Bishop Lowell Caldwell of Westwood Heights 1st Ward spoke on the Strong family's behalf Wednesday.
"It's times like these that try your faith and I think they're finding consolation in faith," Bishop Caldwell said.
Elder Strong was on a mission in McAllen, Texas. He was scheduled to return to Utah before Thanksgiving, according to Bishop Caldwell.
"For the rest of us, it is like we are losing a member of our family," Bishop Caldwell said.
Elder Strong's Facebook page was flooded with condolences. Friends tell ABC 4 News Elder Strong was committed to his missionary work and set an example for others.
"He was just the best soul and I could tell that just by knowing him the time that I did," Cameron Cox, a childhood friend, said.
Elder Strong was an athlete who loved to play basketball and football in high school, according to Cox. Cox and Elder Strong attended Kearns High School.
Elder Strong leaves behind six siblings, including a twin, Scott Strong.
The Texas Department of Public Safety continues to investigate the accident. Investigators say the driver and passengers of the vehicle involved in the crash ran from the accident.
Jose Luis Garza Flores turned himself in to authorities at an international bridge on the U.S. Mexico border.
A funeral is expected to take place next week for Elder Strong, according to Bishop Caldwell.