Breaking News:

RELIGION

Samoan Missionary Dies In Sierra Leona After Contracting Malaria

Mar 14, 2020, 6:12 PM | Updated: 6:59 pm

Elder Antonio Schwenke (Image courtesy Elder Schwenke's family)...

Elder Antonio Schwenke (Image courtesy Elder Schwenke's family)

(Image courtesy Elder Schwenke's family)

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – A missionary from Samoa serving in the Sierra Leona Freetown Mission has died, according to officials from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Church spokesperson Daniel Woodruff issued a statement Saturday, saying 19-year-old Elder Antonio Schwenke passed away Friday.

Elder Schwenke’s death was attributed to complications from malaria. Details about how long he had been ill were not available.

The 19-year-old was from Vailima, Samoa. Officials said he had been serving since Mar 2019.

“We are deeply saddened by this news and pray sincerely for his family and loved ones as the mourn his passing and remember his life,” Woodruff said in the statement.

Elder Schwenke was the second missionary of the Church to pass away during the week. Sister Katherine Pindar from Mesa, Arizona, also age 19, died overnight Thursday during her sleep during a brief illness.

Sister Pindar was serving in the Texas Houston East Mission.

“We are mindful of her family and loved ones and pray they will feel comfort and peace at this extremely difficult time,” Woodruff said.

KSL 5 TV Live

Religion

On Saturday, the St. Anna Greek Orthodox Church formally opened its doors as the newest dedicated s...

Brittany Tait

Utah’s newest Greek Orthodox Church ready to welcome worshippers

On Saturday, the St. Anna Greek Orthodox Church formally opened its doors as the newest dedicated sacred space in the valley.  

3 days ago

Members of the U.S. House Ways and Means Committee visited Welfare Square Friday. (The Church of Je...

Mark Jones

Congressional committee tours Welfare Square

Members of the U.S. House Ways and Means Committee visited Welfare Square Friday.

3 days ago

The relic of Saint Mary Magdalene was stolen from the Cathedral of the Madeleine on the morning of ...

Andrew Adams

Salt Lake diocese leaders offer $1,000 reward for return of stolen relic

Leaders of Catholic Diocese of Salt Lake City offered a $1,000 reward Friday as they hoped someone might have information about a relic stolen from the Cathedral of the Madeleine.

4 days ago

The relic of Saint Mary Magdalene was stolen from the Cathedral of the Madeleine on the morning of ...

Larry D. Curtis

Relic stolen from Salt Lake City’s Cathedral of the Madeleine, reward offered for return

A reward of $1,000 is on offer for the return of a relic stolen from the Cathedral of the Madeleine.

4 days ago

An artist's rendering of the Cagayan de Oro Philippines Temple. (The Church of Jesus Christ of Latt...

Mark Jones

Groundbreaking date announced for temple in the Philippines

The First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints announced Monday a groundbreaking ceremony for the Cagayan de Oro Philippines Temple will be held next month.

8 days ago

This photo provided by Jordan Creech shows a white buffalo calf born on June 4, 2024, in the Lamar ...

Amy Besth Hanson and Mead Gruver, Associated Press

Tribes honor the birth of a rare white buffalo calf in Yellowstone; Its name is Wakan Gli

Native American religious ceremonies with dancing, drumming, singing and the retelling of a sacred legend commemorated the recent birth of a rare white buffalo calf in Yellowstone National Park.

15 days ago

Sponsored Articles

young male technician is repairing a printer at office...

Les Olson

Unraveling the dilemma between leasing and buying office technology

Carefully weigh these pros and cons to make an informed decision that best suits your business growth and day-to-day operation. 

A kitchen in a modern farmhouse....

Lighting Design

A room-by-room lighting guide for your home

Bookmark this room-by-room lighting guide whenever you decide to upgrade your lighting or style a new home.

Photo courtesy of Artists of Ballet West...

Ballet West

The rising demand for ballet tickets: why they’re harder to get

Ballet West’s box office is experiencing demand they’ve never seen before, leaving many interested patrons unable to secure tickets they want.

Electrician repairing ceiling fan with lamps indoors...

Lighting Design

Stay cool this summer with ceiling fans

When used correctly, ceiling fans help circulate cool and warm air. They can also help you save on utilities.

Side view at diverse group of children sitting in row at school classroom and using laptops...

PC Laptops

5 internet safety tips for kids

Read these tips about internet safety for kids so that your children can use this tool for learning and discovery in positive ways.

Women hold card for scanning key card to access Photocopier Security system concept...

Les Olson

Why printer security should be top of mind for your business

Connected printers have vulnerable endpoints that are an easy target for cyber thieves. Protect your business with these tips.

Samoan Missionary Dies In Sierra Leona After Contracting Malaria