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Latter-day Saint Images, 1908

By: Ardis E. Parshall - June 07, 2009

Congregations in the Mormon Corridor and abroad — missionaries — school children — Enjoy this new page from our family photo album, this time from 1908.

This portrait shows Latter-day Saint youth attending a school for Maoris at Korongata, New Zealand.

Red Mesa, Colorado, and a temporary meeting house

Chicago, Illinois

Missionaries in the Mexican Mission

Coltman, Idaho

Kirtland, New Mexico

Narvik, Norway

LaGrande, Oregon

Missionaries in Hilo, Hawaii

Sapporo, Japan

Missionaries at Christiania (Oslo), Norway

Smelter, Nevada (near Ely)

Missionaries in Belfast, Ireland

Auckland, New Zealand

Missionaries visiting Mount Kilauea, Hawaii

West Colorado Conference, Western States Mission



  1. I didn’t think I had any connection to any of these Saints in their beautiful Edwardian dress (including the beautifully dressed Norwegians), and a quick look at my family history told me that one of my ancestors was in Chicago for his dental training several years before this photo of the Saints in Chicago, but a look at the faces of the people in these pictures provides the same sort of connection I feel toward the fellow Saints I see on Sundays at church.

    (And leaves me hoping that none of those intrepid missionaries fell into the volcano.)

    Thanks for posting the pictures. It’s an enjoyable series.

    Comment by Researcher — June 7, 2009 @ 5:05 pm

  2. By 1909, my ancestors had left New Zealand. Plus they lived on the southern island, and both of these photos are on the northern island. I suspect none of the people that my Larson ancestors knew would have been in these photos.

    By 1909, much of the sucessful missionary work in New Zealand was among the Maori. So sucessful that even today, in New Zealand, Mormonism is considered a “Maori” Church. The School shown in the first photo is an example of that sucess.

    Comment by Bruce Crow — June 7, 2009 @ 8:45 pm

  3. Great pictures, as usual.

    Comment by Steve C. — June 8, 2009 @ 9:45 am

  4. I am always interested in these pictures, especially to note that the church was definitely an international church even at this early date of 1908.

    Comment by kevinf — June 8, 2009 @ 10:52 am

  5. These photos are fantastic. They help me feel our history in a very real way.

    Comment by Tracy M — June 8, 2009 @ 11:54 am

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