The Deseret News is a newspaper published in Salt Lake City, United States. It is Utah's oldest continuously published daily newspaper and has the largest Sunday circulation in the state and the second largest daily circulation behind The Salt Lake Tribune; the News is owned by Deseret News Publishing Company, a subsidiary of Deseret Management Corporation, a holding company owned by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The paper's name is derived from the word for "honeybee" in the Book of Mormon; the newspaper is printed by the Newspaper Agency Corporation, which it co-owns with The Salt Lake Tribune under a joint operating agreement. In 2006, combined circulation of the two papers was 151,422; the Deseret News publishes a weekly compact-sized insert, the Church News, the Mormon Times insert, both of which are included in the newspaper. The Church News includes news of the LDS Church and has been published since 1931, while the Mormon Times is about "the people and culture associated with the church".
Since 1974 the Deseret News has published the Church Almanac, an annual edition carrying LDS Church facts and statistics edited by Church News staff. The editorial tone of the Deseret News is described as moderate to conservative, is assumed to reflect the values of its owner, the LDS Church. For example, the newspaper does not accept advertising. On March 31, 1847, while at Winter Quarters, the LDS Church's Quorum of the Twelve Apostles authorized William W. Phelps to "go east and procure a printing press" to be taken to the future Mormon settlement in the Great Basin. Phelps left Winter Quarters sometime in May, went to Boston by way of the former Mormon settlement of Nauvoo, Illinois. In Boston, with the help of William I. Appleby, the president of the Church's Eastern States Mission, Church member Alexander Badlam, Phelps was able to procure a wrought iron Ramage hand-press and other required equipment, he returned to Winter Quarters on November 1847, with the press. Due to its size and weight, the press and equipment would not be taken to Salt Lake City until 1849.
By that time many of the Mormon pioneers had left Winter Quarters and the press was moved across the Missouri River to another temporary Mormon settlement, Iowa. In April 1849 the press and other church property was loaded onto ox drawn wagons, traveled with the Howard Egan Company along the Mormon Trail; the wagon company, with the press, arrived in the Salt Lake Valley August 7, 1849. The press was moved into a small adobe building that served as a coin mint for the settlers; the press was at first used to print the necessary documents used in setting up the provisional State of Deseret. The first issue of the Deseret News was published June 15, 1850, was 8 pages long; this first issue included the paper's prospectus, written by the editor Willard Richards, along with news from the United States Congress, a report on the San Francisco 1849 Christmas Eve fire. Because it was meant to be the voice of the State of Deseret, it was called the Deseret News, its motto was "Truth and Liberty." It was at first a weekly Saturday publication, published in "pamphlet form" in hopes that readers would have the papers bound into volumes.
Subscription rate was $2.50 for six months. A jobs press called the Deseret News Press, was set up so the News could print books, handbills, etc. for paying customers and other publishers. From the beginning paper shortages were a problem for the News staff. Starting with the October 19, 1850 issue—only four months after publication began—the paper had to be changed to a bi-weekly publication. So, many times in the 1850s there were several periods when the News could not be published for lack of paper. Thomas Howard, a Mormon immigrant from England, a paper-maker, approached Brigham Young about using some machinery—originally meant for producing sugar—to make their own paper; the publishers asked everyone to donate old cloth to the venture. In the summer of 1854 the first issues of the News were published on "homemade paper", thick, grayish in color.<Even with paper shortages a News extra would be published, if there were important news or a sermon that could not wait for the regular publication date.
During a turbulent time period known as the Utah War, the News presses and equipment were moved to the central and southern parts of the state. As armed forces of the United States camped just outside the state at Fort Bridger, George Q. Cannon was assigned to take some presses and equipment to Fillmore while Henry McEwan was to take the remainder to Parowan. On May 5, 1858 the first issue of the News with Fillmore City as the publication place appeared; that fall the presses were brought back to Salt Lake City and placed in the Council House, allowing the News to begin normal operations. The soldiers who had marched to Utah during the war would remain at the newly constructed Camp Floyd, their need for a newspaper, one not published by the LDS Church, was satisfied with Kirk Anderson's Valley Tan, the area's second newspaper. During the 1850s through 1860s, numer
San Francisco the City and County of San Francisco, is the cultural and financial center of Northern California. San Francisco is the 13th-most populous city in the United States, the fourth-most populous in California, with 884,363 residents as of 2017, it covers an area of about 46.89 square miles at the north end of the San Francisco Peninsula in the San Francisco Bay Area, making it the second-most densely populated large US city, the fifth-most densely populated U. S. county, behind only four of the five New York City boroughs. San Francisco is part of the fifth-most populous primary statistical area in the United States, the San Jose–San Francisco–Oakland, CA Combined Statistical Area; as of 2017, it was the seventh-highest income county in the United States, with a per capita personal income of $119,868. As of 2015, San Francisco proper had a GDP of $154.2 billion, a GDP per capita of $177,968. The San Francisco CSA was the country's third-largest urban economy as of 2017, with a GDP of $907 billion.
