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sage of salvation to the inhabitants of the famous "gamla
Sverige." In the spring of that year Elder Mikael Johnson, a

native of Sweden, who had embraced the Gospel in Denmark,
was sent to Gefle, the scene of Elder Forsgren's labors. He
found that the Saints had remained faithful, and they rejoiced
greatly, when he came. Elder Johnson soon baptized a few
persons, when he was arrested and sent to Stockholm. He was
denied a trial, and was simply transported in chains, as a dan-
gerous criminal, from the capital to the city of Malmo in the
southern province of the kingdom. His sufferings on the road
were great. In Malmo a Lutheran clergyman visited him, and
asked him to renounce "Mormonism," promising him prefer-
ment in the Lutheran church. But the martyr refused to lis-
ten to the tempter, and reminded him of the "gentleman" that
approached Jesus, when He was hungry in the wilderness.
"What," the indignant minister exclaimed, "do you compare
me to the devil!" Elder Johnson was subsequently sent over
0resund and delivered to the police in Copenhagen, a proceed-
ing which was peculiarly irregular, since Brother Johnson was
a Swedish subject and had not even had a trial. He arrived in
Copenhagen on the 9th of September, 1852.

It seemed as if every effort to preach the Gospel of Jesus
in Sweden would be in vain, against the acts of persecution to
which the clergy resorted with such persistency and seemingly
fiendish delight. But the work was slowly developing. At the
spring conference held in Copenhagen in 1852, previous to the


departure home of Elder Erastus Know, the Apostle, Elders
Anders W. Winberg and Nils Capson were sent as missionaries
to the province of Skane. Elder Winberg left Copenhagen
on the 21st of April, 1852, and went to the city of Lund, where
his parents were living. Here lie met with success, and on
the 7th of June, the same year, he baptized his sister and
brother-in-law, Peter Peterson and wife. On the 10th of Aug-
ust he baptized Carl Capson and Fredrik Lundblad. The two
missionaries then went to Copenhagen for a short visit, but re-
turned to their field of labor in company with Elder Holm-
sted. These three labored with much diligence, and success.
Some of the converts went to Copenhagen to be baptized in
order to avoid legal complications in Sweden. The persecution
still raged, but the work continued spreading, and on the 24th
of April, 1853, the first branch of the Church in Sweden was
organized on the estate Skurup. It was called the Skonabiick

branch and numbered 36 members. Elder Peter Peterson
presided. A second branch was organized in the city of Malmo
mi the 25th of April. Plans Lundblad was appointed president.
A third branch was organized in a village called Lomma, over
which Elder A. Jo'nson presided. The fourth branch was
organized in the city of Lund, on the 30th of April, over which
Elder Carl Capson was appointed president.

On Saturday evening, the 25th of June, 1853, a meeting
was held in the city of Lund, in a barn belonging to Carl Cap-
son, and four branches were combined into the so-Chllud Skane
conference, over which Elder Hans Lundblad was appointed
president. About one hundred persons were present on this
occasion, and among them were the late Elder Peter 0. Han-
son, and Elder 0. Liljenquist, now partriarch.

The Gospel seed had been planted in Sweden. It has
yielded an abundant harvest of precious souls.



,HEN the time was ripe for the introduction of the
Gospel to Norway, the Lord opened the way. As an-
ciently He led Peter to the house of Cornelius, or
Philip to the wagon of the devout Ethiopian, so He di-
rected the first Norwegian Saints to His servants.
A Norwegian skipper,who often sailed between 0sterri-
s0r and Aalborg (Denmark) heard through a friend named 01-
sen,a resident of the latter place, about the new doctrine,and at
once a desire was kindled in his heart to learn more about it.
At the same time the Spirit impressed Erastus Snow, the Apos-
tle, to make a visit to Aalborg. He arrived at this place on
the 27th of August, 1851, and the following week received a
visit from Mr. Larsen. Elder Snow writes: "While stopping
with Brother Hans Peter Jensen, in N0rre Sundby, a Nor-
wegian by the name of -Svend Larsen, the master of a small
merchant vessel, came and visited me. He said he had heard
of me, and my religion, and had come with a view to learn
more about it. I improved the opportunity to explain to him
the principles of the Gospel and the order of the kingdom of
God, as it had been revealed from the Lord; he received my
testimony with gladness. His vessel being ready to sail for

