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In July 1910, Mormon missionaries were expelled from Germany amid allegations they were recruiting women to become polygamous wives in Utah. That move prompted the British Parliament to wonder whether England should follow suit.
The politician assigned to oversee the investigation? A young man named Winston Churchill.
The future prime minister took to the task with his usual aplomb and thoroughness, but the final report was lost — until it was unearthed recently by Utah researcher Ardis Parshall.
“Churchill did take seriously the request that he investigate Mormon missionary practices,” Parshall explained in a paper during the recent Mormon History Association conference at Snowbird. “Churchill’s inquiry took several forms. First was an investigation of actual Mormon proselyting activities in England. How extensive were those activities? Who were the men who conducted them? What did they teach?”
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