From the Dikes to the Desert : The First Dutch Mormons in Utah in the Last Half of the 1800's
Utah Historical Quarterly
Historically the Dutch excelled at exploration but never with the intent to settle or colonize. Consequently, they have always made up a very small percentage of the U.S. population. Their small percentage of the LDS population in Utah has been no exception. The Dutch converts, like other LDS converts, were encouraged to immigrate to Utah in the mid 1800's. Even with the great migratory movement to Utah, the LDS Dutch population remained small. Sjaarda gives a detailed history of several influential Dutch LDS members who brought more Dutch Mormons to Utah. Two Dutch LDS members with the most influence were Anne Vanderwood and Timothy Mets. Sjaarda also discusses Dutch church attending practices and language difficulties as the immigrants arrived in America.