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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

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

Troubles for Zion

When Elijah Abel joined the Church in 1832, many members were preparing to move to Missouri to build up Zion. But things were complicated for Abel. Under Missouri law, a free black person like him could be thrown out of the state, jailed, or whipped for failing to provide proof of citizenship. Anyone found guilty of helping an undocumented free black person immigrate could be fined $500—a massive sum for the time. Laws as well as attitudes stood in the way of building a city that could live up to the Book of Mormon standard of inviting all, “black and white, bond and free” to come unto Christ.

See William W. Phelps, “Free People of Color,” Evening and Morning Star, vol. 14 (July 1833), 218; 2 Nephi 26:33 

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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