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My First Mission

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My First Mission by George Q. Cannon

The first chapter of this little work I wrote as a sketch for the perusal of the youthful readers of the Juvenile Instructor. It was written hastily—as were those which followed it—and without any author’s name, or any intention, at the time, of adding any more to it. Afterwards, I concluded to write a series of missionary sketches; bu
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Kindle Edition, 94 pages
Published July 7th 2014 by Transcript (first published 2000)
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Brian
Oct 14, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
First person account, although sometimes written in 3rd person, of first group of LDS missionaries to Hawaii in 1850. Gives good perspective of 1850s Hawaii as well as missionary trials and triumphs. Interesting that the author refers to the hostile Protestants from New England as "the missionaries" while the LDS missionaries are the "elders."

Recommended to anyone interested in Hawaiian history and/or LDS faith.
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Gregg B. Jensen
Mar 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book was a great triumph of faith, showing that the miracles of God have not ceased, but are strongly evident in our lives as we choose to do the Lord's work. Also, a strong testimony of when the Lord asks to do his will, he provides a way. ...more
Kathy
Jan 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very well written. Very inspirational recounting of Brother Cannon's experiences in Hawaii as a 20-something missionary in the 1850s. ...more
Tom
Mar 02, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Think "The Other Side of Heaven" in 1850s Hawaii. Generally faith-promoting and has some fun anecdotes. ...more
Nathan
Jul 16, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Neat memoir of his mission to the Sandwich Islands.
Gil Bradshaw
This was a good book. If I had read it before my mission, I might have been more subversive as a missionary. Elder Cannon really sort of took matters into his own hands and disregarded his mission president a lot.

But the cultural sensitivity he writes about is remarkable considering it is like 150 years old. I'm really impressed.
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Amy
Dec 16, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book would have been better if I had read it. I listened to it, and the narrator's voice was pretty bland which made the book seem boring at times even though the content was very interesting. ...more
Sal4gal
Oct 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have already listened to this book twice! My gg g'father served with Bro. Cannon in the "Sandwich Islands." I love this description of the untamed islands and also the untamed natives of the 1850s. ...more
Ranee
Nov 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
So amazing, the experiences of this young man serving as a faithful missionary at a young age far from home!
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George Quayle Cannon was the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' chief political strategist (the press called him "the Mormon premier" and "the Mormon Richelieu"). He was member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles and a first counselor to the first four presidens of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He was also Territorial Delegate from Utah from 1873 until 1881.
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