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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

Temple Work for Children

The opening of the St. George Utah Temple in 1877 raised questions for some members about what should be done for children who had died young. Brigham Young gave a concise explanation of what temple work should and should not be done: “Regarding children who die under eight years old. For their happiness and their salvation no ordinances are required for ‘of such are the kingdom of heaven.’ ” But if children were not born under the covenant, “then they must be sealed to their parents no matter if they die before or after they are eight years old or live to man and womanhood.”

Brigham Young letter to Wilford Woodruff, June 12, 1877, 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