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Elder Joseph Wlliam Carnovale

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).

"He was called to carry on that work beyond the veil."
The parents of a Mormon missionary killed on Friday near Masterton are hoping to speak with the driver of the vehicle that struck their youngest son as he cycled home from delivering a church message.

Elder Joseph Carnovale, 24, died in Wairarapa Hospital within six hours of being struck by a 4x4 vehicle as he cycled with a missionary partner on Norfolk Road about 2pm on Friday.

Elder Carnovale received serious head injuries in the incident and did not regain consciousness before he died in Wairarapa Hospital on Friday night, his parents Paul and Lyn Carnovale said on Monday as they prepared to return to their Sydney home...

Elder Gregory Mudrow, who was cycling beside Elder Carnovale when he was hit, agreed with an incident account the driver of the 4x4 gave to police that his mission partner drifted into the path of the utility that was travelling in the same direction, as it was driven wide of the cyclists...

Paul Carnovale said the missionaries had been delivering a church DVD on Friday to the family, who told the couple "Joseph and Elder Mudrow were their angels".
"He was doing the Lord's work right to the very end and we believe he was called to carry on that work beyond the veil."

Elder Carnovale's father said the couple last spoke with their son on Mother's Day although he wrote and emailed home weekly and they now also have his diary that accounts for the time during his mission...

"He was a terribly accomplished young man for his age who led a very full life in his short years. It is very sad that this has happened but we believe his death freed him from limits he may have had to endure if he had lived; and that his work as a missionary goes on still..."

A memorial service was held for Elder Carnovale at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints chapel in Masterton on Saturday evening that was attended by about 100 church members, Bishop James Aporo said.

He said a man to whom Elder Carnovale had spoken several times during the year had committed himself at the memorial service to being baptised "as a result of the spirit and power at the service" and the earlier ministrations of Mr Carnovale...

(News Article (adapted) Wairarapa Times, Auckland, New Zealand, 26 December 2007)





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  • Find A Grave Memorial 74713976
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Elder Joseph Wlliam Carnovale (13 Oct 1983–21 Dec 2007), Find A Grave Memorial no. 74713976, citing Palmdale Lawn Cemetery & Memorial Park, Palm Dale, Central Coast Council, New South Wales, Australia ; Maintained by Carl W. McBrayer (contributor 46558074) .