Whether in times or war, peace, or political unrest, Mormons have been involved in a lot of world events. Check out a few of these courageous Latter-day Saints and their notable contributions to history. Who else did you want to see on this list? Let us know in the comments below!
1. Helmuth Hubener
Photo of Rudi, Helmuth, and Karl retrieved from lechaimontheright.com.
No list of historically significant Latter-day Saints would be complete without German teenager Helmuth Hubener. This brave youth and two of his friends, Rudolf Wobbe and Karl-Heinz Schnibbe, stood against Nazi cruelty during World War II.
Though all three were arrested, only Hubener was ultimately executed. 17-year-old Hubener believed strongly in truth and had a testimony of the gospel. Some of his final words, written in a note to a ward member a few hours before he was executed, said the following: “My Father in heaven knows that I have done nothing wrong. I know that God lives and He will be the proper judge of this matter. Until our happy reunion in that better world…”
Gestapo photos of Helmuth Hubener retrieved from lechaimontheright.com.
Learn the whole story with the DVD Truth & Conviction: The Helmuth Hubener Story.
2. Walker Lewis
Photo of Walker Lewis retrieved from angelfire.com.
Walker Lewis was an African-American in Massachusetts who joined the Church in the 1840s. Shortly after his baptism, he was ordained an elder by William Smith, Joseph Smith’s younger brother, making him one of only a few to be ordained before the African-American ban from the Priesthood. Lewis and his family were abolitionists and an active part of the Underground Railroad. He helped found the Massachusetts General Colored Association, the first abolitionist organization in Boston. In 1851, he joined the Saints in Utah for a few years before returning to Massachusetts, where he died in 1856.