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in Every Land

Rare Footage of First Baptisms in West Africa

Ghana and Nigeria in 1978

Rendell and Rachel Mabey brought a handheld video camera with them on their landmark 1978 mission to West Africa. With that camera, they captured some very significant events in modern Church history.

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

John Taylor, October 10, 1852

Reflections on Government and War

Shortly after his return from missionary labors in France, Germany, and Great Britain, John Taylor gave this sermon in the five-year-old city of Salt Lake. The sermon gives insight into the climate of the times and the sense of possibility Latter-day Saints felt as they began to create their own communities in the Rocky Mountain region.

Brigham Young, September 1864

Sermons during a Trip to the Southern Settlements

Extracts from sermons given by Brigham Young at various settlements in Utah during a trip south in 1864. 

Church History Daily

Living Up to a Name

Latter-day Saints named their western settlement “Deseret” after the Jaredite word for honeybee (see Ether 2:3), and the beehive quickly became the symbol of the industrious Latter-day Saints. Yet for many years, there were no honeybees in Utah! One man succeeded in keeping a swarm of bees for three years in the 1850s, but only by providing them with artificial food, probably sugar water. “Appropriate native flowers are scarce in this dry climate,” Brigham Young mourned. But he also noted hopefully, “Cultivated flowers in fields and gardens are increasing, and of course can be increased, sufficiently . . . to sustain many swarms.”

Brigham Young letter to William Urie, Feb. 2, 1860, Brigham Young Office Files, Church History Library, Salt Lake City


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

Jesse Gause: Counselor to the Prophet

D&C 81

Doctrine and Covenants 81 can be read today not only as an intimate revelation to an early member of the Church, but also as counsel to anyone who is willing to support the prophet.

Behold, there shall be a record kept among you.

D&C 21:1