Elder Ronald Poelman

I just learned that former Seventy Elder Ronald E Poelman passed away this past weekend.  Elder Poelman had become somewhat of a Bloggernacle sensation because his 1984 talk was edited and re-recorded.  In the talk, he talked about the differences between the Gospel and the Church.  However, he was told to re-record the talk and state that the Gospel and the Church are the same thing.  Rock Waterman has a few posts discussing the changes.

In other sad news, 2 missionaries on bikes were struck and killed in a hit-and-run accident in Texas.  (A third missionary was injured.) Quoting from the Deseret News article,

Elder Trevor Reinhold Strong, 21, of Taylorsville, and Elder Derek Jason Walker, 20, of Fairfield, Idaho, were killed in the accident that happened around 7:30 p.m., the LDS Church confirmed Tuesday evening. Elder Zachary Todd Harris, 19, of Huntsville, Ala., was taken to a nearby hospital. He is expected to recover.

Elder Strong and Elder Walker

An arrest was made, and Jose Luis Garza is now in jail.  Elder Strong had recently chosen to extend his mission.  His twin brother had also extended his mission, and they were due home in just a few weeks.

We have a lot to be thankful for this Thanksgiving.  Let’s pray for those who have lost loved ones at this time of year.