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Heder means honor

 Item — Folder: 1
Identifier: MSS 8622

Scope and Contents

Materials include a printed family history titled 'Heder Means Honor' documenting the history of the John William Heder (1856-1940) and Anna Jorgene Cristina Madsen (1864-1955) family who joined the LDS Church in Sweden and Denmark in the 1860s and helped settle communities in and around Mesa, Arizona. The history was compiled by who ladys Heder Biggs in approximately 1990 and contains photocopies and transcriptions of photographs, images, letters, and genealogy charts related to members of the John Heder family. Dated approximately 1990.


  • approximately 1990


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 Heder means honor must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.

Biographical / Historical

Gladys Heder Biggs (1914-1993) was a missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and a genealogist.

Gladys Heder Biggs was born on January 19, 1914, in Tucson, Arizona, to parents John Earl Heder and Alta Richardson. As a young woman she served as a missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Northern States Mission (northern Indiana and West Michigan). On November 15, 1939, she and Wilford Merwin Biggs were married in Mesa, Arizona; together they had nine children. Later in life, the two served a mission together to the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah. She served in multiple leadership positions in her local ward including Primary president, Relief Society counselor, ward historian, and genealogist.

Gladys Heder Biggs died on February 24, 1993, in Provo, Utah.


1 volume (438 p.) ; 24 x 37 cm

Language of Materials


Custodial History

Donated by Debra Bates, second cousin of Gladys Heder Biggs who compiled the family history, in 2014.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; Debra Bates; December 2014.


LDS cultural, social, and religious history and Utah and Western American cultural, family, social, intellectual, and religious history (19th Century Mormon and Western Manuscripts collection development policy IV.a.i.1 and 4, November 2013).

Processing Information

Processed; Zoë Brimhall, student manuscript processor, and Ryan K. Lee, curator; 2015.

Register of Heder means honor
Zoë Brimhall
2015 February 05
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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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