Toiling among the Seed of Israel: A Comparison of Puritan and Mormon Missions to the Indians Toiling among the Seed of Israel: A Comparison of Puritan and Mormon Missions to the Indians
The Puritan and Mormon missionaries proselytizing in Massachusetts Bay Colony and the Southern Indian Mission shared an identical motive for seeking to convert the Indians to Christianity. The missionaries’ conviction that the regional natives were descendants of the House of Israel prompted them to proselytize among the Indians, as they understood that the conversion of the House of Israel constituted one of the important events to precede the prophesied return of Christ to the earth.
The Puritans and Mormons engaged in and overseeing the missionary endeavors of the two locales under study likewise shared several parallel conversion methods. One such method consisted of utilizing one of the largest resources available to the two religions: their constituents. The Puritans and Mormons each implemented the association and example of their missionaries and congregational members as a primary method of conversion. Moreover, they applied that technique in a corresponding manner.
School:Brigham Young University
School Location:USA - Utah
Source Type:Master's Thesis
Keywords:puritans mormons massachusetts bay colony southern indian mission missionaries utah missionary work
Date of Publication:11/03/2005