Though Latter-day Saint women have participated in missionary work by sharing the gospel since the beginning of the restoration, it wasn't until 1898 that the first "lady missionaries" were called to serve full-time missions. Church Historian and author Matthew McBride shares stories of what life was like for these first sister missionaries, why their influence was an important part of the growth of the Church in the early 1900s, and how they paved the way for the thousands of sister missionaries to follow. You'll be inspired by the faith and courage of the earliest sister missionaries, and understand how the contributions of women, past and present, are unique and vital to missionary work.

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Learn more about some of the first full-time sister missionaries

• Josephine Booth: Sister Missionary to Scotland https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/study/ensign/2015/08/josephine-booth-sister-missionary-to-scotland

• “An Ardent Desire to Speak for Myself”: Lecture Explores Evolution of “Lady Missionaries” https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/church/news/an-ardent-desire-to-speak-for-myself-lecture-explores-evolution-of-lady-missionaries

• Women in the Mission Field https://history.churchofjesuschrist.org/landing/women-with-a-mission

• Missionary Database https://history.churchofjesuschrist.org/missionary/

• Log in to Family Search to discover the missionaries in your family tree https://www.familysearch.org/campaign/missionary

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