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Bibliography of books about the

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

in Ontario, Canada

By William Goddard


General LDS History

(1988) The Canadian LDS Profile, The Ensign, September 1988, page 43.

(1988) The Church in its Canadian Setting. The Ensign, September 1988, pp 44 – 45.

Bennett, Richard. (1988) Canada: From Struggling Seed, the Church Has Risen to Struggling Maple. The Ensign, September 1988, pp 30 – 37.

Card, Brigham, and Northcott, Herbert, and Foster, John, and Palmer, Howard, and Jarvis, George, editors. (1990) The Mormon Presence in Canada. Edmonton, AB, The University of Alberta Press.

Ellsworth, Samuel. (1951) A History of Mormon Missions in the United States and Canada, 1830 – 1860. University of California, Los Angeles, CA, unpublished Doctoral Dissertation.

Johnson, Lane. (1988) “A Dominion of Saints.” The Ensign, September 1988, pp 38 – 42.

Knowles, Eleanor. (1974) “The Saints in Canada’s Maritime Provinces.” The Ensign, June 1974, pp 48 – 55.

Lee, Lawrence. (1968) “The Mormons Come to Canada, 1887 – 1902.”  Pacific Northwest Quarterly, January 1968, pp 11 – 22. 

McCue, Robert. (1979) The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and Vancouver Island: The Establishment and Growth of the Mormon Community. BC Studies 42 (Summer 1979), pp 51 – 64.

Pruden, Hal. (1988) Mormons in Manitoba, A Short History of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Manitoba. Winnipeg, Manitoba, Published by the Winnipeg Manitoba Stake.

Sykes, William. (1967) A century of Progress in Canada. The Improvement Era, July, 1967, pp 4 – 9.

Tagg, Melvin. (1968) A History of the Mormon Church in Canada. Lethbridge, AB, Lethbridge Herald Co Ltd.

Ursenbach, Maureen and Jensen, Richard. (1976) The Oft-Crossed Border, Canadians in Utah.  The Peoples of Utah. Helen Papanikolos, editor. Utah State Historical Society. Salt Lake City, UT, pp 279 – 300.



Gates, Susa Young. (1881) Lydia Knight’s History. (The first book of the Noble Women’s Lives Series) Salt Lake City, UT, Juvenile Instructor Office. (Details of her conversion by Joseph Smith at Mount Pleasant Upper Canada, pp 12 – 23.)

Goddard, William. (1981) A Brief Descriptive History of the Mormons in Mount Pleasant. Typed essay, not published (copy in the LDS Church History Library).

Hampshire, Allen. (2007) The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Brantford and Area, 1833 to 2004. Brantford, Ontario, no publisher noted.

Hopper, Tristin. (2014) Joseph Smith’s Visit to Southern Ontario in 1833. National Post. August 15, 2014.

Journal History of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. (October 1833) Various daily entries on Joseph Smith’s Visit to Mount Pleasant / Brantford Upper Canada.

Jessee, Dean editor. (1992) The Papers of Joseph Smith, Vol 2, 1832 – 1842. Salt Lake City, UT, Deseret Book Company. (Details of Joseph Smith’s mission to Brantford/Mount Pleasant in 1833 pp 1- 14.)

Nickerson, Moses. (1870) Autobiography of Moses C Nickerson. Published in True L D Saints Herald, 15 July 1870, pp 424 – 428.

Ostler, Craig / Goddard, William. (2006) A Brief History of the Church in the Mount Pleasant Area, Ontario Before 1850 in Regional Studies in Latter-day Church History; Ohio and Upper Canada, pp 125 – 157. Religious Studies Center, Brigham Young University, Provo, UT.



Hamilton LDS History

Baldwin, Laura. (1955) Mormons in Hamilton had Difficult Start. Article published in the Hamilton Daily News, December 24, 1955.

Brooks, Juanita editor. (1978) Not by Bread Alone; The Journal of Martha Spence Heywood, 1850 – 1856. Salt Lake City, UT, Utah State Historical Society. (She was baptised in Dundas and went west with the Saints)

Goddard, William. (2010) Mormonism: 100 Years in Hamilton, 1910 – 2010. Hamilton, Ontario, Impressive Printing.

Goddard, William. (2010) The Hamilton Ontario Stake 40th Anniversary Information, 1970 – 2010. Hamilton, Ontario, no publisher.

Goddard, William. (1985) Hamilton LDS Oral History Project. A collection of audio recordings of early members’ recollections of the LDS Church in the Hamilton area.


