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'''Joseph Toronto''' (born '''Giuseppe Taranto''') (1818 – [[1883-07-06]])  was the first [[Italians|Italian]] convert to the [[Latter Day Saint movement]] and was one of the first [[Mormon missionary|missionaries]] of [[The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints]] (LDS Church) in [[Italy]].
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(born '''Giuseppe Taranto''') (June 25, 1818 – July 6, 1883)  was the first Italian convert to the Latter-day Saint movement and was one of the first [[Mormon missionaries|missionaries]] of [http://comeuntochrist.org The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints] in Italy.
 
==Biography==
 
==Biography==
Toronto was born in [[Sardinia]] and was a sailor in the [[Mediterranean Sea|Mediterranean]] [[Ship transport|Merchant Marines]] and on trans-[[Atlantic Ocean|Atlantic]] [[Cargo ship|freighters]]. While in [[Boston]], [[Massachusetts]] in 1843, Toronto met [[Latter-day Saint]] missionaries, read the ''[[Book of Mormon]]'' (in [[English language|English]]), and was [[Baptism|baptized]] by George B. Wallace.
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[[image: Mormon_Giuseppe_Efisio_Taranto.jpg|150px|left|alt=Mormon Giuseppe Taranto aka Joseph Toronto|Mormon Giuseppe Taranto aka Joseph Toronto]][[Joseph Toronto]] Toronto was born in Sardinia and was a sailor in the Mediterranean Merchant Marines and on trans-Atlantic freighters. While in Boston, Massachusetts, in 1843, Toronto met [[Latter-day Saints|Latter-day Saint]] missionaries, read the ''[[Book of Mormon]]'' (in English), and was [[Baptism|baptized]] by George B. Wallace.
  
Shortly after joining the [[Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints]], Toronto's ship collided with another, which almost resulted in Toronto's [[drowning]]. Toronto abandoned sailing and moved to [[Nauvoo]], [[Illinois]] in 1845 to join the main gathering of Latter Day Saints. He donated his life's savings — nearly $2600 in gold coins — to the building of the [[Nauvoo Temple]]; Toronto's donation enabled work to continue after it had stalled due to lack of funds.<ref>[[B.H. Roberts]] (ed.) (1930). ''[[Comprehensive History of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints]]'' (Salt Lake City, Utah: Deseret News) '''2''':472.</ref>
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Shortly after joining the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Toronto's ship collided with another, which almost resulted in Toronto's drowning. Toronto abandoned sailing and moved to [[Nauvoo]], Illinois, in 1845 to join the main body of Latter-day Saints. He donated his life's savings — nearly $2600 in gold coins — to the building of the [[Nauvoo Temple]]; Toronto's donation enabled work to continue after it had stalled due to lack of funds.<ref>[[B.H. Roberts]] (ed.) (1930). ''Comprehensive History of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints'' (Salt Lake City, Utah: Deseret News) '''2''':472.</ref>
  
In 1848, Toronto emigrated as a [[Mormon pioneer]] from Illinois to [[Utah Territory]] and was the first Italian to set foot in the [[Salt Lake Valley]]. In Utah, he was employed as the keeper of the church's cattle herds on [[Antelope Island]] in the [[Great Salt Lake]].
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In 1848, Toronto emigrated as a [[Mormon Pioneers|Mormon pioneer]] from Illinois to [[Utah]] Territory and was the first Italian to set foot in the Salt Lake Valley. In Utah, he was employed as the keeper of the Church's cattle herds on [[Antelope Island]] in the Great Salt Lake.
  
