.. but, it’s a hard time to be LDS in California:
A man shot and killed a Mormon bishop at a chapel in California and then was later shot dead by police Sunday afternoon, according to multiple reports.
The shooting took place around 12:30 p.m. at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints chapel on Tulare Avenue in Visalia, Calif., according to Visalia Police Capt. Rick Haskill.
Police and church officials identified the slain bishop as Clay Sannar, 40, of the Visalia 2nd Ward. Visalia Stake spokesman Ralph Jordan said Sannar was conducting interviews after the three-hour block of morning meetings when a man asked to see him.
Visalia police identified the man who they say shot and killed Sannar on Monday morning. He is identified as 47-year-old Kenneth James Ward of Modesto, Calif.
The motive is still under investigation as of Monday morning.
Ward waited calmly outside the bishop’s office while the interviews took place but then shot Sannar when he entered, Jordan said. According to Haskill, Sannar was shot several times.
A bishop in the same stake, who was not a designated spokesman and was not present but spoke to witnesses, told the Deseret News the shooter came to the church earlier and was “visibly angry about something,” then came back after sacrament meeting and entered Sannar’s office.
There’s an online donation drive to get $10,000 per child who was left fatherless — he had six sons, ranging from 14 years of age to just three months. (Though we know that ultimately they still have their heavenly Father who is still caring and loving them and will never be left “fatherless.”)
Click here for more information on the situation, and here for the charitable drive. (Note: I don’t know Connor Boyack, a Latter-day Saint living in Lehi, UT. But he claims that all funds will be sent directly to Sister Sannar (Clay’s wife). For any questions, you may contact him at any time at email@example.com or 801.376.2647. For those who question the legitimacy of this fundraiser or his integrity, he says he’s certainly happy to provide references!)