anything else the missionaries
report needs attending to. Some of these (mainly) young men walk into their
apartments without removing their muddy shoes, play basketball inside the
apartment (result: holes in walls, broken light fittings, etc), don't seem
to know that kitchen & shower areas need to be cleaned, ever! My final word
to those who blame the church: teach our children how to clean, sew, cook, wash
the shower/bath/toilet, personal hygiene, do laundry, do simple things around
the home, etc before they go on their missions. (cont'd)
I have been told it is important to have CO alarms near where one sleeps - on
the level of your head. CO is heavier than air, but if it comes with the warm
air it can go up. If it came from a hot water heater the chances are that it
will stay near the floor. Perhaps it would be wise to have an alarm near the
bed as well as on the ceiling?
The only acceptable number of missionary deaths is zero. That should be the
response and view of any organization asking it's employees to engage in
its business/purpose. It's the organizations responsibility to train and
inculcate safety until it becomes second nature. It's the organizations
responsibility to develop best practices for safety and implement them. This
isn't an initiative that can be handled loosely by each president; there
must be worldwide safety protocols that ensure these young men and women are
safe. Please do more; I'm seriously worried that we aren't learning
from these deaths and making the changes needed to prevent future deaths.
All missionary quarters should be required to have a $25 CO detector. Another
pair of missionaries in Reno Nevada almost died from CO poisoning. The scary
thing is it's odorless and you fall asleep and die.
brent d So you are saying that god allowed them to be taken early
from their families to the other side so that they could be missionaries there?
What a ridiculous notion. No loving god would ever do that to a family on
Leo Clear"Their mission continues on the other side of the
veil." - How would you or anybody else know that? These families just lost
members of their families, I'm not sure they want to hear speculate on
where their soul is... especially because it is just a random and wild guess.
Let them grieve.
Absolutely yes, a smoke detector and CO2 detector in every house, flat,
apartment, tent, ect. that missionaries occupy. Missionaries after a day of
work are likely in very deep sleep. That loud high pitch alarm may be the only
thing that could wake them up. BrahamabullThat belief
that missions continue on the other side of the veil, is part of how grief is
handled by their friends and families. I'm surprised you don't see
happy2bhereIt isn't church doctrine, so it is only speculation.
How would that help when a loved one dies anyways? To me it would add insult to
injury, knowing that instead of letting them live long and full lives god took
them early to serve on the other side of the veil. There is nothing comforting
Always a tragedy when young people die so needlessly. We are comforted in
knowing they died in the service of God and that they are serving now on the
other side, and no doubt their exaltation is assured.
The Church requires missionaries to wear bike helmets. It also requires all
missionaries to stand behind their cars while being backed out. Heaven only
knows why -- after SEVERALS CO2 missionary deaths -- why the Church does not
require missionaries to have CO2 detectors in their apartments. Blatant,