Missionary miraculously survives accident after being hit by a car

Elder Troyer
Photo source: Elder Troyer’s Facebook profile picture and The Road to Hope and Peace

A missionary of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints serving in Utah Orem mission has survived an accident after being hit by a car while riding his bicycle. The sad incident occurred on May 31, 2020, at American Fork, Utah.

The missionary involved in this accident is by name Raymond Troyer. The accident occurred while he and his companion were crossing a busy city street in the crosswalk. He was struck by a driver who had not seen him and his companion while crossing the street.

His helmet saved him from dying after being hit by the car. He came out of the hospital with just some minor injuries, bruises, scrapes, and cuts.

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A Facebook page with the name The Road to Hope and Peace gave details of how the accident took place and how he was miraculously saved. Below is the account;

Sometimes, the Road to Hope and Peace can be treacherous and dangerous. But in those moments, the goodness of people and the greatness of God always seems to emerge.

Last night in American Fork, Utah, a full-time missionary named Raymond Troyer of Danville, Ohio was biking his way home after a long day of service. While crossing a busy city street in the crosswalk, he was struck by a speeding driver who had not seen him and his missionary companion crossing the street. Raymond flew over the hood of the car, slamming into the pavement, shattering his helmet.

Miraculously, Raymond hobbled away with minor injuries, bruises, scrapes, and cuts. His helmet had saved him from what would have assuredly been a more serious injury. X-rays were negative, and a couple of hours later he shuffled out of the Emergency Room with a smile on his face and laughter on his lips.

But what was the memory I’ll take from that night in the emergency room? It was of Raymond Troyer, laying on a gurney with nurses and physicians cleaning, stitching and probing his injured body, but asking me at least three different times if there was some way we could get in touch with the distraught driver of that speeding Civic to let her know that he was just fine and not to feel bad. In between the winces and the needles and the stitches, his biggest concern was for a woman who he was sure was hurting even more than he was.

It was in that moment that I saw true Christ-like peace in the eyes of a 19-year-old young man clothed in a thin, drafty, powder blue hospital gown. Truly, Raymond Troyer personifies the scripture in 1 John 3:18: “My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth.”

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    • There are other times when missionaries do not survive accidents while serving. God is all knowing and while others survive we put our trust in him of why some don’t.


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