Elder Stephen Ward interviewed on CNN, describes his second battle for life

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  • suzyk#1 Mount Pleasant, UT
    Aug. 5, 2013 7:13 a.m.

    Another humble and righteous young man who has chosen to put the Lord ahead of his own needs. I know the Lord is very pleased with his decision to endure and continue on with his mission. He will realize many blessings because of his choice. What a wonderful example as a
    Disciple of Christ".

  • Moontan Roanoke, VA
    July 27, 2013 10:28 p.m.

    Outstanding young man! God is going to use his tragedy to bring others into the Church. DN should do a follow-up story when his mission is completed.

    Good on you, Elder Ward! You've already inspired others.

  • ryansaltlake SLC, UT
    July 27, 2013 3:47 p.m.

    Elder Ward, you are an inspiration to us all. God bless you.

  • UtahBlueDevil Durham, NC
    July 27, 2013 1:34 p.m.

    Bob K - I kind of agree with you on one level.... our missionaries would spread the word through deed far more effectively through service, than knocking on doors on some of these countries. What better way to show we understand the Lords message other than emulating the service he preached. To me, actions speak ever so much louder than strangers knocking on doors.

    But, I disagree with the idea that places that have established religions should not be the beneficiaries of missionary service. Just because they have a defacto religion doesn't mean that the majority of people are adherents to that faith.

    I served in one such country. I even lived in Paris while Mitt was serving there. I would hardly say these efforts being spent there are in vain. The "easy" path isn't always the right path...

    But I do agree on the service.... we should have 80,000 LDS young adults impacting peoples lives - and through that - we would surely gain greater access to their hearts and spirits.

    In my opinion... for what it is worth.

  • josegomez Spain, 00
    July 27, 2013 11:25 a.m.

    To Bob K from Portland, Or, I would answer as Spanish, which I give thanks and many Spanish because one day the Church of Jesus sending missionaries to Spain, and from someone who had entrenched their religion before they were baptized in the Church of Jesus Christ of LDS, I had the privilege of serving as a missionary in Spain and see too many miracles helping people, just follow the command of our Lord Jesus Christ: Go and preach to all nations and peoples of the earth (including those with their religions rooted) and people freely decide, with all due respect I say that this is the same question that you might have made to the apostles when fuerón to serve and preach the gospel to Jews or others rooted in their religions.

  • Rustymommy Clovis, NM
    July 27, 2013 9:51 a.m.

    For Bob K:
    There are missionaries in inner cities throughout the USA and the rest of the world. The joy of the gospel of Jesus Christ belongs to all people. Therefore, there are missionaries everywhere that they are allowed to go. One specific example, in Salt Lake City, the LDS church has an entire staff of senior missionaries who serve in the Inner City mission. Their primary responsibility is providing support and assistance to the local residents both LDS and not LDS. I've heard it said that "You cannot teach a hungry man." Therefore many service missionaries throughout the world focus on basic needs such as clean water, agricultural support, emergency food assistance, micro business projects and emotional encouragement. In many countries, the poorest people are being taught to read and write either in their own language or in English. Assisting people in improving their personal quality of life is a Christlike service. So where there is a need, there is a missionary there to help meet that need. In addition to specifically assigned service projects, most missionaries are encouraged to give a minimum of 4 hours a week of community service. Glad you asked!!

  • conservative and proud Orem, UT
    July 27, 2013 9:45 a.m.

    Amazing. We should pray for all missionaries, especially this one. But, all of them, those everywhere, those on service missions, which most know nothing about, those on medical missions to train parents how to be healthier, etc.. They all serve the Lord, and they are all fantastic missionaries. God bless them, I still remember the two missionaries who taught me the gospel in San Diego. They were amazing.

  • JP71 Ogden, UT
    July 27, 2013 9:29 a.m.

    Very impressed with this young man. Articulate, intelligent, dedicated. Such a contrast from the youth of the world. Very proud to have him representing the LDS Church.

  • LittleStream Carson City, NV
    July 27, 2013 8:54 a.m.

    Elder Ward has been called to be on a mission. Some missionaries go because they think that's what is required of them. Such a valiant young man. He is what a modern day stripling warrior would look like! Bless his family and his service.

  • oldschooler USA, TX
    July 27, 2013 7:53 a.m.

    Way to go Elder Ward, so proud of you, will pray for you again. So proud of youngmen like you.

  • Gemini Australia, 00
    July 27, 2013 6:26 a.m.

    Given all this young man went through medically with his injuries both physical and mental, he was articulate and steadfast in his resolve to serve the Lord. His experience will indeed open doors, but from his background and other health issues he suffered in previous years, I would imagine the Lord prepared him well and he will not only make an amazing emissary of the Lord, but a wonderful husband, father and leader throughout his life. Not many 18 year olds sound as confident in or out of the church after an ordeal like this! Stay strong always Elder Ward and may the Lord ALWAYS watch over and protect you as you serve Him!

  • Bob K porland, OR
    July 27, 2013 2:54 a.m.

    Good for him! Glad he is going to be fine

    My question: instead of sending young men to countries that have been happy with their religion for centuries, why not send them to the inner cities in America?
    If the purpose is service, why not have them help inner city mothers, or Appalachian or Mississippi or Mexican-American mothers to get their kids ready for school?
    Perhaps they would need 2-4 years of college to be up to that task.

    Most of America thinks that missions to places that already have religion, such as sending Mitt Romney to France, is weird. If the lds church encouraged missions to help poor kids learn how to stay in school in the USA, it would acheive much more admiration and help the USA in a time of great need.

  • Grammy3 SOUTH JORDAN, UT
    July 27, 2013 12:45 a.m.

    Good for you Elder. I have been praying for you and your family since I heard about this. May the Lord heal you quickly so that you can get out and be a wonderful representative our Jesus Christ to those people in Spain. May God be with you

  • Serenity Manti, UT
    July 26, 2013 11:26 p.m.

    What a brave young man. God bless you in continuing to serve our Savior by seeking the honest in heart. This is a life experience and it will remain with you for the rest of your life as something courageous and positive.

  • Daniel Leifker San Francisco, CA
    July 26, 2013 10:22 p.m.

    What an amazing and inspiring story.

  • UtahBlueDevil Durham, NC
    July 26, 2013 9:16 p.m.

    Great interview.... saw it this morning. He represented himself, his family and the church proudly. His parents must be so proud of their son. ... and rightfully so.

  • BYUalum South Jordan, UT
    July 26, 2013 6:57 p.m.

    As I mentioned on a previous comment board, this humble young man certainly has the right attitude to be a representative for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints as a full time missionary! He had the choice to return home. I personally think that he will be able to contact a lot of investigators. He will further be allowed to enter their homes as the story of his survival of this horrific train surfaces wherever he goes. He'll do an awesome job! He has quite a compelling story to tell. Our prayers are with you, Elder!

    God bless you!