The Hyde Park family of a Latter-day Saint missionary who died in the Dominican Republic on Wednesday expressed its grief through a statement released Thursday.
“We were very heartbroken to hear about our sweet missionary, Elder Brennan Conrad, passing away on Wednesday,” the statement, signed by Brennan’s sister-in-law Hailey Conrad, states. “Brennan was a great nephew, uncle, son, grandson, brother and friend to all those he came in contact with.”
Brennan Conrad died after falling from the roof of his apartment Wednesday in Santo Domingo, according to a church spokesman.
Conrad, who had been serving as a missionary in the Dominican Republic for five months, repeatedly expressed his love for the people he was serving, the family stated.
“He loved serving our Lord, Jesus Christ and told us he’s never been happier in his entire life,” the family stated.
Before his passing, Conrad received a package he had requested with handwritten letters from his family members and was able to video chat with his family on Monday.
“It was a blessing, we were all together as family and Brennan had the capability of calling us,” the family stated. “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.”
During the video chat, Conrad repeated the motto he had often expressed in Spanish, “vamos,” meaning “let’s go,” according to the statement.
“We will remember him by these words and how his whole face lit up, each time he said them,” the family stated. “This phrase was his way of expressing his desire and excitement to keep moving forward, even when times get rough.”
The statement expressed gratitude for the support of the community and the “outpouring of love, thoughts and prayers” the family has received from around the world.
“We have felt peace and the love from our Lord, Jesus Christ, during this challenging time,” the family stated. “We know we will get to hug our sweet angel Brennan again one day.”
Several replies to people on social media asking why Conrad was on his apartment’s roof state that rooftops in the Dominican Republic are often flat and easily accessible, and it’s not uncommon for people to spend time there in various activities.
Funeral or memorial services have not yet been announced.
Those who would like to donate to Brennan Conrad’s family may do so through a GoFundMe campaign: gofundme.com/in-memory-of-elder-brennan-conrad.