In 1849, Toronto was ordained a [[Seventy (Latter Day Saints)|seventy]] in the LDS Church. In 1850, he traveled with [[Lorenzo Snow]] and Thomas B.H. Stenhouse to [[England]] and then on to continental [[Europe]] and became the first messengers of the restored gospel in Italy.<ref>James R. Christianson, [http://www.lds.org/portal/site/LDSOrg/menuitem.b12f9d18fae655bb69095bd3e44916a0/?vgnextoid=2354fccf2b7db010VgnVCM1000004d82620aRCRD&locale=0&sourceId=e716aeca0ea6b010VgnVCM1000004d82620a____&hideNav=1 “Early Missionary Work in Italy and Switzerland,”] ''[[Ensign (magazine)|Ensign]]'', Aug. 1982, 35.</ref> Toronto and his associates met with little success due in part to opposition from the Italian media and government. In 1851, Snow and Toronto hired an Italian to translate the ''Book of Mormon'' into [[Italian language|Italian]], a project that was completed by 1852.
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In 1849, Toronto was ordained a [[seventy]] in the Church of Jesus Christ. In 1850, he traveled with [[Lorenzo Snow]] and Thomas B. H. Stenhouse to England and then on to continental Europe and became the first messengers of the restored gospel in Italy.<ref>James R. Christianson, [http://www.lds.org/portal/site/LDSOrg/menuitem.b12f9d18fae655bb69095bd3e44916a0/?vgnextoid=2354fccf2b7db010VgnVCM1000004d82620aRCRD&locale=0&sourceId=e716aeca0ea6b010VgnVCM1000004d82620a____&hideNav=1 “Early Missionary Work in Italy and Switzerland,”] ''[[Ensign Magazine|Ensign]]'', Aug. 1982, 35.</ref> Toronto and his associates met with little success, due in part to opposition from the Italian media and government. In 1851, Snow and Toronto hired an Italian to translate the ''Book of Mormon'' into Italian, a project that was completed by 1852.
  
 
Toronto died in Salt Lake City, Utah Territory.
 
Toronto died in Salt Lake City, Utah Territory.
  
 
==Descendants==
 
==Descendants==
One of Toronto's sons, [[Joseph B. Toronto]], served as a professor and vice president of the [[University of Utah]].<ref>http://db3-sql.staff.library.utah.edu/lucene/Manuscripts/null/Ms0179.xml/complete</ref>
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One of Toronto's sons, [[Joseph B. Toronto]], served as a professor and vice president of the University of Utah.<ref>http://db3-sql.staff.library.utah.edu/lucene/Manuscripts/null/Ms0179.xml/complete</ref>
  
Joseph Toronto's grandson [[Wallace F. Toronto]] served as president of the Czechslovakia Mission in adstencia for 25 years as well as serving once as a missionary and twice more as mission president in Czechoslovakia.
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Joseph Toronto's grandson [[Wallace F. Toronto]] served as president of the Czechslovakia Mission in absentia for 25 years as well as serving once as a missionary and twice more as mission president in Czechoslovakia.
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Toronto's great grand-son [[James A. Toronto]] was serving as a mission president in Italy in 2008 when the [[Rome Italy Mormon Temple|Rome Italy Temple]] was announced.
  
Toronto's great grand-son [[James A. Toronto]] was serving as a mission president in Italy in 2008 when the [[Rome Temple]] was anounced.
 
 
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==References==
 
==References==
 
* ''2007 Deseret Morning News Church Almanac'' (Salt Lake City, Utah: Deseret Morning News, 2006)
 
