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in Every Land

“The Least I Could Do”

What One Tasmanian Family Sacrificed to Go to the Temple

When the Hamilton New Zealand Temple was dedicated in 1958, the Bender family sacrificed everything they could to be there.

Lecture Highlights

“That They Might Not Suffer”

Presented by Sharon Eubank

Over the past 30 years, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has formed partnerships with the International Red Cross, Catholic Relief Services, CARE, and other experienced agencies, helping to establish the foundation for LDS Charities, the humanitarian arm of the Church. Sharon Eubank describes the evolution of the Church’s efforts to care for the poor and needy on a global scale and discusses what members can do to help wherever they live.

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

Women and Early Missionary Work

The first years of the Church are filled with dramatic stories of elders who left everything and traveled hundreds or thousands of miles over difficult terrain to preach the gospel. Many historians, though, have overlooked the effect of women’s letters in spreading the gospel message during the same period. “When reading over my Mothers letter,” Ira Ames recalled about his first exposure to the gospel, “it ran through me like lightning, it roused every feeling of my mind, the effect was powerful.” It was his mother, Hannah Ames, whose written witness that made him long to know “whether the letter and the matter of it was true or false.”

Lisa Olsen Tait, “‘I Quit Other Business’: Early Missionaries: D&C 42, 75, 79, 80, 84, 99,”


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

Ezra Booth and Isaac Morley

D&C 57, 58, 60, 61, 62, 63, 64, 71, 73

Many of the missionaries who traveled to Missouri in 1831 were disappointed at first at what they found. But they would each deal with that disappointment in different ways.

Behold, there shall be a record kept among you.

D&C 21:1