LDS missionary in Idaho succumbs to injuries

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  • maclouie Falconer, NY
    Oct. 16, 2013 2:26 p.m.

    Average deaths caused by accidents for a population of 80,000 is 25 per year. So far LDS missionaries are below average so we can expect perhaps 15 more deaths before the end of the year. Let's hope not but that is going by the numbers. Hence, if 15 more are killed before the end of the year, member and non-member may go hysterical about the apparent lack of safety training. But most likely the group will end the year below average.

    Good point above, maybe the Church might consider an age limit for drivers.

  • JWB Kaysville, UT
    Oct. 11, 2013 11:07 a.m.

    Missionaries need to remember that "Safety Pays" dividends. They have to preach gospel principles with exactness and that means they need to arrive at their destination safely. As a pilot in a crew airplane, all crew members need to be working together and trying to ensure procedures are followed so the passengers and cargo arrive at the destination, safely. Each companionship needs to be helping each other get their mission accomplished of teaching and preaching and living another day to do it for the good of the work. Mission Presidents should be emphasizing safety and health as good health in many places that missionaries work is not the best, either.

    The Church has ability through tweets and other forms to get those messages out periodically to each missionary companionship.

    The work moves forward with the numbers of missionaries and it is harder to manage but each Mission President and his assistants can make a difference to even one soul in their missionary force.

    I remember in Mississippi when missionaries had availability of helmets but were not required. Lighting and reflectors were not as good as now, either. One missionary had significant damage running into an opposite direction biker at night.

  • raybies Layton, UT
    Oct. 11, 2013 8:57 a.m.

    It does seem like one per week now.

    Very sad. Perhaps some basic safety training ought to be part of the mission rules. The elders are a year younger now, and that means less mindful of their mortality.

  • thebigsamoan Richmond, VA
    Oct. 10, 2013 4:44 p.m.

    The excitement of hearing about the heavy influx of new missionaries entering the field is often dampened by the sad news of missionaries losing their lives lately. Not sure what's happening but this trend is very troubling. My deepest sympathy to the elders involved and their families.

  • DHuber Palmyra, NY
    Sept. 9, 2013 7:43 a.m.

    Are there just an unusual number of missionaries being killed lately or is was there a previous lack of news coverage? Seems like they are dieing weekly now.

  • Wayne Rout El Paso, TX
    Sept. 7, 2013 5:13 a.m.

    Very sad for the Elder and for the family of both young men. We should all pray for the safety of our missionaries every day.

  • baseballmamma Alpine, UT
    Sept. 6, 2013 4:36 p.m.

    Oh my goodness. I feel so heart broken for his family and his companion. I pray that his family will be able to be comforted at this time. I also pray that his companion will find comfort. May Christ wrap his tender arms around Elder Ward and comfort those he left behind.

  • Austin Coug Pflugerville, TX
    Sept. 6, 2013 4:15 p.m.

    Very sad. My prayers go out to all families involved. I pray for the missionaries daily and I hope Elder Taylor's companion who was driving the car, can forgive himself. What a tragedy.

  • Cedarcreek320 Star Valley Ranch, WY
    Sept. 6, 2013 4:00 p.m.

    Hopefully his family has chosen to keep him alive by donating his organs.

  • Serenity Manti, UT
    Sept. 6, 2013 3:49 p.m.

    This is so sad. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends. Rest in peace Elder Ward. We know you are still in the service of the Lord and continuing your mission on the other side of the veil.

  • Twin Lights Louisville, KY
    Sept. 6, 2013 3:28 p.m.

    I am sorry. Prayers to all. God Bless.