Preparing for Preaching the Gospel Worldwide since 1945
Prete, Roy A.
Window of Faith : Latter-day Saint Perspectives on World History
Religious Studies Center, BYU
'We know from the messages in the scriptures and the words of living prophets that the Lord wants everyone-past, present, and future-to hear His message. But without the interventions of God, His stated purpose of bringing to pass the immortality and eternal life of man would be thwarted. Even in the earliest days of the restored gospel, the Prophet Joseph Smith recognized what was ahead. Boldly he declared: 'Our missionaries are going forth to different nations, . . . the Standard of Truth has been erected; no unhallowed hand can stop the work from progressing; . . . the truth of God will go forth boldly, nobly, and independent, till it has penetrated every continent, visited every clime, swept every country, and sounded in every ear, till the purposes of God shall be accomplished, and the Great Jehovah shall say the work is done." [From author's introduction]