Sad news for the family... Elder Encarnacion was doing the dishes when the stray
bullet hit him! (fight across the street by gain members) tragedy's like
this happen all around the world...EVEN in the U.S. President Prince had a very
sacred experience where Elder Encarnacion was telling him that every thing was
ok President Prince also shared this scripture D&C 138:57 "I beheld that
the faithful elders of this dispensation, when they depart from mortal life,
continue their labors in the preaching of the gospel of repentance and
redemption, through the sacrifice of the Only Begotten Son of God, among those
who are in darkness and under the bondage of sin in the great world of the
spirits of the dead."
I served in Colombia and recently returned from the same mission as Elder
Encarnacion (the Elder who was killed.)I am so sad for the violence that
still continues. I pray that the missionaries will be protected and that they
will be allowed to stay in the beautiful country and serve those people. ONLYINUTAH:Just so you know, a lot of people are hit everyday by
stray bullets in Colombia. Especially in Cali. Que dios bendiga a
Thanks to technology and media, we get to know more about what happens in other
places, with other people in distant countries. Also, the total of missionaries
has increased and because of that, we learn about these tragic events more and
more.So true that missionaries are always at risk, and -sadly- this risk
will always exist.20 yrs. ago, when I served a mission, we had
"prohibited" areas and schedules (eventually) by the Mission Presidency
because of the horrors happened there to missionaries, but with the time, hearts
soften, people tolerate the presence of them. Now, this area has a lot or units
and have a full mission.We will grieve the lost of our beloved
missionaries. It is fortunate that behind the sadness of this, is the
Lord's will; and behind the veil, a vast world of work.My most
sincere condolences to this Elder's family. Elder Encarnacion: In live you
will be dearly remembered, in death you will be serving others,and plus... you
will be loved and useful too!. =)
So sad to hear of the death of another missionary. My prayers to his family. The
thought crossed my mind that the missionary work in the Spirit World must be
hastening, as so many great missionaries are being called to the work there.
Sympathies to this good Elder's family. How shocking this news must have
been. Patriot said, "A Parent shouldn't have to worry about their son
or daughter while on a mission." That's a nice thought, but parents of
students shouldn't have to worry about their kids who go off to school.
Yet, statistically speaking, many more will die, at school, then if they were
serving an LDS Mission. I work for the Mission Dept - believe me, every single
death is taken seriously and measures are taken for each young man and young
woman so they can be as safe as possible. While tragedies occur, a mission is
still one of the safest places a young person can be. God bless the memory of
My father-in-law went on a mission to Missouri in the 30's. The
missionaries then were being hunted down by mobs. He and his companion were
hiding deep in a swamp and praying they wouldn't be found and killed as
another missionary had been. Late in the night they saw a lamp and heard someone
calling to them. They finally went to him and he fed them and let them sleep in
his home. He wasn't a member, but had been awakened from a deep sleep
hearing a voice telling him to go rescue someone, and he was directed where to
go. There have always been tragedies and miracles associated with missionary
service, whether with our church or with other churches around the world.
Unfortunately, if you read the Deseret News, you read about this whenever and
wherever it happens when a missionary loses his/her life. With 75k missionaries
in the field, there will be a few that do not return home. This is sad for us
as members and devastating for their families.I am perplexed,
though, with the picture that is shown. It almost begs the question: is it
out-of-focus because it is taken from the fallen Elder's perspective? He
was with 3 other Elders, a stray bullet hits him, he falls to the ground without
the others noticing, and as he loses consciousness his vision gets blurry as he
sees the other Elders leaving him on the ground walking away from him. Poor
Missionaries are about 8 times less likely to die than people of the same age
not on missions.All the talk about pulling missionaries out of
unsafe areas ignores the fact that people in unsafe areas need the blessings of
hearing the gospel. When I was young the Church did not have missionaries
residing in Detroit because it was deemed unsafe. Then we had local leaders who
encouraged doing so and following the example of Ammon. Missionaries
have been called as witnesses to trials of people accused of perpetrating
drive-by shootings, but we have never had a missionary killed or injured by
violence in Detroit. If you look at missionary deaths, many more are
caused by car accidents than shootings, and some shootings occur in areas where
killings have not occurred for years.
Patriot,I fully understand the worry. But some 30 plus years ago I
was in South America and there was not much “monitoring”. They have
their companion. They have the mission rules. And (hopefully) they have the
Holy Ghost. But even the best can be overcome by circumstances. I think the
Church does the best it can. No mission president wants to make that phone call
to the missionary’s parents.There were such dangers even in
the founding days of the church. We just cannot protect them from everything
(though I too wish that we could).
The loss of a missionary seems like a weekly event lately. What the heck is
going on? What kind of areas are we sending our young people into?
RIP to this missionary and his family. More and more missionaries are making the
news in a mortality way. I guess with the larger numbers this is bound to
happen. How sad.
The problems in Colombia have been known for a while now. Why weren't the
missionaries pulled out of this troubled area?
Again another tragic missionary death. So very tragic and sad for the family and
I hope they can find some measure of peace through all of this. Columbia is a
very dangerous place as is most of Central America. So many drug lords and
violence in that region. Isn't this the third missionary death reported by
the D-News this summer? Perhaps it is time for the Church to re-evaluate
proselyting practices - how, where etc... A Parent shouldn't have to worry
about their son or daughter while on a mission. I know my son reported after he
was home from his mission many scary situations and close calls while in Miami.
He waited til he got home to tell us so not to worry us. Had I known about some
of them I probably would have requested a transfer out of that area..to a safer
(less violent) area. There was really no monitoring it seemed by the mission or
the church as to the potential danger which bothers me. We can take the gospel
to world and do it safely too.
I can appreciate the expressions of faith, but we shouldn't let that
obscure the awful reality of what has happened. Remember these are just kids.
Stare it in the face. When my son was on his mission, I worried everyday
"what hazardous situation could he be in right now?"
Its a very dangerous world out there. I pray for the missionaries every night.
Thanks DN for correcting the spelling.
COLOMBIA. It's not "the gem of the ocean".This is very
sad. My prayers are with the family
So very tragic. I pray for strength and comfort for this Elder's family.
Let's keep the 75,000 missionaries who are serving throughout the world in
our daily prayers.
How tragic. My best wishes to the family. Que Dios los bendiga.
A "stray" bullet? What would the shooter have been firing at for a
"stray" bullet to kill a missionary?
These stories make me so sad. I have added the missionaries to my prayers
everyday. Hope all the temples are adding to their prayers too.
Prayers go out to his family and friends. How tragic.