Norway, I called and appointed Elder Hans T. Petersen to go
with Mr. Larsen home to open up the Gospel door in Norway.
The two sailed together on the 4th of September, well supplied
with Books of Mormon and tracts." The vessel encountered
fearful storms and had to seek shelter twice in the harbor of
Frederikshavn. It seemed as if the adversary was bent upon
destroying the frail craft that carried the Gospel messengers
across the water, but the hand of the Lord was over His ser-
vants, and they landed safely in 0sterris0r on the llth of
September, 1851.

The next day Elder Petersen commenced to visit the peo-
ple and distribute tracts. Having no passport he was soon
summoned to appear before the authorities to render an ac-
count of himself. He explained the object of his coming and
added that if it was contrary to the law to hold public meet-
ings, he would confine his work to private conversations. He
was then permitted to go, with the understanding that he was
to procure his passport, and he continued to hold conversations
with people that visited him. Soon he found it necessary,
however, to return to Aalborg. He took passage for that
place in Captain Larsen's vessel, and arrived there on the 23rd
of September. In the evening of that day Captain Larsen





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baptized by Elder Ole Christian Nielsen, and was the first Nor-
wegian to enter the Church in the old country.

On the 5th of October, Elder Petersen, in company with
Elder Johan August Ahmansen, embarked for the second time
for 0sterris0r in Norway. They found shelter this time at
the home of one John Olsen, and here the Elders soon found
an opportunity to preach the Gospel to a large crowd which
unexpectedly gathered at the house. They also bore their tes-
timony wherever they found people willing to listen to them.
On the 2nd of November Elder Petersen held the first public
meeting at a place called E0d. On the 26th of November he
baptized Peter Adamsen and John Olsen, and then the clouds
of persecution that had been gathering for some time broke
over the few Saints. A mob gathered determined to do vio-
lence to Brother Petersen. They did not find him, though a
careful search was made of the house in which he was. The
gathering of the mob continued, and he appealed to the au-
thorities for protection. He was then summoned to appear be-
fore the mayor and explain why he had administered the or-
dinance of baptism without having "authority" to do so. He
produced his Church credentials, which were sent to the
amtmand, or governor, at Arendal, but that official refused to
recognize those credentials, and he was prohibited from officiat-
ing in any ecclesiastical acts.

He now decided to leave 0sterris0r but before he could do
so, on the evening of the 12th of December, 1851, the house
where he was staying was forcibly entered by a crowd which
demanded that the "Mormon priest" be turned over to them.
They ransacked the house in vain. They could not find him.
It was as if their eyes had been stricken with blindness. The
mobbers were dispersed by the police.

On the 14th of December Elder Petersen had a pleasant
interview with Svend Peter Larsen from Frederikstad, who
came from that place to see him. He was on his way to Bergen,
and Elder Petersen decided to accompany him. Larsen was the
commander of a little coasting vessel. Their first stopping
place was Arendal, and here the missionary bore his testimony
to many souls. On Jan. 4, 1852, they landed in Mandal, where
they remained one week, preaching the Gospel. On one oc-
casion they found a large audience in a house where they had
been to dinner, and in the audience was Pastor Vogt, an in-
fluential clergyman and member of the parliament. This gen-
tleman said Elder Petersen had not spoken the truth, and was
promptly challenged to prove his assertion. He failed to ac-
cept the challenge, and Brother Petersen made many friends
in the audience.

