Setting the Stage : John Eliot and the Algonquins of Eastern Massachusetts, 1646-90
Cannon, Donald Q.
Regional Studies in Latter-day Saint Church History : The New England States
Religious Studies Center
“To discuss the redemption of the Lamanites only in terms of Latter-day Saint missionary efforts after 1830 is, in short, to miss half the story. This paper is an effort to shed some light on this important, if somewhat neglected, phase of the restoration of the gospel to the Lamanites in the latter days. It focuses on the missionary efforts of the Puritan minister John Eliot, who worked with the Algonquins in eastern Massachusetts during the last half of the seventeenth century. As one of the first Europeans to make a sustained effort to teach Christianity to the Indians on American soil, Eliot wrote detailed accounts of his work and progress with the natives over several decades. His deeds and exploits inspired several generations of would-be missionaries that were sent to tribes living throughout North America. His narratives provide us with a wonderful glimpse into the sacrifices, difficulties, and successes that attended this first step toward the latter-day restoration of Book of Mormon peoples to the fullness of the gospel.” (taken from author's introduction)