Missionary eats home-made bread baked miles away

True according to Ted E. Brewerton (but not verified)

bread-ldsThis legend usually involves a missionary from the early days of the Church, but people have also heard it said about a more recent missionary. In either case, the legend starts out with a woman (mom or wife) baking bread. She wraps the bread in a dish cloth and places it on a windowsill to cool. When she comes back for the bread, it and the cloth are gone. Months later, her son/husband returns from a mission and as he unpacks his bags, she sees the dish cloth. She asks him where he got it and he says that there was a day that he had nothing to eat so he prayed and later found a loaf of bread wrapped in that dish cloth.

Although there are many variations on this story, it is based on events that have been recorded. Elder Ted E. Brewerton of the Seventy wrote an article in the New Era in November 1990 called “Miracles”. In this article he talks about his grandfather, James E. Fisher, who served a mission in New Zealand in 1892 and experienced the event described above.

Missionary eats home-made bread

3 thoughts on “Missionary eats home-made bread

  • August 5, 2017 at 3:10 pm

    I heard this story in the early 1990’s. An elder from Calgary was serving in Prince Albert, Sask. A friend brought homemade bread to him straight from his Mom’s oven and it was still warm. It’s 7 ish hours so kind of unlikely

  • July 31, 2017 at 3:20 am

    I read about a detailed version of this story in the book called “No greater love” (and other stories). I don’t know who the author is but the details are really good. It talks about how three men showed up at the door of the lady and ask if she would give them food for doing yard work. She gave them work to do and while they worked she baked the bread for them. When they were though she gave them the loaf of bread with the cloth and, well… you know the rest.

  • October 20, 2016 at 6:15 am

    It would be more believable if it was about Krispy Kreme donuts…


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