Aaron P. Christiansen mission journal

Aaron P. Christiansen mission journal

Dates: 1910-1912

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.

  • Extent: 1 folder (1 linear ft.)
  • Creator: Christiansen, Aaron P. (Aaron Parley), 1889-1950
  • Call Number: MSS 4214
  • Repository: L. Tom Perry Special Collections; 19th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts; 1130 Harold B. Lee Library; Brigham Young University; Provo, Utah 84606; http://sc.lib.byu.edu/
  • Access Restrictions: Open for public research.
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Conditions of 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.
Preferred Citation
Initial citation: MSS 4214; Aaron P. Christiansen mission journal; 20th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts; L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University. Following citations: MSS 4214, LTPSC.
Custodial History
Donated by John R. Christiansen in 1989.
Acquisition Information
Donated; John R. Christiansen; 1989.
Related Material
MSS 3890 Christiansen, Parley, 1857-1930. Parley Christiansen journals, 1887-1897. The journals of Aaron P. Christiansen’s father.
Subject Terms
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints--Denmark--History; Religion; Missions and Missionaries; Mormonism (Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints)
Genre / Form
Processing Information
Processed; H. Christine Swindler; 2 August 2007.
Appraisal Information
LDS cultural, social, and religious history (Collection development policy of 20th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts, August 2007).
Finding Aid ID Number
Finding Aid Title
Christiansen (Aaron P.) mission journal
Finding Aid Author
Finding aid prepared by H. Christine Swindler and Karen Glenn, student processors; John Murphy, curator
Finding Aid Creator
This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit 2010-10-07T15:48-0600
Finding Aid Language
Finding aid written in English in Latin script.
Biographical Info:

Biographical History

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 here.

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