As a child, I used to ask my dad why bad things happened to good people. I
believe he was quoting but used to say, "when a house falls, some of the
bricks fall on the righteous". I didn't really understand it at the time
but have had many opportunities to digest it since then. One of the great
things about the Gospel is knowing that this life is not the end and death is
merely a doorway to eternity. In spite of this knowledge, it is never easy to
lose someone. We can only try to lean on the Lord for comfort and peace.
Prayers and thoughts are with the families.
im a romanian and i serve a mission at this time in scotland. i was o sad to
hear about those two great missionaries who dedicated thier lifes with all their
harts for the savior. i pray for all of those who stand in need of comfort at
this time. mey the lord bless you.
Completely broken hearted at this news. I have twins serving in Peru and my
mother's heart is with the families of these dear missionary families who have
lost their beloved sons. Spent the day at the temple praying for them. I send my
heartfelt love and prayers!!!!
la vida es tan fragil, no sabemos cuando seremos llamados, pero si de algo
estamos seguros, es que algun dia volveremos a ver a nuestros seres queridos, y
sabemos que ellos estan cumpliendo la voluntad del Padre tambien ahora, el dolor
pasara, y la pena se disipara, y solo Dios podra hacer esto posible, es mi
oracion que llegue el amor y paz a sus hogares para que sus padres puedan
,obtener el consuelo , del vacio que dejaron en sus hogares, mas recuerden
siempre que ellos estaran en sus corazones, ellos viviran para siempre,...
i am a member of the mourning branch in timisoara the place of the tragedy.i
became a close frien of elder davis who prayed for me and visited me at home
when i was fighting depression.after his last visitat the begining of jan at
that very evening i recovered from depression.at the begining of this week i was
in depression again in alba iulia when i heard at the news about the tragedy,i
call president price,i talk with michell his wife about them.after i cried
silently on the street.i felt something very special and in a minute i recovered
again from depression.today i am turning back to timisoara,tomorow i have a
lesson at the sunday school,and i am ready to continue thei noble mission to
bring people to Christ.please if frends or family read this sand me some
photos with them because i want to ask my frien stefan popa popa's the world
gretest cartoonist(also a great portretist to make a painting with them and to
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This is truly a tragedy...please accept my prayers for all the families and
those that served with these two young men...I cannot even imagine how their
families feel with this loss...without the understanding of the gospel how could
anyone deal with such a loss..
My eyes are full of tears while I write. It is so sad. I express my love for
them and their families. They were doing the Lord's work. Let God bless their
families with the strength they need.
I am a romanian LDS member from Bucharest, Romania,District, and I am deeply
sorry for the loss of our two dearest missionaries.The romanian members are
grateful for their wonderful service and sacrifice. I pray that the
Lord'blessings will be with their families during this time of terrible grief.
I extend my love and my prayers to the Mission President and to the all
missionaries serving in Bucharest Mission. May the Lord bless and comfort them
with strength to continue their work of spreading the Gospel - this sacred work
which has begun in Romania 20 years ago (on 9 february 1991, when elder Russel
M. Nelson dedicated the land of Romania).
felt terribly sorry for two great young lads who died doing the lords work.rest
I met some missionaries a couple of years ago in Romania. I am heart broken
that this tragedy occured.I am not a Mormon. But I feel the pain.
All my love to their families. My two brothers are missionaries right now, one
of them is serving in Colombia and the other one is serving in Argentina. They
are both so far from us but our heart is resting in Our Heavenly Father's love.
I can't imagine how hard is this for the missionaries families, but I also know
that one they they are going to be together forever. All our respect, all our
Hey Jace!Thanks for coming through to me today. Really. I know that you
were doing the Lord's work in Romania, and continue to do so all over the
world.To those reading this... Jace is my cousin. He's an amazing
person and had such a strong and charismatic spirit. I wish I could have known
him better than I did, but I'm grateful for the times I did get to spend with
him. All I can really say is, I second what Cirq said on page 3. Jace is a
hero, and I've already sent a letter to President Monson. I love
My own son left yesterday to serve in the Brazil Recife Mission. I cannot
fathom what a blow it would be to get a phone call with this information. My
thoughts and prayers are with these two wonderful families--in my own, small
way, I grieve with them. These two obviously choice and wonderful
young men will finish out their missions in a place where many more will be
receptive to their message. God bless and keep these families as they grieve.
I'm not of your faith, but have tremendous respect for LDS. My heart is heavy
with sadness and there are no words to heal your broken hearts. My prayers are
with you. When my Mother died, I had printed on the thank you cards what I
really believe:Although we will miss her love and laughter, we rejoice in
her beginning her Eternal life with the Risen Christ. Your boys are home.
As Christians, we are forever people-you WILL see them again.
The people of the Navajo Nation grieves with you in your loss of these most
valiant servants of God. We too, have some of our young men and young women in
the mission field. God bless you.
It is always sad to hear that a missionary dies in the mission field. However,
I know their spirits go to the spirit world and continue their teachings there.
My roommate died in the mission field years ago and her pachiachael blessing
indicated that she would serve two missions. Three weeks before her washington
d.c. mission was up, she got bit by a snake and died. We all believed that she
was met to go and continued being a missionary in the spirit world. These two
missionaries, I believe, are still alive and are continuing their missionary
work over there now. And we will all see them again someday.
My son just got home from a mission in Bulgaria. He is my third son to have gone
far and served one. I as a mother know that when they are far from home as they
were,serving the Lord as were these two elders in Romania, they are guarded by
Angels. However, it does not take away the pain of losing one so young and
while doing such an honorable service. But hopefully all of our prayers WILL
bring comfort to their families. Thank you for giving your sons to the work of
the Lord.May you find peace and may our Heavenly Father envelope you in his
I am sincerely sorry to the Burrows. I know their younger son well. And hope
that the Lord will be with them through this hardship.
