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Mormon missionary from Nevada dies in South Africa

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Posted at 11:43 AM, Nov 27, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-27 16:13:46-05

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A Mormon missionary from Nevada serving in South Africa has died after he collapsed while exercising.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints said in a news release Tuesday that 19-year-old Zane Lamping died Monday at hospital in Johannesburg, South Africa. He collapsed while exercising at a missionary training center in that city. The cause of death is unknown.

Lamping was from Moapa, which is about 40 miles northeast of Las Vegas. He had just started his two-year mission.

Missions are considered rites of passage for many Mormons. Men serve two years, while women go for 18 months.