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Lewis Earl Christian papers transcript- A Dixie Pioneer in South America

Lewis Earl Christian papers transcript- A Dixie Pioneer in South America

Dates: 2006

Contains a transcript, created by Karen Christian Jensen, of the journal of Lewis Earl Christian one of the first Mormon missionaries to South America. He relates his experience in the 1920's receiving his call and preparing to serve in South America, arriving in Argentina, and preaching the gospel to the people there. Also included are copies of his call and other documents important to his missionary service as well as copies of photographs taken by Christian on his mission.

  • Extent: 4 folders (0.04 linear ft.)
  • Creator: Christian, Lewis Earl, 1902-1991. -- Jensen, Karen Christian
  • Call Number: MSS 8482
  • Repository: L. Tom Perry Special Collections; 20th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts; 1130 Harold B. Lee Library; Brigham Young University; Provo, Utah 84602; 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 Lewis Earl Christian papers transcript- A Dixie Pioneer in South America 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 8482; Lewis Earl Christian papers transcript- A Dixie Pioneer in South America; 20th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts; L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University. Following citations: MSS 8482, LTPSC.
Custodial History
Collection was donated by Karen Christian Jensen.
Acquisition Information
Donated; Karen Christian Jensen; unknown.
Subject Terms
Missions and Missionaries; Mormonism (Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints); Religion; Mormon missionaries--Argentina; Mormon missionaries--South America; City and Town Life; Social Life and Customs; Christian, Lewis Earl, 1902-1991; Jensen, Karen Christian
Genre / Form
Processing Information
Processed; Catie Freedman, student manuscript processor, John M. Murphy, curator; 2015.
Appraisal Information
Utah and the American West and LDS cultural, social, and religious history (20th century Western & Mormon Manuscripts collection development policy, 5.VII, 2007).
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Finding Aid Title
Christian (Lewis Earl) papers transcript- A Dixie Pioneer in South America
Finding Aid Author
Catie Freedman
Finding Aid Creator
This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on 2015-04-23 09:26:01 -0600.
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Biographical Info:

Biographical / Historical

Karen Christian Jensen (approx. 1953- ) works to preserve her family history.

Karen Christian Jensen was born in approximately 1953 to parents Lewis Earl and Mary LaRue Leavitt Christian. She is married to Dr. Joseph Jensen. She works to preserve her family's history and currently resides in Bountiful, Utah with her husband.

Biographical / Historical

Lewis Earl Christian (1902-1999) was a husband, father, and teacher, and one of the first Mormon missionaries to serve in South America.

Lewis Earl Christian was born on November 7, 1902 in St. George, Utah to parents Edward John Baptist and Elizabeth Vilate Mecham Christian. In 1926 he was called to serve a mission in South America and was one of the first five elders to open the area. His time was spent in Argentina until he returned home in January of 1929.

Upon returning he attended Dixie College where he met Mary LaRue Leavitt. They were married June 18, 1931 in St. George, Utah. Together they had 10 children.

He worked as a teacher for some time before going into construction. He spent his whole life serving within the church.

Christian passed away on August 19, 1991 in St. George where he is buried.

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