My son returned from the Romania Bucharest mission last June and knew and worked
with Elder Davis. He spoke highly of Elder Davis and said that he was excellent
missionary and devoted to the work of the Lord. My son also served and lived in
the area where they were serving. Our thoughts and prayers are with the
families of these two elders and pray that they will find hope and comfort and
peace at this time.
Perhaps some accidents could be prevented, but they happen. (That's why they are
called "accidents.") But if you look at the number of young missionaries serving
at any given time, you will see that the total number is comparable to or
somewhat larger than the population of a large university.The number
of missionaries who die in accidents in the course of a year is probably not
much different from the number of BYU or U of U students who die in a the same
year. And many missionaries are serving in places with lower standards for
health or safety than Provo or Salt Lake.That said, there may be
some considerations that could be implemented that could make missionaries
safer. But the trauma of these two deaths should not make people forget the
comparable dangers one faces daily even along the Wasatch front. Young people
(and not-so-young) die in accidents at fairly predictable rates in the US. These two deaths are very, very sad--but out of tens of thousands of
missionaries serving worldwide they do not point to some kind of inordinately
high death rate. The numbers simply don't indicate such.
I am a convert to the church and I thank God everyday for my membership and the
sacrifice my missionaries made in teaching me. I too, now have a son serving in
England. My heart is sad for the loss for the families. Thank you to all the
missionaries who have gone before and who will yet go to bring the sweet peace
of the purpose of life and the restoration of God's true church to others like
me. We know God lives and he loves us and those two "choice" young men are with
the one they have served the most, our Savior Jesus Christ.
My love and prayers extended to both families. Such an utter heartbreak - may
angels attend you all as you strive to comprehend and manage such a loss.
I too have a son serving far away. I can not tell you how this story has
affected me this day. May the Lord send his comforter to you at this time and
the many months ahead. We pray for you.
The Davis family are an important part of our community. Our prayers are
extended in this time of sorrow and our faith is that the comforter may be with
you and comfort you in your time of sorrow. We love you and will miss Jace
(Elder Davis) as a part of the community and stake. To the Burrows family we
send our love and prayers and hope your faith in Jesus Christ can sustain you in
Although I don't know these young men, I've shed some tears and offered my
prayers today too on behalf of the families and friends of these deceased
missionaries. May the Lord give them his comfort and peace.
I graduated with Elder burrows.... He was a really hard working student, and an
amazing person, he could allways make anyone laugh! May the lord be with these
familys. And McKay, thankyou for lifting me up, even when our crazzy english
honors teacher had nothing to do but scold us haha :) I know you are doing great
things right now
Aloha,I am very sorry to hear this. I pray for the families of these
two missionaries will be comforted.At the same time, I know that
sometimes its hard to prevent this kind of tragedy happen but I really hope that
the mission and the church will really look into this matter and take extra
precautions in order to prevent from happening again in future. I never been to
Romania so I don't really understand how is the housing situation there. If this
already happen in the past, then I think there is should a way that missionaries
should be living in an environment where there will be no threats of this kind
gas leaking problem at all. Is that possible? I believe so but the leaders
should figure it out then.Mahalo,Jonathan
Elder Davis' family lived next to my parents prior to moving out of Las Vegas.
They are truly an amazing and loving family. My nephew is on a Mission in South
Korea and knew Jace growing up. He will be devestated to hear of this. My heart
and prayers go out to Elder Davis and Elder Burrows families.
Words can never express what the heart feels. People want to say something and
they are just words that do not comfort. Time and Prayer is all we have for
moments like this. I too have a son serving and pray for his safety continually
but even knowing the risks it is of little comfort when sons are called Home so
young. My faith in the Savior and knowledge of a Father in Heaven who loves us
is where peace lives. Knowing we will see each other again is a gift we need to
be willing to share as these two brave young men sealed with their testimonies.
My prayers are with the parents, families and fellow missionaries. May you be
comforted with the love that surrounds you from milliions who pray for you. A Mom of one who serves
This is every LDS parents nightmare.... to send their precious son off to the
mission field and have him return in a coffin. My son returned about 2 years
ago from his mission and I can certainly understand the anxiety a parent feels
until the plane finally touches down safely at home. My heart goes out to both
of these poor families at the loss of their wonderful sons. I'm sure these
elders did nothing wrong and had no idea the apartment had issues with the gas.
Honestly I'm surprised this sort of thing doesn't happen more often simply
because the accommodations for missionaries are pretty scary in many parts of
the world. I think the Church could and should do more to make sure the
accommodations are the very best available in the area and are checked regularly
for gas, electric , and other problems.
I returned a few months ago. I knew Elder Burrows. I remember the day he came
into the field --he was so sweet and good, excited about the work, dynamic,
smart... the Romanian girls all thought he was adorable. With the more primitive
set-ups they have over there, I understand how this accident, while totally
unnecessary, could happen. To his family: I am so sorry for your loss. My
thoughts and prayers are with you.
I was a missionary in Dallas Texas in 1975 when two fellow missionaries were
butchered by a taxidermist and spread over the country side. The only thing they
found was a piece of a name tag. This murderer then fled to England after a
technicality in his trial led to his release. Just a few years ago he was
arrested in England on a weapons charge and then extradited to the USA to stand
trial again because new evidence was produced. My heart goes out to these two
families for I have experienced sorrow 35 years ago. I take comfort in knowing
these two fine young men died because of an accident and not malicious intent.
Our prayers and our hearts go out to these two families who will miss the
physical presence of their sons so much. I'm sure these two valiant young men
are still serving faithfully on the other side and will watch over their
earthly familes. May blessings of peace comfort you all.
