Friday, May 23, 2014

Elder Angel de Jesus Martinez Campos Dies Of Injuries Sustained In Traffic Mishap While Serving LDS Mission In The Honduras Tegucigalpa Mission

Another missionary of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has given his life in service to the Lord. Elder Angel de Jesus Martinez Campos, 27, of Usulutan, El Salvador, died on May 22nd, 2014 from injuries suffered when the vehicle in which he and his companion were traveling was involved in a car accident in Honduras. His companion, Elder George B. Lewis of Francis, Summit County, Utah was injured but is expected to recover. Both were assigned to the Honduras Tegucigalpa Mission; Elder Martinez Campos had been serving since October 2013.

Update May 27th: Elder Lewis was returned to the United States for medical treatment. On Tuesday May 26th, he was released from an Intermountain Healthcare Hospital facility in Salt Lake, but no specifics on his injuries or his future plans were disclosed. It would not be unusual if he chose to return to the mission field to complete his unexpired mission term when his health permits.

Elder Martinez Campos is the third missionary fatality of 2014. As a sidelight for those not familiar with Latin American customs, Latin Americans have two last names because the first is the father's first surname (apellido paterno), and the second is the mother's first surname (apellido materno). Although the custom began in Spain, the Spaniards spread it to Latin America.

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