Brigham Young

September 21, 2021 04:16 PM MDT
From listening to her grandmother tell stories about the Prophet to teaching about his life for over three decades, Black has many reasons why she considers Joseph to be a phenomenal man.
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August 19, 2020 06:52 PM MDT
Chances are you have heard of Brigham Young, the second president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Who you may have not heard of is George D. Watt—the transcriber who was present for and recorded many of President Young’s teachings and published them as the Journal of Discourses.
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February 21, 2020 08:21 PM MST
Presidents of the United States have been granting pardons to a range of characters since early American history.
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February 03, 2020 06:54 PM MST
It’s been 174 years since the pioneers left their homes in Nauvoo, Illinois, and began the trek west in search of religious freedom.
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January 09, 2020 05:30 PM MST
There are characteristics about the prophet Brigham Young that might be disconcerting or discomforting to people in today’s day and age.
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July 20, 2019 11:24 AM MDT
On June 1, 1801, Brigham Young was born in Whittingham, Widdham County, Vermont. At the same time, approximately 900 miles southwest of Whittingham, four-year-old Elisha Hurd Groves was growing up on a farm in Madison, Kentucky. No one could guess at the time the succession of events that would bring these two men together as they fled their homes and journeyed halfway across the country.
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January 25, 2019 03:13 PM MST
As the first temple built in the West and the first temple since Nauvoo, the St. George Utah Temple was well-looked forward to by the Saints.
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August 30, 2018 09:15 AM MDT
Everyone who believes in God at all believes that He knows what you and I are going to do tomorrow. But if He knows I am going to do so-and-so, how can I be free to do otherwise?
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July 10, 2018 05:00 PM MDT
Brigham Young was a man well acquainted with life and death.
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July 03, 2018 09:00 AM MDT
Today, we as members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints celebrate our pioneer heritage. Stories will be told and heroes will be remembered—the bravery of the Saints at Winter Quarters, the sacrifice of the selfless young men on the banks of the Sweetwater, and the deep relief of Brother Brigham's famous declaration, "This is the right place. Drive on."
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June 22, 2018 04:32 PM MDT
President Thomas S. Monson, in addressing the women of the Church in April 2005, gave evidence of his loving nature: “My dear sisters, may God bless you. We love you; we pray for you.” President Monson’s words reiterated a significant teaching: “Remember that you do not walk alone. The Lord has promised you: ‘I will go before your face. I will be on your right hand and on your left, and my Spirit shall be in your hearts, and mine angels round about you, to bear you up.’”1 In at least three general conference addresses, President Monson has also declared, “How glorious and near to the angels is youth that is clean.”2
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By  Yvonne Liu
May 08, 2018 06:00 PM MDT
In the early days of the Church, it was common for members to be called to serve at young ages.
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By  LDS Living
November 21, 2017 10:00 PM MST
When the first company of Saints arrived in the Salt Lake Valley, it was uncertain if crops could be grown in the high, dry climate. Relying on their faith, however, the early pioneers pressed forward, surviving on edible plants and small game until the spring. They quickly set to work planting their crops, which began to sprout up and bring hope to the Saints. However, their hope quickly changed to concern as frost, crickets, and drought quickly destroyed their budding plants.
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September 11, 2017 08:44 AM MDT
On September 11th, 1857, a group of Mormon militiamen persuaded a band of passing emigrants to march down a trail in Mountain Meadows, Utah. Under the pretense of protection and following the orders of their local Church leaders, these militiamen proceeded to execute 120 men, women, and children.
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Departing from Fort Laramie, a vanguard company of Saints, including President Brigham Young, trekked across the high plains of Wyoming, passing such landmarks as Independence Rock, Devil’s Gate, and South Pass. During this phase of the journey, the pioneers encountered Jim Bridger, the legendary mountain man who offered advice and encouragement about the unfamiliar territory stretching before them. Bridger spoke optimistically, though cautiously, about the Salt Lake Valley. Wilford Woodruff recorded, “He spoke . . . highly of the great Salt Lake for a settlement,” but warned “there was but one thing that could operate against it . . . that would be frost.”
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July 08, 2017 09:33 AM MDT
The following is an excerpt from Stories of Lucy Mack Smith: Mother of the Restoration by Susan Evans McCloud.
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June 22, 2017 07:16 PM MDT
Learn more about the Deseret Alphabet here.
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June 13, 2017 03:34 PM MDT
When he was just 9 years old, Lorenzo Young, Brigham Young's younger brother, had a dream about his older brother's destiny that would prove prophetic. Here is what Lorenzo Young had to say about his dream:
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May 24, 2017 12:31 PM MDT
The roughly 800-pound stolen statue of Joseph Smith and Brigham Young that went missing in Salt Lake earlier this week was found Tuesday evening.
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By  LDS Living
May 23, 2017 04:38 PM MDT
Salt Lake City police are looking for an 800-pound statue of Joseph Smith and Brigham Young after it was stolen early Tuesday morning.
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May 16, 2017 01:07 PM MDT
God chooses his leaders. This is true at every level of Church administration. Joseph was chosen by the Lord and so were those who came after him. But in those early years, before the practice of succession in the Church had been formalized, some members were uncertain of the format succession ought to follow. In an August meeting held to resolve the matter of succession, the Lord placed the stamp of his approval on Brigham Young. One account gives the record in these words:
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April 10, 2017 07:13 PM MDT
When the Mormon pioneer settlers arrived in the Bear Lake Valley in 1863, they must have looked in wonder at the vast body of water of Bear Lake.
