A Return to Palmyra
In 1830, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was established in Palmyra, New York. But within a few short years, persecution had driven the Saints away from the Church's birthplace. For many decades, northwestern New York was a hostile place for a Mormon.
However, in 1915, President Joseph F. Smith felt impressed the time had come for the Church to again have a presence there. He called Willard and Rebecca Bean to return to Palmyra.
As a former prizefighter, Willard had the temperament to withstand the unkind words and harsh treatment they received from their neighbors, while Rebecca's kind demeanor served to create friends out of former enemies.
As the couple's initial five-year calling stretched on for many years, they were instrumental in many key events, such as the acquisition of the Hill Cumorah and other prominent sites.
Most importantly, their sacrifices and faithfulness opened the way for thousands of Saints to visit Palmyra in later years and partake of the Spirit of the Lord that is there.
This is their story.
I was so surprised at this book., It took me off guard. I absolutely loved it. I am not a good book reader but I read this one really quick. I was amazed of all the miracles that happened during their mission. This is a must read and you will appreciate all the things this missionary accomplished .
I've read this book several times and love it each time. What a display of service and sacrifice. I've had to buy a copy for several family members out of state and even that copy was passed around to several picture. You will learn to love this couple and their daughter.
This book is an excellent resource to understand the remarkable Bean Family and the miraculous contribution they made in helping to get the Church's presence back in Palmyra. The Lord raised this man and women to perform a great work. There is a marvelous spirit about this book. Could hardly put it down.
This bio was okay. It is not one of the best ones written by LDS authors but it is good enough. I liked it because I have been to Palmyra and seen all the historic sites so how the church went about acquiring and cultivating them was interesting to me.
What a fantastic story, the most amazing part is it is all true! Having visited Palmyra it is all the more incredible and it isn't hard to visualize the the landscape. What a touching book! It is so incredible to get the behind the scenes story of Palmyra New York and the saints return.