having served in Guatemala on my mission in the 90's I can visualize
exactly what happened. We would ride in the back of trucks all the time, even
though we were advised by the mission president not to. But it was so much
easier than taking the "chicken" busses and being squished and sat upon
(really they cram them like sardines!)The roads out there are terrible full of
pot holes, etc. I can only imagine up in Coban, the jungle area how bad the
roads are. My heart and prayers goes out to the family of this missionary. It
makes me remember how easy this could of happened to me too when I was serving
and my disobedience in riding in back of trucks. I am not saying that this
elder was being disobedient riding, it was just the policy in our mission. But
living out there in Guatemala is noting like living here in the States.
Silverprospector: Your questions all revolve around man’s narrow and
limited view of time, space, life and death. Thirty years ago Rabbi Harold S.
Kushner wrote a book entitled, “When Bad Things Happen to Good
People” since people everywhere struggle with the same questions. The millennia-old fear of death has been answered and overcome through
the glorious resurrection of Jesus Christ! His church today, The Church of
Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, contains the answers to all your questions,
and more, about the purposes of life. I urge you to meet with our missionaries
so that you can learn more. If you are a member already, there is always more
to be learned through the process of study, faith and continual revelation,
which is the unique doctrinal difference between the LDS church and all others
in the world today.You will find that belief can turn into knowledge
when faith is exercised, and that exercising faith is one of the key purposes of
this life. Best wishes to you in your search for truth.
LasvegaspamI must correct you. None of the things you stated are
known. They may be believed, but how would you know that? Of course, you
can't. Why would god allow a young man to be taken before he grows old. Why
does got let children of any age die? If he knows us all, and knows what our
choices will be anyways, why can't he stop tragedies from happening? Why
does he allow children and young men to die daily?
@lasvegaspam....are you kidding? You just listed opinion after opinion. I for
one don't believe in a thing you just mentioned and I've been a member
for 61 years.
The Burton family is truly an exemplary family. Elder Burton was known and
loved by so many in our two entire stakes here in the Cardston area. A huge
funeral on Monday is anticipated as he touched so many lives. Tonight as we
attended the Carriage House Theatre we viewed a tribute in the theater lobby
that has been created in Elder Burton's honor. He may even perform at his
own funeral if clips of his performances are shown.
Brahmabull, The Restored Gospel of Jesus Christ teaches that our Heavenly
Father resides in a place and in a time outside of this earth. He is able to
see things before they happen, when they happen, and after they happen; and all
at the same time, if He so chooses. He already knows each choice you and I will
make. He comprehends the impact His missionary’s passing will have on
all connected to this young elder. Thus, He is able to make ALL things work for
His good. Who are we to say that this is not the best way for this young man to
have passed over? We have been promised that no blessing (marriage, children,
posterity) will be denied those in this young man’s situation. These things are not known to the majority of people in the world today, but
to the Latter-day Saints they are known! Who’s to say that this
Elder’s passing will not have an immense impact on those he worked with
and on behalf of. Let us rejoice in this knowledge, and use our
faith to carry us through the challenging days ahead before the Savior returns.
If they were protected by heavenly father then why do any of them die? That is a
flaw in logic. "He extended Josh Burton's mission call to
the other side of the veil. This was His plan for Josh." This
statement is pure speculation. You do not know that, and I don't know why
anybody would assume that. We have no idea.Your stats may be correct
that missionaries are 20 times less likely to die... Don't you think that
has something to do with them not doing dangerous activities during their
missionary years? They don't swim, hunt, motorcycle, fight, go to bars,
drink, smoke, ride bulls, join the military, etc. that is why the death rate is
less. they spend their nights in members houses or in their house. There is your
reason for missionaries being 20 times less likely to die.
LisaRatzHow do you know what god's plan is for him? How would
you know that his call is extended to the other side? How would anybody know
When injury or accident occurs, God blesses and is aware of ALL our
missionaries; those who pass to the other side and those whose lesser injuries
allow them to stay on this side. May His spirit continue to be with us all.
Condolences to the family, and Best Wishes that you'll find peace in
remembering your loved one.
The mortality rate for people ages 15-24 in the US is 0.0792%, as opposed to the
mortality rate of LDS Missionaries world-wide of 0.0042%. LDS Missionaries are
20 times less likely to die than their peers.Missionaries are
protected by our Heavenly Father.Heavenly Father is in charge. He
is in control of the lives of our Missionaries. He extended Josh Burton's
mission call to the other side of the veil. This was His plan for Josh.On Facebook, Josh's mother wrote, "Please know that our faith
is intact. We are certain Josh was in God's care even as he died. We fully
believe we will see Josh again when it is our turn to be called Home."
"All will be well."May we all follow her example.
Joey D, oldschoolerWhy would you make predictions on what kingdom
somebody went to? How would anybody know that?
For sure in a celestial world, bless his family and tribute to a young man dying
in the service of God. Thank you for your service.
Anytime we hear of something like this happening it's always deeply tragic.
My heart goes out to the Burton family and pray the Lord will bring peace and
comfort to their grieving hearts. It's times like this though
that makes me wonder and question what it really means when the the Lord said,
"...for I will go before your face. I will be on your right hand and your
left...and mine angels round about you, to bear you up." D&C 84:87-88.
