Book Review

The Saints Abroad: Missionaries Who Answered Brigham Young’s 1852 Call to the Nations of the World
Thursday, October 8, 2020

The Saints Abroad: Missionaries Who Answered Brigham Young’s 1852 Call to the Nations of the World

We are featuring the book review of "The Saints Abroad: Missionaries Who Answered Brigham Young’s 1852 Call to the Nations of the World," by Bruce A. Van Orden from Issue 59:2. Below is the abstract; follow the link below to find the full review. 

In a specially called conference in August 1852, the First Presidency issued a summons to over one hundred elders, most of whom were husbands and fathers, to serve missions to “the four quarters of the globe” (286). The global reach and large number of these calls were startling at the time and reflected an impressive devotion on the part of the elders, their families, and their leaders.

From the beginnings of the Restoration, taking the gospel message to every nation, kindred, tongue, and people had been contemplated, and in the late 1830s and 1840s, under the leadership of Joseph Smith, the global missionary project was modestly started. This 1852 initiative, however, signaled a turning point for the internationalization of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and in the twenty-first century, it is now taken for granted that the Church has a wide international scope.