LDS missionary continues to serve after his death

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  • Mormonmama0106 Phoenix, AZ
    July 6, 2014 8:56 a.m.

    God bless Matthew and God bless his family for turning their tragedy and heartache into someone else's blessing!

  • bchristley Roanoke, VA
    July 3, 2014 12:58 p.m.

    What a sweet and amazing story of faith and compassion. My twin sister died suddenly when we were 23 years old. The past 12 years I have learned and grown so much in my faith and knowledge of the atonement and the love Heavenly Father has for His children. She donated her organs as well and there was a very distinct sense of joy in knowing that through her death, other families were being blessed with being able to hang on to their loved ones a little longer. I have been able to realize that by dying, she was able to accomplish a righteous desire beyond her ability to accomplish in this life. Her husband has since joined the church, been sealed to my sister, remarried in the temple and is raising a beautiful family in the Gospel. I hope you are able to find peace even if only in small moments. Heavenly Father and our loved ones are close to us all the time. I pray that you will feel their presence.

  • Clifton Palmer McLendon Gilmer, TX
    July 2, 2014 5:33 p.m.

    My condolences to the family.

  • Kjirstin Youngberg Mapleton, UT
    July 2, 2014 10:37 a.m.

    Family members in their 94th and 102nd years recently passed, and we feel a lost past. When one so young dies, the holes felt most acutely are not only past remembrances, but a future left unshared. Each holiday will include a shade of pain. Each celebration, a thought of what the beloved would have said or done. Time does not heal; it only distances our memories.

    Knowing the gospel plan, people often say really stupid things. I know, because I also lost a son. Yes. We know he is in the celestial kingdom. Yes, we are pleased, and yes, his example will help our family endure to the end...but his loss will be felt each day.

    I urge each person who knew him well to write down a favorite memory of Matthew Palmer. It can be good or even a prank just you and he shared-something the family doesn't know is great. Write or print it on good quality paper, and give it to the family in about a year, or on Christmas 2016, or Groundhog Day 2034. In future years, don't be afraid to speak his name. Knowing he is remembered brings great joy.

  • John Charity Spring Back Home in Davis County, UT
    July 2, 2014 8:38 a.m.

    Matt Palmer was the perfect example of what a young man should be. He was hard working, dedicated, and responsible. He was devoted to his family, church, and community. He will be truly missed.

  • Big_Bird West Jordan, UT
    July 2, 2014 7:36 a.m.

    I can't even imagine the pain that the family must be feeling right now. If only there were a way to take on their pain for a while, I would gladly do it, so they could just catch their breath.

    I didn't have the privilege of knowing Matthew or the Palmer family, but I am a better person having just heard about him. What more could a mom ask for then to have a son like this?

  • Twin Lights Louisville, KY
    July 2, 2014 7:12 a.m.

    May God bless his family.

  • wendall Huntington Beach, CA
    July 2, 2014 6:43 a.m.

    What a great person he was!! You are very strong people!

  • Naval Vet Philadelphia, PA
    July 2, 2014 6:08 a.m.

    Too young.

  • TimBehrend Auckland NZ, 00
    July 2, 2014 5:52 a.m.

    May we all 'continue to serve' after our deaths by donating every part of the body that might be useful to someone else.

  • Seldom Seen Smith Orcutt, CA
    July 1, 2014 10:22 p.m.

    Thank you God for Matthew Palmer, thank you to Matthew Palmer.

    July 1, 2014 10:05 p.m.

    We have two young French friends serving in that mission and our friends preside over that mission. Our hearts go out to all of Elder Palmer's family and loved ones and to all the missionaries and mission leaders in Madagascar who are suffering this loss as well. We received a letter (email) on Monday from one of the missionaries telling us about this and it was obvious that the missionaries were shocked by the terrible loss of a noble young man who was their esteemed colleague.