On the 18th of January they arrived in Bergen, one of
the most ancient and important cities of the kingdom of Nor-

way, and here Elder Petersen spent the winter. He went from
house to house and bore his testimony to the people. He
labored faithfully under many difficulties and deprivations un-
til early in April, when he left for Copenhagen in company
with his friend Larsen. The Lord had opened up the way for
him to preach the Gospel in several of the principal cities of the

Brother Svend Larsen and other Saints in 0sterris0r
continued to hold meetings and to spread Gospel tracts.
They also sent a petition to the government to be permitted to
form a church in accordance with the provisions of the Dis-
senter law, hut their petition was not granted, the theological
faculty in Christiania having ruled that the members of the
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints arc not "Chris-
tians.'' They were thus deprived of the religious liberty
granted by law In other dissenters.

On the 10th of June, 1852, Elders Hans Peter Jensen and
Johan A. Ahmansen landed in Brevig, where they held meet-
ings and distributed tracts. They found bitter opponents in
a newspaper editor, a clergyman and a school teacher. Elder
Jensen proceeded to 0sterris0r, where he ordained Brother
Svend Larsen an Elder and blessed his children. On the 2oth
he baptized six persons. Then he went to Arendal, Christian-
sand and Mandal. He had a remarkable experience on this

journey. On his arrival in Mandal, his feet were so badly
blistered that he was unable to proceed any further. But he
was unable to secure shelter here, so he decided to trust in the
Lord, and return to 0sterris0r, a distance of about 80 miles.
Strange to say, as he proceeded on his weary journey, his feet
grew better, and when he arrived at his destination, he was
free from sores and felt as strong as ever. In one place he
met a bear, and the two eyed one another with mutual su
picions for a moment. Then the bear took another course
and left the traveler to ponder over the goodness of the Lord.

Brother Jensen arrived in 0sterris0r on the 8th of July,
and about that time the first branch of the Church in Xorway
was organized in that city, with eighteen members and John
Olsen as presiding Elder.

On the 18th of July Elder Jensen returned in company
with Brother Swend Larsen to Brevig. Here they hired a
hall and preached the Gospel. Clergymen frequented their

In the month of August a small vessel was bought, and
named "The Lion of Zion." It was to be at the service of the
Elders in traveling from place to place along the coast. It
became very useful both in Xorway and in Denmark. At
Frederikstad a branch was soon organized.

Elder Jensen returned to Denmark in July, 1852, in their

little mission vessel, having appointed Elder John A. Ahman-
sen to preside over the Norwegian mission. On the voyage
they encountered a terrific storm and were driven toward the
Swedish coast. However, they were rescued by an English
frigate, and, the storm having abated, steered for Denmark.
The next day they arrived at Aalborg.

The work was continued in Norway by Elder Johan A.

Ahmansen and Jeppe G. Folkman. They organized the third
branch in Brevig with about fifteen members. In August of
the year 1852, the Church numbered about fifty members in
Norway. The foundation had been laid for the work that was
continued by the many faithful laborers that in after years
preached the Gospel, and suffered persecution and deprivations,
in the beautiful land of the Midnight Sun.


'HE difficulties attending the introduction of the
Gospel in the Scandinavian countries are best un-
derstood from the experiences of the Elders,
who suffered persecution in various ways. The
following statement of Elder Dykes is but a sample of
many. He wrote:

"On the 27th of June, 1851, I landed in Hamburg, and
proceeded immediately on my journey over land, and by travel-
ing day and night I was enabled to reach the city of Aalborg,
my former field of labor; but, indeed, too late to save the little
flock from a very heavy blow. The spirit of persecution had
arisen, and the mob had assembled and broken the windows of
the Saints' meeting house, and demolished all the furniture
within; and thence, proceeding from house to house, they had
broken the windows of nearly all the dwellings of the Saints
in the city, while the civil authorities looked on with seeming

"A few days after these things occurred I entered the
city; I had not heard a word of them till I stood by the side of
the house where I had so often met with the Saints, and where
T had preached the word to sinners. But I leave you to judge

of my feelings, when, instead of meeting the joyful smiles of
beloved Saints, I saw the windows and furniture of the house
broken to pieces, and no Saints to welcome me there; for they
were not now privileged to appear in the streets without being
grossly insulted, and sometimes shamefully beaten.

