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Pioneers

in Every Land

From Tahiti to Taiwan, Latter-day Saint pioneers build the Church all over the world.

‘In My Father’s House Are Many Mansions’

Green Flake's Legacy of Faith

Born into slavery in North Carolina, Green Flake was baptized into the LDS Church in 1844 and was a member of the first pioneer company to arrive in Salt Lake.

‘This Piece of Stone Come to Us Now’

Saints in Togo See Daniel's Stone Rolling Through Own Land

'When I’ve been baptized, my first intention is to spread this gospel in Togo.'

That We Might Be One

The Story of the Dutch Potato Project

Dutch Church members after World War II planted potatoes together to help heal spiritual wounds and restore unity. The project took on new meaning when they were asked to send their harvest to Germany.

The Armenian Exodus

Aintab to Aleppo, 1921

In 1921, as violence engulfed the collapsing Ottoman Empire, Moses Hindoian worked with Mission President Joseph W. Booth to lead saints from danger in Aintab, Turkey into Aleppo, Syria.

‘You Have Come at Last’

Nigerian Builds ‘LDS’ Congregation, Waits for Missionaries

After dreaming of the Salt Lake Temple, Anthony Obinna built a congregation years before missionaries came to Nigeria.

Sacrificing Soccer for Service

Samuel Boren: Pioneer of the Church in Argentina

Like most pioneers, Samuel Boren—baptized just outside Buenos Aires in 1936—sacrificed much when he traded his old life for a new one in the gospel.

‘Suddenly the Thought Came to Me’

Child's Vision Prepares her Family for the Gospel

"Suddenly the thought came to me that I must look at them that I might remember them in the future." - Marie Cardon Guild

‘The Lord Provided a Way’

Eight Liberian Missionaries Flee War-Torn Nation

When civil war erupted in Liberia in 1989, eight native missionaries found themselves in deadly circumstances. 

‘It Was the Truth!’

First Convert Became Foundation of Church in Jamaica

Victor Nugent's family was baptized more than four years before the Church was organized in Jamaica and, through their faithfulness, became the backbone of the restored gospel in that country.

‘A People Prepared’

West African Pioneer Preached the Gospel Before Missionaries

Fourteen years before LDS missionaries arrived in West Africa, Joseph William Billy Johnson was converted to the Church after reading the Book of Mormon and other tracts. He spent the next fourteen years laying a solid foundation for the Church in Ghana.

‘Everyone Trusted in the Lord’

Storm Threatened Members, Missionaries in Dominican Republic

Less than a year after the first LDS missionaries arrived in the Dominican Republic, the island suffered one of the worst natural disasters in its history.

‘Wherever He Leads Us’

Humble Convert Proved Boon to Church in Taiwan

Southern Far East missionary recalls a fruitful day of tracting that, in time, led to the publication of the Book of Mormon in Chinese.