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Spencer W Kimball

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Published by Leena Rogers
Excerpts from Missionary Journal of Spencer W. Kimball.
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the
mission
experience
of 
spencer
W
kimball
spencer
Wkimball
indicatedto
his
biographers
that
during
his
mission
he hadkept
a
journalin
a
little
black 
notebook 
but
he
didnot
know wherehe
had
put
it
so
the
biographers
had
to
rely
almost
exclusively
on
hisreminiscences
for
information
about
his
mission
experience
during
the
clearing
outof 
president
kimballs
Kim
balls
office
shortly
after
his
death
inin
november
1985
aninch
high
stack 
of ofthree
three
and
a
half 
inch
by
six
inchlooseleaf 
sheets
turnedup
whichprovedtobe
the
missing
journal
the
journal
includesirregularentries
startingwhen
he
was
fifteen the
entries
are
nearlydailyfrom
age
eighteen
totwenty
three
the
portions
of 
spencer
kimballs
Kim
balls
journal reproducedhere
are
drawnfrom
his missionary
yearsages
nineteen
totwenty
one
they
show
a
boystill
inthe
process
of 
maturation
but
one
withthe
basic
qualities
we
wouldexpectfrom
ouracquaintancewith
the
maneven
though
the
journal
is
not
highly
introspective
itit
offersunselfconscious
clues
to
the
kind
of 
person
who
could become
a
prophet
we
see
indications
of 
humility
penchant
for
hard
work sensitivitysociability
faith and other
qualities
that
in
heightened
formcharacterized
him
as
a
remarkable
church
leader
we
learn
of 
his
talents
with
peopleand
with
music
his
baritone
voice
and
skill
atthepiano providedmuch
satisfactionto
him
and
tothosewho
asked
him
toplay
and
sing
in
hisreaction
to
events
we
learn
something aboutspencer
kimballskimbalts
Kim
balls
balTs
baits
bairs
balisbails
feelings
abour
war
religionparticularly
mormonism
sexual
moresbig
city
life
politicalconventionsalcoholuse
and
many
otherthings
A
journal
is
positiveevidence
of 
what it
states
but
we
should
be cautious
about
drawing
firm
inferences
from
what
is
missing
A
journal
writer
has
preconceptions
about
thepurposes
of 
sucha
record
andthosenotions dictatewhat
he
will
include
for
example
spencer
kimball
had
a
richsense
of 
humor but little
of 
that
can
be
seen
in
his
journal
he
had
a
normal
interest
inin
romance
but
there
arefew
hints
of 
that
in
his
journal
he
was
cognizant
of 
worldevents
but
he
rarely
referred
 
