Hosea Stout journal and letters, 1829-1915.
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The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was formed in 1830 in New York by Joseph Smith, Jr. Its members later migrated to the American West, specifically the Salt Lake Valley in Utah. Shortly after the founding, missionaries were sent out to teach their message. From the guide to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints flannel board missionary discussions, Circa 1950-1970, (L. Tom Perry Special Collections) The documents in this collection span the early year...
Hosea Stout, one of the most prolific Mormon diarists, was born on September 18, 1810, in Mercer County, Kentucky. He attended a Shaker school from 1814-1818 before his family moved to Ohio and later Indiana. While living in Illinois in 1832 Stout heard the preaching of Charles C. Rich and became interested in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. In 1837 he moved to Caldwell County, Missouri, and was baptized into the Mormon Church in 1838. That same year he married Surmantha Pack, s...