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Perspectives

on Church History

Explore insights on the history of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

A Great Blessing

The Calling of the Original Twelve Apostles in This Dispensation

In June 1829, Joseph Smith received a revelation with instructions for Oliver Cowdery and David Whitmer. The Lord declared that 12 men would “take upon them my name” and be “called to go into all the world to preach my gospel unto every creature.” Oliver and David were to “search out the Twelve,” whom they would know “by their desires and their works.”

“We Weep When We Remember Zion”: Early Latter-day Saints as Refugees

In late 1838, thousands of Latter-day Saints were expelled from their homes in Missouri. Writings of Albert Perry Rockwood, Franklin D. Richards, and Elizabeth Haven reveal how the Latter-day Saint refugees dealt with tragedy and maintained family ties in the midst of a maelstrom. They also show the kindness of strangers who helped Church members to recover from the trauma of the Missouri expulsion.