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Funeral service for missionary beautiful, heartwarming

LOGANDALE, Nev. — Elder Quentin L. Cook, a member of the Quorum of the Twelve of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, presided at the funeral services for Elder Jace Edwards Davis on Monday, Jan. 8.Davis died Jan. 29 from accidental natural-gas asphyxiation while serving in the Romania Bucharest Mission.More than 1,000 people gathered at the Logandale Third Ward to pay their last respects to Davis. Family, friends, former high school classmates, Boy Scout associates, fellow Mormon missionaries and community, church and education leaders filled the Logandale Nevada Stake Center to capacity.The Logandale Nevada Stake comprises several of the rural pioneer community wards located some 50 miles north of Las Vegas in the Moapa and Upper Moapa valleys.Elder Cook spoke of the importance of faithful missionary service and the need for "faith and determination." Elder Cook referenced scriptures relating to the need, value and blessing of faithful missionary service that is being carried out throughout the world by missionaries like Davis. Ace Robison, recently released president of the Logandale Stake and former LDS Church spokesman for Southern Nevada, said: "The funeral for Elder Davis was a beautiful, spiritual and heartwarming service, with a sweet spirit prevailing throughout the services. The entire Logandale Nevada Stake Presidency and Logandale Third Ward bishopric were on the stand for the services." "Prayers at the funeral were offered by Elder Davis' younger siblings. The testimony/eulogy by his grandfather Mahlon Edwards, brother to Elder Keith Edwards of the Quorum of the Seventy, was a touching tribute as he bore testimony of the reality that this event constitutes the 'transfer' of faithful elders from mortal life to continue their labors on the other side of the veil as seen by President Joseph F. Smith as recorded in D&C Section 138."Kevin Morgan, a recently returned missionary from Romania and friend of Davis, read a testimony written by Davis in Romanian to his family for Christmas 2009, where Davis promised his family that he would read it to them and translate it when he got home. Morgan read the testimony in Romanian and then translated it into English.There was a beautiful musical selection by five sisters and their mother who are nextdoor neighbors of the Davis family.Larry Davis, father of Elder Davis, was released as bishop of the Logandale Third Ward two weeks ago. Bishop Herb Waite conducted the services.At the conclusion of his address, Elder Cook bore a sweet, comforting testimony of the Savior's Atonement, the sureness of the work missionaries are engaged in and that Davis continues in that service on the other side of the veil. He conveyed the love and personal regards of President Thomas S. Monson, the First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve. He mentioned more than once the strength of this stake of Zion, which has undergone much trial during the past two years with the loss of a chapel and the death of several of youths, but assured of the Lord's love for all of his faithful Saints of the Logandale Nevada Stake. Lastly, Elder Cook left a sweet and comforting apostolic blessing on the family, the congregation and members of the Logandale Nevada Stake.

Ashley J. Hall is part of the Las Vegas Multi-Stake Public Affairs Council.