Two-volume history in which Heaton reviews his life from 1929 to 1959, including childhood in Alton, Utah; move to Hunter, Utah, 1947; service in Chinese Mission, 1950-1952, laboring in Hong Kong, Hawaii, and San Francisco; marriage to Luana Carter, 1952; service in U.S. Army, 1952-1954, mostly in Korea, with significant mention of Church activity there; and service as first president of Southern Far East Mission, 1955-1959. Included are numerous scanned images of letters, photographs, and newspaper clippings, together with substantial information about Church converts in Hong Kong and Korea.
Volume 1 includes Heaton's correspondence during early 1950s with his mission president, Hilton A. Robertson, and friends in Hong Kong. Korean convert David Socker Lee's brief personal history and letters to Heaton dated 1953-1954 are also included, as are references to other converts, including Kim Ho Jik, Chong Cook Lewe, and Irving Cohen (who was converted while serving in U.S. military in Korea).
Second volume focuses on Heaton's service as mission president. Significant topics include travel to Hong Kong by ship with President Joseph Fielding Smith and his wife Jessie, missionary work in Hong Kong and Taiwan, efforts to translate Book of Mormon into Chinese and to begin missionary work in Philippines, visits to mission by Elders Ezra Taft Benson and Mark E. Petersen, and Heaton's post-mission interactions with Elder Gordon B. Hinckley and others regarding the Church in Hong Kong. Included are conversion stories of David Chen and several others in Hong Kong. Also included are copies of letters between Heaton and Paul Thiruthuvadoss (the latter in India) dating as late as 1962.
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