Church History

October 19, 2021 02:05 PM MDT
Looking for a more interactive way to teach your family about this week’s Come, Follow Me chapters but live nowhere near Missouri?
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September 28, 2021 04:12 PM MDT
Both the Church History Library and the historic Beehive House now have exhibits honoring this important and momentous event in Church history.
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August 24, 2021 06:35 PM MDT
Editor's note: This adaptation from Matthew O. Richardson's The Christus Legacy originally ran on LDS Living in 2015. During April 2020 general conference, President Nelson introduced the Church's new symbol, which includes a representation of Thorvaldsen’s marble statue, the Christus. This iconic representation of the Savior is well-known to Latter-day Saints, but it wasn’t always that way. Check out how this statue came about and how it eventually earned its fame in the Latter-day Saint world.
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July 16, 2021 06:12 PM MDT
Mormon Island, an abandoned Gold Rush-era village in Folsom, California, is visible for the first time since 2015.
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June 01, 2021 12:00 PM MDT
“Would you like rock-solid proof that God inspires His prophets in every detail?” The Sunday School teacher had saved his favorite story for the end of class. “The Salt Lake Temple was designed by a prophet. Brigham Young told workers to leave empty shafts in the interior, but nobody knew why. It was only later that engineers discovered the shafts were the perfect size for elevators. The technology of the future was known beforehand. Heaven had prepared the way.”
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May 13, 2021 07:56 PM MDT
This week’s Come, Follow Me begins with Doctrine and Covenants 49, a revelation given through Joseph Smith to Sidney Rigdon, Parley P. Pratt, and Leman Copley. While many Latter-day Saints are likely familiar with most of these names, Leman Copley is perhaps less frequently heard.
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April 30, 2021 12:00 PM MDT
This year marks the 175th anniversary of not only the Saints’ exodus from Nauvoo but also the anniversary of the dedication of the original Nauvoo Temple. As the first temple where baptisms for the dead and eternal marriage ordinances were performed, the Nauvoo Temple played a critical role as the Saints were forced west. Nearly 6,000 Latter-day Saints received their endowment in the two short months the temple was in operation, and those temple blessings and covenants sustained them through future hardships. Many of the stories about this beloved temple are familiar, but we’ve searched for some lesser-known but just as inspiring stories about the original and present-day Nauvoo temples to celebrate.
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April 14, 2021 03:45 PM MDT
The Church History Library’s “Name Them” identification series continues, and this time it’s all about missionaries.
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March 09, 2021 01:00 PM MST
Pandemics perplex. Long after the anxiety has receded, the suffering has subsided, and the dead have been buried, troubling questions remain. Epidemic disease often seems to strike indiscriminately, taking the young and the old, the healthy and the vulnerable, men and women, the righteous and the wicked.
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February 10, 2021 07:11 PM MST
The Church History Library has thousands of photographic collections, many of which are of identified individuals. But there also many people in these photos who haven’t been identified, leaving the Church archivists stumped. So they’re asking for your help.
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February 05, 2021 01:00 PM MST
This story was originally published on LDS Living in January 2018 and has been updated.
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January 18, 2021 12:00 PM MST
This article originally ran on LDS Living in January 2020.
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January 15, 2021 01:03 PM MST
Editor's note: Our bi-weekly Friday column, “Found in the footnotes,” explores some of the footnotes from remarks given by General Authorities and General Officers of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
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By  LDS Living
December 10, 2020 01:00 PM MST
In 2021, we will start a new year of Come, Follow Me in the Doctrine and Covenants. Whether your children are young or grown, make sure your family has everything you need to dive a little deeper and to learn a little more in your daily study.
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December 09, 2020 08:05 PM MST
You may have never heard of Topsfield, Massachusetts, but the small town of 6,500 residents now has a historic marker that honors the family of the Prophet Joseph Smith.
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December 03, 2020 02:56 PM MST
Editor's note: "Scenes from Saints" is a series of articles highlighting interesting facts from Saints volume 2. This is the fifth article in the series.
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November 26, 2020 12:14 PM MST
Editor's note: "Scenes from Saints" is a series of articles highlighting interesting facts from Saints volume 2. This is the fourth article in the series.
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November 25, 2020 11:08 AM MST
Anthony Sweat isn’t just a BYU religion professor and an author; he is also a talented artist. We recently sat down to ask him about his latest book, his faith, his family, and his love of painting unique Church history events.
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November 19, 2020 11:11 AM MST
Editor's note: "Scenes from Saints" is a series of articles highlighting interesting facts from the second volume of Saints. This is the third article in the series.Part one shares facts about the building of the St. George, Logan, and Salt Lake temples,and part two shares facts about early missionary work. Articles will be posted weekly during November and December 2020. You can purchase both volumes ofSaintsthrough Deseret Bookor read and listen to the volumes on the Gospel Library app under the “Restoration and Church History” section.
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November 18, 2020 12:30 PM MST
This article originally appeared in the November/December 2020 issue of LDS Living magazine.