Of the 500+ primary statistical areas in the US, the San Francisco CSA had among the highest GDP per capita in 2017, at $93,938. San Francisco was ranked 14th in the world and third in the United States on the Global Financial Centres Index as of September 2018. San Francisco was founded on June 29, 1776, when colonists from Spain established Presidio of San Francisco at the Golden Gate and Mission San Francisco de Asís a few miles away, all named for St. Francis of Assisi; the California Gold Rush of 1849 brought rapid growth, making it the largest city on the West Coast at the time. San Francisco became a consolidated city-county in 1856. San Francisco's status as the West Coast's largest city peaked between 1870 and 1900, when around 25% of California's population resided in the city proper. After three-quarters of the city was destroyed by the 1906 earthquake and fire, San Francisco was rebuilt, hosting the Panama-Pacific International Exposition nine years later. In World War II, San Francisco was a major port of embarkation for service members shipping out to the Pacific Theater.
It became the birthplace of the United Nations in 1945. After the war, the confluence of returning servicemen, significant immigration, liberalizing attitudes, along with the rise of the "hippie" counterculture, the Sexual Revolution, the Peace Movement growing from opposition to United States involvement in the Vietnam War, other factors led to the Summer of Love and the gay rights movement, cementing San Francisco as a center of liberal activism in the United States. Politically, the city votes along liberal Democratic Party lines. A popular tourist destination, San Francisco is known for its cool summers, steep rolling hills, eclectic mix of architecture, landmarks, including the Golden Gate Bridge, cable cars, the former Alcatraz Federal Penitentiary, Fisherman's Wharf, its Chinatown district. San Francisco is the headquarters of five major banking institutions and various other companies such as Levi Strauss & Co. Gap Inc. Fitbit, Salesforce.com, Reddit, Inc. Dolby, Weebly, Pacific Gas and Electric Company, Pinterest, Uber, Mozilla, Wikimedia Foundation and Weather Underground.
It is home to a number of educational and cultural institutions, such as the University of San Francisco, University of California, San Francisco, San Francisco State University, the De Young Museum, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the California Academy of Sciences. As of 2019, San Francisco is the highest rated American city on world liveability rankings; the earliest archaeological evidence of human habitation of the territory of the city of San Francisco dates to 3000 BC. The Yelamu group of the Ohlone people resided in a few small villages when an overland Spanish exploration party, led by Don Gaspar de Portolà, arrived on November 2, 1769, the first documented European visit to San Francisco Bay. Seven years on March 28, 1776, the Spanish established the Presidio of San Francisco, followed by a mission, Mission San Francisco de Asís, established by the Spanish explorer Juan Bautista de Anza. Upon independence from Spain in 1821, the area became part of Mexico. Under Mexican rule, the mission system ended, its lands became privatized.
In 1835, Englishman William Richardson erected the first independent homestead, near a boat anchorage around what is today Portsmouth Square. Together with Alcalde Francisco de Haro, he laid out a street plan for the expanded settlement, the town, named Yerba Buena, began to attract American settlers. Commodore John D. Sloat claimed California for the United States on July 7, 1846, during the Mexican–American War, Captain John B. Montgomery arrived to claim Yerba Buena two days later. Yerba Buena was renamed San Francisco on January 30 of the next year, Mexico ceded the territory to the United States at the end of the war. Despite its attractive location as a port and naval base, San Francisco was still a small settlement with inhospitable geography; the California Gold Rush brought a flood of treasure seekers. With their sourdough bread in tow, prospectors accumulated in San Francisco over rival Benicia, raising the population from 1,000 in 1848 to 25,000 by December 1849; the promise of great wealth was so strong that crews on arriving vessels deserted and rushed off to the gold fields, leaving behind a forest of masts in San Francisco harbor.
Some of these 500 abandoned ships were used at times as storeships and hotels.
