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Verlyn Dale Frost papers

Identifier: MSS 7585

Scope and Contents

Collection contains photographs, correspondence, slides, film reels, and journals related to Verlyn Dale Frost and his mission to the Tongan Islands. A particular emphasis is placed on his work at the Liahona School. The materials are dated 1954-2010.


  • 1954-2010


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 Verlyn Dale Frost papers must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.

Biographical History

Verlyn Dale Frost (1933-2009) was an educator and ecclesiastical leader in Arizona. He and his wife served missions for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to Tonga and Salt Lake City, Utah.

Verlyn Dale Frost was born on July 1, 1933 to John Allen and Thelma Lewis Frost in Taylor, Arizona. He had two sisters, Elaine and Emma Lou. When he was six weeks old, his family moved to Snowflake, Arizona. Verlyn Dale attended Snowflake High School and participated in FFA, and then went to Arizona State College, where he earned his degree in Industrial Education. While at Arizona State College, Verlyn Dale Frost was involved in Lambda Delta Sigma and the R.O.T.C.

Being a member of the R.O.T.C. and earning good grades kept Frost from being drafted into the Korean War, thus keeping him eligible for an LDS mission. He served in the Tongan mission as a teacher missionary and district president from September 10, 1955 to May 10, 1958. Three months after returning from his mission, Verlyn Dale Frost married Carol Jean Gibson in the Mesa, Arizona temple, on September 5, 1955. They raised seven children.

Verlyn Dale Frost taught industrial education and driver education at Paradise Valley High School and Paradise Valley Community College near Phoenix, Arizona, for over thirty years. During some of this time, he served as the bishop of the Paradise Valley 2nd Ward. From 1996 to 1998, Verlyn Dale and Carol Jean Frost served a couple mission to the Tongan Islands, and then in 2004 served a church and family history mission in Salt Lake City, Utah. Frost died on October 29, 2009 at age 76.


1 half box (0.25 linear ft.)

2 boxes (1 linear ft.)

1 oversize folder (0.75 linear ft.)

Language of Materials



Arranged in 7 series: 1. Verlyn Dale Frost photographs, 1955-1958. 2. Verlyn Dale Frost correspondence, 1955-1958. 3. Verlyn Dale Frost journal, 1954-1958. 4. Verlyn Dale Frost biographical documents, approximately 1970-2010. 5. Verlyn Dale Frost slides, 1955-1958. 6. Verlyn Dale Frost film reels, 1955-1958. 7. Verlyn Dale Frost newspaper clippings, 1996-1997.

Custodial History

Donated by Carol Jean Frost in 2010.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; Carol Jean Frost; 2010.


Utah and the American West and LDS cultural, social, and religious history (20th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts collection development policy 5.VII, August 2007).

The collection contributes to a broader collection of manuscripts that document the history of the LDS Tongan mission.

Processing Information

Processed; Audrey Spainhower, student manuscript processor, and John M. Murphy, curator; 2010.

Processed; Margaret Weddle, student manuscript processor, and John M. Murphy, curator; 2014.

Register of Verlyn Dale Frost papers
Audrey Spainhower, student manuscript processor, and John Murphy, curator
June 2010
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