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Restless Pilgrim

Andrew Jenson’s Quest for Latter-day Saint History

A self-taught historian's enormous impact on Latter-day Saint history

Andrew Jenson undertook a lifelong quest to render the LDS historical record complete and comprehensive. As Assistant Church Historian of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Jenson tirelessly carried out his office's archival mission and advocated for fixed recordkeeping to become a duty for Latter-day Saints. Reid L. Neilson and Scott D. Marianno offer a new in-depth study of Jenson's long life and career. Their account follows Jenson from his arrival as a Danish immigrant to 1860s Utah through trips around the world to secure documents from far-flung missions, and on to his public life as a newspaper columnist and interpreter of LDS history. Throughout, Jenson emerges as a figure dedicated to the belief that recorded history united past and present Latter-day Saints in heaven and on earth--and for all eternity.

Engaging and informed, Restless Pilgrim is a groundbreaking study of an important figure in Latter-day Saint intellectual life during a transformative era.

"Restless Pilgrim features clear prose, meticulous research, and a high standard for accuracy and context. The authors narrate Jenson's globetrotting quest for documents and his efforts to systematize the preservation of local records. This penchant for record-keeping has been an incalculable gift, not just to church members but to historians of American religion more generally."--John G. Turner, author of The Mormon Jesus: A Biography and Brigham Young: Pioneer Prophet


Reid L. Neilson has served as the Assistant Church Historian and Recorder of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He is an award-winning author and editor of dozens of books on the Latter-day Saints, and coeditor of Pacific Apostle: The 1920-21 Diary of David O. McKay in the Latter-day Saint Island Missions. Scott D. Marianno is an historian in the Church History Department of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and coeditor of A Voice in the Wilderness: The 1888–1930 General Conference Sermons of Mormon Historian Andrew Jenson.

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