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Treasures

of the Collection

Learn about the many historical treasures in the archives of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

John Taylor, October 10, 1852

Reflections on Government and War

Shortly after his return from missionary labors in France, Germany, and Great Britain, John Taylor gave this sermon in the five-year-old city of Salt Lake. The sermon gives insight into the climate of the times and the sense of possibility Latter-day Saints felt as they began to create their own communities in the Rocky Mountain region.

Brigham Young, September 1864

Sermons during a Trip to the Southern Settlements

Extracts from sermons given by Brigham Young at various settlements in Utah during a trip south in 1864. 

Foundations of Faith Exhibit

Treasures from the Church's Historical Collections

This new exhibit, available online and at the Church History Library in Salt Lake City, tells the story of the restoration of the Church of Jesus Christ through some of its most treasured documents.

Deciphering Shorthand

Shorthand Specialist Unlocks a Trove of Early Sermons

Watch this brief video to learn more about George Watt, shorthand, and the Lost Sermons project.

Milo Andrus, July 17, 1853

Including His Testimony of the First Vision

Erastus Snow, February 20, 1853

Recollections of the Danish Mission and Teachings on Zion

Excerpts from an address by Erastus Snow on February 20, 1853, in Salt Lake City, recorded by George D. Watt.

Lorenzo Snow, April 4, 1866

Sermon on Our Divine Potential

Excerpts from an address Lorenzo Snow, delivered April 4, 1866, in Salt Lake City, recorded by George D. Watt.

Brigham Young, October 6, 1867

Address and Prayer at the First Meeting in the Tabernacle

Address and prayer of dedication at the first meeting held in the Salt Lake Tabernacle, given by Brigham Young on October 6, 1867, in Salt Lake City, recorded by George D. Watt.

A Bit of Old String

Mary Whitmer’s Unheralded Contributions

The string that bound the Book of Mormon manuscript reminds us to celebrate the unsung contributions of early Saints such as Mary Whitmer.

John Taylor, October 30, 1859

Sermon on the Gospel of Jesus Christ

Excerpts from two sermons delivered by John Taylor on October 30, 1859, in the Old Tabernacle in Salt Lake City, recorded by George D. Watt.

Brigham Young, September 23, 1852

Sermon at the Funeral of Mary Fielding Smith

Excerpts from an address given at the funeral of Mary Fielding Smith, September 23, 1852, at the home of Heber C. Kimball,

Lost Sermons Introduction and Explanation

Where They Came From, What They Are

The Lost Sermons series recaptures early teachings of Church leaders, publishing excerpts of sermons recorded by George D. Watt and others beginning in 1852.

Wilford Woodruff, January 9, 1864

Sermon to the Saints in Farmington

Address given by Wilford Woodruff on January 9, 1864 in Farmington, Utah, recorded by George D. Watt.

Parley P. Pratt, October 31, 1852

Report of His Mission to Chile

Excerpts from an address by Parley P. Pratt on October 31, 1852, in Salt Lake City, recorded by George D. Watt.

Orson Pratt, June 20, 1852

Two Sermons on the Sacrament

Excerpts from two sermons delivered by Orson Pratt on June 20, 1852, in the Old Tabernacle in Salt Lake City, recorded by George D. Watt.

Heber C. Kimball, October 7, 1853

Sermon on the Trials of the Pioneers

Excerpts from an address by Heber C. Kimball on October 7, 1853, in Salt Lake City, recorded by George D. Watt.

Joseph Smith's First Journal

Prophet's Record-Keeping Began With Simple Volume

Joseph Smith began keeping a personal record a month before he turned 27. He kept his first journal only sporadically, but the little book opens a window into the prophet’s personality.