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Jensen family journals and histories

Missionaries from the Southern States Mission, late 19th Century. Photo courtesy of LDS Church History Library.

L. Tom Perry Special Collections is pleased to announce the availability of a new digitized collection: Jensen family journals and histories (MSS 6189). This collection contains journals and family histories of members of the Jensen family, including Louis Reuben Jensen, Kirsten Marie Sorensen, Doyle S. Jensen, and Winston McKay Jensen. Most of the diaries deal with missionary service for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Louis served a mission in the Southern States Mission from 1898-1900; Doyle served missions in the Swiss and German Mission (1908-1911) and California Mission (1928); and, Winston served a mission in the Central States Mission from 1956-1958. Also includes information on family life in Idaho and genealogy. Kirsten’s family history includes a typescript of her journal and poetry, along with additional Jensen family history information and family life in Idaho in the early 20th Century.

The Jensen family was established by Louis Reuben Jensen (born 1865) and his wife Kirsten Marie Sorensen (1868-1973). They married in 1885 and had eleven children. The Jensen family lived primarily in Bingham County, Idaho. Doyle S. Jensen (1890-1945) was one of their children. In 1914, he married Ruth Zimmerman, and they had ten children. Winston McKay Jensen was born to Doyle and Ruth Jensen in 1935.

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