Full-time Peruvian Missionary Dies from Illness While Serving in Bolivia

Contributed By Scott Taylor, Church News Managing Editor

  • 10 December 2018

Flags are displayed at the missionary training center in Lima, Peru, on Friday, October 19, 2018. A full-time missionary from Peru died on Wednesday, December 5, due to a brief illness. Photo by Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News.

A full-time missionary from Peru serving in Bolivia passed away Wednesday, December 5, following a brief illness.

Elder Brian Lezama Sanchez, 26, of Cajamarca, Peru, who had been serving in the Bolivia La Paz El Alto Mission since August 2017, died while being transferred to a hospital after receiving medical treatment at another hospital. The exact cause of death is undetermined.

“We express our deepest sympathies and heartfelt condolences to his family and loved ones and pray they will be comforted and sustained during this time,” said Church spokesman Daniel Woodruff.