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LDS missionary serving in Nigeria dies in sleep

December 28, 2017

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints announced Wednesday that a missionary serving in Nigeria died Tuesday.

“With sadness we announce the death of one of our young missionaries. Elder Maxwell Adjei Arthur, age 22, died in his sleep during the night of December 26 from a seizure,” said Daniel Woodruff, church spokesman. “He has suffered from seizures since his childhood.”

Elder Arthur is from the Assin Foso Ghana Stake, and has been serving in the Nigeria Calabar Mission since September of this year.

“We mourn with his family and loved ones and pray that they will be blessed with the comfort and peace of the Spirit as they remember him, Woodruff said.”

According to church website releases three other missionaries have died this year.

Sister Heidi Andrea Otega Huber, 22, from Santiago, Chile came in contact with a live electrical wire on Aug. 5 and was electrocuted while serving in the Guatemala City Guatemala Mission.

Elder Patiole (first name not given), 21 from Macarthur, Australia, died Nov. 21 from injuries sustained when he was struck by a vehicle while serving in the Samoa Apia Mission.

Elder Jeremy McCauley, 19, of Payson died May 5-6 overnight in his sleep from unknown causes while service in the Wisconsin Milwaukee Mission.