Cardiac arrest claims LDS missionary in Wyoming

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    Aug. 7, 2013 9:01 a.m.

    Criticizing the church for missionary deaths does not help comfort the families. My sympathy goes to the families involved. The area involved was part of my mission, and I have many friends there.
    The church is not careless in keeping missionaries safe. On my mission, several were sent home temporarily or permanently released for health reasons. And asking the church to protect the missionaries from tragedy, even death, is like asking God to intervene in any turn of fate. It would disrupt the purpose of mortality.

  • JonathanPDX Portland, Oregon
    Aug. 7, 2013 12:54 a.m.

    Brother Benjamin Franklin, our lives on this world are not important compared to the work of sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ. As Christ promised, "For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it."

    Elder Bennett was serving the Lord and doing his work when he died. What greater testimony can there be than to live each day as though it were our last in the service of our Heavenly Father?

    I pray that Elder Bennett's family and friends are comforted by the Spirit and that they know they will surely see him again.

  • dotp POTEAU, OK
    Aug. 6, 2013 4:38 p.m.

    My heart goes out to the family of Elder Bennet. Losing anyone is hard, and when you lose someone who is serving an honorable mission, it does give one pause to question -- at least for one brief moment -- should we have done something different? However, that said, we must keep in mind that none of us is given the assurance that we have tomorrow. We are all subject to death and while those left behind mourn, we are not left comfortless unless we decide to be. Second guessing those in authority, at least in the church, is not a good idea, unless you KNOW for certain they are doing something knowingly wrong. Since that does not appear to be the case here, we must assume this young man had greater responsibilities on the other side of the veil and is now carrying on his mission there. I pray with all my heart that this family will receive the peace and comfort they are assured from the Holy Ghost. I can't imagine how heart-breaking this must be for them. Blaming the church for his death is misplaced blame. There will be showers of blessings.

  • Ammon, ID
    Aug. 6, 2013 12:23 p.m.

    Please accept my heartfelt sympathy. My heart has just been breaking for these missionary families whose missionaries have been called home. But knowing that the work is hastening on this side of the veil, it must be on the other side as well. At least we know where these missionaries will continue to be serving. How comforting to know that they are among the elite to continue His work.

    Again, you will be in my prayers, may you find peace and comfort in those around you and through your loving Heavenly Father at this time and in the hard times to come.

    Much Love to your family.

  • Cinci Man FT MITCHELL, KY
    Aug. 6, 2013 11:28 a.m.

    I hesitate to comment much any more because the DSN staff chooses to ignore so many posts that end up in Graceland with Elvis. But I truly hope they post this one. I sincerely offer my condolences to this family who has paid a great price for their faith. Elder Bennett is doing a great work and his loss is great to the whole world and especially his family and future family. But I know that he is serving with all his heart, might, mind, and strength in the same way he did a few days ago. What a joyous reunion you will one day have with him and Him. Blessings and comfort to you all.

  • Maureen Fepuleai New Zealand, 00
    Aug. 6, 2013 11:05 a.m.


  • Abbygirl East Carbon, UT
    Aug. 6, 2013 10:47 a.m.

    A sad day indeed.. I will pray for the family.. but then again... what a wonderful day to know that he died serving the Lord. I am positive that this Elder is now working doubly hard on the other side, to those who never knew or understood the gospel.. so be ye therefore comforted to know that Elder Bennett is still in the service of our Heavenly Father!

  • ulvegaard Medical Lake, Washington
    Aug. 6, 2013 10:39 a.m.


    Though we understand the plan of salvation and the concept of eternal life. Yet, news like this is still difficult and hard to bear. It takes time and all we can do is to utilize yet another gift and aspect of the the Holy Ghost as it comforts and encourages us as we cope.

    Deepest sympathies.

  • What in Tucket? Provo, UT
    Aug. 6, 2013 9:36 a.m.

    I think missionaries actually have fewer deaths than the comparable population. As an area physician in the Caribbean we had a missionary serving in Jamaica die suddenly. It may well be ventricular fibrillation. It can happen on a rare occasion. There is just about nothing you can do unless you can treat the patient in the first minute.

  • I M LDS 2 Provo, UT
    Aug. 6, 2013 9:15 a.m.

    So sorry to hear of this.

    Sounds like they should have rushed him home for the operation a few days sooner.

