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Pioneers

in Every Land

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

“A Commitment to God”: Virgilio Simarrón’s Decision

The Roots of the Church in Guayacana, Ecuador

Virgilio Simarrón was a leader in the Chachi native community of northern Ecuador—a position held by members of his family for many generations. But Virgilio’s life changed in 1996, when his son Wilson returned from studies with copies of the Book of Mormon.

Lillian Ashby and the Dharmarajus

How One Woman Helped Plant the Church in India

When 37-year-old Lillian Ashby received a mission call to serve with her husband in Samoa, she knew she only had months to live. Despite her struggle with cancer, her mission had a lasting impact on an individual, a family, and a nation.

This Grand Opportunity

Elizabeth McCune and the First Sister Missionaries

Elizabeth McCune traveled to Europe in 1897 with her family. Her willingness to share her testimony prompted the mission presidency to ask for sister missionaries.

Bringing the Gospel Home to Cambodia

How Vichit Ith Brought His New Faith Back to His Native Land

Twenty years after being driven from his homeland by war, Vichit Ith came back to introduce the Church that had helped him find peace. 

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.

‘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.'

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.

‘A Happier and More Abundant Life’

Saints in Brazil Travel Twelve Days to Attend Temple

Thousands of miles from the nearest temple, members of the Church in Manaus, Brazil, embarked on a long journey over both land and sea in 1992 to receive ordinances there. 

‘Out of Captivity’

German Prisoner of War Finds Home in British Branch

When a German Latter-day Saint became a prisoner of war in England near the end of World War II, friendships blossomed between political enemies.