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Lewis Swensen missionary journal

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 8031

Scope and Contents

Leather-bound volume containing Swensen's account of his missionary service in the Southern States between 1897 and 1899. Includes lists of ordinations, poem-letters to his daughters, and excerpts from the North Carolina Constitution. Collection also includes the published xerox copy of the journal, "Missionary Experiences of Elder Lewis Swensen."


  • 1897-1899


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 the Lewis Swensen missionary journal must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.

Biographical History

Lewis Swensen (1864-1935) was a Mormon school teacher and farmer in Utah.

Lewis Swensen was born on March 14, 1864 in Moroni, Utah to Laurits Svendsen and Annie Elizabeth Christensen. On December 4, 1884 he married Ada Mellissa Story (1867-1891) in Logan, Utah, they had two children. After Ada's death, Swensen married Mary Sophia Jensen (1876-1944), and they had eleven children together.

Swensen lived in Provo and Salt Lake County, where he worked as a school teacher and farmer. A member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Swensen was also called to serve a mission to the Southern States in 1897. He served until 1899, part of this time acting as president of the North Carolina Conference. He died on September 22, 1935 in Taylorsville, Utah, and was buried in Moroni.


2 folders (0.1 linear ft.) ; 12x19 cm

Language of Materials



Account of Swensen's time serving in the LDS Southern States mission, 1897-1899, and published copy.

Custodial History

The original journal was donated to the L. Tom Perry Special Collections by LaMont Schofield on behalf of his parents, Aldred and Gaye Schofield, on October 17, 2011.

The published copy of the diary was donated by Aldred and Gaye Schofield themselves on March 20, 2009.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated (original); LaMont Schofield; October 2011. Donated (published copy); Gaye G. and Aldred E. Schofield; March 2009.


19th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts.


Located in Box 595.

Processing Information

Processed; David Whittaker, Curator, and Amanda Crandall, Manuscripts Specialist; 2012.

Register of the Lewis Swensen missionary journal
David Whittaker, curator, and Amanda C. Crandall, manuscripts specialist
2012 August 1
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English in Latin script.
Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grant, 2007-2008

Repository Details

Part of the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Repository

1130 HBLL
Brigham Young University
Provo Utah 84602 United States