Joseph T. Kingsbury
Joseph Thomas Kingsbury was Acting President of the University of Deseret, now known as the University of Utah, from 1892 to 1894. In 1894 he was replaced by James E. Talmage, in 1897, was appointed President of the university, he held that position until he resigned because of a campus controversy in 1916. In spite of his resignation, Kingsbury's combined service as president of the university was longer than any other since. Joseph T. Kingsbury was born on November 4, 1853 to pioneer parents Joseph C. Kingsbury and Dorcas Moore, in Weber County, Utah. A few years after his birth, his family moved to Salt Lake City from the farm in Utah. Kingsbury’s father was a bishop in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Kingsbury married Jane Mair on August 7, 1879, they had six children. Kingsbury attended the University of Deseret from 1872 to 1875 and Cornell University from 1875 to 1877. Kingsbury received his doctorate in 1894 through non-resident study from Illinois Wesleyan University. Kingsbury joined the small faculty of the University of Deseret in 1878.
His teaching assignments included physics, mineralogy, geology and civil government. Kingsbury was the acting president of the University of Utah from 1892 to July 1894, when he became university vice president under James E. Talmage, he returned to the presidency on a permanent basis in 1897. He implemented plans to move the university to a new site on lands purchased from your Fort Douglas. During Kingsbury’s presidency the university added a law school. In 1907, a department of law was founded, with Kingsbury as one of its initial faculty members. In 1913, the department was organized into the School of Law. University expansion continued. From 1900 to 1916 the total number of students tripled. An escalating series of controversies began in 1914 — stemming from a similar 1911 controversy at Brigham Young University — which resulted in Kingsbury’s resignation in 1916. On June 14, 1914 Milton H. Sevy, a student speaking at commencement, criticized Governor William Spry, the conservative atmosphere of Utah, the political influence of Mormon leaders.
The following spring Kingsbury moved against professors supportive of Sevy’s speech. On February 26, 1915, Kingsbury announced that the university would not reappoint two professors and two instructors. On March 1, he announced Osborne J. P. Widtsoe would replace George M. Marshall as the chair of the English department. A majority of enrolled students signed petitions protesting the firings. On March 17, a day after the Board of Regents upheld the dismissals, fourteen faculty members resigned in protest. Three more departed in subsequent weeks; the controversy aligned opponents of Church influence with earlier detractors of Kingsbury’s leadership. Frank E. Holman, the dean of the law school accused Kingsbury of maintaining a policy of repression. Others were concerned that the dismissals of the four non-Mormons and the promotion of Widtsoe reflected Church interference. Though Kingsbury had been connected with the anti-Mormon Liberal Party, Mormon apostle Anthon H. Lund supported Kingsbury on the Board of Regents.
The dismissals and protests were reported in the national press. They prompted the first investigation conducted by the American Association of University Professors, spearheaded by Arthur O. Lovejoy and John Dewey; the AAUP published, in December 1915, its inaugural volume of the Bulletin of the American Association of University Professors, including the document now known as the 1915 Declaration of Principles on Academic Freedom and Academic Tenure — the AAUP’s foundational statement on the rights and corresponding obligations of members of the academic profession. Majorities on the Board of Regents supported Kingsbury despite calls for his resignation. In April, Kingsbury traveled to the eastern United States to recruit replacements for departing faculty. Kingsbury resigned as president on January 20, 1916. John A. Widtsoe became the next university president. While accepting his resignation as president, the board gave Kingsbury an appointment in the chemistry department. Because, controversial, Kingsbury instead was given other work in the University, including chairing a committee on graduate work.
Kingsbury was an uncle of Joseph F. Merrill. In 1930 university auditorium was named Kingsbury Hall in his honor. Kingsbury died on April 1937 in Salt Lake City. Bowen, Craig H. Academic Freedom and the Utah Controversies of 1911 and 1915, Unpublished Master's thesis, J. Willard Marriott Library Special Collections, University of Utah, Salt Lake City. Deals with the first institutional inquest, or academic freedom investigation conducted by the American Association of University Professors, at the University of Utah in 1915, compares it with a similar 1911 controversy at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah; the University of Utah inquest was spearheaded by AAUP founders Arthur O. John Dewey. Call Number: LC72.3. U8 B68 1995. Filed with the present work is a companionate'Pictorial Scrapbook' to the two Utah controversies, containing additional notes and references, photocopied images and news clippings. Call Number: LC72.3. U8 B682. Chamberlin, Ralph V; the University of Utah: A History of its First Hundred Years, 1850 to 1950, Salt Lake City, Utah: University of Utah Press.
