Described as "the most traveled man in the Church," Andrew Jenson was a lifelong globetrotter since his emigration as a young boy from Denmark to Utah in 1866. Jenson's interest in the whereabouts of ancient Nephite and Lamanite ruins propelled him to visit remote areas of Latin America, and he returned with a powerful impression that the latter-day gospel should be spread south, beyond the borders of Mexico. Jenson's letters help reader better understand events and experiences that may have led to the reopening of the South American Mission in 1925. This book covers this important period in both Jenson's life and Church history, which has rarely been told and is virtually unknown by most Mormon historians.
Reid L. Neilson was appointed Assistant Church Historian and Recorder of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in 2015. He has also served as managing director of the Church History Department since 2010. A native of Orange County, California, Neilson received a bachelor's and two master's degrees from Brigham Young University and a PhD in religious studies from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Justin R. Bray works in the Church History Department of The
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He received a BA in
history and Latin American studies from BYU in 2011. He is currently
pursuing an MA in history from the University of Utah.