On October 22, 2019, Church spokesman Daniel Woodruff made the following statement about the passing of a young missionary in the Democratic Republic of the Congo:
"We are saddened to share news of the passing of a young missionary. Elder Hermann Keredjim Mwanken, age 21, passed away Monday after a brief illness. He had been serving in the Democratic Republic of the Congo Mbuji-Mayi Mission since November 2017. Elder Mwanken is from Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo. We pray that his family and loved ones will feel comforted and supported at this difficult time."