Elder Strong's funeral was held today. Click here and here to read other blogs to learn more about him. Elder Russel M. Nelson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles spoke at his funeral and said among other things: He "was dutifully and completely on his errand from the Lord. He was a missionary in the loftiest sense of the word....To get through this," he said, "we need to couple forgiveness with faith … be faithful … live our religion … and one day you will see Trevor as he is: a brother, a saint, and a son of the living God."Elder Don R. Clarke of the Quorum of the Seventy read a letter to the family from the First Presidency of the church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. "Our hearts go out to you in sympathy and love ... Our missionaries are so loved by the entire church that the loss of one affects us all deeply."
60 returned missionaries from his mission sang "Called to Serve" at the funeral. His father read a note from another missionary serving in his mission. This sister missionary had been talking with him a few hours before his death at a missionary meeting. She reported he had said to her, "I want to be a missionary forever". His father also revealed that the last words in his missionary journal were, "Boy, do I love being a missionary!"The Deseret News article that reported on the funeral also reported on Elder Strong's companion Elder Walker who also died in the accident.
It seems such a strange world that the only way out of is through death. Thank goodness for the explanation of scriptures and prophets and the anticipation of a future together again that is made possible through our Savior Jesus Christ. I Corinthians 15:55, 57, 58: "O death where is they sting? O grave where is thy victory? But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, my beloved brethren [and sisters too], be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.
Strong's twin brother, Scott, who just returned from his mission in Arizona
leaning on the hearse that held his brother's body.|