What a horrible thing to happen...six months before i finished my mission our
mission lost a missionary and i lost my best friend...its been almost 20 years
and i still think about him and still miss him. my thoughts and prayers go out
to the parents of this brave young men.
They didn't 'give' their lives, they were taken. I almost lost the only woman I
have ever loved while serving in Romania when she experienced a TIA. In a
primitive hospital in Ploesti she was given the best 'first aid' before being
sent to Frankfurt where her opportunity for survival without long term effects
was prolonged.The apartment owners (managers) refused to refund our
incredibly inflated rent money. Romania is desparate for the American dollar . .
.at any cost.WASP
No mother should have to bury her child.It take 12 years to come to
a point of not speaking every day of that child with a wail of pain. It is not
an easy 12 years.
Sooo Sorry for the "loss" of your loved ones! Our thoughts and prayers are with
your families. The minute they entered their missions, they were in the Lord's
hands and continue to be! Hopefully, that is comfort for you and your families!
This is a tragic loss. Jace was a wonderful young man. He was always smiling
and just a great kid. All I have read about Elder Burrows indicates he too was
very valient. I pray for both families to feel our Savior's loving arms around
them, and to receive comfort and strength. Their sons have left great examples
and legacies for the rest of us.
I may not be of the LDS faith but I still feel for the families and friends of
the 2 young men serving thier church and the Lord. They died a untimely death
and I offer my Prayers for them. They will be reward by the Lord for the mission
they were on.GOD BLESS THEM and watch over the family and friends of these
mckay you were such an amazing kid.... i love you so much and what a great
example you were to everyone you knew.. i am going to miss you so much and it
wont be easy but i am glad i will be able to see you again...
You know you have the prayers of our hearts. so sorry for both families.
To the Davis and Burrows families, I am saddened by what has happened. My son
lived next door to Elder Burrows in the dorms and told me about what happened.
He talked about the friendship they had and what a great person McKay was. I
will be thinking of you and praying for you.
This story brought tears to my eyes, my sister, brothers and I all served
missions. I could not imagine sending out a missionary and not having them
return, as I felt sadness.. A spirit of peace comforted me that these two
misssionaries died in the service of the lord and still have a great work to do
beyond the veil. I pray the families to be comforted through this trying time. I
love you and thank you for giving the ultimate sacrafice as well by sending
these two to serve the lord.
To my sister and her family... You have lost your newphew, McKay. However, we
didn't lose a child of God. He will rest peacefully in a special place in all
of our hearts. His piano tunes will linger in our minds, his smile will rest on
your shoulders and comfort you daily. I send my prayers to the Burrows
family... Love you all... Lisa
It is tragic and rare, the only thing that is comforting is that they died while
in service. I have to assume great things for them and their sacrifices
I'm an RM and it truly makes me very very sad to hear of the accidental death of
Elder Davis and Elder Burrows. Like them, I really love missionary work and
would sacrifice anything to serve the Lord. May the Eternal God comfort their
families. We love you, Elders!
Oh my heart weaps for these mothers and fathers and siblings. No one expects
this to happen and yet it does. GOD KNOWS ALL AND WILL BLESS ALL. May you feel
PEACE, COMFORT, and JOY in Knowing GOD LOVES YOU ALL! We will weap and pray for
their families. Their mission is far greater than we can imagine but oh how
they will be missed by friends and family. One of my sons served in Logandale,
Nevada and he knows what great people live there. Through great trials, comes
great faith and a knowledge how valiant we must all live!
My heart goes out to the families of these two fine missionaries. May the Lord
bless and keep you during your time of mourning.
what a blessing it is their mission continues. I can hear them saying:It may not be on the mountain’s height, or over the stormy sea;It
may not be at the battle’s front my Lord will have need of me;But if
by a still, small voice He calls to paths I do not know,I’ll answer,
dear Lord, with my hand in Yours,I’ll go where You want me to go.
How incredibly sad. May God bless their families.
and a time to say Goodbyeto those two Young Men who have served a
Mission..In Death do they part a Spirit is Ever near in Christ The Lords Kingdom
mending thru Our Heavens with All those Angels above =Amen=
we cannot thank the families of these missionaries enough for their faithful
service. both families are being fervently prayed for. may our Father on Heaven
be with you all at this terrible time of loss and reflection.
Not everyone needs as much time to complete our mission on earth. Their mission
is complete and they will be able to stand before our Father and hear him say,
"Well done my true and faithful servant."How much we all hope that
he will say that to us someday.
God be with you til you meet again....
My heart goes out to the famlies of these two young men and I pray for their
comfort and peace. I to have a son who is serving the Lord in Argentina. My
thoughts and love are with you as you go through this most difficult time. May
our Heavenly Father continue to bless all missionaries throughout the world.
That's so sad! :(
is waiting for his mission call I want the parents of these two young men to
know how much we love and appreciate them and their sons for their sacrifice.
There is no greater love than giving ones life for his friends. As a returned
missionary myself I know that losing one's life in the physical sense in the
mission field is about the farthest thing from any missionary's mind. However,
losing one's life in the spiritual sense in the service of your God is
entirely a different matter. These two young men did both. They have earned
their exaltation. My God bless the two families left on the earth. Their sons
await their eventual arrival. May peace be with them. Not as man giveth but as
the Lord giveth.
My heart goes out to the families of these brave, young men who died while
trying to do their best. They gave their all for the cause of good. Please know
that there are many who may not know your families but who are praying for peace
and comfort for you.
I can assure Calgary that the Church goes to extraordinary lengths to protect
the missionary. You write, "The Church needs to do a better job." You speak out
of ignorance. I would ask you what do you think the Church should have done?
50,000 young missionaries are far more supervised and and looked after than any
50,000 civilians elsewhere. Risk is part of mortality, and if one is totally
risk aversive, than they need to just stay put and never venture out in life.
