BYU Studies, notice
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.
Van Orden, Bruce A.
"The Saints Abroad: Missionaries Who Answered Brigham Young’s 1852 Call to the Nations of the World,"
BYU Studies Quarterly: Vol. 59:
2, Article 23.
Available at: https://scholarsarchive.byu.edu/byusq/vol59/iss2/23