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Pioneers
in Every Land

Unto the Least of These

Olivas Aoy's School

Olives Aoy’s Christlike service for the underprivileged children of El Paso exemplifies the Lord’s admonition to Latter-day Saints, that they “should be anxiously engaged in a good cause, and do many things of their own free will, and bring to pass much righteousness.”

Lecture Highlights

Learning Lessons of Faith from the History of the Church in Africa

Presented by Matthew K. Heiss

The majority of Latter-day Saints in Africa are first-generation pioneers who joined the Church following the 1978 revelation that extended the priesthood to every worthy male member. Matthew K. Heiss will present the stories of these incredible Saints and discuss what their journeys teach us about faith, enduring to the end, and understanding the blessings that the gospel brings into our lives.

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

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

A Missionary Dinner

Josephine Booth, an early sister missionary, wrote in her journal how she once cooked an “American dinner” for the elders in Glasgow, Scotland. She wrote humorously: “The meal was very successful with the exception that the soup curdled, the steak burned, the carrots weren’t salted, the gravy was too thick and the pudding too thin.” She concluded, “Since that day the name ‘American Dinner’ causes the boys to turn pale. Even the stars & stripes has not been able to rouse their patriotism.”

Josephine D. Booth Woodruff journal, 1899–1901, Church History Library, Salt Lake City

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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

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