Truly the Lord's ways are not our ways and our minds cannot comprehend his
will so we are left to just trust that He knows what's best for us. Sadly,
often times it doesn't really ease the pain.
7dawg, I believe if I were in the place of the Burton family your comment would
definitely be what I would need to hear! A kind word of tribute to this young
man and I'm sure one of thousands they will hear and will NEED to hear to
help comfort them.
Brother Benjamin Franklin, things like this happen even when young people stay
in their hometowns. We can't hide under a rock and refuse to send our
children out into the world to serve or to be educated. When my son left for
his mission to Mexico I was very worried about his safety due to the amount of
violence that was happening and being reported in the news. I constantly stewed
over what might happen. Then not long after my son left a friend lost her 20
year old son to murder on the streets of Salt Lake City. After that I realized
how unreasonable I was being and that I needed to have more faith. I know my
friend would have been grateful at that time to have her son on a mission not to
mention alive and here I was letting fear take over my heart. Fear is the
opposite of faith. I learned to put the things I couldn't control into the
Lord's hands and was able to have peace until my son returned. This young
elder is an inspiration and despite his short life was able to touch many people
through music and service.
I visited family in Cardston one year and Josh and his brother came to the house
I was at to visit the teenage daughter there. While there they put on a mini
concert on the spot and just for fun. I was blown away by the talent and spirit
of those boys. I told my wife that I wouldn't mind if our daughter married
a young man like either of them. God bless to this family at this most difficult
This is a tragic story. Such a young man killed doing service. I am thinking of
his family.JazzledazzleLets not say that this is the
best way one could pass away. I don't think the family or the victim
himself would agree with you. I bet he would have much rather been able to get
married, have kids, and grow old then be in an accident when he was young. We
tend to glorify those who pass away on missions as if those taken were somehow
meant to be taken. I don't believe that. That may be a way for us to cope
with the loss, but I believe it happened only because it happened. No reason for
it. Still very tragic.
Brother Benjamin FranklinYou know death is part of life, you
can't hide under a rock. This young man is now in the Celestial Kingdom!
God bless his family in this time of grief. Thank God for the young men and
women who choose to serve the Lord.
My heart feels great empathy for the Burton family, even moreso because my
oldest son just returned safe and sound from his mission to Maryland just last
Thursday. In every single family prayer for 22 1/2 months we prayed for his
safety, both physically and spiritually. Picking him up at the airport and
seeing him "home" was a joyous experience, indeed.No doubt
Bro. and Sis. Burton and their children offered sincere prayers of safety to the
Lord as well. However, the Lord knew it was Elder Burton's time to return
home and we must all humbly submit to the wisdom and will of our loving
Savior.May the time of your separation feel brief, and may the joy
of that eventual reunion, through the Master, be more joyous and wonderful than
you can ever imagine.God lives. May He bless and comfort you in
your time of need.
Each time we sent a missionary off, the thought that they might not return was
always there.After listening to his music, his talent was
'awesome' as his generation might say, and he will be remembered
for who he was and what he has done in his short life. God bless his family
with understanding and treasure what he has left of himself before he returned
to his celestial home.
The number of missionaries that die while serving is very low (each one is
tragic, and no disrespect goes to any family). The church does a lot of
training on safety for the missionaries. US average is 10 vehicle
deaths per 100,000 population per year. There are 70,000 missionaries currently
serving. This means that on average 7 will pass away this year because of
vehicle accidents. We do not live a in perfect world. The Lord
allows things to happen for his purposes. My thoughts and prayers go out to the
One thing we do not often teach our sons is how precious life is and how short
it can become. Protecting yourself from hazards is not something than comes with
just experience but can be taught. In this case details are few but we can
only surmise as 4 people were injured that they likely were riding in the back
of the truck. No service project is worth your life.
My oldest son will return from the mission in less than a month. I understand
how you may feel. The investigation of accidents in the mission and the church
can help minimize them.
As a devoted active member of the LDS church one of the things I struggle with
is a missionary dying on a mission. I always ask why the Lord would let this
happen.The conclusion I have drawn is that it must be their time to
go. Moving on from this life while in the service of the Lord is about the best
way you can go.My prayers and thoughts to this young man's
Very Sad. All I can say is he died in the service of God, and that no other
cause is more worthy of salvation. No doubt he is doing what he loves with his
loved ones that passed on before him, among the celestial musicians.
It is sad and unfortunate when things like this happen - but it is also well to
remember that hearts that were touched and a legacy left by the music that Elder
Burton composed and shared.
This is tragic. The family needs all of the combined kindness and prayers
possible. It does seem that accidents on missions seems to be increasing. I
would hope the church would take steps to make missions safer...a parent
shouldn't have to worry about their son or daughter. Accidents happen and
some times there is no way to prevent them but as I said it seems like the rate
This is the worst kind of thing anyone can ever have happen. My heart goes out
to this family and they will be in my prayers. I cannot understand
why missionaries bother to serve when these are the sorts of things we have to
deal with. People should just stay and serve missions where they lived and we
would see far less of this.
Any missionary dying in service is a difficult thing. Yet, there is also
something sacred about death in the service of God.May his family
and friends be blessed in their time of grief.
My heart goes out to the family of this young man. Words cannot heal your pain
but know there are people praying for you.