June 13, 2017
George Morland (1763-1804), The View of Pegwell Bay Kent, oil on canvas, 36 x 55 5/8 inches. Brigham Young University Museum of Art, gift of Joel N. Gillespie.
On this day in 1837, the first missionaries of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints called to serve missions in the British Isles left Kirtland, Ohio to begin their missions. The missionaries were Heber C. Kimball, Orson Hyde, Willard Richards, Joseph Fielding, John Goodson, Isaac Russell, and John Snyder. They arrived in Liverpool, England, in July and traveled from there to Preston, where they were able to teach and baptize many people. They also organized a small branch in Preston, which remains the oldest continuously-functioning unit in the Church.
Today’s Artwork of the Day features a seaside scene from Southern England, similar to the scene the missionaries might have seen as they approached Liverpool.