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Elder Joshua Allen Burton

“That’s what I want my music to do for others. If people can listen to my music and walk away better for having heard it, then I would consider myself a successful artist.” (Josh Burton, 1990-2013)

 

Elder Joshua Allen Burton was  a dedicated pianist and composer from Cardston, Alberta, Canada. Burton, 23, began serving his two-year mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (inadvertently called the “Mormon” Church by the media and others) in November 2011. He served in the Guatemala, Cobán mission.

He passed away on Monday evening, 22 July 2013, as a result of injuries he suffered when a truck he was riding in overturned on the way to a service activity on Saturday morning, 20 July 2013. In the accident he had broken his back and had undergone surgery that evening.

A June 3 post on his Facebook page read: “I’m confident that the experiences of my life here in Guatemala will someday show up in my music. I think that’s part of the life of an artist.” [1]