There would not be a "Gospel proclaimed to the world," if we waited until the
world is safe. May the prayers of faithful Saints everywhere be answered with
peace upon the grieving families.
Dana, Shirley & family,we are so very sorry to hear of your sweet missionary's
passing. He was a valiant young man and missionary & has just been assigned to
a "different area". He came from a beautiful family. May the Lord bless you
and comfort you at this hard time as well as the Elder Jace Davis' family as
well. We love you - Roger & Gloria
The Davis family were members of our ward back in Las Vegas. Their children went
to Primary with our children. The Burrows family are members of our stake here
in Highland. Their children have attended school with our children. It's no
surprise to me that such wonderful young men grew up in these two loving homes.
To the Davises and the Burrows, I hope that all of the memories of your time
with those boys, the goodness of their lives, and the nobility of their cause
will bring you comfort until you're reunited with them.
FYI Carbon Monoxide and natural gas are detected in different ways. So a
portable CM detector would likely have done little or no good.
Jace my cousin, he was and still is the coolest and kindest kid i have ever met
and will always remember all the great memories we had together growing up. He
is the kid of kid where when you look back and remember all the things about him
and stuff that everything he did and said was good and i cant even think of one
bad memory about him. He will not be forgotten
To "Simple Question"Accidents can happeb, no matter how luxurious
the surroundings. These young men were merely victims of something that csn
hsppen in our own homes. A pilot light goes out, a string of events turns into
tragedy. The parents see the service as a blessing to the men and to their
families and to those they met in their service. When we go beyond the concept
of a young life cut off in the bloom of youth, we see the entire picture and can
understand that though bad things happen to good people, once this 15 minutes is
over, all will be well for those who look at the eternal - BIG - picture.
My thoughts and prayers are with the families at this time. I am so sorry for
your loss and I pray that God will bless you. It was a great blessing that they
were able to touch the lives of our Brothers and Sisters in Romania with the
Gospel of Jesus Christ. I pray that they will be able to continue their mission
with those waiting for their message on the other side of the veil.
Although I am no longer associated with the Utah Branch of the Restoration, I
did serve 2 years for it. I honor these boys for the hard work and dedication
they put into sharing the Book of Mormon and Jesus Christ with the people of
Romania. May their families be comforted through this tragedy
Prayers for peace and comfort to the families and friends of these missionaries.
A family from my ward now lives in Bucharest, and it's likely they knew these
elders and are grieving along with the families.As a teacher of
youth in the Church, I've sent my young graduates into the mission field with
prayers and best wishes, knowing they are ultimately in the Lord's hands. The
vast majority return with honor to us. Elder Burrows and Elder Davis have
returned with honor to the One who really sent them out.
I am a post Romanian missionary of about 2 years, and although i was unable to
know these elders it still touces close to home. I feel a strong connection to
these elders knowing the kind of wonderful young men the Lord sends to that
mission. I am confident that the Lord decided it best to call them home to a
place of security, safety, love and peace. Their earthly mission finished and
sealed with their testimonies! I know that rich blessing in heaven await for
them and their familes.To the annoymous commentor that asked about
missionaries and blessings to them and family and how their death fits in with
this:I am sure you are aware of how difficult life is on this earth, and
that you have experienced blessings in your life. To the familes of missionaries
blessings come in many different shapes and forms. For one, the knowledge that
your son has an assured place in heaven, I would think, would be one of the
greatest blessings. Furthermore, blessings are not just limited to this life and
in our short vision of things, but extend to eternal spheres. I hope this helps
provide a new perspective
Our deepest sympathies go out to both families
To the parents of Elder Davis, and to Dana and Shirley Burrows, we send our
love. We were so saddened to hear about the death of these two Elders. You are
in our thoughts and prayers.
So very sorry for the families. May peace eventually come to them.
Please acccept my heartfelt sympathy, I cannot even imagine the pain it must be
to lose a child, but, he is blessed to have been in the service of his Heavenly
Father - he is where the sun always shines and there is no pain - please know
that your church family is always there for you - God Bless
Elder Davis' father is my eye doctor and is a one of a kind guy. He is a great
man and I'm sure his son was as well. We will keep their familiy in our
Stories like this go to show that missionaries don't necessarily get special
protection. It's a dangerous world out there, and missionaries are not immune
from the dangers. But I do not understand why missionaries, considering some of
the housing they live in, are not equipped with mobile carbonmonoxide alarms.
The missionary program and the peril it puts people in need to be examined. I
pray for these young men and all other have have suffered similar fate BUT the
church neds to do a better job. End of story... this happens musch more then
What a waste. The church need to do better in protecting and preparing these
people. We have seen this to much.
Great question. While these deaths made the news, a huge majority of blessings
are highly personal and sacred and rarely make the news. It would be a tender
interview indeed to visit with these missionaries' families and ask them how
their lives are different because of their sons' service.While there
will be much mourning due to the deaths of these two young men, we do not view
death as the end of our existence. As one prophet in the Book of Mormon wrote,
"(T)he spirits of all men, as soon as they are departed from this mortal body,
yea, the spirits of all men, whether they be good or evil, are taken home to
that God who gave them life."That is an amazing blessing.While mortal protection can be a blessing, not all blessings are mortal
Our son is also serving in Romania and went into the MTC the same day as Elder
Burrows and arrived in Bucharest with him in August 2009. Our deepest sympathy
to the families of Elder Burrows and Elder Davis. We are also grieving for the
Presidency and all the missionaries serving in Romania who are struggling over
this loss of two from their missionary family.