Metzger, Walter P. "The First Investigation", AAUP Bulleti
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints informally known as the LDS Church or Mormon Church, is a nontrinitarian, Christian restorationist church, considered by its members to be the restoration of the original church founded by Jesus Christ. The church is headquartered in Salt Lake City, Utah in the United States, has established congregations and built temples worldwide. According to the church, it has 67,000 full-time volunteer missionaries. In 2012, the National Council of Churches ranked the church as the fourth-largest Christian denomination in the United States, with over 6.5 million members reported by the church, as of January 2018. It is the largest denomination in the Latter Day Saint movement founded by Joseph Smith during the period of religious revival known as the Second Great Awakening. Adherents referred to as "Latter-day Saints" or, less formally, "Mormons", view faith in Jesus Christ and his atonement as fundamental principles of their religion. LDS theology includes the Christian doctrine of salvation only through Jesus Christ, though LDS doctrines regarding the nature of God and the potential of mankind differ from mainstream Christianity.
The church has an open canon which includes four scriptural texts: the Bible, the Book of Mormon, the Doctrine and Covenants, the Pearl of Great Price. Other than the Bible, the majority of the LDS canon constitutes revelation received by Joseph Smith and recorded by his scribes which includes commentary and exegesis about the Bible, texts described as lost parts of the Bible, other works believed to be written by ancient prophets; because of some of the doctrinal differences, Catholic and several Protestant churches consider the Church to be distinct and separate from mainstream Christianity. Under the doctrine of continuing revelation, Latter-day Saints believe that the church president is a modern-day "prophet and revelator" and that Jesus Christ, under the direction of God the Father, leads the church by revealing his will to its president. Individual members of the church believe that they can receive personal revelation from God in conducting their lives; the president heads a hierarchical structure with various levels reaching down to local congregations.
Bishops, drawn from the laity, lead local congregations. Male members, beginning in January of the year they reach age 12, may be ordained to the priesthood, provided they are living the standards of the church. Women are not ordained to the priesthood but do occupy leadership roles in some church auxiliary organizations. Both men and women may serve as missionaries and the church maintains a large missionary program that proselytizes and conducts humanitarian services worldwide. Faithful members adhere to church laws of sexual purity, health and Sabbath observance, contribute ten percent of their income to the church in tithing; the church teaches about sacred ordinances through which adherents make covenants with God, including baptism, the sacrament, priesthood ordination and celestial marriage —all of which are of great significance to church members. The history of the LDS Church is divided into three broad time periods: the early history during the lifetime of Joseph Smith, in common with all Latter Day Saint movement churches.
The LDS Church called the Church of Christ, was formally organized by Joseph Smith on April 6, 1830, in western New York. Smith changed the name to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints after he stated he had received a revelation to do so. Initial converts were drawn to the church in part because of the newly published Book of Mormon, a self-described chronicle of indigenous American prophets that Smith said he had translated from golden plates. Smith intended to establish the New Jerusalem in North America, called Zion. In 1831, the church moved to Kirtland and began establishing an outpost in Jackson County, where he planned to move the church headquarters. However, in 1833, Missouri settlers brutally expelled the Latter Day Saints from Jackson County, the church was unable via a paramilitary expedition to recover the land; the church flourished in Kirtland as Smith published new revelations and the church built the Kirtland Temple, culminating in a dedication of the building similar to the day of Pentecost.
The Kirtland era ended in 1838, after a financial scandal rocked the church and caused widespread defections. Smith regrouped with the remaining church in Far West, but tensions soon escalated into violent conflicts with the old Missouri settlers. Believing the Saints to be in insurrection, the Missouri governor ordered that the Saints be "exterminated or driven from the State." In 1839, the Saints converted a swampland on the banks of the Mississippi River into Nauvoo, which became the church's new headquarters. Nauvoo grew as missionaries sent to Europe and elsewhere gained new converts who flooded into Nauvoo. Meanwhile, Smith introduced polygamy to his closest associates, he established ceremonies, which he stated the Lord had revealed to him, to allow righteous people to become gods in the afterlife, a secular institution to govern the Millennial kingdom. He introduced the church to a full accounting of his First Vision, in which two heavenly "personages" (God the Father and his
John R. Park
John Rockey Park was a prominent educator in the Territory and State of Utah in the late 19th century, in many ways was the intellectual father of the University of Utah. There is a statue of John Rockey Park in an alcove just to the left of the west entrance to the University of Utah main administration building which bears his name. There is a plaque fixed to the base of the statue; the plaque lists biographical dates and statistics from Park’s life and career, repeats the following quote from an 1885 speech he gave to future teachers: I would have you remember that the best intellectual ability... will result in worse than failure, unless it has underlying it a stratum of moral culture.... Always remember in your teaching that the grand purpose of your labors is to make citizens - active, intelligent and moral men and women; this you cannot do by any narrow routine of school forms. - Address to Normal Graduates, Class of 1885 Park was born in Ohio. As a young man he attended Tiffin's public school.
