Title

“The Light Shall Begin to Break Forth”: Protestant Missions to the Indians in Colonial America

Keywords

church history, protestants, Lamanites, missions

Abstract

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.

Document Type

Peer-Reviewed Article

Publication Date

2004

Publisher

Prelude to the Restoration: From Apostasy to the Restored Church

Language

English

College

Religious Education

Department

Church History and Doctrine

University Standing at Time of Publication

Full Professor

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