My grandmother and her companion were murdered on their mission several years
ago while serving(both age 60+) This area was very cold to the church before
that. As a result of this tragedy, hearts were softened and doors were opened
and the missionary work fourished. Who knows the countless lives that were
blessed as a result. Some people say God works in mysterious ways, but the fact
is that we all have our free agency. If God picks and chooses whom he spares in
all the different types of tragedies then his plan would be flawed. It is a
tragedy what has happened to the two yound men. Alot of the blessings that
might come as a result of this, depend on what families and loved ones and even
those in the Romanian community choose to do with their free agency when dealing
with this loss. God is loving and merciful and will comfort and uplift, even
bless those who have been effected by this sad event. Knowing that Christ
atoned not only for our sins but he suffered for all manner of afflictions, so
we dont have to bear this alone. God bless these two families.
They could have do so much in this life for God, but now will never have the
chance. One can only hope that their tragic deaths will spark an increased
interest in making missionaries' apartments safer.
I went to highschool with Jace not knowing him on a deep level but talking
everyonce in a while. He was always a person that I remember having a smile on
his face and I know he will be missed greatly. I send my deepest sympathy to his
LDS members from Romania are grieving and pray for the families of our two
missionary friends. We are all in shock and our hearts are broken. Our thoughts
and prayers go out the their families and dear ones.
I used to live in the Davis' neighborhood. We were close friends. They are an
awesome family, and Jace will be missed. A little of Jace will be found in all
who had the opportunity to know him.You are in my prayers and may God be with
you at this difficult time and bless you.
for:Another Romanian Missionary at 10:15Thank you. The verses are
from the Book of Wisdom Chapter 4. Verses 7,8 and 9. ( New American Bible)
My heart goes out to the families of these young men. I served my mission there
in Romania a few years back and in fact in the city of Timisoara where these 2
missionaries died. The members there are devastated. I never even thought of
the danger of the apartments there and the gas. Many of the stoves and ovens are
gas and run on tanks that have to be replaced every so often. I never even
thought of the dangers associated with that or even the central gas in the
buildings. I pray and hope that even though it is sad a sad day for all that
knew these missionaries that their passing may be a great source of further
missionary work in that city.I watched the Timisoara news in Romania
this morning and I hope and pray many in that city and in Romania were watching
and listening and may open their hearts to the church even from their story
being broadcast on their local news.
I have a daughter who served a mission in Idaho, a son who served in Mexico, and
now have a son serving in Arizona. As a parent, you pray for their success,
their happiness, and their safety. You trust in the Lord, and ask that His will
be dine. We cannot always know the mind and will of God, but just as our
children serve the Lord by serving others, we, too, can serve. We mourn with
those who mourn. I mourn with the families who have temporarily lost their loved
ones. My prayer is that the Lord will comfort you as you grieve, and may you
find strength to endure the heartache. Thank you for the service of your sons,
and for their, and your, sacrifices.
Do not be sad for meMy soul and my spirit departed into my new
life~Being Reunited intothe light with Christ..Your
death is much to sadMuch sympathy and warm prayersfor all your
family and friendsRest in peace ElderMckay&ChoyBurrows
Thank you for sharing.One of my favorite sayings is that if we could
just look at a person and see the saddest moment of their lives, there would be
no more hate or contention or war.Each of us has suffered loss,
disappointment and anguish. Why we as a society can't all be more empathetic
and patient with each other, I don't understand.I am so sorry for
your loss and I appreciate you taking the time to post your comment.
There have been many good answers to your question. It is one that I have asked
myself before when a boy from my high school was hit by a train while on his
mission.I think it comes down to how we view death. In this world
we view death as a tragedy. And while it is tragic for those of us left behind
to miss those who died, it is NOT a tragedy for the ones returning to their
heavenly home. They are blessed to return to a place where their earthly
struggles and trials are over and they are able to progress in a peaceful
environment. My brother's death in May provided this perspective to
me that death can be a great blessing for those who died even though it is hard
for us.The Lord determined that these young men had fulfilled their
purpose on this earth and brought them home to Him. I am sorry for their
families who will miss them greatly but rejoice for them.
i have lost a 18 year old daughter, the pain never goes away. To the families
all i can say is famlies are forever. I know i will be with my sweet little girl
again. And so will you. My prayers
I just spoke with a friend who personally new Elder Burrows, She relayed this
story this morning and said her ward is devasted by the news. She is in romania.
You asked a sincere question, so I will try a sincere answer."Why
aren't these missionaries afforded more protection, considering they are out
there doing God's work?"My father served in a foreign land, often
going from farm to farm "without purse or script" relying on the graciousness of
strangers, which was common since the days of Christ's Apostles.I
served in a foreign land and pushed the envelope of safety, riding bikes in
blizzards on freeways.I then served in the military abroad in
peacetime as an MP, with much closer supervision than missionaries ever receive
& watched many perish. I learned that in peacetime, it is safer for a young man
or women to be abroad in the military than at home.Late teens and
early twenties are not a safe age, with car accidents, drownings, avalanche,
suicide, etc., many perish. Missionaries are much safer than any group I know,
but there are still some who perish.As a father with a missionary
headed abroad, we feel blessings beyond this life, that change us all for the
better. Some blessings are spiritual and fill us with peace. I hope you
Read the story of Abinadi in the Book of Mormon (it's found in MOSIAH Chapter
16-17). Abinadi, a prophet, died while serving a mission. The story does not
address your question in its entirety, but it does provide some insight into
the way God protects missionaries.
My heart and prayers go out the families of the deceased missionaries.I believe in God, but I don't know all the reasons bad things sometimes happen
to good people.However, this isn't the first time that one of God's
servants has died while on a mission.Abinadi, a Prophet in the Book
of Mormon, was burned to death while on a mission. Sometimes I wonder how
Abinadi's family felt about this death and if their faith was tested.
After losing his wife to cancer after three years of joyful marriage, C.S.