From 1848 to 1850, Park was a student at the Seneca County Academy in the nearby town of Republic, Ohio. While Park studied at the Academy, he was fortunate to associate with and learn from Thomas W. Harvey, the Academy's principal. Harvey went on to write a number of grammar books, he became a rather well-known figure in Ohio education history, he was one of several gifted teachers who would have an influence on Park, by extension, on all of the students Park would teach in his own career as a teacher and teacher trainer. After completing his preparatory studies, Park went on to graduate from Ohio Wesleyan University. From 1853 to 1855, Park was employed as a teacher for the first time. In 1855, Park entered medical school at New York University where he was a student of the chemist and philosopher, John William Draper. In life, Park would "gratefully acknowledge" the positive influence that Draper's teaching and friendship had on his life. In 1857, Park received his MD, he began practicing medicine that same year.
By 1860, Park had decided to leave the practice of medicine. Instead, he ventured. In July 1847, fourteen years before Park's arrival, Brigham Young and the first large group of Mormon pioneers arrived in the area which now comprises the state of Utah. In 1849, Young submitted a bold proposal to the U. S. Congress, asking that a large portion of the land, ceded to the United States at the end of the Mexican American War be admitted to the Union as the State of Deseret. At the time, Congress was consumed with an issue which would only be resolved by the Civil War: whether slavery should be permitted to extend into the western territories. A year and a half after the State of Deseret was proposed, Congress passed the Compromise of 1850; the Compromise reduced the proposed state's borders, renamed it the Utah Territory, specified that slavery would be permitted in the new territory if the inhabitants voted to permit it. Utah's Mormon settlers were different from the "rugged individual" adventurers who would pour into the American West before and after the Civil War.
Mormon theology emphasized a kind of "mutual service salvation", Mormon communities idealized mutual aid to such an extent that they attempted to implement a Christian collectivist economic system called the United Order in the 1830s briefly in the 1850s, again in the 1870s. Despite federal efforts to rigorously enforce separation of church and state, the Utah territorial government retained some elements of a theocracy. Park's effectiveness as an educator would hinge on his ability to appreciate the benefits of, to be accepted into, a community, unique for its time and place. Education in Utah Territory was shaped by the religious philosophy of its Mormon settlers. Mormons held that "he glory of God is intelligence, or, in other words and truth." Like their lax attitude toward separation of church and state, the Mormons did not make great efforts to distinguish between truth received from spiritual revelation or from empirical confirmation. In essence, they were willing to cross the Great Plains and the Rocky Mountains walking beside covered wagons or pulling handcarts so that they could engage in a search for light and truth using methods that valued both secular truth and spiritual truth.
After arriving in the Salt Lake Valley the Latter-day Saints began making plans to ensure that their children received the basics of a secular and religious elementary education. A few weeks after the first crops were planted in the mid-summer of 1847, a school was established. In 1848, Young sent an open letter to those who would soon be emigrating to "Zion", asking them to "improve every opportunity of securing at least a copy of every valuable treatise on education." During the 1850s, local LDS Church meeting houses served as school houses for the community's children during the week, the schools used Mormon scriptures as supplemental texts. A territorial "Superintendent of Schools" position was created in 1851. However, as the settlers struggled with the realities of frontier life during the 1850s, there just weren't sufficient resources to ensure that schools throughout the Utah Territory taught to uniform standards. So, when Park arrived in 1861, the Territory's schools differed in the quality of education they offered.
