The purpose of this writing is to bring to light the life and accomplishments of Janne Mattson Sjodahl.
He was born in Karlshamn, Sweden, to Lutheran parents. While still in his teens, he joined the Baptist Church. After two years of study at Betelseminariet, he became a Baptist minister. Between 1872 and 1886, he rose to prominence among Scandinavian Baptists and became the General Secretary of the Norwegian Baptist Union in 1879. Due to irregular behavior, he was excommunicated from the Baptist Church in 1886. Introduced to Mormonism that same year, he decided to travel to Utah to investigate first hand. He was baptized shortly after his arrival. Sjodahl fulfilled one proselyting mission to Palestine, in 1897, and he was chosen to represent the Church at the court of King Oscar II of Sweden and Norway. He was also associated with the Deseret News and the Millennial Star for many years. He wrote prolifically throughout his career. A number of books and innumerable articles are to his credit. He also translated the Standard Works into Swedish. His long life of service ended in 1939, when he was eighty-five years old.
College and Department
Religious Education; Church History and Doctrine
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Lundgren, Bernt G., "Janne Mattson Sjodahl: Baptist Minister, Convert to Mormonism, Editor, Author and Missionary" (1971). Theses and Dissertations. 4892.
Janne M. Sjodahl, Janne Mattson, 1853-1939, Mormon Church, Sacred books, Translating, Missions, Palestine