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Family speaks after Utah LDS missionary killed in bus crash

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Posted at 11:19 AM, Feb 10, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-10 13:38:01-05

KAYSVILLE, Utah - The family of a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is speaking after she was killed in a bus accident in Pennsylvania.

Wednesday the Wells family sent Fox 13 this statement about sister missionary Sadie D. Wells:

We are deeply saddened by the loss of our daughter and sister, Sadie Danielle Wells. We will miss her smile and vibrant, fun-loving personality. Our concern is for her mission companion and the other sister missionaries involved in the accident, and we pray for them and their families.

Sadie loved life and loved being a missionary. Her letters home were filled with her vibrant personality, love for the people of Pennsylvania, love of the gospel and love for her Savior, Jesus Christ.

We draw comfort from the belief that Sadie is with her Heavenly Father and that she continues the Lord’s work with the same vigor and enthusiasm that she did in life. Sadie ended each of her emails with the words of a favorite Primary song, “Have faith, have hope, live like his Son, help others on their way.” We ask all to pay tribute to Sadie by living their lives this way.

--The Wells Family
Kaysville, Utah

Wells was killed after the car she was in collided with a bus in Monroe Township, Pennsylvania, Tuesday afternoon.

According to Penn Live, the bus, carrying 32 Cumberland Valley School District students, was headed south when it ran a stop sign and crashed into a 2014 Chevrolet Cruze.

Both vehicles ended up in a field just southwest of the intersection.

Penn Live reported Wells was sitting in the front passenger seat.

She was serving in the Pennsylvania Pittsburg Mission and had been since May 2015.

"Three other sister missionaries were also in the vehicle and are currently receiving medical care for non-life-threatening injuries," LDS Church spokeswoman Kristen Howey said.

"We pray for the injured sisters and for the families of all four sisters at this difficult time. We extend our sincerest sympathies to the Wells family for the loss of their daughter, and to other loved ones, friends, and fellow missionaries who were blessed by her friendship and example," Howey said.