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Near Death, Missionary Allen Gardiner Overwhelmed by God’s Goodness

One of God’s faithful missionaries, Allen Gardiner, experienced many physical difficulties and hardships throughout his service to the Savior. Despite his troubles, he said, “While God gives me strength, failure will not daunt me.”

From a sermon by Larry Wise, We Are So Blessed, 12/3/2009

In 1851, at the age of 57, he died of disease and starvation while serving on Picton Island at the southern tip of South America. When his body was found, his diary lay nearby. It bore the record of hunger, thirst, wounds, and loneliness. The last entry in his little book showed the struggle of his shaking hand as he tried to write legibly. It read, “I am overwhelmed with a sense of the goodness of God.”

From a sermon by Larry Wise, We Are So Blessed, 12/3/2009

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