Downham, England

Heber C. Kimball

is also a village of charm and historical significance to the Latter-day Saints. This quaint site has seemingly experienced little change as time has passed. In the Ribble Valley near Preston, Lancashire, England, Elder Heber C. Kimball experienced remarkable success as a during his first mission in this general area in 1837–38.

He noted in his journal that he had not preached once in a place but what he had “baptized people and built up a church.” This region is where the beautiful village of Downham is located, where much of Elder Kimball’s success occurred. When it came time for him to return to America, Elder Kimball visited Downham and neighboring villages one last time. When it became known that he would be leaving, people flocked to greet him and wish him and his companion well. Many lined the streets and sang. Young people followed him. Tears flowed freely and Elder Kimball noted that he had never seen such gratitude. Before leaving England, he sent a final letter of love and advice to the Saints in Downham and Chatburn. Heber happily served again in this area during his second mission to Great Britain in 1840–41.

The Ribble Valley, near Preston,
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