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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

Branch Builder in Vietnam

Thi Thu Ha’s Mission

Thi Thu Ha was determined to serve a branch building mission in her native Vietnam. Little did she know how much patience, faith, and work it would take to realize her dream.

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

A Journal Entry

“This day I felt more like dedicating my self to the Lord than usual,” Oliver Cowdery wrote in his journal on January 19, 1836. “O my God, my soul desires to see thee as thy favored ones in days of old,” he continued. Less than three months later, on April 3, Jesus Christ appeared to Joseph Smith and Oliver Cowdery in the Kirtland Temple.

Leonard J. Arrington, “Oliver Cowdery’s Kirtland, Ohio, ‘Sketch Book,’” BYU Studies, vol. 12, no. 4 (Summer 1972), 417

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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