The study traced major developments in the Swedish Mission. A decided help in this undertaking was the author's own long association with the Mormons in Sweden. The government attempted to prevent Mormon proselyting in the first two decades. This ended in a tacit approval for the Mormons to carry on. The conditions between both world wars induced fairly successful "hold-the-fort" efforts. Youth conferences were especially vital in building a spirit of unity among Swedish Mormons.
The period after the second world war showed several definite trends. Membership increased three-fold to more than 5000. Chapels were acquired. Organizations on the mission and district levels were developed. European temples increased the personal commitment of the members greatly. The intensified training prepared them for mission, district, and branch leadership. It was part of a planned effort to have the members stay in their homeland and build the "Kingdom" instead of joining the Saints in America.
College and Department
Religious Education; Church History and Doctrine
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Johansson, Carl Erik, "History of the Swedish Mission of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints 1905-1973" (1973). Theses and Dissertations. 4830.
Mormon Church, Missions, Sweden, Districts