In June 1837 the
Lord through the Prophet Joseph Smith called Heber C. Kimball, an
apostle, to go to England and "proclaim my Gospel, and open
the door of salvation to that nation."1 Nine months later, the
missionaries had baptized aproximately 1,500 converts.
Elder Kimball wrote the prophet: "Glory to God,
Joseph, the Lord is with us among the
In 1838 other
members of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles were called to
expand that missionary effort. The Lord prepared many hearts
to receive the gospel in the British Isles, and these
Saints provided great strength to the Church as they
immigrated to the United States over the next 30
that missionary work would spread "the truth of God"
abroad "till it has penetrated every continent, visited
every clime, swept every country, and sounded in every ear,
till the purposes of God shall be accomplished, and
the Great Jehovah shall say the work is
Today more than 50,000 missionaries, called by
serve in more than 160 countries.
History of the Church, 2:490.
2. Quoted by Orson F.
Whitney, in Conference Report, Oct. 1920, 33.
History of the Church, 4:540.
Heber C. Kimball
Born June 14, 1801, in Sheldon, Vermont, Heber C. Kimball became one of the first Apostles in this dispensation on February 14, 1835. He opened the preaching of the gospel in England in 1837 and later served as a counselor to Brigham Young. He died in Salt Lake City, Utah, on June 22, 1868.
Communication from God to His children on earth. The Lord reveals His work to His prophets and confirms to believers that the revelations to the prophets are true. Through revelation, the Lord provides individual guidance for every person who seeks it and who has faith, repents, and is obedient to the gospel of Jesus Christ (Preach My Gospel, 45).
Missionaries Sent among the Nations
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