Worksop: Missionary Steve returns to the town after 50 years

Missionary Steve Nuttall (left) with his wife Maureen (second left) who has returned to visit Roger and Janet Galloway in Worksop 50 years after he first visited and started the Worksop branch of the Mormons with Roger
Missionary Steve Nuttall (left) with his wife Maureen (second left) who has returned to visit Roger and Janet Galloway in Worksop 50 years after he first visited and started the Worksop branch of the Mormons with Roger

More than 50 years ago, 19 year-old Steve Nuttall set off from his home in California to teach people around the world about the things he held most dear.

He ended up in Worksop where he met the Galloway family and teenage siblings Roger, Norma and Martin became Worksop’s first converts to the Mormon faith in more than 100 years.

Last month, Steve returned to Worksop to meet up with his old friends and other local members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, frequently referred to as Mormons.

“It was wonderful to see how the congregation has grown,” he commented.

“In those early days a handful of us met to worship in the Galloway’s front room – now there is a beautiful chapel on Sherwood Road.”

Roger was the first person Steve baptised into the Church in 1961, but he was absent from the reunion as he and his wife Janet are currently serving an 18-month mission for the Church in Wales

“We are so grateful that Elder Nuttall made that decision as a teenager to come to England,” said Roger.

“Joining The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints changed my life for the better, and now I have the chance to help others find the same joy.”