Church History Department offers advice for donations

Latter-day Saints are reminded to "remember."

From the Book of Mormon as a written history to the counsel to keep our own journals, records of the past are important in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

But what should be shared? And how?

Church history isn't just found in museum-worthy Mormon pioneer artifacts. It's also made up of personal conversion stories, experiences of missionaries serving in new areas or even the meeting minutes taken by a ward clerk in Italy.

Latter-day Saints are making church history daily just by living the gospel.

"Just about every family will find something in their home with historic value," said Brad Westwood, manager of acquisitions for the Church History Department. "Members who donate historical items are the backbone of our acquisitions."

But the Church History Department can't accept everything. There is so much history out there, and "Mormonism is an international experience now," Westwood said.

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