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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

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

Wedding Wishes from Brigham Young

Brigham Young sent a congratulatory letter when Thomas L. Kane, a non-Mormon lawyer and philanthropist who had provided crucial help and advocacy for the Latter-day Saints, married Elizabeth Wood in 1853. Looking forward beyond the wedding to many years of marriage, President Young included a prayer “that you may long live upon the earth to enjoy the sweet society of wife, children, and friends” and that “your numerous progeny, the fruit of your own loins, [may] be your faithful Representatives upon the earth, and rejoice your heart in undying affection, ever cherishing the proud reflection of worthy ancestry.”

Brigham Young letter to Thomas L. Kane, Jan. 31, 1854, Brigham Young Office Files, 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

Jesse Gause: Counselor to the Prophet

D&C 81

Doctrine and Covenants 81 can be read today not only as an intimate revelation to an early member of the Church, but also as counsel to anyone who is willing to support the prophet.

Behold, there shall be a record kept among you.

D&C 21:1