Church mission president died in Philippines on Wednesday

President Bradley Wayne Kirk died while serving in the Philippines Naga Mission on Wednesday. Here he is shown with his wife, Sister Shirley Kirk.

Press release via the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

Salt Lake City — The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints spokesman Daniel Woodruff is reporting the death of the Philippines Naga Mission President on Wednesday.

“It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of Bradley Wayne Kirk, president of the Philippines Naga Mission. Early Monday morning, President Kirk had a stroke at home and was taken to the hospital. He passed away Wednesday morning at the age of 61,” Woodruff reported.

Kirk and his wife, Shirley, are from Clovis, California, and had been serving in the Philippines since July 2019. They have three children.

“We call upon people of faith to join us in praying for the comfort and well-being of the Kirk family at this difficult time. We also pray for the missionaries who will miss this wonderful and capable leader,” Woodruff said.

The Kirk family released this message:

“We are deeply saddened by the passing of our father, husband, grandfather, brother, and uncle. We find comfort that he passed while doing what he loved — serving the Lord in a place dear to his heart amongst a people he loved, with his lifelong sweetheart by his side,” they said. “Our family has been overwhelmed with the public and private outpouring of the positive impact he has left on so many people. Although his time in Naga was short, he felt a deep love and appreciation for the missionaries. His love for family, music, the outdoors, and our Savior Jesus Christ will never be forgotten. We await the day of our joyful reunion.”

For more information on President Kirk and his service visit newsroom.churchofjesuschrist.org.

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