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Evangelist helps D.L. Moody convert to Christianity —April 21, 1855

This week marks the anniversary of when an evangelist and Sunday School teacher named Edward Kimball visited a teenaged Dwight L. Moody to help lead him to become a Christian.

Kimball visited Moody at the Holton Shoe Store in Boston, Massachusetts, where Moody was working in the stockroom and spoke to him about the love of Jesus.

Moody’s decision to become a born-again Christian and later a notable evangelist took time, with the young Moody struggling to answer doctrinal questions later that year when presented to Mount Vernon Congregationalist Church as a possible new member.

Nevertheless, Moody would eventually grow up to become one of the most influential American preachers of the nineteenth century.

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