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TAICHUNG, Taiwan — The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints confirmed Tuesday that a missionary serving in Taichung, Taiwan, was killed in a bicycle accident.

North Ogden resident David Smith Hampton, 18, was hit by a car while riding his bike and died later at an area hospital from his injuries Tuesday, according to LDS Church spokesman Eric Hawkins.

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“Our hearts are saddened as we share the news of the death of one of our young missionaries. … Our prayers are with his family and loved ones as we join with them in mourning his death,” Hawkins said in a statement.

His mother, Cyndi Hampton, told KSL that serving a mission was her son’s only goal.

“He just knew that he was supposed to be on a mission and that’s what he was supposed to be doing,” she said. “It was really the only thing that he cared about.

“When he gave his farewell (talk), he actually gave his testimony in Mandarin,” she added. “Now we’re really glad because it was kind of like he gave his homecoming (talk) when he gave his farewell.”

Elder Hampton went on his mission in December 2015. He is from the North Ogden, Utah Coldwater Stake.

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