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on Church History

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

“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.

Council of Fifty in Nauvoo, Illinois

Joseph Smith formed this council in March 1844. The council met fairly regularly from then until January 1846 and then functioned intermittently during a handful of years in Utah until the 1880s. The publication of the Nauvoo-era minutes of this council is another step in the Church History Department’s ongoing effort to publish all of Joseph Smith’s papers.