Verlyn Dale Frost papers

Verlyn Dale Frost papers

Dates: bulk 1955-1958, 1954-2010

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.

  • Extent: 1 oversize folder (0.75 linear ft.). -- 2 boxes (1 linear ft.). -- 1 half box (0.25 linear ft.)
  • Creator: Frost, Verlyn Dale, 1933-2009
  • Call Number: MSS 7585
  • Repository: L. Tom Perry Special Collections; 20th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts; 1130 Harold B. Lee Library; Brigham Young University; Provo, Utah 84602;
  • Access Restrictions: Open for public research.
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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.
Conditions of 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.
The 2014 accession includes 3 folders of things from his 1st mission to Tonga. If I were adding to the existing files, I would include them as part of the journal, although it includes correspondence, photographs, and newspaper clippings also. Together, they all seem to be a snapshot of those Tonga years, thus I would call them a journal of that time - however, it is not arranged in a book or even in "journal fashion".
Preferred Citation
Initial citation: MSS 7585; Verlyn Dale Frost papers; 20th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts; L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University. Following citations: MSS 7585, LTPSC.
Custodial History
Donated by Carol Jean Frost in 2010.
Acquisition Information
Donated; Carol Jean Frost; 2010.
Subject Terms
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints--Missions--Tonga; Frost, Verlyn Dale, 1933-2009--Archives; Liahona College; Religion; Missions and Missionaries; Mormonism (Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints); Mormon Church--Missions--Tonga; Mormon missionaries--Tonga
Genre / Form
Diaries; Letters; Photographs
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.
Appraisal Information
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.
Finding Aid ID Number
Finding Aid Title
Frost (Verlyn Dale) papers
Finding Aid Author
Finding aid prepared by Audrey Spainhower, student manuscript processor, and John Murphy, curator
Finding Aid Creator
This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit 2014-03-30T04:01-0600
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Biographical Info:

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.

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