Missionaries Involved In A Car Accident

Car Accident Takes the Life of a Young Missionary in Arkansas. Three other missionaries were injured but are expected to recover. The accident took place in Rosebud, Arkansas.

Elder Jake Smith, 19, a 2019 graduate of Skyridge High School and member of the school’s mountain bike racing team, had been serving in the Arkansas Little Rock Mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints since August 2019.

Four young missionaries of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints were involved in an automobile accident Thursday evening near Rose Bud, Arkansas. Tragically, one of those missionaries passed away. Elder Jake Smith, age 19, is from Lehi, Utah, and had been serving as a missionary since August 2019.

The other three missionaries in the vehicle were injured but are expected to recover. Elder McKay Jurges of West Jordan, Utah, sustained serious injuries and remains hospitalized. Elder Gavin Hatch of Cedar Hills, Utah, and Elder Eli Sutherland of San Diego, California, both sustained minor injuries. We pray for all of them as they recover. We also express our sincere condolences to the family of Elder Smith and to all the missionaries of the Arkansas Little Rock Mission. We pray they will each feel the Savior’s love and comfort during this difficult time.

They missionaries are:

  • Elder Jake Smith who did not make it after the accident
  • Elder McKay Jurges, of West Jordan, who sustained serious injuries and remains hospitalized.
  • Elder Gavin Hatch of Cedar Hills.
  • Elder Eli Sutherland of San Diego, California

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