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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

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” (

of the Collection

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.

Mourning the Prophet

Museum Treasures

Thirteen-year-old Mary Ann Broomhead stitched this sampler as a tribute to Joseph and Hyrum Smith shortly after their martyrdom.

Church History Daily

An Unusual Meeting

At the last meeting of a three-day conference, Brigham Young called on a certain brother to offer the opening prayer. The brother, his feelings hurt because he had not been asked to speak during the conference, stood. “The brother began,” recalled Susa Young Gates, “but the brother did not stop. Quarter of an hour, half an hour, and still another quarter of an hour, dragged along, and the brother was still praying. He was putting his long pent-up sermon into a series of thanks to the Lord.” When the prayer finally ended, Brigham didn’t even stand to conduct the rest of the meeting. Instead, he simply “turned to the choir, behind him, and announced in his resounding voice, ‘Choir, please sing, and we’ll dismiss.’”

Susa Young Gates, “President Brigham Young: Anecdotes of the Great Pioneer and Leader,” Improvement Era, June 1905, 565–66


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. 

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