The following statement about the deaths of two missionaries was released to media today by Sam Penrod, spokesman for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
It is with heavy hearts that we inform you of a tragic accident which has claimed the lives of two young missionaries of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints serving in the New Mexico Farmington Mission. The head-on collision occurred Thursday afternoon, and the accident is under investigation by local law enforcement.
Elder Tyson Gene Haycock, age 20, of Miles City, Montana, and Elder Michael Austin Davis, age 20, of Corinne, Utah, both passed away as the result of injuries sustained in the accident. Elder Haycock’s missionary service began just a few weeks ago in June 2021. Elder Davis had been serving since August 2019. A third missionary in the vehicle, Elder Britton Jeremie Berrett, age 19, of Roberts, Idaho, sustained serious injuries but is in stable condition and being treated at a hospital in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Our deepest sympathies go to the families of these faithful missionaries, and we express our love and condolences to all who love them. We pray that their families, friends and the missionaries they have served alongside will all feel God’s love and peace during this difficult time.
Fellow missionary Elder Christain Seaquist shared the following tribute online:
I know for a surety that Elder Michael Davis and Elder Haycock came to the knowledge of their Redeemer for they will be blessed into the eternities and shall sing praises forever. They chose to give back to the Lord and sacrifice 2 years of their young lives to share the joy and happiness they have felt from The Gospel of Jesus Christ. Elder Davis was a valiant and dedicated missionary, for the last 2 years he has selflessly served and brought others to our Saviors fold. Elder Haycock had just begun and had a tremendous amount of faith to leave his life behind and join the greatest work. They are easily some of the best I have ever seen which is probably why the Lord has called them to continue this great work on the other side.
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.