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Pioneers
in Every Land

Rare Footage of First Baptisms in West Africa

Ghana and Nigeria in 1978

Rendell and Rachel Mabey brought a handheld video camera with them on their landmark 1978 mission to West Africa. With that camera, they captured some very significant events in modern Church history.

Lecture Highlights

Prophecies Precede History

Presented by Néstor Curbelo

Book of Mormon prophets spoke about the spiritual destiny of the people who would come to the American continent. Néstor Curbelo will review the history of convert pioneers in Latin American countries, showing that the experiences of these people help to fulfill the inspired revelations and prophecies of the ancient prophets.

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

Celebrating Sister Missionaries

At the April 1918 Relief Society general conference, Emmeline B. Wells looked back over 20 years of sister missionary work with great satisfaction. As a young woman in Nauvoo, she said, she had “the greatest desire in the world” to serve a mission—even though she was sick and poor and only men were called on missions at the time. “I never expected then,” she said, “that I would see the day when the women would be called to go abroad and teach and preach the gospel. But I am very glad that I have lived to see that day.”

Quoted in Amy Brown Lyman, “General Conference of the Relief Society,” Relief Society Magazine, June 1918, 327
 

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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

The Messenger and the Manifesto

Official Declaration 1

President Cannon raised his hand in support of the Manifesto along with most others in the crowd. But the weight of unifying a divided audience on what he called this “exceedingly delicate subject” seemed almost too much to bear. 

Behold, there shall be a record kept among you.

D&C 21:1