110
BYU
byustudies
studies
tothem
unless
theysomehowaffected
hislife
rather
directly
his
journal
is
a
record
of 
whathedid
more
than
what
he
thought
he
records
the
dailyevents
of 
work travel
and
recreationhis
successes
and
failuresreflections
on
how
hehad
been treated
by
others
occasionalexpressions
of 
faithandself 
conscioussketches
of 
people
and
places
going
beyond
the
story
of 
one
mans
life
thejournal contributes
toour
understanding
of 
missionary
work 
the
journals
of 
a
number
of 
early
missionaries
such
as
wilford
woodruff 
and
parley
P
pratt
have
beenpublished
butnot
manyjournals
that
reflect
missionary
work 
in
the
united
states
in
the
early
twentieth
century
through
the
eyes
of 
a
diligentyoung
elder
we
can
see
therhythmsand
routines
of 
that
era
of 
missionary life
we
find
in
his
journal regular reporting
of 
morning
study
class
tr
actingdoor
to
doorinaneffortto
strike
up
gospel
conversations
andlend
or
sell
at
cost
pamphletsand
books
eveningcottage
meetings
inthehomes
of 
investigators
at
which
missionariesgave
talks
on
gospelsubjects
and
occasional
and
sometimes
awkward
street
meetings
he
also
writes
of attending
meetings
of the
local
branch
visiting
members
administering
to
the
sick 
and
such
recreational
activities
as
attending
plays
or
movies
swimming
and
sightseeing
but
the
moredramatic
experiencesare
found
in
his
country
tr
acting
trading
when
the
elders
depended
onthe
hospitality
of 
farmers
forbeds
and
meals
these
forays
into
the
sometimes
unfriendly
missouri
countryside
tested
a
young
missionary
s
physical
andspiritualmettle
though
spencer
kimball
was
probably
aboveaverage
in
ability
as
suggested
by
the
fact
that
he
served
as
a
leader
among
missionariesmissionaries
he hadno
dramaticaccomplishments
todraw
marked
attention
to
hismissionary
service
his
mission
experience
appearstobe
typical
of 
thetimeand
place
commas
and
apostrophes
have
been insertedfor
clarity
and
ease
of 
reading
but
the
occasional
spelling
errors
the
variable spelling
of 
personalnames
and the
frequent
capitalization
of 
common nouns
appear
as
in
the
original
comments
inparentheses
are
the
authors
editorial
insertions
appear
in
brackets
omissionswithin
entries
are
indicated
by ellipses
omissions
of 
entire entries
are
marked
byspaceddots
betweenentries
spencer
attendedhigh
school
at
church
operated
gila
academy
just
down
the
block from his
home in
the
mormon
village
of thatcher
arizona
he
was
outgoing
popular
andpresident
of 
his
class
each
year
at
the
graduation
exercises
for hissmall
class
in
1914
his
father
andrew kimball
presided
as
stake
presidentand
president
of 
the
board
of theacademy
 
mission
experience
111
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thur
may
7
1914
graduation
exercises
held
at
thatcher
meeting
house
we
21
H
S
&
7
commercial
graduates
met
in
hall
below
and marchedup
stairs
we
had
an excellent
program
so
wewere
told
I
1
sang
a
baritone
solo
the
plains
of 
peace
father
informed
mein these
exercises
beforethis
vastassembly
that
I
1
was
to
becalled
on
a
mission
this
greatly surprised
me
for
I
1
had
beenplanning
all
winter
to
go
to
college
next
winter
after
the
exercises
we
1914s
gavea
surprise
on
miss
mansfield
ice
cream
cake
candy
lemonade
strawberries
etc
sun
may
10
lawrence
ellairettagrace
layton
&
I
1
enjoyed
a
sumptuousdinneratirirettalrettaetta
s
we
started
to
sacramentmeeting
but
anaccident
happened
and
we
returned
had
picturestaken
from
the
ice
creamparlor
home
to
say
goodbye
then
to
the
AERR
arizona
eastern
railroad
station
where
I
1
said
goodbyeto
many
of 
my
girl
friends
andwent
to
globe
towork 
again
onthe
south
globe
dairysun
may
17
this
week 
I
1
receiveda
call
from
pres
joseph
F
smith
to
go
on
a
mission
to
switzerland
and
germany
in
oct
1914
sat
june
6
went
to
town
globe
and had
a
longtalk 
with
father
who
was
downon
business
I
1
was
ordained
tobe
a
priest
at
age
nineteen
by
father
andbishop
hunsaker
sun
june
7
auto
ride
tomiami
back 
to
church
where
I
1
sangin
a
male
quartet
june
22
nothing
extra
usual
work 
arise
at
8
AMeat
breakfast
string
30
40 bales
of 
hay
to
the
mangers
andcut
off the
wires
help
wash
about
300
bottles
put
strainers
&
cans
in readiness
940
yoke
upthe
cows
1030
milk 
cows
about
15
16
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separatorfeed
calves
clean
out
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theouter
boards
of 
thebarn
floor
rest
from
2
5 5
PM
help
wash
bottles
againsaw
wood
put
strainersseparator
etc
in
readiness
11
PM
milk 
14
16
cows
july
10&
11
practiced
andprepared
my
talk 
for
sunjuly
12
gave
a
brief 
talk on
baptism
inchurch
aug
16
gave
a
brief 
talk on
the
reception of 
the
holy
ghost
in
sacramentmeeting
aug
17
preparing
togo
home

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