Wilford Woodruff Prepares For His Mission to England | Day in the Life of Wilford Woodruff

Speaker: Michaela

Writer: Maddie Christensen

Editor: Jacob Edmunds

Day in the Life


On August 7, 1838 Wilford Woodruff was preparing to depart on a mission to England with his companion, John Taylor. He recorded in his journal:

“I spent the day in preparing to leave home to go on my long mission to England. I make a sacrifice of my all for Christ's sake to do his work. It is no small trial of faith to leave my family & my all & to start on a mission of four thousand miles to preach the gospel to the nations of the earth. And that too without money, purse or scrip, but yet I do this freely for Christ’s sake trusting in him. May the Lord give me grace according to my day & a safe return to my family which favor I ask in the name of Jesus Christ.” 

This reminds me of the scripture in Doctrine and Covenants 84:86, which is revelation Joseph Smith received in Kirtland, Ohio just six years before Wilford Woodruff recorded this in his journal. The scripture says, “Therefore, let no man among you, for this commandment is unto all the faithful who are called of God in the church unto the ministry, from this hour take purse or scrip, that goeth forth to proclaim this gospel of the kingdom.”

What sacrifices have you made to do the Lord’s work?