Book of Mormon  
When Henry A. Wallace, then U.S. Secretary of Agriculture and not a member of the LDS Church, spoke to the New York City Book Club on “ Good books of the Nineteenth Century ” he said, “ The greatest book published in the nineteenth century in the field of religion was the Book of Mormon. Although this book was read by less than one percent of Americans, it affected that one percent so powerfully as to change the history of this nation [ America ]. ” 1  
  Since 1830, 905,000 + full time missionaries have served. By 2013, it will be over a million. There are approximately 50,000 full time missionaries constantly serving at their own expense, for 18 to 24 months, in 341 missions in more than 162 countries around the world. Most missionaries are between the ages of 19 and 25, leaving their homes, families, comforts, schooling, sports, employment, and social life behind.  
     
  Older members also serve missions at their own expense in many different capacities for various
amounts of time, leaving their homes, businesses, children and grandchildren behind.
 

 

1 James A. Cullimore ; Ensign, “The Book of Mormon,” Conference Report, May 1976, Page 85

 

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