Here is a brief history of the Kentucky Louisville Mission:
Church Almanac --> Kentucky
Many years ago (mid-nineteenth century), Wilford Woodruff served in the Southern States Mission and served in the
Western Kentucky and Tennessee areas. Elder Delbert L. Stapley, a longtime general authority, also served in Western
Kentucky (Bowling Green; early twentieth century).
In later years, the mission became known as the East-Central States Mission, then, the Kentucky- Tennessee Mission, with
headquarters on Eastern Parkway in Louisville, Kentucky.
The Kentucky Louisville Mission as it is known today originated on July 1, 1975. It began from a division of the
Kentucky-Tennessee Mission (which became the Kentucky Louisville and Tennessee Nashville Missions) and the addition of
the Ohio Cincinnati Stake (from the Ohio Columbus Mission). The first mission president of the Kentucky Louisville
Mission was Reed A. Benson of Provo, Utah (7/75 - 7/78). Since that time, seven mission presidents have ably led this great
Geographically, the Kentucky Louisville Mission included the Louisville (Kentucky), Cincinnati (Ohio), and Lexington
(Kentucky) Stakes. Parts of Kentucky, Southern Indiana, and Southwestern Ohio were included in the first mission.
The Tennessee Nashville Mission comprised the Nashville (Tennessee) and Knoxville (Tennessee) Stakes, along with the
Paducah (Kentucky) and Chattanooga (Tennessee) Districts.
The Kentucky Louisville Mission was divided into two missions on July 1, 1998:
Here are some additional mission history comments added by Elder Mert Davis:
If my info and recollections are correct - Samuel Smith (the Prophet's brother) traveled through Kentucky - Tennessee in the
late 1830's. In Altamont, Tenn he baptized four families - Northcutt, Fults, Campbell, and I think Killian. Altamont is the
site of the first LDS Chapel built in Tennessee - a rock structure that was built in the mid to late 1800's, and was still in use
in 1970. I may have my construction dates off a little... Descendants of these families were still living in Altamont in the
1970's. Chester Fults was a store owner in Altamont and a counselor to President William Day - the Mission President
(1969-72). Pres. Fults was killed in a robbery attempt at his store in the 1980's - an article about it was in Church News. If
you have Essentials in Church History by Joseph Fielding Smith, Deseret Book 1972 (the edition I have) there is a story on
page 486 about the Tennessee Massacre in which two elders and two non members were killed when the house they were
meeting in was attacked by a mob on August 10, 1884. In August 1971, Elders Fadell, Doug Stoddard, Dale Brown, and
myself visited the road side marker, and hiked through the woods looking for the grave site of the two non-members who
were killed. We encountered a old gentleman - a Mr. Basheetalley, who was a descendant of the Condor family (in whose
house the services were being held, and whose son was killed trying to protect the elders). The grave site is not where the
highway marker says it is- it has been moved further back in the woods to deter vandals. After properly identifying
ourselves - we were wearing slacks, shirts, ties, and name tags, Mr. Basheetalley took us to the grave site. I have pictures of
Elders Fadell, Stoddard, Brown, and Mr. Basheetalley at the grave site of John Riley Hudson and Martin Condor. Elder B.
H. Roberts who was in charge of the mission (the Mission Pres was in Salt Lake City) traveled to the area (near Holenwald,
Tenn) and retrieved the bodies of Elders John Gibbs and William Berry and had them shipped to Utah. Your web site brings
back memories. When I was there, with the exception of the Memphis area the mission covered almost all of Kentucky,
most of Tennessee, and parts of Virginia. Mert Davis email@example.com , KTM, 1969-71
1976 Kentucky Louisville Mission Yearbook
I have a copy of the 1976 yearbook that Pres Benson put together for the mission. Each missionary received a copy.
David B. Haight was our Area Advisor, Paul H. Dunn was the Area Supervisor. It includes some historic highlights of the
mission from July 1975 to December 1976.
Dec 1975 - 184 missionaries
Dec 1976 - 218 missionaries
October 1975 Weekly Bulletin initiated called "The Baptizer
Jan 1976 Pres Ezra T. Benson dedicates Louisville Stake Center
Sept 1976 Pres Ezra T. Benson dedicates Lexington Stake Center
Mission Presidents of the Kentucky Louisville Mission:
Term of Service
|Reed A. Benson
||July 1975 - July 1978|
|Calvin E. Smoot
||July 1978 - July 1981|
|Ronald K. Lindsay
||July 1981 - July 1984|
|Allen C. Ostegar
||July 1984 - July 1987|
|Dale L. Gardner
||July 1987 - July 1990|
|Larry V. Lunt
||July 1990 - July 1993|
|Douglas B. Nielson
||July 1993 - July 1996|
|Joel A. Flake
||July 1996 - July 1999|
||July 1999 - July 2002|
||July 2002 - July 2005|
KENTUCKY LOUISVILLE MISSION
(Tune: "Come Listen To A Prophet's Voice"; to be sung with VIGOR and ENTHUSIASM!)
Come join the forces of the Lord
As we teach his word with love.
To the people of Kentucky-Louisville
With help from up above.
We'll teach, we'll testify and then baptize
As we serve with might, mind, and will.
To each honest heart we will bring the Word
Every challenge we'll fulfill.
We are up at half past six each day
We will strive to do what is right
We will find lost sheep
And bring them to the fold
Never shrink nor shun the fight
A marvelous work and a wonder we'll do--
Though the Lord may put us to the test
With a message true
We've got a job to do
And we'll make Kentucky-Louisville the BEST!
SURE LOVE YA!
Kentucky Louisville Mission Anthem
("Stout Hearted Men" * President Reed A. Benson) President Benson used to have us sing the traditional words first and
then the ones written for our mission:
Give me some men who are stout-hearted men
Who will fight for the rights they adore;
Start me with ten who are stout-hearted men
And I'll soon give you ten thousand more.
So, shoulder to shoulder and bolder and bolder
We go as we march to the fore (door);
And, there's nothing in this world can halt or mar a plan
When stout-hearted men can stick together man to man.
Pres Benson and company rewrite:
Truth is restored, we've been called by the Lord
Through the rod of a prophet of God.
We have the sword of the latter-day word
And Kentucky's the sod that we'll trod.
So, lengthen your stride, talents you mustn't hide
Time is fleet and the harvest is great...
As a man in his heart thinketh, so then he will be;
Think baptisms, thousands then will join in Kentucky. Submitted by Bill Patterson (and Ted Nickerson) -
(President George D. Durrant)
'Twas in Kentucky and Tennessee
My Heavenly Father called me to serve;
I met great people, the choicest ever
And formed new friendships so dear to me.
Kentucky and Tennessee was where I labored
To carry forward the Word of God.
Doors ever opened by kindly people,
Brothers and sisters so dear to me.
Those blessed memories of old Kentucky
And Tennessee thou art dear to me.
Green hills and valleys are ever calling
My mission home so dear to me.
SURE LOVE YA!