Xi Shengmo (1835-1896) was a native ofLinfen,ShanxiProvince.
He was born into a wealthy family but it was unfortunate for him that his two wives died one after another. After that he tried to find spiritual extrication. In 1876, his hometown was hit by drought. Some missionaries came to Linfen, and Xi Shengmo got to know them. Soon after, he was baptized to embrace Christianism.
In 1886, he became a priest. It was one of important events in the 19thcentury that a traditional local tyrant could accept Christianism.