Norwegian L.D.S. Records
Finding ancestors in the Norwegian L.D.S. records may be an important step in building the family story. L.D.S. records (both membership records and emigration records) may help in finding the place of origin in Norwegian or may simply provide interesting facts about the family, their faith, and their courage.
The first missionaries of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter- Day Saints arrived in Norway 11 Sep 1851. One of those was Hans F.Peterson, who baptized the master blacksmith John Olsen and his assistant Peter Adamsen, Nov 26, 1852. They lived in Risør city.
The first resident Norwegian to join the Church, however, was a ship captain named Svend Larsen. He joined the Church in Ålborg, Denmark, having been baptized 23 Sep 1851. Svend Larsen had brought Hans F. Peterson to Norway from Norway, and he gave great support to the missionary work in Norway.
The first branch in Norway was organized in Risør, Aust Agder County July 16, 1852, and the Brevig (Kristiania) Conference was organized August 14, 1852.