On December 23rd, Elder Nofo-I-Lelenga Latu of the South Africa Johannesburg Mission passed away in a car accident. Three other missionaries were in the car with Elder Latu at the time of accident and sustained minor injuries.
Shortly after the accident Church spokesman Eric Hawkins issued the following statement:
“We are deeply saddened to share news of the death of Elder Nofo-I-Lelenga Latu, age 19, from the Auckland New Zealand Tamaki Stake, Clover Park Ward. Elder Latu died of injuries sustained in a car accident on Friday, December 23rd. Elder Latu was serving in the South Africa Johannesburg Mission.
He was with three other missionaries, all of whom are being treated for minor injuries. We pray for the family and loved ones of Elder Latu. May they be comforted and sustained in their time of mourning and loss.
We are heartbroken at the loss of one of our missionaries and we are praying for Elder Nofo-I-Lelenga Latu’s family.”
This is the fourth passing away of a full-time LDS missionary in 2016.
Please pray for the Latu family and for all those who have been affected by the accident. Our sincerest condolences go out to the Latu family. We’re grateful for the incredible sacrifices of missionaries around the world to bring the Gospel to God’s children.