"While I was thus pondering over these things, an officer
appeared and requested me to come immediately to the mayor's
office, which I did, and that officer peremptorily told me I had
better leave the city forthwith, as he would not promise me
protection from the mob for one hour. And as there was a
steamer then at the wharf to sail that afternoon for Copen-
hagen I went on board. Hut the mob, hearing that I was in
the city, began to gather; some went to the mayor's office to
find me, but he told them he had me in prison. Others went
to the ship, but the captain told them I had left and gone up
into the city; and thus they were ranging about for me till the
appointed hour for sailing, when I think there were more than
a thousand persons assembled on the beach. I remained in
the cabin till we were fairly out of reach, when I came up on
deck to see the sight; and being thus delivered I gave God the

But such experiences were not the most discouraging. It

sometimes happened that members of the Church fell into
transgression, and were literally given over to the "buffetings
of Satan." Then the faith of the Elders was tried indeed.

But the "little stone" rolled on, and grew on its onward
course. Half a century has now been recorded in the annals
of history, since the work was commenced, and during this
time 23,349 souls have by baptism been added to the Church
in Denmark: 16,043 in Sweden, and 5,643 in Norway, or, in
all, 45,035. During the same time, 12,317 Saints have emi-
grated from Denmark to Utah; 6,942 from Sweden, and 2,312
from Norway a total of 21,571. In these numbers small
children are not included. It is supposed their number would
swell the grand total by one-third. By adding the descend-
ants of these industrious immigrants to the numbers given, an
idea may be formed of the part the Scandinavian Saints have
had in the development of this beautiful region. The action

taken by the October conference, 1849, when the Church was
poor in everything but faith in God, and spiritual gifts, has
indeed borne wonderful fruits.

According to the latest statistics there are three confer-
ences in each of the three Scandinavian countries. In Den-
mark, the Copenhagen, Aarhus, and Aalborg conferences: in
Sweden, the Stockholm, Gothenburg, and Malmo conferences,
and in Norway, the Christiania, Bergen and Trondhjem eon Ter-
ences. There are twenty-two branches of the Church in Swe-
den, with 2,288 members. In Denmark there are seventeen
branches, with 1,185 members, and in Norway nineteen
branches with 965 members, or in all, fifty-eight branches with
4,438 members. If the 994 children under eight years of age
are added, the total is 5,432 members of the Church.

In Sweden there are now 60 missionaries from Zion; in
Denmark 58, and in Norway 40.



a complete list of missionaries from


Peter Baekstrom


George M. Brown


i yj Zion, who have

labored in, or visited, the Scandinavian
figures before a name indicate the sec-


Knud H. Bruun
Hans P. Lund
John P. P. Dorius



John E. Evans
(2) George Q. Cannon

mission. The

I ond or tliird mi

ssion, and the stars indicate those who



H. Olin Hansen
Hans C. Hansen


John W. Youne

5 p\ liave only paid a

lirid' visit to the mission:


