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Aaron P. Christiansen mission journal

 Item — Folder: 1
Identifier: MSS 4214

Scope and Contents

Handwritten mission journal of Aaron P. Christiansen, September 30, 1910 – September 17, 1912. Christiansen, a native of Mayfield, Utah, stops in Chicago on the way to Denmark and tours a Masonic Temple. He arrives in Copenhagen on October 26, 1910 and shakes hands with Danish people who he does not understand. His Danish improves enough for him to bear his testimony in Church a few months later. He works hard both in the office and the mission field: one day he visits three hundred seventy-five families. He sees picture shows. At the end of his journal, while he's still on his mission, he is yelled at by a crazy man who thinks God wants to warn the Mormons.


  • 1910-1912


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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 Aaron P. Christiansen mission journal must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.

Biographical / Historical

Aaron P. Christiansen was a forest ranger for the Uinta National Forest and the Cache National Forest.

A letter from this item’s donor says, by way of historical context, Aaron P. Christiansen was the eldest son of Parley Christiansen— whose journals you received earlier. Aaron followed in his father’s footsteps and became a forest ranger for the Uinta National Forest and the Cache National Forest— both in Utah. In this role he made a number of significant contributions. For example, he built the first hiking trail to the top of Mt. Nebo in Juab County. And, he envisioned and began work on what has now been fully completed— the mountain loop road between Payson and Salt Creek Canyon east of Nephi, Utah. Presently he has two living children: Don P. Christiansen and Bernice C. Baugh, wife of Francis Baugh. The Baughs' son, Alex, is on the BYU College of Religion faculty.


1 folder (1 linear ft.)

Language of Materials



Handwritten mission journal of Aaron P. Christiansen, 30 September 1910–17 September 1912.

Custodial History

Donated by John R. Christiansen in 1989.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; John R. Christiansen; 1989.


19th Century Mormon and Western Manuscripts.

Related Materials

MSS 3890 Christiansen, Parley, 1857-1930. Parley Christiansen journals, 1887-1897. The journals of Aaron P. Christiansen’s father.

Processing Information

Processed; H. Christine Swindler; 2 August 2007.

Register of Aaron P. Christiansen mission journal
H. Christine Swindler and Karen Glenn, student processors; John Murphy, curator
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