Neal A. Maxwell: The Story of a Disciple’s Life
by Elder Bruce C. Hafen
Elder Bruce C. Hafen will share his experiences with writing the biography of Elder Neal A. Maxwell, A Disciple’s Life, showing how Elder Maxwell’s life offers a pattern for our own quest to become true disciples of the Savior. Learn more
Lives of Faith Pieced in Poetry
by Brittany A. Chapman
In eras gone by, poetry kept pace with daily life. Men and women of faith shared experiences and sentiments in verse that were otherwise left unrecorded. Looking at poetry as history gives us a peek into untold stories of the past. Learn more
Mary Fielding Smith:Daughter, Woman of Faith, Mother
by Audrey M. Godfrey
By examining the life of Mary Fielding Smith through her correspondence with her brother and sister, her children, and her stepchildren, we can learn much about her family life in England, her move to America, her experiences in Nauvoo, her marriage to Hyrum Smith, and her years in Utah—experiences that helped to make her the strong and faithful woman depicted in Church history. Learn more.
Eliza Maria Partridge Lyman: “There Is Sure to Come a Ray of Light"
by Sherilyn Farnes
Early Utah pioneer Eliza Maria Partridge Lyman wrote in 1867 that amid her life’s trials, “the Lord has led me better than I could have planned for myself and I thank Him for it.” Her life—a series of faithful steps toward an uncertain future—spanned 60 years of courageous pioneering as she followed where the Lord led.
“The Lord Has Opened Our Way”: George Q. Cannon and the Beginnings of the Hawaiian Mission
by Chad M. Orton
From 1850 to 1854, George Q. Cannon was at the center of one of the great missionary stories of the 19th century. Facing unique challenges and seemingly insurmountable obstacles while serving as a missionary in Hawaii, he and his fellow laborers put their trust in the Lord and established one of the most successful missions of the time.
The Mormon Battalion: A March of Faith
by Brandon J. Metcalf
Amid the exodus from Nauvoo to the West, hundreds of volunteer soldiers left family members and fellow Latter-day Saints to participate in the Mexican-American War. Their long and weary march across half the continent in the face of extreme conditions and harsh environs exemplified courage, resilience, and sacrifice.
Alexander Schreiner: A Legacy of Music
by Daniel F. Berghout
Alexander Schreiner, one of the most celebrated organists of the 20th century, presided at the Tabernacle organ for more than 50 years. He was an inspiration to generations of organists and had a profound influence on music in the Church that is still felt today.
Exploring Book of Mormon Lands: Historian Andrew Jenson's 1923 Latin American Expedition
by Justin R. Bray and Reid L. Neilson
In January 1923, Assistant Church Historian Andrew Jenson embarked on a four-month journey throughout Central and South America to study and experience what he called “the lands of the Book of Mormon.” Jenson’s positive report to the First Presidency following the trip proved an important stepping-stone to missionary work in Latin America.
“My Dear Sister”: Joseph F. Smith’s Letters to His Sister, Martha Ann Smith Harris, 1854–1916
by Richard Neitzel Holzapfel
As a 15-year-old missionary on an island in the Pacific, thousands of miles away from his home in Utah, Joseph F. Smith began writing letters to his sister, Martha Ann Smith Harris. During the next six decades, he wrote to her often, sharing insights into his life, dreams, struggles, and work as a missionary, father, and Church leader.
Serving Church and Country: President Ezra Taft Benson
by Sheri Dew
Throughout his life, President Ezra Taft Benson faithfully served his country and his Church. In 1943 he was ordained an Apostle and then, from 1953 to 1961, had the unique responsibility of also serving two terms as the United States Secretary of Agriculture. In 1985 he became President of the Church, testifying with fervor of the truthfulness of the Book of Mormon, the evils of pride, and the mission of the Church.