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in Every Land

The Church in Asia, 1964

Missionaries were first sent to Asia in the 1850s, but the Church didn’t develop a lasting presence there for another hundred years. It wasn’t until the first two decades after WWII that the Church grew deep roots in Japan, Hong Kong, Korea, Taiwan, and the Philippines.

Lecture Highlights

of Conviction

A Love for Words

The Legacy of Mabel Jones Gabbott

At a baptismal service, eight-year-olds dressed in white often join with family and ward members to sing of how “Jesus came to John the Baptist, / In Judea long ago, / And was baptized by immersion / In the river Jordan’s flow” (

of the Collection

Sermons of a Palmyra Preacher

Museum Treasures

Joseph Smith likely heard from many preachers in the years preceding the First Vision. Two he may have encountered in his search for the true Church were Reverend Jesse Townsend and Reverend George Lane.

Martin Harris, the Great Benefactor

Museum Treasures

This simple leather wallet belonged to Martin Harris, who is arguably one of the more complicated figures in early Church history.

Church History Daily

Joseph F. Smith on the Golf Course

Presiding Bishop Charles W. Nibley introduced his close friend President Joseph F. Smith to the game of golf. Once, Nibley recalled, President Smith’s ball was within a hundred feet of the hole. “A slight stroke should have driven the ball nearer the flag,” he said, “but the inclination to look up as one tries to hit the ball got the best of him.” Twice President Smith took his eye off the ball at the last second and his stroke fell short. “The third time he went up to it and hit [the ball] a whack that sent it rolling one hundred feet beyond the flag. His son, Wesley, who was playing with us, called out, ‘Why, papa, what did you do that for? You knew it would roll away down there in the ditch!’ The President straightened up and said, rather severely, ‘Well, I was mad at it!’”

Charles W. Nibley, “Reminiscences of President Joseph F. Smith,” Improvement Era, vol. 22, no. 3 (Jan. 1919), 194–95


of the Restoration

Ezra Taft Benson Exhibit

13th President: 1985–1994

An early career in agriculture prepared Ezra Taft Benson to, as an Apostle, lead Church relief efforts in Europe after WWII and build relationships for the Church. As prophet, he challenged Latter-day Saints to flood the earth with the Book of Mormon, to heed its warnings against pride, and to let Christ transform their inner natures. 

Upcoming Events

2015 Lecture Series

Pioneers in Every Land

“Pioneers in Every Land” is the theme of the 2015 Lecture Series at the Church History Library in Salt Lake. Videos of each presentation will be available online after the events. 

in Context

“A House for Our God”

D&C 88, 94, 95, 96, 97, 109, 110, 137

On June 1, 1833, Joseph Smith received a revelation that contained a stern rebuke. “Ye have sinned against me a very grievous sin,” the Lord declared, “in that ye have not considered the great commandment in all things that I have given unto you concerning the building of mine house.”

Behold, there shall be a record kept among you.

D&C 21:1