Lewis, (perhaps the foremost Christian apologist in the last century) suffered
mightily, mourning her loss. Her death mirrored the loss of his mother to
cancer when he was a boy. He wrote that in his grief he never doubted that God
existed, but began to wonder if He was a loving God -- his book, "A Grief
Obsereved" illuminates the nearly overwhelming pain of a shreaded soul as she
was taken from him. It made no sense until, after months of sorrow, his soul's
cry slowed enough to ask, "What is God trying to teach me? What has HE lost
that is anything like this?" And suddenly it became very clear that in some
small way his loss may have helped him understand what God felt as his own son
suffered and died.Healing and comfort slowly spread from there.
It is ours to "mourn with those that mourn and comfort those that
stand in need of comfort." (Mosiah 18:9) May the Lord of Sabbath bless, comfort
and keep us all as we mourn with you.
I am so sad to hear of this! I grew up with McKay and he was such a great guy!
Always happy!!! We will miss him greatly! We love the Burrows they are a great
To Observer:That really was a beautiful verse! I'd like to keep it, what
is the reference?To Simple Question:It is easy to ask that
question, but having served in Romania, and knowing how many times we brush
against death (all of us, not just missionaries), it is amazing more of us don't
die out there. Consider, when I was out, about ten years ago, there were 68,000
at the same time. How many of them died? None in that 18 month span. Could you
say that for any other population of 68,000 19 to 23 year olds? Probably not.Think Martin Luther King Jr. Thank Gandhi. How many good people die
while serving others? This is just life . . .
A missionary died in my mission in Peru about 6 years ago and everyone feels it.
So sorry to hear this.
It is impossible to avoid all risk. Bad things happen to good people, but as a
parent losing a child in such circumstances is sad but tempered by the fact that
the child was doing the Lord's will.
It's really sad, but thinking back on the apartments in Romania that I had to
live in for two years, it's surprising that it took 20 years for this to happen.
There are plenty of nice, well-maintained apartments in Romania, but for some
reason we persist in terribly dilapidated apartments. I'm sorry for the
families and the missionaries, and I feel lucky that it didn't happen to me.
TO BOB ALLEN, who posted above--those missionaries who died 25 years ago or so
in Bolivia--one of them was my best friend's boyfriend--Kevin Bons--you knew
him? The boy who died who is from Nevada is a current friend's son. I've
thought a lot about my old friend because of this current tragedy. My heart
aches for my friend.
May God bless those wonderful missionarys and their families
I am visiting in Romania and a tearful sister missionary told my daughter and I
about Elder Davis and Elder Burrows. The members of this small branch in Brasov
are so saddened. Our prayers for comfort go out to the families, fellow
missionaries, their mission president and his wife. We know that the fervent
prayers from this part of the mission are in your behalf as well. We hope you
can feel the love that people you don't even know, have for your sons. We extend
to you our tender feelings of sympathy and also our gratitude for the service
So sorry to hear of the death of these two great Elders. My sympathies to both
families. I know the parents of the one from Highland, Utah. The mom served in
the same mission as me at around the same time. I am sure both are in the Spirit
World continuing teaching the Gospel to those there. God be with you at this
time. Such tragedies should not happen but they do and we are strengthened by
them. God lives, Jesus Christ lives. The Gospel is beautifully simple and the
Gospel is simply beautiful.
Dear Simple Question,That is a fair question, and one I have faced. Though
my son didn't die while serving a mission, my husband did. I am a widow, raising
6 children. I wondered where the "blessing" was in that. When my next son
prepared to serve, I wondered if I could survive another such "blessing." There
are basically 2 choices that I had - 1) be angry and bitter and turn away from
God, or 2) do all that I could to draw nearer to God and allow him to bless me
with understanding and healing. At the time of my husband's death, the scripture
that ran constantly through my mind was "Trust in the Lord with all thine heart;
and lean not unto thine own understanding." (Proverbs 3:5)This has been an
exercise in trust, and a longing to come closer to Christ, who came to "heal the
broken-hearted." (Luke 4:18) The truth is, He does protect his missionaries. We
also know that we don't have all understanding, but he does, and we trust.
that with all the missionaries the LDS church has out in the various countries
of the world, young kids mostly - that more accidents like this don't happen.Best Wishes, thoughts and prayers for the families of the 2 young men.
Our deepest thoughts and prayers of sympathy and condolences go out to these
valiant faithful servants' families. May The Spirit of Lord be with you all.
Blessings and Prayers
Death is always hard, but think of the missionary work that they will be doing
in Heaven. All those from Haiti, that have died without the gospel and now these
two missionaries will continue their work.
McKay was my immediate neighbor in Highland for many years and was such a great,
kind, responsible person. I ran into him on BYU campus last year and he was so
friendly and outgoing. I know he was a great missionary, and he will be very
missed at home and in Romania. Dana and Shirley, my sincere condolences and my
heart and prayers go out to you and your family.-Brandon B.
My thoughts and prayers are with both families at this time!
This morning, just before branch presidency meeting the sister missionaries came
to our office with tears in their eyes giving us this sad news. It struck us,
though those Elders never served in our branch. How much more terrible this
tragedy is to their families and friends! Our sincere condoleances from
Constanta branch to their families. Their service is not over. Of that we
are most certain.
This earth llife doesn't come with a "guarantee" that we will all live to a ripe
old age. These two missionaries were doing what they were called to do;
faithfully serving a mission. It's hard to comprehend that they were actually
called home while doing the Lords' will but they are in the best of hands and
they live on, serving the Lord, in the Spirit World. My heart goes out to their
families. May the Lord comfort, bless and bring them peace during this trying
time in their lives.
We love your family so much. We feel your loss, and send our love to all of you.
You are such a blessing in our lives.
This is hard to read especially when I have a son preparing to go on a mission.
But Elder Oakes said that our young men are safer on a mission at this age then
anywhere else they could be. God speed!
