Women with a Mission

    Stories of Early Sister Missionaries
    Women with a Mission
    “It is [a woman’s] privilege and duty to warn all, both men and women, of what God is doing in these last days, so far as they have the opportunity,—and invite all to come and submit themselves to the gospel of Christ.”
    This Grand Opportunity
    Elizabeth McCune traveled to Europe in 1897 with her family. Her willingness to share her testimony prompted the mission presidency to ask for sister missionaries.
    “I Am on a Foreign Mission”
    After toughing out one mission to the Sandwich Islands after her husband returned to Utah, Mildred Randall was called in 1873 to again teach at the plantation school in Laie, Hawaii, while Alfred stayed home.
    “I Could Have Gone into Every House”
    In February 1897, Elizabeth McCune prepared for a visit to England, France, and Italy. While sightseeing was on her agenda, she also sought a spiritual purpose for the trip.
    “They Can Bear Testimony, They Can Teach”
    Inez Knight served in Great Britain for twenty-six months, usually with a companion but at times on her own, as the first single woman called on an LDS mission.
    “A Great Missionary Power”
    Decades before women were called to preach the gospel as full-time missionaries, women all over the British Mission passed out literature and shared their testimonies on their own time.
    Capable of “Great Good”
    Louisa Barnes Pratt, one of the first women missionaries of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in French Polynesia, served with her husband and four daughters on the island of Tubuai from 1851 to 1852.
    “Taking Fresh Courage”
    When the first single female LDS missionary, Inez Knight, was called to Great Britain in 1898, anti-Mormon sentiment there was strong.
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