Walter J. Lewis mission journal
L. Tom Perry Special Collections is pleased to announce the availability of a new digitized collection: Walter J. Lewis mission journal (MSS 6900). The journal contains descriptions of the experiences Walter Lewis underwent during his time spent as a missionary for the LDS Church in Wales. Though much of the journal is dedicated to missionary work and religious experiences, Lewis also takes time to write about his correspondences, the area he was living in, and also gives personal detail to many of the Latter-day Saints he worked with while in Wales. This journal covers the year of 1878. The Walter Lewis mission journal does not give the starting date of Lewis’ mission, but this journal is probably one of multiple journals Lewis kept while on his mission.
Walter Lewis (1854-1924), son of William Lewis and Ann Evans, was born in Salt Lake City June 25, 1854. In his early twenties, Lewis embarked on a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He served in Wales, where Latter-day Saint missionaries had been preaching since the 1840s. Following his mission, Lewis remained in the Salt Lake City, Utah region until his death on May 13, 1924.