Andrew Jenson

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Andrew Jenson, born Anders Jensen, (11 December 1850 – 18 November 1941) was a Danish immigrant to the United States who acted as an Assistant Church Historian of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church) for much of the early-twentieth century. Jenson also served the church as president of the Scandinavian Mission.

Early life

Anders Jensen was born in Torslev parish, Hjørring, Denmark. His parents joined the LDS Church when he was four. He left Denmark for the United States in 1866. He traveled across the North American Great Plains in Andrew H. Scott's ox company.Andrew Jenson, Encyclopedic History of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1941, p. v On coming to Utah Territory he anglicized his name to Andrew Jenson and settled in the Salt Lake Valley.


In 1873, Jenson was ordained a seventy in the LDS Church by George Q. Cannon and sent on a mission to Denmark. In 1876, he translated the history of Joseph Smith, Jr. into Danish. Jenson served a second mission to Denmark from 1879 to 1881. While in Denmark, Jenson established a monthly periodical called Morgenstjernen, which he continued to publish in Utah after his return. After eight years, the periodical changed its name to the Historical Record and was published in English.

Church historian

In 1886, Jenson became a part time employee of the LDS Church, receiving a small monthly allowance. His assignments included conducting interviews and...
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