May the Lord bless the families of this missionaries,they died in the Lords work
and they already full-fill a worthy mission and for sure they have more work in
the order side,they are wonderful children of Heavenly Father.
The article says that "Davis" was an honor student at Lone Peak High School. I
think you mean "Burrows", seeing as how Lone Peak is in Highland.
The article said that Elder Burrows was from Highland, Utah. But then it says
that Elder Davis attended Lone Peak High School.Which statement is
correct?Also, someone posted that missionaries should have
carbon-monoxide detectors. That would NOT have helped in this case, since the
article states that the problem was a GAS LEAK. Unfortunately, CO Detectors
don't detect raw gas.Deepest condolences on behalf of ALL members of
the church, worldwide. We are all praying for you!
There are worse things than death. Who knows the mind and will of God. His
thoughts are higher than our thoughts and His ways higher than our ways. I
cannot begin to second guess God or tell Him how to do His job. What I can do
is mourn with those that mourn, comfort those that stand in need of comfort and
stand as a witness of God in all things and all times and all places that I may
be in. May God bless these wonderful families during what I am sure will be a
very difficult walk...
I am so sad!
I would like to thank all who have offered their condolences and prayers. We,
the family, need and appreciate each and every one. Jace was an amazing young
man, with a smile that can fill a room and warm the soul. He was devoted to
his family and the gospel. Thank you, Joy, for the compassion in your comments
above. There is no way to describe the grief we are experiencing and we are
grateful for the blessings the gospel brings. There is a hole in our lives now,
that only Jace could fill. He is loved, he is missed, He has RETURNED WITH
HONOR! Our deepest condolences to the Burrows Family!
Very sad. It goes to show the double danger of natural gas: it can
asphyxiate. Or, it can blow a house to smithereens if ignited.Very
sorry this happened.
Thank you for sharing this Scripture from the Apocrypha. It is comforting to
learn from other religious views.To these families, may our Lord
pour out choice blessings on you. These 2 young men are most likely already busy
in the Spirit World.
We pray for the work to go forth, we pray for their safety, and we pray that
they will return to us healthy and whole. Yet, as it is always is, and always
will be..it is God's Will. I am a mom of a missionary who will leave the MTC
within the week to serve in Russia. I know that he will be in God's hands. How
hard this must be for these families, my thoughts and prayers are with you.
Words can not explain the feelings that come from losing a loved one, especially
one as loved as these two young men were. I revere and honor these men who have
a great work to do. What a blessing we have to know the truth of the after-life
and the legacy these young men have left. I have looked up to Jace though he be
younger than I for many years now. I can only imagine the young man he has
become while he has been serving the Lord. At times like these it makes you
wonder and think just how important it is that we live our lives as these young
men were living theirs. Living for and in the service of others and the Savior.
Well done my young friends and may the Lord reward you openly for the service
you have and are rendering. My prayers are with the families and good luck to
those who continue to fight for the cause of faith throughout the world.
I grew up with Jace and have known him my whole life. It is somewhat surreal to
know that the last time I saw him was some time before he left for his mission
and I will never see him again, especially since I am pretty sure he should have
been getting off soon. I hope and pray that his family is doing alright and the
McKay's. Jace was always a great guy. I'll miss seeing him play tennis with his
equally funny doubles partner.
My son is serving a mission in Romania. My thoughts and prayers are with the
Families of Elder Burrows and Elder Davis, along with the Elders in the Romania
mission. May they have peace and comfort at this time.
I am a LDS from Romania. is so hard to accept what happened. news as Mormon
missionaries, is to all television news in Romania. our heavenly Father to bless
the families. saints in Romania are grateful to your sacrifice.
I am so sorry!
I worked with both in Romania, and you couldn't ask for greater Elders. Both had
strong testimonies and are serving strongly on the other side. Words do not
explain the grief, pain, or sorrow, but Davis' smile and Burrows' laugh will
always be in my memory. May God Bless their dear families,
especially the two mothers. Know that you are not alone. You have friends, and
family beside you, and more importantly, angels about you to bear you up. Let us
do all we can to help and support these two amazing families!
To the families, I am so very, very sorry. May the Lord bless you with the
ability to cope with your loss and to find peace with what has happened.
My heart goes out to these two dear families. We too have a missionary
serving in a far away country and I can only imagine what it would be like to
get a call like these families got. God Bless and comfort them. They will be
in my prayers.
Every missionary companionship should have a portable fire/carbon monoxide alarm
set up in their rooms. My condolences to the families.
What a sad loss. There isn't much more you can say than that. They were doing
the best thing they could with their lives, and they lost them. I'm sure they're
working hard already on the other side.
GodBless you BothIn sympathy to your Family~
Words cannot express the feeling of grief and sympathy we all have for both of
these great families. To the Burroughs and Davis Families, please accept our
thoughts and prayers in this time of grief and lack of understanding.We're told that only our Eternal Father knows the full measure of giving up a
Son in the sacrifice of other (all of us). I'm not sure in my parochial
understanding of the Atonement, if I can fully appreciate that sacrifice, nor
your own deeply challenging loss you're asked to bear at this time.I
truly believe that these two Son's of God are even now receiving glory and the
gratitude from their Eternal Father and Savior, for their sacrifice in the
service of their fellow men. I also pray for the calming balm of Gilead to
bless these Families lives as they strive to move forward and discover new ways
to remember these fine young men through following their examples, and serving
those who are also around them...God Bless,USU AGGIE
My son is serving in Ukraine and hearing the news of these young men is
heartbreaking. May the Lord bless the families as they try to deal with a grief
I can only imagine. Our prayers go out to you.