The settlers started planning for a university as as
University of Utah Presidents
The University of Utah Presidents includes all sixteen men who served as president of the University of Utah or its predecessor the University of Deseret, founded in 1850 just a few years after the Mormon Pioneers arrived in the Salt Lake Valley. According to the university's official count the current president, Ruth V. Watkins, is the 16th president of the University; the university only counts the presidents that have served since the name was changed to the University of Utah, starting with John R. Park; the count only counts the presidents, not the actual terms, because Joseph T. Kingsbury was president two different times
John A. Widtsoe
John Andreas Widtsoe was a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints from 1921 until his death. Widtsoe was a noted author and academic. Widtsoe was born on the island of Frøya in Norway. At birth his hand was attached to the side of his head, but he had an operation to correct this problem; when Widtsoe was two, his family moved to the Norwegian mainland city of Namsos. His father named John, died in February 1878; this left his mother, Anna, as a widow with two young sons to take care of: Widtsoe, five, his younger brother Osborne Widtsoe. The family moved to Trondheim. In 1883, Widtsoe immigrated to the United States with his brother, they arrived in Utah Territory in mid-November. Widtsoe was baptized a member of the LDS Church the following April. Widtsoe graduated from Brigham Young College in Utah, he attended Harvard University, graduating with honors in 1894. In 1898, Widtsoe was ordained to the office of seventy and set apart to do missionary work in connection with his studies in Europe.
He entered the University of Göttingen and graduated with the degrees of A. M. and Ph. D. in 1899. For part of his time in Europe, Widtsoe lived in Switzerland; the police wanted proof that he and his wife were married, since they had neglected to bring their American wedding certificate with them, they were married a second time. In August 1900, Widtsoe became the director of the Agricultural Experiment Station at Utah State Agricultural College. While in this position, he founded The Deseret Farmer with Lewis A. Merrill and J. Edward Taylor, their goal was to have it be a popular magazine that would be implemented by farmers. In 1905, Widtsoe was dismissed from the agricultural college as a result of political debates about its future and feelings of William Jasper Kerr, the university's president, that Widtsoe was insufficiently supporting him. For a short time, Widtsoe was a professor of agriculture at Brigham Young University, is arguably the founding father of BYU's college of biology and agriculture..
Soon, however, he returned to Logan and succeeded Kerr as president of Utah State Agricultural College. He served as the president of the University of Utah from 1916 until his call as a member of the LDS Church's Quorum of the Twelve in 1921. Widtsoe was the fifth Commissioner of Church Education from 1921 to 1924 and was the seventh commissioner from 1934 to 1936. During his time as an apostle, Widtsoe taught a religion class at the University of Southern California. For two years in the 1920s, Widtsoe lived in Washington, D. C. where he supervised the reorganization of the Federal Bureau of Reclamation. Widtsoe was associated with the Improvement Era before he became an apostle, he was associate editor of the magazine from 1935 until 1952. As editor of the Improvement Era, Widtsoe "directed its growth from a magazine for the youth to the voice of the whole Church". One of Widtsoe's employees while at the magazine was Hugh Nibley, who Widtsoe convinced to become a professor at BYU. Widtsoe was a member of the church's Genealogy Committee, being one of the main people behind the implementation of the Temple Index Bureau.
In 1923, Widtsoe accompanied fellow apostle, Reed Smoot, on a journey to Great Britain and the Scandinavian countries, during which they secured recognition and opened the way for missionaries of the church to return to these lands. From 1926 until 1932, Widtsoe served as president of the European Mission. While in this office, he convinced the First Presidency to call a separate president of the British Mission, so that the president of the European Mission could focus on supervising the missions in continental Europe. While president of the European Mission, Widtsoe dedicated Czechoslovakia for the preaching of the gospel, worked with Arthur Gaeth in starting the mission there. Widtsoe married Leah Dunford, a daughter of Susa Young Gates, a daughter of LDS Church church president Brigham Young, their first child, Ann Gaarden Widtsoe, was born in Germany. The couple went on to have eight children. Widtsoe worked with his wife and mother-in-law to write a biography about Young. Widtsoe edited a book containing significant teachings of Young.
Widtsoe was the lead compiler of Gospel Doctrine, a collection of sermons and teachings of LDS Church president Joseph F. Smith. Widtsoe and his wife authored The Word of Wisdom: A Modern Interpretation, a book which advocates the incorporation of healthy eating habits into the Word of Wisdom. Widtsoe wrote A Rational Theology as Taught by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, cited by LDS authors such as J. Reuben Clark, he wrote Evidences and Reconciliations, a compilation of his Improvement Era writings, answering common questions on matters of faith. In this work, Widtsoe acknowledges that there are multiple interpretations that Latter-day Saints can hold on certain issues. One example is his explanation of the time involved in the creation of the earth: he indicated that faithful Latter-day Saints could hold the "six-day", "six-thousand-years", or the "undefined-period" interpretations of the creation. Although Widtsoe focused on explaining the rationale for the "undefined-period" interpretation, he did not belittle the other two or state that they were unorthodox.
In 1939, Widtsoe publish