other Mormons, Maeser wanted to immigrate to "Zion"--that is, Utah.
Although he left Germany in 1856, he did not arrive in Utah until 1860.
In the years between he served a church mission to Scotland, organized
church branches and labored with Germans in London area, worked in Philadelphia
to earn money to go west, and served a mission in Virginia.
arriving in Utah, Maeser renewed his work as a teacher and school administrator.
He helped organize schools in the Fifteenth and Twentieth wards in Salt
Lake City and tutored Brigham Young's children; he also worked as Tabernacle organist and as an accountant. After serving a mission to Germany and
Switzerland from 1867 to 1870, he taught briefly at the University of
Deseret. He later returned to the Twentieth Ward Seminary. In 1875 he
married Emilie Damke, a German immigrant, as a plural wife.