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"My Christmas Greetings to You"

 Collection — Folder: 1
Identifier: MSS 9115

Content Description

Contains a Christmas letter from former apostle of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints J. Reuben Clark Jr. to an unspecified, general audience. In his letter, J. Reuben Clark Jr. briefly summarizes the circumstances of Jesus Christ’s birth, life, death, and resurrection. He declares that salvation is made possible through Christ and extends Christmas greetings to the recipients. Materials dated approximately 1955.


  • approximately 1955


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 "My Christmas Greetings to you" must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Coordinating Committee.

Biographical History

J. Reuben Clark, Jr. (1871-1961) was a Mormon attorney, diplomat, and ecclesiastical leader in Utah.

Joshua Reuben Clark, Jr. was born September 1, 1871 in Grantsville, Utah. He entered Latter-day Saints' University in 1890. Graduating in four years, Clark then attended the University of Utah, receiving a bachelor's degree, and Columbia University, receiving a law degree. He married Lucine Annetta Savage on September 14, 1898 in Salt Lake City, Utah, and they raised four children together. He served as Under Secretary of State to President Calvin Coolidge in 1928 and as ambassador to Mexico from 1930–1933. In 1933 Clark was asked to serve as the second counselor in the First Presidency of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to President Heber J. Grant, later becoming first counselor in 1934. After Grant's death in 1945, he remained as first counselor in the First Presidency under George Albert Smith. When Smith died in 1951, he was called by David O. McKay as second counselor in the First Presidency, returning to the position of first counselor in 1959. He remained in this role until his death.

J. Reuben Clark, Jr. passed away on October 6, 1961 in Salt Lake City, Utah.


1 folder (0.05 linear ft.)

Language of Materials


Custodial History

Purchased from Tschanz Rare Books in February 2018. There is no knowledge of the letter's prior whereabouts.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchased; Tschanz Rare Books; February 2018.


Utah and the American West and LDS cultural, social, and religious history (Collection development policy for 20th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts II.B.5.VI, 2013).


Formal title taken from first line of front page of letter.

Processing Information

Processed; Megan Courchaine, student manuscript processor, and John M. Murphy, curator; 2018.


Register of "My Christmas Greetings to you"
Megan Courchaine, student manuscript processor
2018 March 7
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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