By Fred E. Woods,Reid L. Neilson

Young Latter-day Saint missionaries, either women and men, wearing white shirts and darkish matches or conservative attire, became the general public face of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints within the twenty-first century. On June 25, 2007, simply over one hundred seventy five years on account that Joseph Smith's brother, Samuel, first got down to proselyte with a knapsack packed with copies of the booklet of Mormon, the only millionth Mormon missionary used to be starting his two-year provider. He joined the opposite 53,000 full-time younger males and younger women who have been then evangelizing within the Church's nearly 350 missions round the world.

Yet the 2007 Latter-day Saint landmark and its implication for religions in the USA and out of the country continues to be some of the most unremarked-upon advancements in old and non secular stories. The learn of Mormon missiology needn't — and shouldn't — proceed to fall during the cracks of conventional Christian project histories. the gathering of essays released inside this ebook is an try and support a number of the tales of Mormon missionary paintings to a broader audience.

Since Samuel Smith's preliminary evangelistic foray, missionary paintings has develop into the lifeblood of the recovery. on the annual Church background Symposium held at Brigham younger college (BYU), hundreds and hundreds of historians and aficionados of the Mormon earlier got here jointly to educate and find out about the expansion and improvement of LDS missionary paintings in view that its inception. This symposium was once subsidized via the non secular stories heart at BYU. The authors write of the religion, sacrifice, and nice love at the a part of those that took up the decision to unfold the gospel during this dispensation and people whose lives have been replaced as they heeded the message of the recovery and the Prophet Joseph's cost to not "let a unmarried nook of the earth pass and not using a mission."

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