The Sister Preachers published by Deseret Book April 2022
The year is 1898, and Jennie Brimhall and Inez Knight have been called to be the first single female missionaries in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, serving in England. From their first steps on English soil, Sisters Knight and Brimhall feel like fish in a fishbowl. The notion of “lady preachers” is foreign to many elders serving with them, as well as to the English people they serve.
As the sisters work to combat others’ doubts of their knowledge and abilities, they draw on the strength of womanhood and their own testimonies to build their confidence and forge a new path in missionary service. In addition to facing their own internal struggles, they are also confronted by angry, misinformed hecklers and dangerous, violent persecutors. Fighting the temptation to give up and return to the safety of home, the women dig deep, draw on their faith, and find inspiration in the small miracles around them.
From acclaimed author Gale Sears, The Sister Preachers is based on the real lives of Lucy Jane (Jennie) Brimhall, Amanda Inez Knight, and other early sister missionaries. This story offers a glimpse into the Church’s early missionary work and into the faith and fortitude that have come to characterize the tens of thousands of sister missionaries who have followed in the footsteps of these pioneering women.