Mormon missionary from Utah dies from cliff fall in Australia
A Mormon missionary from Utah died Monday when he fell from a cliff in Australia.
Gavin Paul Zimmerman, 19, of West Haven, was serving in the Sydney Mission, according to a news release from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He and other missionaries were âat a popular sightseeing areaâ Monday when Zimmerman slipped and fell.
Zimmerman appears to have fallen to his death at a whale-watching location called Cape Solander near the suburb of Kurnell. The Australian Broadcasting Corp. reported a teenager was with a group of friends when he fell about 30 meters. The news outlet quoted a mayor as saying police recovered a cellphone with photographs showing the teen had been close to the edge of the cliff moments before his fall. Lifeguards retrieved the man from the water but were unable to revive him, the mayor said.
The LDS Church news release sa id Zimmerman had served in the mission since August.
Zimmerman grew up in West Haven and Roy and attended Fremont High School, where he participated in football and track. In a statement, his parents, Raymond and Jeanette Zimmerman, said their son was a âgreat example.â
âHe enjoyed teaching people and sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ,â the coupleâs statement said. âHe loved the savior Jesus Christ and his family, and we loved him. Gavin was a bright light in our lives! We are so grateful for our Father in Heavenâs plan of salvation. We know that we will be with him again one day. Our family will miss him greatly until we meet again.â
David Hales is the president of the Ogden Utah West Stake, which includes the Zimmermansâ LDS congregation. Hales said Gavin Zimmerman was a good student who began preparing to go on a mission for his church years ago.
âHe was just a force of happiness,â Hales said. âHe was just a bright spot in this world. Everyone loved him. He was a friend to all.âSource: Google Australia | Netizen 24 Australia