Anders Christensen


Carl Widerborg


Amasa M. Lyman


(Jeorge W. Gee



Charles C. Rich


John Sharp, Jr

1. Peter O. Hansen

* Ezra T. Benson



2. Erastus Snow

* John Kay


Jesse N. Smith


Joseph 11. Felt

3. John E. Porseren


William W. Cluff


Daniel H. Wells

!. George P. Dykes



Johannes P. R. Johansen


Niels Wilhelmsen

5. Willard Snow

11. Joseph W. Young
12. John Y. Greene


(2) Amasa M. Lyman
(2) Charles C. Rich


Christen Christiansen
S0ren Iversen
Peter Hansen

13. Iver N. Ivorsen



Niels Nielsen



George Q. Cannon


Morten Lund

6. Hans Peter Olsen
7. Erik G. M. Hogan
8. Canute Peterson
9. John Van Cott

* Asa Calkin




Joseph F. Smith
Samuel H. B. Smith
John Smith
Hans C. Hansen
Anders W. Winbere


Hans Jensen (Hals)
Anders Nielsen
Fred C. S0rensen.
Anders Larsen
Svend Larsen

* Jabez Woodard


Johan Swenson


Hans Hansen

1854 - 14. (2) John Van Cott
* Franklin D. Richards 15. Ola N. Liljenquist


Christofter Holberff


Christopher O. Folkmann
John Fagerberg



Gustaf A. Olson




Chauncey W. West


Lars P. Edholm

* David Spencer

16. Christian A. Madsen


Brigham Young, Jr


Carl C. A. Christensen

* Joseph A. Young

17. Carl C. N. Dorius


Samuel L. Sprague


Jens Hansen

10. Hector C. Haight

IX. S0ren ChristofEersen


John Gray


Fred C. Andersen




(2) Brigham Young, Jr
(2) John W. Young
Johan P. Wretberg


62. Ssemund Gudmundsen

63. Lauritz Larsen

64. Christian D. Fjeldsted

65. Ole C. Olsen

66. Morten Mortensen

67. Jens Johansen

68. George K. Riis

69. Samuel Petersen

70. Jens Jensen

71. Arne C. Grue

72. Carl C. Asmussen


73. Hans Petersen

74. (2) Jesse N. Smith


75. Cai 1 Larsen

7G. John Holrnberg

77. John Ehrnsren

7?. Eric Peterson

79. Eric G. Pehrson

SO. John H. Hougaard

81. Jacob H. Jensen

82. Lars P. Borg
S3. Ihins - P. til-sen


* Albert Carrington

* Lewis W. Shurtliff

84. Peter Madsen

85. Mons Andersen

86. Soren C. Thure

87. M. C. Christensen

88. Peter O. Thomassen

89. (2) William W. Cluff

90. Niels C. Edlefsen

91. Peter Brown

92. Peter F. Madsen

93. Erik M. Caste


* Horace S. Eldredge

* Lorin Farr

94. (2) Canute Peterson

95. Jens C. A. Weibye

96. Christian Willadsen

97. Christian Madsen

98. Poul Dehlin

99. Poul Poulsen

100. Anthon H. Lund

101. Niels P. Jensen

102. Anders P. Soderberg


103. Christian F. Schade

104. Peder C. Christensen

105. Jens Mikkelsen

106. Mathias B. Nilson

107. Soren Christiansen

108. Peter G. Carstensen.

109. N. P. Lindelof


* Erastus Snow

* Erastus W. Snow

110. Christen G. Larsen

111. Lars S. Andersen

112. John Frantzen

113. Nils Anderson

114. Andrew Jenson

115. Magnus Byarnason

116. Loptur Johnson

117. Even Torgesen

118. Andrew S. Nielsen

119. (2) Peter O. Hansen

120. Peter C. Geertsen

121. Jens Hansen

122. Christoffer S. Winge

123. John Anderson

124. Knud Petersen

125. Samuel Johnson

126. John F. Oblad


* (2) Joseph F. Smith

* George F. Gibbs

* Junius F. Wells

127. Peter Hansen

128. Andrew R. Andersen

129. C. J. Gustafson

130. (2) Soren Christoffersen

131. S0ren Petersen

132. Nils C. Flygare

133. John M. Larsen


* (3) Joseph F. Smith

* Francis M. Lyman
John H. Smith

* Milton H. Hardy

* E. N. Freeman

