LDS Church releases video about the history of women and full-time missionary service

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  • Socal Coug San Diego, CA
    July 2, 2014 7:25 p.m.

    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 nothing
    2. 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.

  • glennsmith Sweet Grass, MT
    July 2, 2014 12:41 p.m.

    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.

  • Hal Pierce Norman, OK
    July 2, 2014 9:37 a.m.

    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

  • ER in AF Harare, Zimbabwe, 00
    July 2, 2014 7:24 a.m.

    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.

  • fowersjl Farmington, Utah
    July 2, 2014 7:05 a.m.

    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!

  • andrejules Midway, UT
    July 1, 2014 8:38 p.m.

    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 wonderful service.

  • JinaYi87 Norman, OK
    July 1, 2014 6:45 p.m.

    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 great work.

  • Cinci Man FT MITCHELL, KY
    July 1, 2014 6:39 p.m.

    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.

  • Rikitikitavi Cardston, Alberta
    July 1, 2014 4:33 p.m.

    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 missions.