Charles W. Penrose

The English Mission Years



Charles W. Penrose was indeed a giant among men, and thousands of descendants of his British converts do, in fact, reap the harvest from the gospel seeds he planted. His last name symbolizes, in a rather dramatic way, the life he seemed destined to live. Pen, in the Cornish language, means head, while Ros means valley, and Charles became one of the heads, or chiefs, in the “valleys of the mountains.” A well-known Cornish couplet reads, “By Tre, Ros, Pol, Lan and Pen, you may know most of the Cornish men.’ It is the purpose of this essay to reintroduce Latter-day Saints to one of the Church’s finest leaders, greatest thinkers, most gifted writers, and first-rate proselyters.


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