"The Plan of Salvation gives order," said Bishop Ron Chapman of the Pantano Ward, Tucson Arizona East Stake. "There is more than just what we see and feel here on earth. It gives us hope that saying good-bye is not the end."
On Tuesday, Aug. 30, Sister Vanessa Ann Bentley, 22, was killed in a two-car collision in Lisbon, NY. She was serving as a missionary in the New York Utica Mission.
Bishop Chapman has been acquainted with the Bentley family for 26 years. He remembers Sister Bentley as a friendly and fun-loving young woman who loved to participate. He recalled the words of Elder David F. Evans of the Seventy who spoke at the funeral held Tuesday, Sept. 6, in the Tucson Arizona East Stake Center. Elder Evans said that Sister Bentley stood out from the rest of the missionaries. The people she served remembered her well and appreciated her friendly smile and infectious laugh.
In her memory the flag was flown at half-staff on the Brigham Young University campus in Provo, where she had been a senior majoring in elementary education. She worked for the BYU-TV audio-visual department while a student at BYU.
In an interview with Deseret News, Steve Bentley, the missionary's father, said: "Her mission president told us that she was a great missionary — humble, obedient and hard working. She did everything she was asked to do, willingly. We just have to assume that Heavenly Father was in charge of this last transfer."
On the mormon.org website, Sister Vanessa Bentley had written: "I know that God answers prayers. We are His children and He loves us!
"Right now I am living my faith by teaching my faith! It is so exciting to be able to share with the people of New York the thing that has made me the most happy in life the Gospel of Jesus Christ! Before I came on my mission I lived my faith by just being the best person I can be. In the Church we are taught to be Christ-like. Although I am far from perfect, I try to be the kind of person that He would want me to be."