Christian D. Fjelsted

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Christian D. Fjelsted
Photo of Christian D. Fjelsted
First Seven Presidents of the Seventy
6 April 1884 (1884-04-06) – 23 December 1905 (1905-12-23)
Called by John Taylor
Personal details
Born Christian Daniel Fjelsted
(1829-02-20)20 February 1829
Sundbyvester, Copenhagen, Denmark
Died 23 December 1905(1905-12-23) (aged 76)
Salt Lake City, Utah, United States
Resting place Logan City Cemetery
41°44′57″N 111°48′22″W / 41.7492°N 111.8061°W / 41.7492; -111.8061
Spouse Karen Olsen
Johanne Maria Christensen
Catrina Marie Christensen
Josephine Margarethe Larsen
Children 15
Parents Henrik or Henry Fjelsted
Ane Katherine Henriksen

Christian Daniel Fjelsted (also known as Fjeldsted) (20 February 1829 – 23 December 1905) was a general authority of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church) from 1884 to his death. Fjelsted was one of the first Scandinavian converts to Mormonism and was a prominent Mormon missionary to his home country of Denmark and the other Scandinavian countries.

Fjelsted was born in Sundbyvester in Copenhagen, Denmark. In 1851, he and his wife were taught about Mormonism from LDS Church missionary and apostle Erastus Snow. They became members of the LDS Church in 1852. The following year, he was ordained an elder in the church by Peter O. Hansen and he came to preside over districts of the church in Amager and Ålborg, Denmark and Christiania (now Oslo), Norway.

In 1858, Fjelsted and his family emigrated to Utah Territory to join the gathering of Latter Day Saints in Salt Lake City. From 1867 to 1870, Fjelsted served a church mission to Denmark and Norway. In 1884, he became a member of the church's First Seven Presidents of the Seventy. As a general authority of the church, Fjelsted served two more missions to Scandinavia, including two terms as the president of the Scandinavian Mission of the church from 1888 to 1890 and from 1904 to 1905. Fjelsted also served missions in northern Utah and in Chicago, Illinois among Scandinavian emigrants.

Shortly after returning to Utah from Scandinavia, Fjelsted died in Salt Lake City. He was a practitioner of plural marriage and had four wives and fifteen children.

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Preceded by
John Van Cott
Member of the First Seven Presidents of the Seventy
April, 1884 – December 23, 1905
Succeeded by
Charles H. Hart