  • coltakashi Richland, WA
    Aug. 6, 2013 8:44 a.m.

    In this world, death comes to everyone eventually, and tragically cuts short the lives of even the young and children. But we can be grateful when those we love have lived exemplary lives. Their lives were long enough to have positive eternal consequences.

    There are people in Wyoming who will know that this young man gave them a significant part of his life.

  • UteNationAlum Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Aug. 6, 2013 8:23 a.m.

    There seems to have been quite a few missionary deaths lately. So sad!

    One of my best friends was hit and killed by a car while serving his mission and it was a total shock to all of us. Having faith in and a testimony of the atonement and plan of salvation got us through that hard time. I am so sorry for your loss! May God bless and comfort you during this very difficult time!

  • Rustymommy Clovis, NM
    Aug. 6, 2013 7:54 a.m.

    My heart goes out to this family. Their sorrow must be very hard to bear. I pray that they will be blessed with comfort and peace in this difficult time.

    I have lost a child unexpectedly and know that the initial shock and grief are overwhelming. It is faith in God and his plan for our lives that has helped me to find a positive spiritual outlook on this kind of situation. I would take my daughter back in a heartbeat. But, in retrospect I can see how her eternal life and progress have been blessed. Perhaps, more startling to me, I recognize how my life has been blessed by the joy of knowing that one of my children is safely within the arms of God. Each day, I am reminded of the happy reunion that awaits me if I live my life in keeping with God's plan of happiness.

    God bless this family and their friends. I know that sacrifice truly does bring forth the blessings of Heaven.

  • Top5Alive salt lake city, UT
    Aug. 6, 2013 6:58 a.m.

    Sad to hear this,

    trusting in the Lord and his plan takes great faith, and it seems that Elder Bennett knew this since day one of life. I honestly feel that he is continuing this work for Heavenly Father in the life beyond which we don't understand. As a Returned Missionary I want to say thank you Elder Bennett and continue your work.

  • thebigsamoan Richmond, VA
    Aug. 6, 2013 3:05 a.m.

    I can never imagine what it's like to experience the pain of loosing a child on a mission. And I do wonder sometimes and questions why things like this happen. It seems too many missionaries lives as of late have been tragically taken before they finished and that's so hard to comprehend. I know the Lord sees the big picture and knows what's best for us but it still doesn't make things easier to cope with. May He comforts this Elder's family in his arms of mercy and give them peace!

  • Brother Benjamin Franklin Orem, UT
    Aug. 5, 2013 11:14 p.m.

    My thoughts and prayers go out to the family of this young man. This is a very unfortunate thing that has occurred, and I pray that the extended family, friends, and congregation of this young man's family reach out and support him at this very difficult time.

    Can the LDS Church stop and think for a little while about the repeated events we have seen in the media with two separate missionaries dying in Guatemala, one getting hurt in Spain, another Pacific Island elder passing away, and now this? Can they stop to realize what is happening here?

    These young people trust that they will be kept safe, and yet we continue to hear these stories time and time again. How is it that they sleep at night? Do they realize how much pain and suffering they are causing the families left to pick up the pieces?

    Can the LDS Church not stop and give consideration now to calling their missionaries to serve locally, in temples, family history centers, and other locations where they will be far safer?? We hear far too many of these tragic stories.

    Please, I beg the Church before we lose another young person.

  • Twin Lights Louisville, KY
    Aug. 5, 2013 8:00 p.m.

    My best regards to the family. May God bless them.

  • Grandma 20 Allen, TX
    Aug. 5, 2013 7:20 p.m.

    My deepest sympathy to the Bennett family in the passing of your son. May our Heavenly Father bless you with great comfort and peace during this very difficult time.

  • Serenity Manti, UT
    Aug. 5, 2013 7:17 p.m.

    May our Heavenly Father and His Holy Son, Jesus Christ be with the family of Elder Bennett.

    Perhaps the grief and sadness of this earth are countered with the joy in heaven when a missionary is called home. It seems to me that more missionaries are being called home, perhaps because the work in the Spirit World is escalating due to the imminent return of our Savior to this earth. As written in the hymn "the time is far spent, there is little remaining" except the work is done on the other side of the veil.

    I pray that the family of this young elder will be comforted and given peace; that the Comforter will abide with them and ease their pain.