Seeing these pictures made me cry. I really feel for this family and the family
of the other Missionary who died in this horrible accident. My prayers are with
you. The pictures also show the spirit and love for each other giving comfort
to those who attended the funeral. A Missionary that dies in the service of the
Lord is in the heart of all the members of the church.
Seeing these pictures made me reflect on my own kids missions and how I would be
feeling had this terrible thing happened. I can't imagine the pain and sorrow
that this family is suffering through. Certainly the gospel perspective is
wonderful ... but the hurt and pain isn't going to go away for a while even with
everything else that is said and done. When you send you precious sons and
daughters on missions you know - in the back of your mind that this sort of
thing is possible but you sort of block it out and don't even let it enter your
mind. I hope both of these families who lost sons can find come measure of peace
and solace at this time and especially during the holidays.
DN quoted the father in an earlier article '"You've been teaching the Plan
of Salvation for two years. This is where you learn it. We're all going to learn
it." What great counsel, faith, and strength!
What beautiful examples of faith and fortitude from these families. This
missionary got his heartfelt wish and the families can feel some consolation in
that. My heart goes out to them in those quiet, lonely moments...when they can
and will feel of the loving embrace of the Comforter - knowing there is One who
can succor them in their mortal pains because He does now exactly how they feel!
"Forgiveness" of what? It was an accident.
My heart goes out to the families. Their loss is tragic and I can't even begin
to know how they feel.This article, among many others, does not
mention that the missionaries were killed by an illegal from Mexico, who
shouldn't have been in the country.
He loved being a missionary. He is still teaching even those he left behind.
Once a missionary, always a missionary. Elder Strong and Elder Walker are
probably companions still!Love the thought they loved being
missionaries. What tremendous young men they are!
Dektol, as my safety engineer would say. There are no 'just accidents'. I have
to add 'especially behind the wheel of a car'. ..and the driver was
@ Dektol The driver allegedly was speeding to pass a car on a narrow road in
the dark when his headlights weren't working properly. All of that behavior was
chosen by the driver and his carelessness caused two deaths. Is that what you
mean by "accident?" I'm certain he didn't think his driving would
kill two young men, but I am not sure he thought much at all about his wreckless
and dangerous driving. That being said, not to forgive is to lose
more than the young men; it cankers one's soul. We have had a few extraordinary
examples on the Wasatch Front where families have been decimated due to drunk
driving and the victims have forgiven the responsible drunk dirvers. Such an
action is truly Christlike and produces peace of mind and healing, rather than
anger and a loss of one's character and dignity. Is it difficult? I cannot
imagine how difficult it must be. Is it the right way to not increase your own
Rob and Patriot,Well said.
I feel sorry for Goldfever's attitude. It certainly was not a life wasted! Who's
to say how long our lives are to be? Only God knows. This young man, as well as
Elder Walker served well and will be blessed. Will they be missed? Definitely,
but their parents and loved ones can find peace and comfort in the Gospel of
Jesus Christ.I have a son out right now and one leaving right after
the holidays. I can't imagine getting that kind of phone call, but I certainly
wouldn't consider my sons' lives being a waste if they died young.
The Kearns Community is proud of this young man and his service, and while
mourning right along with his family, we are all aware of the blessings and help
given by a loving Heavenly Father and ask for those blessings in their behalf.
To quote, "The Lord bless you and keep you."
"That being said, not to forgive is to lose more than the young men; it
cankers one's soul." And how does that work? The damage done by the
driver is permnanent, at lesat as far as this life goes. About the next - ?
I'd be a long time granting forgiveness for blatant negligence. This guy and
his two passengers should get manslaughter at least. The parents and the Church
should see to it.
My heart goes out to the families and friends of these two outstanding young
men. It also goes out to the families of the driver, and to the driver himself.
Forgiveness is necessary because we tend to pull up all the negative (illegal
alien, poor judgment, passing improperly, etc) and we don't realize that he and
they will have to live with this incredibly horrible thought of having taken
someones life - forever. Let's all be slow to judge and quick to love. And for
those who think there is nothing to forgive, well, may the Lord bless you too.
Our families are very dear. Resentment can come from so many angles. I
appreciate thoughtful leaders who give inspired council. May God bless them all.
May He bless us everyone.
Dektol,Perhaps forgiveness that the criminal should not have been in
our country in the first place. That is no accident.
Very touching tributes on both accounts. My heart and prayers go out to the
I am so, so sadden by this...........it just makes me cry
To Maxist: Faith allows us to have hope of a brighter tomorrow and helps be
able to forgive. Forgiveness allows the application of the atonement of Jesus
Christ which heals our broken hearts and enables us to go forth with faith.No one should judge any of the family members if it takes them some time
to forgive, their loss is great. To these two young missionaries
- "Well done good and faithful servants"
My heart aches for this family and all who were close to these two good men.I am sure the impact these young men had on all people around them will
forever live in their hearts.Normally,I have found LDS people to be
the most forgiving people I have ever lived among. That said ,I am obviously not
that good a person and will continue to work towards holding my country,it's
elected officials and all at fault for ignoring our immigration laws.We are
loosing so many of our young and vibrant citizens to accidents,drugs
,kidnapping,killing and assults by people who should not even be in our country.
I pray that God will also bless us who take this route to protects those who are
dear to us.
Ted H. | 9:45 a.m. Nov. 15, 2011 Midvale, UT Dektol,Perhaps forgiveness that the criminal should not have been in our country in
the first place. That is no accident. "Should not
have been in our country in the first place"Do we know that
this person that was driving the car was not a citizen of "our
country"? Just because someone has a Mexican sounding name does not mean
they are not a born citizen of the United States. People of Mexican heritage
were in Texas long before it was "our country."Please, if the
article is about illegal aliens we expect to read your sort of comment but not
on an article about these young Elders funeral, it is about Faith &
Forgivness and paying respect to these young men for there service.
@SLMGGoogle the information. The driver and his passengers are illegal
aliens.Not information that was in our local papers. I always check that
before I make a comment,I never assume that one is here illegally because of a
name. Most of us do not,however we are quickly judged.It is a shame
because it is not racism that motivates most of us,but rather the will to obey
laws and the protection of our citizens and country.Many of us learned
this from our military service,churches and parents and many evidently missed
those teaching moments.
Condolences to the family, friends.
If the "hit" was just an accident, the "run" was not. Had
the driver stayed on scene perhaps the outcome for the two young men would have