Front Matter

Justin R. Bray and Reid L. Neilson, eds., Exploring Book of Mormon Lands: The 1923 Latin American Travel Writings of Mormon Historian Andrew Jenson (Provo, UT: Religious Studies Center; Salt Lake City: Deseret Book, 2014), ii–iv.

Exploring Book of Mormon Lands:

The 1923 Latin American Travel Writings of Mormon Historian Andrew Jenson






Edited by Justin R. Bray and Reid L. Neilson










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To Kara and Shelly





Foreword by Mark L. Grover

Editors’ Preface


1.      The Golden State: California, January 1923

2.      Mesoamerica: Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador, and Nicaragua, February 1923

3.      Narrow Neck of Land: Panama and Costa Rica, February 1923

4.      Andean States: Columbia, Ecuador, Peru, and Bolivia, March 1923

5.      Southern Cone: Chile, Argentina, Uruguay, and Brazil, March–April 1923

6.      Return to Utah: April–May 1923

Appendix 1. “Andrew Jenson, Latter-day Saint Historian,” by Louis Reinwand

Appendix 2. Report to the First Presidency on Missionary Possibilities in Latin America, by Andrew Jenson

Appendix 3. “Ancient Ruins in South American Lands Held to Be Evidence of Divine Authenticity of Book of Mormon,” by Andrew Jenson

Appendix 4. Andrew Jenson’s Letters Published as “Jenson’s Travels” in the Deseret News, 1923