The family of an 18-year-old man from Hyde Park, who died Wednesday while serving a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, has released a statement. Elder Brennan Conrad passed away after falling off the roof of his apartment in the Dominican Republic.
A message, written by Hailey Conrad, Brennan’s sister-in-law, explained how the family was heartbroken to receive the tragic news. She also described the young missionary’s love for serving the people in the Santo Domingo East Mission.
The statement said, “[Brennan] told us he’s never been happier in his entire life. He also repeatedly expressed his sincere love for the people in the Dominican Republic. In his five months as a missionary, he worked diligently and truly made us proud.”
Brennan Conrad had been serving as a missionary since August 2018. Prior to leaving, he graduated from Green Canyon High School, where he played on the lacrosse team.
Brennan’s mother, Melanie Conrad shared on Facebook some of her son’s early letters. In them, he described the area he lived in as being very poor, with working electricity only 20 percent of the time. He wrote that there was no hot water, which meant freezing cold showers each morning. Despite the challenges, he expressed gladness in being able to serve.
One week before he died, Brennan was able to receive a package from his family with handwritten letters that he had requested. They also got to video chat together on Monday.
The family’s statement said, “Brennan was beaming with the Light of Christ and smiling from ear to ear as he talked with us. This is a precious memory we will keep with us throughout this life and a great way to remember who he was!”
The family described how their son often repeated the motto, “Let’s go!!” or in Spanish, “Vamos!!” The statement said, “We will remember him by these words and how his whole face lit up, each time he said them.”
Funeral services will be arranged once Conrad’s body is transported back to Utah.
The statement concludes, expressing gratitude for the outpouring of love, thoughts and prayers the family has received from around the world. It said, “We know Brennan is here with us during this hard time and will be in heaven cheering us on, throughout our lives…We know we will get to hug our sweet angel Brennan again one day.”
A GoFundMe campaign has been set up for the Conrad family, for those wishing to donate: gofundme.com/in-memory-of-elder-brennan-conrad.