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Grateful for a Missionary Heritage

I think of my own grandfather, Nels Monson, who waited seven years for his sweetheart to become his bride. The first entry in his missionary journal expressed eloquently his gratitude: “Today, in the Salt Lake Temple, Maria Mace became my eternal wife.” The entry written three days later was more somber: “Tonight the bishop came to our house. I have been called to serve a two-year mission to Scandinavia. My dear wife will remain at home and sustain me.” I treasure such faith. I cherish such commitment.

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Love Those You Serve

Anyone spending time in a different culture will inevitably notice the difference in clothing. Missionaries today are no different. Here are some photos of missionaries practicing the sincerest form of flattery. 

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Accepting the Call

When the Saints settled throughout the Intermountain West, the assigning of mission calls switched from a call from the pulpit or a personal conversation to correspondence by mail. One large collection spanning the presidencies of John Taylor, Wilford Woodruff, Lorenzo Snow, and Joseph F. Smith (1877–1918) has been digitized by the Church History Library, and most of the letters have been linked on the individual pages of the Early Mormon Missionaries database.

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About The Early Mormon Missionaries Database

During the century following the organization of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in 1830, almost 40,000 men and women served proselytizing missions. In their travels, they taught in 36 countries and spoke to millions of people. This database is a record of their service.

 

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“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.

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