missionary wives, BYU Studies
In September 1900, thirty-three-year-old Mary Bennion bid goodbye to her husband, William, as he left to serve a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Southwestern States Mission. Mary, pregnant with the couple’s seventh child, stoically noted his departure in her journal: “Wm left about 11 Oclock. We all feel very sad about his leaving us for such a long time, it looks a long time to be away from his family, but hope he will fulfill an honorable mission, return home a better man than when he left.”1
Orton, Chad M.
"Those They Left Behind,"
BYU Studies Quarterly: Vol. 58:
4, Article 2.
Available at: https://scholarsarchive.byu.edu/byusq/vol58/iss4/2