The following statement was released on Wednesday, April 12, 2023, by Sam Penrod, a spokesman for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints:It is with sadness that we share the news of the death of a young missionary assigned to the Honduras San Pedro Sula West Mission. Sister Maria Jose Chavez Garcia, age 20, passed away on the evening of Tuesday, April 11, 2023. Sister Chavez began feeling ill a few days ago and was admitted to the hospital where she was diagnosed with leukemia. Doctors began emergency treatment, but she suffered complications and passed away.
Sister Chavez was from Cuilapa, Guatemala, and began her missionary service in August 2022.
We send our love and prayers to Sister Chavez’s family and the missionaries of the Honduras San Pedro Sula West Mission as we remember her faithful service. We pray they will each feel the love of the Savior during this difficult time.
We Love you Sister, you will bless and be Happy at the OTHER SIDE OF HEAVEN, LOVE YOU SO MUCH ESPECIALLY YOUR PARENTS AND THE REST OF YOUR FAMILY, ‘0FA ATU, FROM YOUR BROTHER ‘APIESA KINIKINI.
This touched me. The thought of my daughter going out to serve the Lord but then being called home while out in service. To the parents, I mourn with you and rejoice with you that you have such a beautiful daughter who was taken while in the service of the Lord.
Now called to serve on the other side.
Condolences to the parents , family and friends .
My experience has teach me, when a Missionary died in the field is not for not receiving divine help, is time to depart from this terrenal experience
Dear Family Chavez,we pray for you.
May The Lord stay close to you in this sad moment.
Family Benigni ,Verona Stake ,Italy
How sad. This brought me to tears.
Our Sincere Sympathy, My only daughter served her honarable mission in Tempe AZ in 1999-2001 and just after she got home in Feb 2002 she was driving back to her home in Idaho Falls; ID and was killed by an illegal immigrant driving to fast on his way to sell drugs to college students in Bozeman, MT. SHE IS SORLEY MISSED EACH AND EVERY DAY just as you daughter will be too. But we just have to remember that Our Heavenly Father has better plans for them with him.
Sending LOVE, HUGS AND PRAYERS…
Our condolences and our heart goes out to the sister’s family. What a greater calling than to be serving a mission and to be called home to the Lord. I’m sure she was welcomed into heaven and into our Savior’s open arms.
So sorry to hear….Hard enough to send our children away for 2 years, but we know the blessings she is receiving for her faithfulness in serving. There is no doubt HEAVENLY FATHER is watching over her!
MAY HER SOUL REST IN ETERNAL PEACE, it is a loss to those who do not understand that death is not a destiny but a transitional phase to another dimenision where missiionary work could also be continued, 1 Peter3v17-18. We may have lost you our dear sister physically but we shall be with you always in our hearts and minds for you are in the fold of Christ where there is no pain or tears-1 Peter 3v13-14. Rest in peace till we meet again, our sister.
To the parents may I say I know something of your pain. I pray God will be with you, and bless you in your grief. My heart to yours. God is more gracious and loving than we even begin to comprehend in this life. Your precious missionary daughter has received a mission extension and transfer, The veil is sometimes permeable, and you will know her presence from time to time. They are not far away, and in our Savior’s tender care.
May the Saviour be with you to give you comfort and love
She is truly an example of sacrifice and loyalty to Heavenly Fathers plan. I’m sure she will be welcomed by Heavenly Father, the saviour. family and friends