Peter O. Hansen

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Peter Olsen Hansen (11 June 1818 – 9 August 1895) was the translator of the Book of Mormon into Danish.[1]

Hansen was born in Copenhagen, Denmark. A sailor by trade, he joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Boston in 1844. After this, Hansen moved to Nauvoo, Illinois. While at Nauvoo. Hansen assisted in building the Nauvoo Temple and also worked on the translation of the Book of Mormon into Danish.[2] Hansen was a Mormon pioneer and arrived in the Salt Lake Valley in September 1847.

Hansen accompanied Erastus Snow on the first Latter-day Saint mission to Denmark.[3] He served on this mission from 1849 to 1855, during which he served as the first editor of the Skandinaviens Stjerne. Hansen later served additional missions in Denmark from 1873 to 1875 and from 1880 to 1882.[2]

Hansen died at Manti, Utah Territory.


  1. ^ Deseret News Church Almanac, 2005 ed., p. 319
  2. ^ a b Jenson, Andrew. Latter-day Saint Biographical Encyclopedia, p. 766.[full citation needed]
  3. ^ Mulder, William. "Homeward to Zion" (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 1957).