I am sorry. Prayers to all. God Bless.
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.
Hopefully his family has chosen to keep him alive by donating his organs.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.