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Henry P. Richards mission journal

 Item — Folder: 1
Identifier: MSS 9523

Scope and Contents

Unpublished typed edition of the mission journal for Henry P. Richards' second mission to Hawaii from 1877 to 1879. Titled "The Extraordinary Life of a Traveling Elder" and compiled by Riley Moore Moffat in 2019. Includes an introduction and preface providing historical details about Richards, his journals, and his first mission to Hawaii from 1854 to 1857. Also includes some images, maps, and glossary of Hawaiian terms used in the journal.


  • 1877-1879
  • Publication: 2019


Conditions Governing Access

Open for public research.

Conditions Governing Use

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Biographical / Historical

Riley Moore Moffat was born March 22, 1947, in Ogden, Utah to Lloyd Brown and Helen Moore Moffat. He married Connie Reinwand on August 1970 and they had four children. In 1972, he received his B.S. from the Church College of Hawaii (now BYU-Hawaii), his M.L.S. from the University of Hawaii-Manoa in 1973, and an M.S. in 1980 from BYU. Riley served as the library director for LDS church schools in Tonga in the mid-1980s before becoming geography and map librarian at the Harold B. Lee Library of Brigham Young University. In 1987, he became the head of reference at the Joseph F. Smith Library of BYU-Hawaii. Riley has published on the history of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Hawaii, on the history of mapping in Hawaii, and on population histories of various countries. Riley retired from BYU-Hawaii in 2014.

Biographical / Historical

Henry Phinehas Richards was born on November 30, 1831, in Richmond, Massachusetts to Phineas Howe Richards and Wealthy Dewey Richards. He married Margaret Minerva Amanda Empey and together they had eight children. During his life Richards served two missions to Hawaii for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He passed away in Salt Lake City, Utah, in October 1912.


1 volume (372 pages) ; 23 cm

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Custodial History

Donated by Riley Moffat in 2021.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; Riley Moffat; 2021.


The history of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and Mormonism (Mormon and Western American Manuscripts Collection Development Policy V.B.5.a, 2020)

Processing Information

Processed; Jaymon Roan; 2022.

Register of Henry P. Richards mission journal
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Jaymon Roan
2022 March 17
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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