SALT LAKE CITY—Elder Marlin K. Jensen, Church Historian and Recorder, will be the featured speaker at the next “Evenings at the Museum” event on June 21, 2012 at the Church History Museum. His presentation is entitled, “The Office of Church Historian and Recorder.”
Elder Jensen was called to the First Quorum of the Seventy on April 1, 1989. He was sustained as the Church Historian and Recorder in the April 2005 General Conference and has served seven years in that capacity. He is also the Executive Director of the Church History Department, which administers work in the Church History Library, the Granite Mountain Records Vault, and the Church History Museum.
On April 6, 1830, the day the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was organized, the Lord commanded the Prophet Joseph Smith, “Behold, there shall be a record kept among you” (D&C 21:1). From that time until today, efforts have been made to keep a record of the Church and its history.
Elder Jensen has said, “The scriptures, especially the Book of Mormon, make clear that ‘remembering’ is a fundamental and saving principle of the gospel. We keep records to help us remember. Remembering the past gives us needed perspective as God’s children to have faith in our future destiny and thus to live more faithfully in the present.”
He continued, “The Church Historian and Recorder can provide an authoritative voice of the Church in historical matters,” Elder Jensen said. “There are always historical questions, and sometimes there are historical controversies. It is helpful to have an office to which anyone can turn for trustworthy answers.”
The public is invited to learn about the historical role of the Church Historian and Recorder and the contemporary activities of the office. The event will be held Thursday, June 21 at 7:00 p.m. in the Church History Museum auditorium. Tickets are free, but reservations are required. Call 801-240-9573 for reservations beginning Tuesday, May 29.