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Two apostles speak at funerals for missionaries who died in Romania

February 10, 2010
source: LDS Church News

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MR says: So sad, but the remarks from Elder Nelson and Elder Cook are worth reading for anyone dealing with a death or looking to better understand the atonement.

After expressing sympathies from the First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve, Elder Russell M. Nelson of the Quorum of the Twelve, spoke at the funeral for Elder McKay Choy Burrows in American Fork, Utah, on Monday, Feb. 9. That same day, Elder Quentin L. Cook, also of the Quorum of the Twelve, represented the Brethren at the funeral for Elder Jace Edwards Davis in Logandale, Nev. The missionaries were serving in the Romania Bucharest Mission at the time of their deaths on Jan. 29. The elders died of accidental carbon monoxide poisoning in their apartment.

"The eulogies expressed at these services, and the feelings we harbor in our hearts, confirm the fact that Elder Burrows and Elder Davis are among the choice spirits of this generation," Elder Nelson said. "Scripture declares that they 'were also among the noble and great ones who were chosen in the beginning to be rulers in the Church of God'" (Doctrine and Covenants 138:55).

Elder Nelson attended and spoke at the funeral for Elder Burrows held in the Alpine Tabernacle. In his remarks, he shared his sympathy and love as he reflected on the importance of having a gospel perspective.

"At times like this we are prone to ask questions," he said. "We wonder, 'Should these choice young men have been sent to a safer place?' But there is no place on earth that is free from risk. ... My advice for each of us is not to torture ourselves with 'what if' questions. They bring neither clarity nor comfort. Substitute your 'what if' questions with 'because of' declarations."

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