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A Modern Act of the Apostles, 1840: Mormon Literature in the Making

TitleA Modern Act of the Apostles, 1840: Mormon Literature in the Making
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication1987
AuthorsEngland, Eugene
JournalBYU Studies Quarterly
Date PublishedSpring 1987
KeywordsKimball, Heber C.; Literature; Missionary Work; Richards, Willard; Second British Mission; Taylor, John; Woodruff, Wilford; Young, Brigham

Some of the most appreciated parts of the Bible have been the acts and letters of the Apostles, which give us the crucial story, movingly expressed, of the remarkable adventures and teachings of those who established the foundations of Christianity and thus profoundly influenced the ideas, the feelings—the lives—of a large portion of the people on earth who lived after them.

In 1839–40, eight modern Apostles, claiming the same authority and purpose as Peter, Paul, James, and John, embarked on a mission to carry the restored gospel of Jesus Christ across the sea to the most advanced and powerful nation in the Western world—much as the ancient Apostles had done in their journeys to Greece and Rome. And the modern Apostles, like the ancient, gave sermons and wrote diaries and letters. In other words, they produced literature. I believe that literature will eventually stand as a modern Acts of the Apostles—a valued part of Mormon literature that will be increasingly valuable to the world.