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Pioneers
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

Women
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” (

Treasures
of the Collection

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.

Mourning the Prophet

Museum Treasures

Thirteen-year-old Mary Ann Broomhead stitched this sampler as a tribute to Joseph and Hyrum Smith shortly after their martyrdom.

Church History Daily

Edith and the Lion

Edith Young Booth was a granddaughter of Brigham Young and Harriet Elizabeth Cook Young. During the anti-polygamy raids of the 1880s, Edith’s mother and siblings chose to stay with Harriet at the Lion House rather than be used as evidence against Edith’s father. Despite all the troubles of the era, Edith looked back with fondness on her time at the Lion House. “The thrill which my sister Stella and I received by being permitted to sit on the lion in front of the house is one still bright in my recollection,” she wrote.

Edith Young Booth, “Recollections of the Lion House,” Relief Society Magazine, vol. 24, no. 7 (July 1937), 429 

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Prophets
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. 

Revelations
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