134. Christen Jensen

135. Hans P. Iversen

136. Theodor Didriksen

137. Samuel Byarnasen

138. Mads Christensen

139. Mons Petersen

140. (2) Knud H. Bruun

141. John A. Anderson

142. Rasmus N. Jeppesen

143. Hans Thunnesen

144. John C. Sandberg

145. John N. Larson

146. Erik M. Larsen

147. Sven Nilson

148. Erik F. Branting


* (2) Albert Carrington

* Ernest J. Young

* Arta D. Young

* James Sharp

* Brigham W. Carrington

149. (2) Ola N. Liljenauist

150. (2) John F. F. Dorius

151. Jens Keller

152. Nils J. Gronlund

153. Axel Tullgren

154. Fortn Jensen


155. Ola Hanson

156. S0ren P. Neve

157. Rasmus Christensen

158. Niels Mortensen Petersen

159. Ola Olson

160. Alfred Hansen

161. Ingwald C. Thoresen

162. Jens C. Nielsen

163. John E. Christiansen

164. Bendt Jensen


165. J0ns Anderson

166. John Petersen

167. Carl Olsen

168. Bengt Nilsen

169. Jacob Rolfsen

170. Andrew F. Petersen

171. August W. Carlson

172. Anders Hendriksen

173. Olof A. T. Porssell

174. John F. Olson

175. Rasmus Nielsen

176. William Christensen

177. Waldemar Petersen

179. John Larson

178. Jonas E. Lindberg

180. Johan A. Ekman

181. John A. Quist

182. Jens Christensen

183. (2) Nils C. Flygare

184. Truls A. Halgren

185. Lars P. Nelson

186. Ole Ellingsen

* William Budge

187. Niels P. Rasmussen

188. Goudy Hogan

189. George Frandsen

190. Lars Svendsen

191. John A. Halvorsen

192. Christian Jensen

193. Niels M. Andersen

194. Lars M. Olson

195. (2) Jens Hansen

196. Anders P. Rose

197. Gustav Andersen

198. Christian H. Monson

199. Peter Andersen

200. Carl M. Bergstrom

201. Jonas Halvorsen

202. Anders Hanson

203. Ola Nilson

204. Charles Anderson

205. Andrew Hammer

206. (2) Carl C. Asmussen

207. (2) Andrew Jenson

* P. r>. S. Lund

208. (2) Niels Wilhelmsen

209. Ole C. Sonne

210. John Eyvindson

211. Jacob B. Johnson

212. Carl J. Oberg

213. Christian Jensen

215. Laurence C. Mariager

216. E. O. Bylund

214. Christian A. Christensen

217. Niels Thomsen

218. Niels C. Larsen

219. Christen L. Hansen

220. Christian Olson

221. Nils B. Adler

222. Mons Nilsson

223. Ludvig Suhrke

224. Herman F. F. Thorup

225. John T. Thorup

226. Ole N. Stohl

227. Jacob Hansen

228. Peder Nielsen

229. Hans Funk

230. Isaac Sarensen

231. Peter Nilson

232. Anthon L. Skanchy

233. Fred Lundberg


234. Peter A. Nielsen

235. Lars K. Larsen

236. Chas. P. Warnick

237. Ole C. Tellefsen

238. Hans J. Christiansen

239. Carl H. Lundberg

240. Hans Madsen

241. John Christensen

242. Niels O. Anderson

243. A. G. Johnson

244. Simon Christensen

245. Jens I. Jensen

246. Peter A. Lofgren

247. Christian Hogensen

248. John Dahle

* (2) William Budge

* Moroni Snow

* Lyman R. Martineau

249. Charles Samuelson

250. Rasmus Berntzon

251. Nils Henrikson

252. Martin Jakobson

253. Lars Nielsen

254. Pauli E. B. Hammer

255. (3) Peter O. Hansen

256. Sven Erikson

257. Jacob P. Olsen

258. Nils R. Lindahl

259. Lars N. Larson

260. Jens Jenson

261. James H. Hansen

262. James P. Larsen

263. Hans E. Nielsen

264. Andrew Amundsen

265. James J. Hansen

266. John Hansen

267. Jens C. Olsen

268. James S. Jensen

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