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Lewis Earl Christian papers transcript- A Dixie Pioneer in South America

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 8482

Content Description

Contains a transcript, created by Karen Christian Jensen, of the journal of Lewis Earl Christian one of the first Mormon missionaries to South America. He relates his experience in the 1920's receiving his call and preparing to serve in South America, arriving in Argentina, and preaching the gospel to the people there. Also included are copies of his call and other documents important to his missionary service as well as copies of photographs taken by Christian on his mission.


  • 2006


Conditions Governing Access

Open for public research.

Conditions Governing Use

It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from Lewis Earl Christian papers transcript- A Dixie Pioneer in South America must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.

Biographical / Historical

Karen Christian Jensen (approx. 1953- ) works to preserve her family history.

Karen Christian Jensen was born in approximately 1953 to parents Lewis Earl and Mary LaRue Leavitt Christian. She is married to Dr. Joseph Jensen. She works to preserve her family's history and currently resides in Bountiful, Utah with her husband.

Biographical / Historical

Lewis Earl Christian (1902-1999) was a husband, father, and teacher, and one of the first Mormon missionaries to serve in South America.

Lewis Earl Christian was born on November 7, 1902 in St. George, Utah to parents Edward John Baptist and Elizabeth Vilate Mecham Christian. In 1926 he was called to serve a mission in South America and was one of the first five elders to open the area. His time was spent in Argentina until he returned home in January of 1929.

Upon returning he attended Dixie College where he met Mary LaRue Leavitt. They were married June 18, 1931 in St. George, Utah. Together they had 10 children.

He worked as a teacher for some time before going into construction. He spent his whole life serving within the church.

Christian passed away on August 19, 1991 in St. George where he is buried.


4 folders (0.04 linear ft.)

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Custodial History

Collection was donated by Karen Christian Jensen.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; Karen Christian Jensen; unknown.


Utah and the American West and LDS cultural, social, and religious history (20th century Western & Mormon Manuscripts collection development policy, 5.VII, 2007).

Processing Information

Processed; Catie Freedman, student manuscript processor, John M. Murphy, curator; 2015.

Register of Lewis Earl Christian papers transcript- A Dixie Pioneer in South America
Catie Freedman
2015 March 12
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Language of description note
Finding aid written in English in Latin script.

Repository Details

Part of the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Repository

1130 HBLL
Brigham Young University
Provo Utah 84602 United States