I think it's great their are missionaries outside the Broadway production
of "The Book of Mormon". The church realizes there are people who will
make light of things that are important to LDS members, so they have two
options:1. Do nothing2. Try to turn it into a positive. They are
advertising in the Playbill for the musical, and I've seen other
advertising, such as "the book is always better".Good for them.
My grandmother served in the Canadian Mission (Toronto) in the early 1920's
at the same time as my grandfather. Their releases were near the same time. He
returned home to Alberta and then immediately went to Utah to propose, before
another interested Elder beat him to it.
On 15 April 1898 in St. John Kansas two sister missionaries began teaching under
the direction of Mission President William T. Jack. They were Belle Taylor
Copening from Juab, Utah who was married to the Chief Clerk of the Mission, and
Ida M. Breckenridge. See ldshistoryblog.com.
My Grandma was the first Sister Missionary from her ward in Spanish Fork. I
went over to a baby blessing to a ward, not even knowing it what where my
Grandmother grew up. They had a plaque commemoration all their mssionaries and
I saw that she was the first Sister from the ward. She went in 1928 to the
Central States Mission. She served mostly in Ohio. Came home just about the
time of the 1929 Stock Market Crash. My wife is a RM and she is the best
companion I ever had.
My great great great grandmother was called to the Society Islands (now known as
Tahiti), to serve alongside her husband, who had already served for several
years there. Louisa Barnes Pratt, left for Tahiti in May of 1850. In her
journal she records the following: "We made a call at President
Young's, found supper ready. We partook of their hospitality, and Brother
Y. blessed me. He said I was called, set apart and ordained, to go to the
islands of the sea, to aid my husband in teaching the people...that I should do
a good work. All which he sealed upon my head in the name of the Lord."Does that sound like she was officially called as a sister missionary? She
returned home from her mission in 1852. The Church does not recognize her as
the first sister missionary because she was married! (But I'm not going to
start a blog or protest or leave the church over it.)She inspired me and
helped me have the courage to go on a mission at the ripe old age of 25. Hurray
for sister missionaries!
Sister Missionaries are great. I married one. We served in the Finnish Mission
back in 1957-58 & 59(for me). Finnish is such a hard language that male
missionaries served for 30 months (not the usual 24 at that time). Sister
missionaries served for 18 months...the same as now. God bless them they did a
The sisters in my mission were really valuable. They came, did their duty,
taught and worked with power, and made such a positive impact. Sisters can do
I remember my grandmother telling us about her mission in Chihuahua Mexico.
When I was a boy, we got to return to her mission and see the influence of her
great service. She's long gone now, but stories like this warm my heart
with sweet memories. The earth is blessed by the service in so many ways of the
women of the church.
Very powerful indeed. My own grandmother was the first full-time sister
missionary in Denmark in the very early 1900's. So I guess that makes her
a pioneer of sorts. Two of my three daughters have likewise served full-time