I am so very sorry for both families. I am from the community in Nevada where
Elder Davis comes from. His father just finished an honorable five years as a
bishop this month. Last month their youngest daughter almost died of a long and
terrible illness. Even before she was out of danger, an older daughter had to
return temporarily from the MTC because of a different serious illness. This is
a spiritual family and I know they will make it but this series of events would
test the strongest. Please pray for both families.
Our hearts go out to the families.
Sometimes there are no words to mend a broken heart only time. I pray GOD will
find mercy for the Davis family ,this tragity, with all of there others are more
than one family should bare. May they let the Neighbors help carry the load. GOD
Although I am not of your Faith my thoughts are with the families of these young
men. Please allow me to share a Scripture from the Apocrypha. I hope it brings
some comfort. Peace be to you.from the Book of Wisdom ( Catholic
version) "But the just man, though he die early, shall be at
rest. For the age that is honorable comes not with the passing of
time, nor can it be measured in terms of years. Rather,
understanding is the hoary crown for men, and an unsullied life, the attainment
of old age.
To the Burrows family, please know that my love and prayers are with you during
this difficult time. I have know Mckay since he was a young boy and it was neat
to see him grow into such an outstanding Young Men. May the Lord bless you and
comfort you all.
May the Lord bless and comfort both of these families in the is time or sorrow.
Their lives have been changed with the passing of their beloved sons. May their
hearts be lifted and strengthened. I also must extend my love and prayers to the
missionaries in Romania that are now mourning the loss of their friends and
I think we underestimate the danger of the appliances in these foreign missions.
If my companion and I had not left our apartment an hour early one particular
morning, we would have met a similar fate. I think missionaries should be
trained to check the quality of the gas appliances as a safety precaution.
I am very sad to hear this tragic news.
To the burrow's family, may you know how much we love you and pray for you.
McKay was a blessing to everyone who knew him
Mckay was and is a great young man. I had the opportunity to teach him in High
School. What a great and caring family and I pray the Lord will comfort them at
this time. You are in our thoughts and prayers as you go through this trying
time. May the missionaries in Romania also be comforted at this time.
Knowing what we do, and that they are both in such a better place, certainly
doesn't take the pain away for loved ones still here. I pray they will be
We as young men knew the risks,and now years later - We as parents know
the risks.If it was choice as to when I had to let one of mine go,
it would be then and there.My sincere condolences to the families.
Very sad to hear this news. But at least they died doing the best thing they
could be, serving the Lord. Now their missionary work continues in the spirit
world. God be with you till you meet again!!!
I'm so sorry to both families who have lost a loved one, may you all be
enveloped with peace, comfort, and the love that comes from the atonement of
Jesus Christ. My prayers will be with both your families.
This is just heartbreaking. Would carbon monoxide detectors in an apartment
prevent future tragedies?
This is such sad news. We grieve with their families and pray for the Spirit to
comfort them during this time and in the days ahead. God bless you all!
There is no greater sacrifice than to give your life in the service of your
As a mom with a son serving a mission in another country, my heart is breaking
for these families. May our Heavenly Father pour out the blessings of comfort on
these families and the missionaries in the Bucharest Mission.
This is such a sad thing to hear, my heart goes out to the family. I hope that
they will find peace and know that death was peaceful to these two young men.
They have a very important work to do on the other side and I do not doubt that
they want their family to be happy and know that they are serving another
mission. I also hope that the members and missionaries from their mission will
find peace and comfort also.
So sorry to hear of such a tragedy...our love and prayers go out to the families
- may God be with them during this time of heartache, may they have peace and
comfort at this time. God bless the Mission President and fellow Missionaries
serving in this area, may peace and comfort be with them, and the lives of those
who have been blessed to know them
Dear Shirley and Dana, I'm so devastated to hear about McKay. I have
so many good memories of him on Heritage Tours and how he explained to me how
his testimony had grown. He was also so much fun with a beautiful smile. My
prayers will be with you. May you be blessed. I'm so sorry.
A truly sad story, but repeated every couple of years. Almost 35 years ago, two
months after returning from my mission, my favorite companion and his junior
companion were similarly killed by asphyxiation. I still grieve when i think of
it. I cannot believe that this continues to happen.
Our prayers and love go out to the parents, family and the mission president.
So sorry to hear. God bless their families at this time with the peace and
comfort they need.
My son was an assistant to the President in this mission and just got the word;
he's devastated. He worked with both missionaries and relates how wonderful
they were and how dedicated they were to the work of the Lord. May the Lord's
sweet Spirit comfort the families in their loss.
God bless the families...
Our thoughts and prayer go out to the families of these two missionaries.
These young men are heroes to me. How many people today would make the ultimate
sacrifice for opportunity to spread the news of the gospel? I pray that the
Lord's blessings will be with all the affected family and friends.
I'm so sorry for their families. The missions I've seen have tried very hard to
find the safest living conditions for the missionaries. Sometimes your best
efforts just aren't enough. I'm sorry to lose a couple of good young men out
serving the Lord where they ought to be.
God bless their families and fellow missionaries. One of them is my niece. Our
hearts go out to them.
There are simply no words...
God comfort and bless the family and friends of these two young care givers!
So sorry, to hear of this tragedy. I wish peace and love to their families with
such heartache in losing a child, no matter if 1- 100 in age ... ! We all know the dangers of living in the cold weather season, as to the gas
problems regarding furnaces & carbon monoxide here in Utah. It is not known
whether people are as informed as we are, overseas in this area or not, of
maintaining safe housing for persons in their apartments or homes. Let's hope no one has to undergo this tragedy, again, by education and
awareness, and help these families find peace, in their losses. please say
a prayer & light a candle for them.
Such sad news....
Wow, sorry to hear about these two missionaries who died from afixiation. Some
30 years ago while I was serving in the Bolivia-La Paz. We had a missionary die
from afixiation also from a propane tank leak. I remember the trauma still to
My heart goes out to these families.