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Harold Alonzo Hinckley journal

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Identifier: MSS 7857

Scope and Contents

Photocopy of a journal from the mission of Hinckley, who served in New Zealand. Though he served a four-year mission (1915-1919), this journal only covers the period from 1916 to 1917, when he worked mainly in the mid-west portion of New Zealand's northern island. Elder Hinckley provides a detailed account of day-to-day life as a missionary: prayers in the morning, followed by visits, meetings, and religious discussions with individuals and families studying the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and with Church members in their homes. He also chronicles other activities including washing clothes, and studying scriptures and missionary tracts. Elder Hinckley discusses leisure time activities including going to the "pictures" (movies), and swimming. Elder Hinckley and his companions biked (depending on the weather), or walked to their destination with the length of journeys ranging from four miles to forty miles per day. Evenings consisted usually of a "Karakia" (a religious meeting) with the family they spent the night with, and nightly prayers. The collection also contains a digitial copy on CD of the journal.


  • 1916-1917


Language of Materials

Materials are mainly in English and some Maori.

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 Harold Alonzo Hinckley journal must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.

Biographical History

Harold Alonzo Hinckley (1894-1991) was a doctor in California. He served as a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in New Zealand between 1915 and 1919.

Harold Alonzo Hinckley was born on October 21, 1894, in Hinckley, Utah, to Rose May Robison Hinckley and Azra Alonzo Hinckley. Harold was the eldest of fourteen children. Harold served a Mormon mission on the North Island of New Zealand, and worked among the Maori. Elder Hinckley served a four-year mission from 1915 to 1919 primarily under Mission President James N. Lambert. Harold's companions were Elder Heaton, Elder Hyrum M. Christensen, Elder Hiri Rangi, and Elder Holbrook. Elder Hinckley was also acquainted with Elder Broadbent and Elder Dennings who were "called to serve among the Europeans" in New Zealand, as well as Elder Morrison who was a mission secretary.

Harold Hinckley married Rhoda Richards on July 12, 1925, in the Salt Lake City Temple. Rhoda and Harold had three daughters: LaRue, Janice, and Charlene. Harold received a bachelors degree in chemistry in 1929 from the University of Utah and then went on to graduate from the University of Colorado's medical school in 1932. From 1939 to 1984 Harold practiced medicine in Long Beach, California. Harold died June 22, 1991, in Los Angeles, California.


1 folder (0.1 linear ft.)


Photocopies are left in the original order of the journal.

Custodial History

Journal photocopies donated by Val H. Sederholm, 2011.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; Val H. Sederholm; 2011.


19th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts.

Illustrated New Zealand Mormon missionary life during 1916 and 1917. Mainly in the mid-west portion of the north island of New Zealand.

Existence and Location of Copies

Two computer discs of scans of the journals can be found in folder 2.

Processing Information

Processed; Courtney B. Dickson, student manuscript processor, and John M. Murphy, curator; 2011.

Register of the Harold Alonzo Hinckley journal
John Murphy, curator, and Courtney Dickson, student processor
2011 June
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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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