* ''2007 Deseret Morning News Church Almanac'' (Salt Lake City, Utah: Deseret Morning News, 2006)
* Will Bagley, [http://historytogo.utah.gov/salt_lake_tribune/history_matters/102002.html "From the Earliest Days, Italian Immigrants Have Left a Lasting Mark on Utah"], ''[[Salt Lake Tribune]]'', [[2002-10-20]], p. B2
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* Will Bagley, [http://historytogo.utah.gov/salt_lake_tribune/history_matters/102002.html "From the Earliest Days, Italian Immigrants Have Left a Lasting Mark on Utah"], ''Salt Lake Tribune'', 2002-10-20, p. B2
* ''LDS Church News'', [[1981-06-20]], p. 16
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* ''LDS Church News'', 1981-06-20, p. 16
* Mathew S. McBride, [http://deseretbook.com/mormon-life/news/story?story_id=619 "Heroes of the Nauvoo Temple Story: Joseph Toronto"], ''LDS Living'', [[2002-06-26]]
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* Mathew S. McBride, [http://deseretbook.com/mormon-life/news/story?story_id=619 "Heroes of the Nauvoo Temple Story: Joseph Toronto"], ''LDS Living'', 2002-06-26
* Eliza Moody, [http://newsnet.byu.edu/story.cfm/10391 "Conversion of an Italian member of the LDS Church"], ''BYU NewsNet'', [[2000-07-19]]
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* Eliza Moody, [http://newsnet.byu.edu/story.cfm/10391 "Conversion of an Italian member of the LDS Church"], ''BYU NewsNet'', 2000-07-19
 
* "Sketch of the Life of Joseph Toronto” (typescript, n.d.), ''Mormon Biographies Collection'' (Salt Lake City, Utah: LDS Church Historical Department)
 
* "Sketch of the Life of Joseph Toronto” (typescript, n.d.), ''Mormon Biographies Collection'' (Salt Lake City, Utah: LDS Church Historical Department)
  
 
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Latest revision as of 15:24, 31 January 2022

(born Giuseppe Taranto) (June 25, 1818 – July 6, 1883) was the first Italian convert to the Latter-day Saint movement and was one of the first missionaries of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Italy.

Biography

Mormon Giuseppe Taranto aka Joseph Toronto
Joseph Toronto Toronto was born in Sardinia and was a sailor in the Mediterranean Merchant Marines and on trans-Atlantic freighters. While in Boston, Massachusetts, in 1843, Toronto met Latter-day Saint missionaries, read the Book of Mormon (in English), and was baptized by George B. Wallace.

Shortly after joining the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Toronto's ship collided with another, which almost resulted in Toronto's drowning. Toronto abandoned sailing and moved to Nauvoo, Illinois, in 1845 to join the main body of Latter-day Saints. He donated his life's savings — nearly $2600 in gold coins — to the building of the Nauvoo Temple; Toronto's donation enabled work to continue after it had stalled due to lack of funds.[1]

In 1848, Toronto emigrated as a Mormon pioneer from Illinois to Utah Territory and was the first Italian to set foot in the Salt Lake Valley. In Utah, he was employed as the keeper of the Church's cattle herds on Antelope Island in the Great Salt Lake.

In 1849, Toronto was ordained a seventy in the Church of Jesus Christ. In 1850, he traveled with Lorenzo Snow and Thomas B. H. Stenhouse to England and then on to continental Europe and became the first messengers of the restored gospel in Italy.[2] Toronto and his associates met with little success, due in part to opposition from the Italian media and government. In 1851, Snow and Toronto hired an Italian to translate the Book of Mormon into Italian, a project that was completed by 1852.

Toronto died in Salt Lake City, Utah Territory.

Descendants

One of Toronto's sons, Joseph B. Toronto, served as a professor and vice president of the University of Utah.[3]

Joseph Toronto's grandson Wallace F. Toronto served as president of the Czechslovakia Mission in absentia for 25 years as well as serving once as a missionary and twice more as mission president in Czechoslovakia.

Toronto's great grand-son James A. Toronto was serving as a mission president in Italy in 2008 when the Rome Italy Temple was announced.

Notes

  1. B.H. Roberts (ed.) (1930). Comprehensive History of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Salt Lake City, Utah: Deseret News) 2:472.
  2. James R. Christianson, “Early Missionary Work in Italy and Switzerland,” Ensign, Aug. 1982, 35.
  3. http://db3-sql.staff.library.utah.edu/lucene/Manuscripts/null/Ms0179.xml/complete

References