LDS Missionary in Taiwan Dies After Vehicle Hit His Bike

LDS Missionary in Taiwan Dies After Vehicle Hit His Bike

According a report from Deseret News, Elder David Hampton of North Ogden was killed today, April 12, after a vehicle struck him while he was riding his bicycle.

Hampton was serving in the Taiwan Taichung Mission, where he arrived in December 2015. Steve and Cyndi Hampton, his parents, released the following written statement:

“We heard this morning that our son, David, who was serving as a missionary in the Taiwan Taichung Mission, had been hit by a car while he was riding his bike. He did not survive the accident, and we are truly saddened by the event. As can be imagined, we are still processing the news. However, we are thankful he was serving the Lord as a missionary.

“In each of his letters, he expressed his pleasure to be on a mission. It was hard work, but it was a blessing for him and for us. And we know it will continue to be a blessing for us. He ended every letter with the phrase he was living by — ‘It is not about you’ — and indeed it is not. Our faith is strong that he has been taken home to that God who gave him life. We have a daughter who is still serving as a missionary in the Tahiti mission. We have spoken with her and she has also expressed her gratitude and testimony that David was serving the Lord. At this point, we have not decided what she will do.

“We are thankful for our family who is with us and appreciate and are strengthened by their love and prayers and the love and prayers expressed by so many others.

“At this point, we do not have any other information about the funeral or when he will be brought home.”

Church spokesman Eric Hawkins also released a statement expressing the sadness of Church leaders at Elder  Hampton’s passing.

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