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Whether you’re a history buff or simply curious, you have probably collected a decent store of knowledge about important events in Church history. But no matter how well you thought you knew these stories, there are a surprising number of fascinating facts that you might have overlooked. Here is an interesting story about the vision of the three degrees of glory.
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February 25, 2017 12:10 PM MST
Maybe you've heard the urban legend that the hearse outside Disneyland's Haunted Mansion was really used for Brigham Young's burial. While it's a popular Google search, this myth goes to show that Mormons love a good story almost as much as they love Disneyland. But there is one interesting Mormon connection to this feature at Disneyland that you might not have known.
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By  LDS Living
July 12, 2016 07:19 PM MDT
Pennies are worth one cent, nickels are worth five, and dimes are worth ten. People of all cultures learn the values of their currency early in life and deal with them on a daily basis. Perhaps that's why it's so surprising that not all coins are worth what they're actually worth.
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In today’s world, the internet is a vital invention that has completely changed the face of communication and commerce—it’s hard to imagine the world without it. But the completion of the transcontinental railroad in the west desert of Utah had a similarly revolutionary effect on 1869 commerce and communication, dropping travel costs from $1,000 to $65, eliminating the need for dangerous maritime passages via Panama and Cape Horn, and increasing wealth and resources. It was celebrated in every major city in America: the Liberty Bell pealed in Philadelphia, 100 cannons were fired in New York City, and a parade three miles long wound through Chicago. Even the former Confederate States of America joined in the celebration of the East joining the West.
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April 14, 2016 02:15 PM MDT
While the United States was being plunged into the midst of the Civil War, George Q. Cannon of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles met with President Abraham Lincoln on Friday the 13th in June of 1862, just six months before President Lincoln would issue the Emancipation Proclamation, freeing over 3 million slaves.
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April 13, 2016 01:30 PM MDT
According to the auction company, the revolver has a personal inscription to Brigham Young and was given to him by what was then the largest firearms dealer in the wild west!
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April 11, 2016 01:59 PM MDT
After a long day of working in Harvard's library, an LDS student decided to see what books the school had about his religion. What he found was a long forgotten treasure that is simply incredible.
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April 07, 2016 06:10 PM MDT
A New York dealer in antique maps and rare books claims to have found the first map of Salt Lake City.
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March 06, 2016 10:49 PM MST
Though it's the primary language of the United States, English is notoriously difficult to learn. And despite having fewer native speakers than both Mandarin and Spanish, it's the most widely spoken language in the entire world—which means lots of people have had to learn it. It's a challenging task for all who undertake it, and that was the problem Brigham Young hoped to solve when he ordered that the board of regents at the University of Deseret (now the University of Utah) create a new alphabet.
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February 23, 2016 04:30 PM MST
A new bookdetailing the role of women in the Church's history takes an unflinching look at topics like why Brigham Young disbanded the Relief Society for a time, pioneer women's views on polygamy, and early women Church leaders performing healing blessings.
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December 01, 2015 03:03 PM MST
MR says: Thirteen handwritten documents holding the signatures of Joseph Smith, Brigham Young, and many other prominent Church leaders valued at over $3 million were recently donated to a public library where they will be put on display.
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September 03, 2015 05:02 PM MDT
MR says: How many of these events did you know about? Though not always highlighted in classes or our culture, these events shaped the Church as we know it today.
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August 01, 2015 02:00 PM MDT
MR says: Ever wondered where Brigham Young lived and what he did before he was a Mormon?
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July 22, 2015 02:37 PM MDT
MR says: How much do you know about the Mormon War? Many of these little-known quotes and facts might surprise you.
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June 04, 2015 04:00 AM MDT
Late one fall evening after Heber and Vilate Kimball had retired to their bed, they were awakened suddenly by a urgent knocking at their door. A neighbor, John Greene, who lived just 100 steps away, stood at the door and bade them come out and behold the scenery in the heavens.”
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June 02, 2015 09:13 AM MDT
“I saw this sign while I was driving that said ‘Blasting Zone Ahead.’ Wow—shouldn’t that read ‘Road Closed?’”
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August 18, 2014 04:55 AM MDT
Low water is not always a bad thing for boaters. At least boaters with a taste for the history of the lakes they sail.
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December 13, 2012 01:24 PM MST
It is coincidental that the exterior wood trim of pioneer leader Brigham Young's winter home is painted in pleasing shades of green and red — colors we associate with Christmas, a time of year when the great Mormon colonizer took up residence in St. George in his later years.
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March 13, 2012 04:38 PM MDT
Let’s face it — most people don’t visit Las Vegas to see historic old forts. Many of you have probably driven past a little piece of history in the middle of town and never even realized what you had missed. After all, it’s located at the northernmost end of Las Vegas Boulevard itself.
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March 05, 2012 01:54 PM MST
I’ve noticed that often expressions of concern about the church’s actions are met with comments about being offended. Recently I posted quotes from Randy Bott’s recent comments on blacks and the priesthood. A friend responded with this:
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January 31, 2012 04:57 PM MST
On Feb. 9, the Provo Utah Temple will celebrate its 40th anniversary. Early residents of Provo cherished Brigham Young's prophecy that one day a temple would be built on the hill overlooking the town. However, some wondered how this could be realized when the Brigham Young University campus began filling "Temple Hill" during the twentieth century.
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January 17, 2012 03:40 PM MST
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May 21, 2011 02:17 PM MDT
Editor's note: While serving a mission with his wife in the Utica New York Mission, George L. Eads of Bremerton, Wash., met Tom Greenwood, who shared this story. The year was 1960, about 50 years ago now, and I was experiencing my first year of classroom teaching and coaching varsity baseball and basketball near Arlington Memorial High School in the southern Vermont town of Arlington.
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