Missionary Serving in Costa Rica Passes Away

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On Thursday, July 16, 2015, Diario Extra, a popular news site in Costa Rica, reported that a missionary serving in the Sarapiquí area had passed away.

Elder Ricardo Alberto Cuevas Magdaleno was 20-years-old when he passed away in his sleep of unknown causes. Residents told the local news site that the two missionaries were “very polite, friendly people living with passion.”

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Elder Ricardo Alberto Cuevas Magdaleno. Image via lds.org, courtesy of the Cuevas family.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints made a statement on Friday, July 17, 2015, regarding the Elder’s passing,

“We are saddened to report the death of Elder Ricardo Alberto Cuevas Magdaleno, a missionary serving in the Costa Rica San Jose East Mission,” said LDS Church spokesman Eric Hawkins. He continued,

We offer our prayers and condolences to his family and friends as they mourn the passing of this faithful young missionary.

Whitney studied Communications with an emphasis in Broadcast Journalism at BYU. She also served as Miss Utah 2009 and spent her year promoting Children's Miracle Network, fundraising for anti-bullying/suicide prevention programs, and speaking to mutual groups.