Maybe because the wasn’t something they felt they could be particularly proud of and some may have even seen it as an epic failure. But Savage and Luddington were the last two missionaries to ride on their carriage out of Salt Lake to begin their missions together. Both were called to Siam. Savage never made it.
Let me introduce you to Harry McCune who may fill in some blanks on our Elam Luddington’s three year South Asian journey.
Seventy three year old Levi Savage was catching up on the Salt Lake papers when he comes across an obituary of Elam Luddington. And he didn’t do anything about it,…right away.
In six sentences Elam Luddington, credited for being the first Mormon missionary in Thailand, summarizes three years, thirty thousand miles, three others, 16 converts, and several cities. In the next posts, you can judge for yourself if they accomplished what they set out to do and decide how Elam Luddington stacks as the first Mormon missionary in Thailand against other Christian missionaries of his time.
Dan Peterson, a Mormon at Brigham Young University is editor in chief over the translation of the Arab World’s great theologians, philosophers, and mystics. The translated texts illuminate nuance in the Arab traditions of Islam, Christianity, and Mysticism yet unstudied by most of the Western world.
How to Follow the To Siam Book Project:
To follow the book progress, decide how you want to ride the horse. Watch a horse movie: this website is a landing page for book content. Smell the horse ranch: the Facebook page will send you updates & more detailed up to date information https://www.facebook.com/MissionSiam1852. Ride the horse: the more nimble Twitter account will give you a chance to see it happen in real time, go into the archives, etc. @AudreyBastian.