LDS missionary involved in Spain train accident continues to serve

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  • JoeCoug OREM, UT
    Aug. 5, 2013 8:03 a.m.

    I give as my opinion this: Those who tragically died in this terrible disaster are in a much better place, cared for by God and His angels. We, who are left on the earth to mourn the passing of friends and loved ones, are those who continue to struggle with the trials and tribulations of life. However, we can also enjoy the greatest blessings of mortal life by humbling ourselves, seeking the blessing and comfort of others and by doing what we can to help.

    I believe that God lives because I talk to Him daily and He replies. I meditate and listen for His will, and He answers me to do things I might not have the courage to otherwise do. When I do them I am blessed, and my courage to help others grows. I served a mission (Bolivia '81-'83) and it was the hardest, yet most rewarding experience to that point of my life. This young man is truly a credit to our faith, and demonstrates that he has been taught well to endure and serve. I applaud he and his family.

  • washcomom Beaverton, OR
    Aug. 2, 2013 9:44 p.m.

    I think providence is a wonderful gift when the Mission President is an orthopedic surgeon, and is monitoring the continued recovery of this fine Elder.

    Continued speedy recovery, Elder Ward!! And to the other fellow injured passengers as well.

  • I know it. I Live it. I Love it. Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 2, 2013 7:34 p.m.

    Chris B,

    Yet you do believe in supernatural power, as you believe in God as you have stated. Do you now speak for Him?

    I mean nothing rude by it. I enjoy many of your posts. I just don't understand how someone can believe in God, yet believe God wouldn't do certain things. Unless you know Him yourself, you certainly wouldn't know His reasons for doing things. Without those, you couldn't possibly know whether He would cause any of this in the first place. Further more, He very well could have allowed the crash by allowing His children to be responsible for their own actions, while also protecting this young man for a specific purpose.

    Death isn't nearly as unfair or tragic to those who truly do believe in God. It doesn't mean it's welcomed, but God clearly allows pain to exist, otherwise it wouldn't. I also know He has an interest in our happiness. I hope you believe this, for your own sake at least. By these we can know of the possibility. All things are possible with God. Doubt helps no-one. We are to act by faith, not doubt.

  • lmdansie Sandy, UT
    Aug. 2, 2013 7:15 p.m.

    Years ago, the first missionary I met was admitted to the hospital where I was a student nurse, almost ready to graduate. He was sent home, but before he left he gave me a copy of the Book of Mormon and a reading assignment. He arranged for 2 other missionaries to teach me and I was baptized 2 months later. I'm so grateful for dedicated missionaries!

  • Chris B Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 2, 2013 2:46 p.m.

    While I am glad this young man was not killed, I do not believe any supernatural powers had anything to do with that.


    Because similarly I do not believe supernatural power caused the deaths of those who died.