10 Amazing Mormons in World History

3. Emmeline B. Wells

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In 1876, President Brigham Young put Sister Emmeline B. Wells, who was the editor of the Woman's Exponent for many years, in charge of creating and running a grain-saving program among the Relief Society sisters. By the time she became the fifth general Relief Society President in 1910, the program was thriving. During World War I, Sister Wells arranged to sell more than 200,000 bushels of stored wheat to the United States government, for which President Woodrow Wilson personally thanked her during a subsequent visit to Salt Lake City after the war was over. 

4. Johan and Alma Lindlof

Mormons Who Have Made History

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The Lindlofs were among the first people baptized into the Church in Russia. After their baptism, the isolated LDS family faithfully taught and lived the Gospel even when no missionaries were in the area. In 1918, after the Russian Revolution erupted, the Lindlofs found themselves facing an enormous life—and perhaps faith—crisis.

They were pulled from their beds at 3:00 in the morning and arrested for having too much wealth. They were left penniless and all of their children were sent to prison and labor camps where several of them died. The surviving family members ended up in Finland, where they were again the only members in their city, Helsinki. Despite these trials and tragedies, Johan and Alma defended their testimonies until they died.

To learn more about the Lindlof family, check out Gale Sears’ historical fiction novel about them, The Silence of God.

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