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  1. The Capital God Has Given Us2016-05-12

    As Brigham Young passed through poverty and plenty time and time again in the early years of the Church, he developed a key insight that he later passed on to his daughters. “Our time is all the capital God has given us,” he told them, “and if we waste that we are bankrupt indeed.”

    Susa Young Gates, History of the Young Ladies’ Mutual Improvement Association of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, from November 1869 to June 1910 (1911), 9

  2. Women Are Community Makers2016-05-03

    “Since women are social beings they are not content to stay wholly within the confines of the home. Besides being the homemaker, she must be a community and city maker as well.” 

    Lalene H. Hart, Relief Society Magazine,  vol. 10, no. 7 (July 1923), 346

  3. Learning from Nature2016-04-28

    “We are not alone. [God] attempts to teach us in all things. Many, many such teachings come to us from each and every creature in creation. A tiny ant teaches us about industriousness and hard work. A bee teaches us about organization and foresight. We learn additional lessons from flowers, plants, and all of nature.” 

    Horacio A. Tenorio, “Teachings of a Loving Father,” Ensign, May 1990, 79

  4. Three English-language scripts2016-04-18

    The Book of Mormon has been published in the English language using three different scripts: the standard Latin script (1830), the Deseret alphabet (1869), and Braille (1936). 

    Kai A. Andersen, “In His Own Language,” Liahona, June 1997.  

  5. A Deliverer in Israel2016-04-12

    With encouragement from the Relief Society and an 1873 general conference talk by Brigham Young, Ellis Shipp went to Philadelphia in 1875 to attend medical school. Three years later, President George Q. Cannon set her apart to practice medicine among the Saints. Shipp practiced and taught medicine for over 50 years and delivered more than 6,000 babies. 

    Andrea Ventilla, “LDS Women’s Education, 1875–1896,”

  6. Haven’t You Faith?2016-03-14

    The people who lived near the Mormon Trail in Iowa sometimes liked to tease the pioneers who passed by. When 16-year-old convert Sarah Jane Staker went into a tin shop to have a measuring cup fixed, for example, the tinner asked, “Haven’t you faith to heal your cup?”

    “No, sir,” responded Sarah. “But if you will put the handle on good, I have faith that it will stay on.”

    Bystanders laughed and clapped at the clever answer, and the tinner was so amused that he did the job for free.

    Sarah E. Pearson, “A Life Sketch,” Improvement Era, Oct. 1903, 919

  7. Callings and Blessings2015-11-06

    When it was first dictated, Doctrine and Covenants 81 gave counsel and promised blessings to Jesse Gause, a recently called counselor to Joseph Smith. Gause did not remain faithful to his calling, however, and Frederick G. Williams was soon called to replace him. The counsel and promises of the revelation were then shifted to Williams. It is his name and not Gause’s that has appeared in published versions of the revelation.

    Robin Scott Jensen, “Jesse Gause: Counselor to the Prophet,”

  8. Your Passion, the Lord's Purpose2015-10-21

    “When the Lord wishes to direct his people,” hymn composer and choir director Evan Stephens reflected, “his favorite mode of procedure seems to be not so much to thunder his commands from the mountains of clouds.” Far more often, in Stephens’s experience, “some quiet, unknown man or woman is unconsciously attuned into a fit instrument for the work.” First, “an intense desire is in some simple, natural way created in the person to accomplish something.” When a person’s individual passions and efforts match the Lord’s purposes, “more and more grows the desire and the joy in the labors of pursuit; more and more dawns upon their vision the possibilities” until “through the fruits of the labors of these inspired persons a people are found to have attained, to a more or less perfect degree, that particular goal and purpose desired by the Lord.”

    Evan Stephens, “M.I.A. in Music,” Improvement Era, vol. 28, no. 8 (June 1925), 730

  9. Reconciliation2015-10-20

    As the Kirtland Temple neared completion, Joseph Smith focused on repairing strained relationships among Church leaders so that good feelings could prevail. At one meeting in January 1836, major progress was made. “The Lord poured out his spirit upon us,” Joseph wrote, “and the brethren began to confess their faults one to the other.” It was an emotional reconciliation. “The congregation were soon overwhelmed in tears,” he recalled, “and some of our hearts were too big for utterance.”

    Nathan Waite, “A School and an Endowment,”

  10. A Hard Talk to Give2015-10-13

    At the October 1890 general conference, President Wilford Woodruff called on his counselor George Q. Cannon to speak just after an official declaration on plural marriage was read. Knowing what people had sacrificed for plural marriage, President Cannon was nervous about how to explain the move away from the practice. “I felt to shrink very much from it,” he later wrote. “I think I never was called upon to do a thing that seemed more difficult than this.” Only after he rose to face the congregation did inspiration come to him about how to help the Saints accept the change.

    Jed Woodworth, “The Messenger and the Manifesto,”

  11. Prophets’ Baptisms2015-10-12

    The first prophet to be baptized in a meetinghouse font was Gordon B. Hinckley in 1919. Of the previous 14 prophets, “two were baptized in rivers, one in an outdoor baptismal font, . . . one in a stream, five in creeks, two in ponds, one in a swimming pool, [and two] in . . . canal[s].”

    William Hartley and Rebecca Todd, “Our Prophets’ Places of Baptism,” Friend, Aug. 1997, 43

  12. The Women of Mormondom2015-09-23

    Edward Tullidge, a 19th-century playwright and convert to the Church, was fascinated by the women who had helped shape the early decades of the Restoration and decided to write a book about their character and accomplishments. “So strange and thrilling is their story,” he wrote in The Women of Mormondom, “that neither history nor fable affords a perfect example; yet it is a reality of our own times.”

    Edward W. Tullidge, The Women of Mormondom (1877), 1

  13. Swiss Guard2015-09-18

    Some Church members have professional experience in other faiths before their conversions. Prior to his baptism into The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Brother Georges Donnet-Money worked for four years in the guard of Pope Pius XII.

    Georges and Jrene Donnet-Money interview: Lausanne, Switzerland, 2001 November 14, Church History Library, Salt Lake City

  14. Yoga Missionary2015-09-15

    In Communist-era Czechoslovakia, Brother Otakar Vojkuvka taught yoga classes as a way to begin discussions about life values that might give students the opportunity to ask about his personal spiritual views. Some students ultimately joined the Church through these interactions.

    Kahlile Mehr, “Czech Saints: A Brighter Day,” Ensign, Aug. 1994, 46–52

  15. A Baptismal Guest2015-09-09

    Just as Brother Alexandre Mourra raised his arm to baptize Fritzner Joseph in a swimming pool in 1978 in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, a small crocodile got loose and swam straight toward the place where the ordinance was being performed. “I have never seen anyone come out of a swimming pool so fast as these two did,” mission president Richard Millet recalled. Despite the reptilian delay at his baptism, Joseph later became the first Haitian to serve a full-time mission.

    Richard Leonard Millet, “A History of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Caribbean, 1977–1980,” 131, Church History Library, Salt Lake City