Hans Olsen Magleby
The Unique Friendship between Oluf Christian Larsen and Hans Olsen Magleby
Oluf Christian Larsen Hans Olsen Magleby
One day while doing a Google search for "Oluf Christian Larsen," I was directed to the web site operated by the descendents of Hans Olsen Magleby. I knew from Oluf's own journal that he had many interactions with a man called "O.H. Magleby." Upon finding the http://www.magleby.org/ website, I realized that Oluf had Magleby's initials in the wrong order. I learned that "O.H. Magleby" was in fact Hans Olsen Magleby.
Oluf writes in his life history that he was baptized on a very cold evening on April 6, 1857, in Drammen, Norway. We know that Elder CCN Dorius (Carl Christian Nicoli Dorius) was instrumental in the conversion of Oluf in Norway. Oluf also states that on 8 April 1857, he was confirmed a member of the church by Elder Hans Olsen Magleby. Elder Magleby had just replaced Elder Dorius who had been released from his mission. This event would start a life time friendship between Oluf Christian Larsen and Hans Olsen Magleby. Hans Olsen Magleby also ordained Oluf a Priest in the Aaronic Priesthood in Norway.
After Oluf was baptized, he was called on a mission to serve in his home country of Norway. One of his first traveling companions would be Elder Hans Olsen Magleby. Oluf wrote of the numerous times the police tried to arrest him with Elder Magleby.
Eventually Oluf completed his mission and he was allowed to immigrate to Utah. While on board the ship "Electric" Oluf married Emila Christine Amundsen, another recent Mormon Norwegian convert. Oluf and Emila crossed the ocean, traveled to Council Bluffs, Iowa, where they joined a handcart company and began their walk across the American plains to Utah. Upon arriving in Utah, Oluf met his missionary friend Hans Olsen Magleby who invited the Larsens to live with his family for a time. Hans also provided Oluf with his first job in Utah. Eventually Oluf would make his way to Ephraim, Utah where he established his new home in Zion.
Almost twenty years later, Oluf received a missionary call to return to Norway for a second mission.
When Oluf landed in Scandinavia for his second mission, he had early success with the conversion of two sisters,h and Anna (or Ane) Christensen from Copenhagen, Denmark. and Anna (or Ane) immigrated to Utah leaving their family behind in Denmark. (We know from the Jo Christensen Larsen history that her mother, Margarethe eventually joins the church and so did all the rest of her children in Denmark. All of them, except Lars Christensen, the father, would join the LDS Church and immigrated to Utah.
Upon arriving in Norway, Oluf was met by Elder Hans Olsen Magleby who was also serving his second mission to Norway. Both Oluf and Hans had been missionaries together in Norway twenty years previously. I suspect that Oluf may have told Hans about the conversion of the two Christensen sisters, but we have no actual evidence of this conversation.At the conclusion of Oluf's second mission, Oluf returned to his home in Ephraim Utah. The community held a party for Oluf to welcome him home. In attendance at this party were