“The Light Shall Begin to Break Forth”: Protestant Missions to the Indians in Colonial America
church history, protestants, Lamanites, missions
The restoration of the knowledge of the gospel to the Lamanites is a recurring prophecy in the Book of Mormon, occupying the attention of prophets from Lehi to Moroni and constituting one of the books central themes. Today, with thousands of missionaries preaching the gospel to the descendants of Book of Mormon peoples, and with several million of these descendants claiming membership in the Church, we can see how literally this prophecy is being fulfilled. It is important to remember, however, that Latter-day Saint efforts and successes in this regard have often built on the work of missionaries from other faiths who had previously introduced American Indians to Christianity through the Bible.
Original Publication Citation
Andrew H. Hedges, “‘The Light Shall Begin to Break Forth’: Protestant Missions to the Indians in Colonial America,” Fred E. Woods, Steven C. Harper, Andrew H. Hedges, ed., Prelude to the Restoration: From Apostasy to the Restored Church. The 33rd Annual Sidney B. Sperry Symposium (Salt Lake City and Provo: Deseret Book and the Religious Studies Center, Brigham Young University, 2004), 99-114.
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Hedges, Andrew H., "“The Light Shall Begin to Break Forth”: Protestant Missions to the Indians in Colonial America" (2004). Faculty Publications. 3760.
Prelude to the Restoration: From Apostasy to the Restored Church
Church History and Doctrine