2 LDS missionaries found dead in Taiwan apartment, carbon monoxide leak

SALT LAKE CITY — Two missionaries for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints were found dead in their Taiwan apartment, according to church officials.

Elder Yu Peng Xiong, 24, a Taiwan native, and Elder Connor Benjamin Thredgold, 19, of Springville, were serving in the Taiwan Taipei Mission.

Authorities said it would appear the cause was a carbon monoxide leak in their apartment.

Xiong had been serving as a missionary since March of 2013 and Thredgold since March of 2014.

“We pray for their families and for all those who knew them and express our love and deepest sympathies at this tragic time,” according to the statement.

Thredgold’s family spoke about their son during a press conference Saturday, see the video above for their comments.

18 comments

  • forrestc2013

    AS WE SAY GOODBYE
    They left with dreams of changing hearts,
    one soul at a time.
    They were following their Savior’s footsteps,
    and seeking out the blind.

    And though today we mourn their loss,
    Remember, eternity waits.
    They still are serving the God they love,
    beyond His golden gate.

    So look to the sky for rainbows of love
    for they are waiting there;
    someday we will walk with them,
    and climb up heaven’s stairs.

    © Forrest Phelps-Cook

  • Scott C Waring

    Taipei Times is has this title here in Taiwan, “Carbon monoxide cited in deaths of LDS missionaries.” Prosecutors found a faulty indoor gas water heater, which they determined to be the cause of the fatal carbon monoxide leak.

    Sadly taiwan still uses gas water heaters and stoves. Finding a normal size electric stove with an oven is almost impossible over here.

  • ken

    Couldn’t help but comment on “one of the Bob’s remarks.
    I’m very grateful for the service men & women and their service to us but one thing different from them and missionaries is they get paid and it is a job.
    Missionaries from the LDS are not paid but they pay their own way or other members of the church contribute to help them serve missions.
    The only people who profit are the ones that come to know their savoir better and make covenants with Him to obey His commandments and live Christian lives.

  • Bob

    Newsworthy because they were giving 2 years of their lives for something they believed in. Some people leave this world a better place for having been here.

  • dave

    mosquito i go back and forth on agreeing with you but most of the time you have great things to say. but this time ya didnt do so well… thees two are dead, this made the news not because of there religion but its common to have stories of how people died on the news all the time when they were doing something out of the ordinary.

    theres a bunch of these good guys who i know some im friends with. some are just acquaintances. but all of them have my respect personally. its irrelevant what church is true in this conversation in this case if these boys are like the ones i know than if that church is true or not they spend that time (that time that other friends i have spent being really selfish) sharing something that means a lot to them.

    heck im not Jehovah witness but every once in a while they come and whenever i get the idea that one of them legitimately is concerned for me that conversation always ends in hugs and handshakes. but ive never met a lds missionary i didnt like.

    these are good guys trying to do that which they believe is right and good. and whether or not you like there church you should respect people who do selfless work to serve others mostly because there heart is in the right place and thats better than a heck of a lot of people you and i know. even if you dont like the results of there work. just knowing there trying to make the world better is respectable.

    even if you have met a bunch of lds that you dont like… well youve never met these two

  • 7munchkins

    You must resist the temptation to respond to this post. The ID should give you a clue that this person is just a parasitic blood sucker with no good intentions and their only Ability is to spread disease.

  • dave

    bob i usually dont read your comments usually because i dont think you believe the things you say, usually its rare for me to even skim over them. i question it because your just as prone to bash on people as you are to pat them on the back. so that tells me that you most likely dont believe any of it. but regardless, i do like to see progress in people, i have no idea if you will continue to withhold negativity or even if you believe what you said here or anywhere, but for now id like to give you a sincere…… thank you. you have done well at withholding negativity. like i said because you are prone to toggle back and forth theres a good chance you dont belive what you said but its still important to recognize goodness regardless. thanks

  • Bob

    It wasn’t me. It was some low-wattage gurgler who used my “Mosquito” name because he doesn’t like what I have to say, and thinks that he can somehow make me stop saying it.

    I’m one of the Bobs now. There are at least 4 or 5. I encourage anyone who is sick and tired of Fox13’s total lack of control over their comment boards to just use the name “Bob.” That’ll take all the starch right out of the haters.

  • Bob

    So public officials should not be allowed to apply their personal standards to their jobs? Or are you saying that they should eschew THEIR standards in favor of YOURS? (I suspect the latter.)

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