A missionary serving for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has passed away in Georgia. The following statement is from Church spokesman Daniel Woodruff:
With heavy hearts, we share news of the death of a young missionary serving in the Tennessee Knoxville Mission. Elder McKay Bergeson, age 19, of Bountiful, Utah, died Saturday evening after getting hit by a vehicle while on his bicycle in LaFayette, Georgia. His companion was not injured. Elder Bergeson had been serving since December 2019. We express our sympathy and heartfelt condolences to his family and loved ones as they mourn his passing and remember his life. We pray they will feel the love of our Heavenly Father at this difficult time.
Those who knew Elder Bergeson took to social media to share their memories and condolences. Here are just a few.
“So sad to see such an amazing person gone. He had a heart of gold and was always smiling. He was a one of a kind person and friend.”
“McKay was always such a nice guy – always looking out for others! Throughout choir and seminary, he always tried to make sure people were happy. How wonderful it is to know that we’ll be able to see him again someday because of Jesus Christ. Until then, rest easy Elder.”
“Mckay was a great missionary and a better friend. He never had a negative thing to say and always radiated joy and laughter. He and I were never very close but I will always be grateful for his friendship and influence. How grateful I am for the knowledge that we will one day see our friend again, because of the Plan of Happiness which our Heavenly Father has set forth. We’ll miss you Elder, keep up the good work on the other side. God be with you until we meet again. 🙏❤”
“God gained a new angel yesterday. This young man from Utah was a man of god. He and other Mormans blessed my house and family with so much wisdom, love, and understanding. They cut trees, put our front door on, cleaned, would bring food. He never judged me or my family. And always gave a helping hand. I forever owe these men. Mckay Bergeson man I thank you and your family for letting you come all this way to spread God’s word. You helped us more than you can imagine. Rest easy and know that you will be missed. May you keep watching over us !!!!!!!!”
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.