Author: Gale Sears
Release Date: April 2013
Genre: Historical Fiction
This story is based largely on George Q. Cannon's journals.
He was first called on a mission to work the gold claim on the California's American River...to dig gold for the support of the Church.
After that he was called to serve as a missionary in the Sandwich Islands (the Hawaiian islands).
He and his companions were a little discouraged with the small amount of "white man" on the islands...(wait until you find out what Elder Cannon does about it :)
|George Q. Cannon|
One of his first converts was Jonathan Hawaii Napela, a descendant of Hawaiian royal blood. (His full name is Napelakapuonamahanaonaleleonalani ~ there is a pronunciation guide below :)
Jonathan and George develop a friendship that will last their entire lifetimes.
Together they translate the Book of Mormon into the Hawaiian language and Jonathan takes each new missionary for 2 months and immerses them into the language...the pattern that the Missionary Training Center would later use.
Elder Cannon later became an apostle and served as first counselor to prophet Lorenzo Snow.
Jonathan becomes a great leader in the church and became the head of the sugar plantation at Laie, but when his wife is stricken with leprosy he goes with her into the leper colony at Kalawao, Moloka'i and becomes the assistant superintendent of the colony...where he lives out his life helping his wife and others who are afflicted with this terrible disease.
This is their story....
A story of courage.
A story of love.
A story of gospel truths.
A story of belonging to Heaven.
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About the Author:
About the Author:
Gale Sears is an award-winning author, known for her historical accuracy and intensive research. Gale received a BA in playwriting from Brigham Young University and a master’s degree in theater arts from the University of Minnesota. She is the author of the bestselling The Silence of God and several other novels, including The Route, Christmas for a Dollar, Autumn Sky, Until the Dawn, and Upon the Mountains. She and her husband, George, are the parents of two children and reside in Salt Lake City, Utah.