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in Every Land

“The Least I Could Do”

What One Tasmanian Family Sacrificed to Go to the Temple

When the Hamilton New Zealand Temple was dedicated in 1958, the Bender family sacrificed everything they could to be there.

Lecture Highlights

“That They Might Not Suffer”

Presented by Sharon Eubank

Over the past 30 years, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has formed partnerships with the International Red Cross, Catholic Relief Services, CARE, and other experienced agencies, helping to establish the foundation for LDS Charities, the humanitarian arm of the Church. Sharon Eubank describes the evolution of the Church’s efforts to care for the poor and needy on a global scale and discusses what members can do to help wherever they live.

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

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

Hearing the Gospel in France, circa 1850

In the 1840s and ’50s, many French reformers became interested in helping humanity through reorganizing society. When John Taylor arrived to start a Latter-day Saint mission in France, several reformers were struck by the Church’s pursuit of similar goals—though they didn’t know what to think about its spiritual emphasis. “Mr. Taylor,” asked one, “do you perhaps know [of any] other way than baptism to save and redeem the world, to renovate the human family?” When Elder Taylor emphasized that baptism is the first step in building up God’s kingdom on earth, the reformer was only more confused. How had Mormons created a society out of words and water? “You [have] got independent territory, [the] means to gather the poor [and] possess the spirit of philanthropy,” the man noted with awe, “but your baptism, etc., is [a] mystery to me.”

John Taylor, October 10, 1852: Reflections on Government and War,”


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

More Treasures Than One

D&C 111

The revelation that became Doctrine and Covenants 111 was not fulfilled in the way Church leaders hoped for in 1836. Five years later, they looked for another opportunity to be instruments in helping the Lord’s promises be fulfilled.

Behold, there shall be a record kept among you.

D&C 21:1