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Elder Michael Joshua Bent
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Birth: May 5, 1976, Japan
Death: Nov. 23, 2003
Tuamasaga, Samoa

Missionary Who Died While Serving

"I beheld that the faithful elders of this dispensation, when they depart from mortal life, continue their labors in the preaching of the gospel of repentance and redemption" President Joseph F. Smith (D&C 138:57).

Born at Yokota Air Force Base, Japan.

Missionary Missing in Samoa Accident

APIA, Samoa A full-time missionary for the Church is missing following a flooding accident in Samoa on Nov. 23.

Searchers are looking for Elder Michael Joshua Bent from Minot, N.D., who had been in the field for 14 months.

Church spokesman Bruce Olsen said the accident occurred at a flood-swollen river crossing in the Samoa Apia Mission. A van carrying eight missionaries was returning from a meeting and attempted to traverse a river crossing. Halfway across, Elder Bent, who was driving, realized the river level had risen significantly and stopped the vehicle.

However, the engine stopped and the force of the water turned the van sideways. It then rolled over several times. Seven of the missionaries exited the vehicle and struggled to safety, but Elder Bent did not and was swept downstream. The river empties into the ocean.
(Published: LDS Church News, Saturday, 29 November 2003)


Search Ends for Body of Missing Missionary

A full-time missionary in Samoa is thought to have died in a flooding accident in November. Elder Michael Joshua Bent, from Minot, North Dakota, is missing and presumed dead after a search for his body was called off in mid-December.

Elder Bent was leaving a meeting with seven other missionaries when the van he was driving stalled while crossing a flood-swollen river that was deeper than expected. The force of the river rolled the van several times. The other seven missionaries escaped the vehicle and made their way to land. The flood swept Elder Bent downstream toward the ocean.

The family held memorial services for Elder Bent prior to Christmas. He had served in the field for 14 months at the time of the accident. (Ensign Magazine, February 2004)
Body lost or destroyed
Specifically: Drowning Accident
Created by: Carl W. McBrayer
Record added: Aug 10, 2011
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 Added: Sep. 2, 2012

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