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Pioneers

in Every Land

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

Learning to Listen

The First Integrated Branches in South Africa

While Latter-day Saints are united by shared faith and goals, we also come from a wide range of backgrounds. Ultimately, our different perspectives can be a source of strength, but first we have to learn to work together despite different experiences and assumptions.

Sealed Together

The Manaus Temple Caravan

Saints from Manaus, Brazil, tell the story of the first caravan from their city to the temple in São Paulo—a six-day journey—in 1992.

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.

“You Can’t Close My Heart”

Ghanaian Saints and the Freeze

On June 14, 1989, the government of Ghana announced a ban on all meetings of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Meetinghouses were locked, and foreign missionaries were given one week to leave the country. The “freeze,” as this ban came to be called, tested the resolve of Latter-day Saints in Ghana.

Unto the Least of These

Olivas Aoy's School

Olivas Aoy’s Christlike service for the underprivileged children of El Paso exemplifies the Lord’s admonition to Latter-day Saints, that they “should be anxiously engaged in a good cause, and do many things of their own free will, and bring to pass much righteousness.”

“Break the Soil of Bitterness”

One Woman’s Quest for Healing

In this video, family members and friends of Sister Mavimbela describe how tragedy earlier in her life set her on a course toward service and spiritual healing later in life.

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.

“He Was Like a Shepherd”

Home Teaching during the Freeze

In June 1989, the government of Ghana banned LDS Church meetings. Members in Ghana were authorized to hold sacrament meetings in their homes, but they knew they needed the fellowship and support of other members to keep their faith strong.

“Our Living Room Became the Sacrament Hall”

Sabbath Day Worship during the Freeze

In June 1989, the government of Ghana banned LDS Church meetings. As long as the ban lasted, Church members had to observe the Sabbath without meeting as wards and branches.