A missionary serving for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has passed away. The following statement is from Church spokesman Daniel Woodruff:
We are saddened to share news of the passing of Elder Bryant Keck, a young missionary in the Canada Vancouver Mission who was involved in a serious crash late last week. Elder Keck, age 19, is from Sanford, Colorado and had been serving since June 2018. He passed away Tuesday with his mother by his side. Elder Keck and his companion, Elder Dallin Thompson, had been driving Friday in Kamloops in British Columbia when their vehicle collided with a truck. Elder Thompson, age 19, from Sahuarita, Arizona, remains in critical condition in the hospital.
Our deepest condolences go out to the family and loved ones of Elder Keck as they mourn his passing and honor his life and missionary service. We continue to pray for Elder Thompson and his family as well as the individuals in the other vehicle. We hope everyone involved in this tragedy will feel the comfort and peace of the Holy Spirit during this difficult time.
Elder Keck’s uncle, James Weaver, shared on social media, “It’s with heavy heart that we said goodbye to my nephew Bryant Keck today. I hope he knows the lives he has touched and blessed in his short time on this earth but I’m thankful for the time we were blessed to have him with us.”
“This afternoon a great friend of mine passed away,” shared Will Campbell, a former missionary companion to Elder Keck. “I’m grateful my Heavenly Father let me learn from and serve alongside Bryant Keck the last 6 months of my mission. His testimony of Eternal families is something I will always hold dear. I add my witness to his that families truly can be together forever because of our Savior Jesus Christ. I know without a doubt that I will see Elder Keck again. Rest easy partner. Until we meet again.”
In June, Elder Keck shared the following testimony on his Facebook page: “I invite each one of you do change something in your life to help you better follow Jesus Christ! It could be something simple, like saying an extra prayer or serving someone close to you. I know that as we change to follow His example more closely in our lives, we will have lasting happiness in our homes!”
Aleah is a graduate of Southern Virginia University, where she studied English, Creative Writing, and Dance. She now works full time as a marketing and product manager, writer, and editor. Aleah served a mission in California and loves baking, Lang Leav poetry, Gaynor Minden pointe shoes, and Bollywood movies.