General History

Bean, Cheryl. (1980) Early Mormonism in Canada. (Sagers, Morgans, Harmons, Vaughns family history)

Merkley, Christopher. (1887) Biography of Christopher Merkley. Salt Lake City, UT, J.H. Parry & Company.

Sessions, Gene. (1975) Daniel Wood, Conscience More than Comfort.  Chapter 3 in, Latter-day Patriots, Nine Mormon Families and Their Revolutionary War Heritage. Salt Lake City, UT, Deseret Book Company, pp 43 – 63.

(2000) Upper Canada Church History, Kingston Area.



GARDINER, Archibald

Archibald Gardiner "Alvinston and Area History", Alvinston Community Website, Alvinston Community Access Program, Lambton County Library System, p. 1

Archibald Gardner Journal, 1814-1857

Hughs, Delilah Gardner. (1939) Life of Archibald Gardner. American Fork, UT, Alpine Publishing Company.


London Ontario General History

Olsen, Dan. (1998) The Nauvoo Road: A Case Study in Religious Diffusion and Landscape. University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario, Senior Honours Thesis, not published.



General LDS History in Ontario

 (1974) Canada Toronto Mission (Listing of early missionary visits in Ontario.

Crockett, David. (1999) History of the Church in Ontario, Canada. LDS-Gems Canadian Series Parts 1 – 14.

Bennett, Richard. (1975) A Study of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Upper Canada, 1830 – 1850. Brigham Young University, Provo, UT, unpublished Master’s Thesis.

Bennett, Richard. “Plucking not Planting” Mormonism in Eastern Canada, 1830 – 1850. Chapter 2 in, The Mormon Presence in Canada.

Hedengren, Paul and Russell, Brant, editors. (1969) The Great Canadian Mission, A Jubilee History, 1919 – 1969. Brampton, Ontario, Canadian Mission Press.

Roberts, Brigham. (1976 reprint) History of the Church, Vol 1, pp 416 – 423. Salt Lake City, UT, Deseret Book Company. (Joseph Smith’s visit to Canada in 1833)

Roberts, Brigham. (1975 reprint) A Comprehensive History of the Church, Vol 1, pp 393 – 396. Provo, UT, Brigham Young University Press. (Brief comment on Smith’s Visit and Pratt’s visit)




Parley Pratt’s Missionary Visit to Toronto in 1836

Johnson, Scott. (1987) The Role of the Nickerson Family in the Eventual Establishment of the British Mission. Presented at the BYU Symposium, Establishment of the British Mission, January 1887. Brigham Young University, Provo, UT.

Journal History of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. (April, May 1836) Various entries on Parley Pratt’s Visit to Toronto, Upper Canada[O1] .

Messenger and Advocate, May 1836. Letter from Parley P Pratt to the Editor of the Latter Day Saints Messenger and Advocate dated May 9, 1836. (Description of his first weeks as a missionary in Toronto.)

Proctor, Scot and Proctor Maurine. (2002) Autobiography of Parley P Pratt, Revised and Enhanced Edition. Salt Lake City, UT, Deseret Book Company. (For details of his Toronto Mission in 1836 see pp 159 – 216).

Pratt, Parley P editor. (1975) Autobiography of Parley Parker Pratt. Salt Lake City, UT, Deseret Book Company, 11th Printing. (For details of his Toronto mission in 1836 see pp 127 – 165).

Young, Stephen. (1990) The Unwelcome Apostle, Parley P Pratt in Toronto, May 1836. Presented at the Conference of Canadian Mormon Studies, June 20 – 24, 1990. University of Lethbridge, Lethbridge, Alberta.



Toronto LDS History

Pallin, Everett. (2002) C.E.S. Eastern Canada Church History Presentation. Toronto, Ontario, not published.

Pallin, Everett. (2012) The History of the Toronto Branch, 1836 – 1960. Toronto, Ontario, no publisher.

Robertson, Richard. (1988) Toronto, A Growing Light in the East. The Ensign, September 1988, pp 46 – 49.


John Taylor in Toronto

Taylor, Samuel. (1976) The Kingdom or Nothing: The Life of John Taylor, Militant Mormon. (Details of his conversion in Toronto in 1836, pp 14 – 26.) New York, NY, MacMillan Publishing Co.

Taylor, Samuel. (1984) The John Taylor Papers, Records of the Last Utah Pioneer, Vol 1, 1836 – 1877. Redwood City, CA, Taylor Trust Publisher. (Details of his conversion in Toronto in 1836, pp 8 – 14.)


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