Lancashire, England, is a city of great historical significance in
Mormon history. __IMAGE1__The first Latter-day Saint missionaries, including
Elders Heber C. Kimball and Orson Hyde of the Quorum of the Twelve,
arrived there on July 22, 1837. Beginning in Preston, tens of thousands
of converts would come from the British Isles over the next
half-century.Researchers have written that Preston has the oldest
continuously functioning church unit in the world. Some believe that
the store, left, was there when the missionaries first labored there.
Future church president Gordon B. Hinckley served in Preston as a young
missionary in the 1930s. Years later, President Hinckley announced that
the Preston Temple would be built in nearby Chorley, and that temple
was dedicated by President Hinckley in 1998.