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Young Missionary Dies in Tragic Accident Involving Electric Scooter

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A young Canadian missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints died Monday after an accident with an electric scooter. Sam Penrod, spokesman with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, released this statement to the media:

A tragic accident involving a missionary of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints occurred on Sunday evening, May 7, 2023, in Clearfield, Utah. Elder Isaac Heninger, 19, of Searsville, New Brunswick, Canada, suffered a traumatic head injury and passed away in a Salt Lake City hospital in the early morning hours of May 8, 2023.

Elder Heninger and his companions were walking to an appointment and along the way stopped to visit with a group of young men who had electric scooters. At some point, he attempted to jump over one of the scooters, which resulted in a head injury.

Elder Heninger began his missionary service in December 2022 and was serving in the Utah Layton Mission. We express our deepest condolences to Elder Heninger’s family and friends as they mourn his passing. We pray for all those who are impacted by this tragedy. May they feel the Savior’s love during this difficult time.

According to a report from the Clearfield City Police Department, officers arrived to find Elder Heninger unconscious and suffering from a severe head injury. Bystanders told police, “At some point, it was decided the missionary would jump the electric scooter as it approached him the roadway. Subsequently, the missionary attempted to jump over the scooter but fell and hit his head.”

Elder Heninger was transported to Holy Cross Hospital—Davis in Layton, Utah, where he passed away.  

Elder Conrad Wilhelm, a missionary who knew Elder Heninger, posted a tribute online.

“I was just informed a couple of hours ago, that someone who I considered to be a brother, I never having one, passed away. His name was Isaac Heninger,” he wrote. “He passed away in the line of duty for God, serving as an Elder, disciple, follower, and representative of Christ. He was a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. He had one of the most willing hearts, to do what was right, to serve God and His fellow brothers and Sisters of God. More now than any other time in my life, I have a testimony of the Plan of Salvation, which teaches of love, and mercy. I know that my spirit brother lives with God, and rests from the trials and temptations that Satan has brought into his mortal-life. I know that his missionary work is not yet done as he will be one of the righteous who teaches the spirits in the Spirit World. I don’t know why he, of all people died, someone so devoted to God, who had so much to offer the world, but I know that God’s ways are not my own. I know that he indeed has a plan, and it is he who I put my trust in.”

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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.

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