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John D. Hooper mission diaries

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 7575

Scope and Contents

Contains photocopies of the mission diaries of John D. Hooper while he served a Mormon mission to the Sandwich/Hawaiian Islands in the late 1890s. These journals document his experiences. There is also a booklet included entitled “Memoirs and Life of John D. Hooper”. This book tells his heritage and life story. There is also a photocopy of his obituary.


  • 1895-1962


Language of Materials

Materials in English. One journal entry is in Hawaiian.

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 John D. Hooper mission diaries must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.

Biographical History

John Douglass Hooper was born on November 10, 1873, in Hooper, Utah, to John Wilkie and Elizabeth Ann Douglass Hooper. He spent much of his life in Hooper. In 1895, he served an LDS mission to Hawaii. Upon returning, he married Ellen Child in the Salt Lake Temple on December 21, 1899. She died April 27, 1912. In 1915, he served a mission to England, and he served until 1918, through the duration of much of the First World War. He married Joanna Minnie Weaver in the Salt Lake Temple. She died November 22, 1928. He married Leota Embling, also in the Salt Lake Temple on March 31, 1937. He served a second mission to Hawaii in 1938. He taught school, farmed, sold cars, and served as the county president of the Weber Soil Conservation District and the secretary of the Utah Association of Soil Conservation Districts. He had four children. He died October 18, 1963.


4 folders (0.4 linear ft.)


Contains photocopies of the mission journals and life history of John D. Hooper. The mission diaries were written while he served in the Hawaiian Islands, and the life history was written a year before his death.


Collection left in original order. They are arranged in the order that John D. Hooper arranged them, by journal.

Custodial History

Donated by Hans and Ruth Mussler in 2010.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; Hans and Ruth Mussler; 2010.


Tells of a Utah missionary in Hawaii.

19th Century Mormon and Western Manuscripts.

Processing Information

Processed; Elizabeth Ballif, student processor, and John Murphy, Curator; 2010.

Register of the John D. Hooper mission diaries
Elizabeth Ballif, student processor, and John Murphy, Curator
2010 May 6
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.

Repository Details

Part of the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Repository

1130 HBLL
Brigham Young University
Provo Utah 84602 United States