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November 12, 2020 11:20 AM MST
Editor's note: “Scenes from Saints” is a series of articles highlighting interesting facts from the second volume of Saints. This is the second in the series. You can find part one, which shares facts about the building of the St. George, Logan, and Salt Lake temples, here. Articles will be posted weekly during November and December 2020. You can purchase both volumes ofSaintsthrough Deseret Bookor read and listen to the volumes on the Gospel Library app under the “Restoration and Church History” section.
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November 11, 2020 11:55 AM MST
Editor's note: This article appears in the November/December 2020 issue of LDS Living magazine.
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November 05, 2020 11:19 AM MST
Editor's note: This is the first in a series of articles, “Scenes from Saints,” a series highlighting interesting facts from Saints volume 2. Articles will be posted weekly during November and December 2020. You can purchase both volumes of Saints through Deseret Bookor read and listen to the volumes on the Gospel Library app under the “Restoration and Church History” section.
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October 23, 2020 08:23 PM MDT
This article was originally shared on LDS Living in 2017 and has been updated to reflect additional recent counsel.
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October 21, 2020 09:15 PM MDT
“Over my dead body are you tearing that house down.”
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September 30, 2020 08:27 PM MDT
What has the year 2020 meant thus far for members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints? Like all people everywhere, Latter-day Saints have dealt with the unforeseen and unexpected challenges of a pandemic. But what does that mean for the Church on a general level? Family sacrament meetings held in living rooms, missionaries accepting rapid reassignments and calls back home, and massive service projects like the creation of thousands of homemade face masks, to name a few things.
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September 29, 2020 07:46 PM MDT
In the last few years, missionary service has seen many changes including allowing sister missionaries to wear slacks and allowing male missionaries to wear blue shirts in some areas, a standard application for proselyting and service missions, and increased communication with families through text and email.
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September 24, 2020 03:45 PM MDT
Editor's note: Exactly 130 years ago today, on September 25, 1890, President Wilford Woodruff wrote in his journal that “After Praying to the Lord & feeling inspired by his spirit I have issued . . . [a] Proclamation.” That proclamation is now known as the Manifesto and was published in the Doctrine and Covenants as Official Declaration 1. This article originally ran on LDS Living in 2017 and is being shared again for the 130th anniversary of the day Official Declaration 1 was released to the public on September 25.
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By  Yvonne Liu
September 22, 2020 12:00 PM MDT
This article was originally published by LDS Living in August 2018 and is being shared again in recognition of the anniversary of the day Joseph Smith received the gold plates.
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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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August 18, 2020 09:20 PM MDT
Though Church historic sites have been closed to physical visitors due to COVID-19, many missionaries of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are finding ways to connect people to the spirit of the historic sites—and you don’t even have to leave your living room.
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August 12, 2020 07:45 PM MDT
The Church Historian's Press announced that the 2020 Joseph Smith Papers Conference has moved to an online-only format to ensure the health and safety of all participants. The fourth annual conference will be held on Friday, September 18, 2020.
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Coinciding with August being National Women’s Suffrage Month, the Church Historian’s Press has announced the online publication of six additional volumes of the diaries of Latter-day Saint leader and women’s rights activist Emmeline B. Wells, covering 1892 to 1896.
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July 23, 2020 11:30 AM MDT
When you think of pioneers, you most likely think of converts from England, Scandinavia, or the East Coast of the United States. But these early members of the Church actually came from all over the world. The new Saints series presents a number of stories about pioneers from different countries, including Denmark, England, South Africa, and the Pacific Islands. But there were also pioneers from countries that aren't highlighted in the books. For example, a Saints video released last year briefly highlights how one member of the Willie handcart company was from India. Here is a little more about her in celebration of Pioneer Day.
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By  Emily Abel
July 15, 2020 01:30 PM MDT
It was the summer of 1878. A group of 13 young men and young women from Mayfield, Utah, went out to enjoy a day of boating on a nearby lake. Tragically, a strong wind caught the group off guard and all but two of them drowned. A shocked community was forced to bury 11 young people, including an engaged couple who were buried in the same grave.
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By  Emily Abel
July 08, 2020 06:51 PM MDT
Does the phrase “All are alike unto God” stir something inside you? Do you enjoy expressing thoughts and emotions through art? If so, you may consider submitting your interpretation of those words to the 12th International Art Competition.
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June 27, 2020 12:00 PM MDT
This article originally ran on LDS Living in October 2015.
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June 27, 2020 11:00 AM MDT
This story originally ran on LDS Living in 2017.
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June 16, 2020 06:38 PM MDT
Seventeen of the Church’s 26 historic sites have recently been renamed in order to “place greater emphasis on the Restoration of the gospel,” Church News reported.
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May 28, 2020 06:06 PM MDT
It’s been 150 years since the founding of the Young Women organization. On May 25, 1870, President Brigham Young gathered his daughters in the Lion House in Salt Lake City, asking them to set an example to other young ladies and help reduce extravagance and bring about greater economic unity in the community. Two days later, on May 27, the Young Ladies’ Department of the Ladies' Cooperative Retrenchment Association was founded.
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May 27, 2020 08:08 PM MDT
May 27, 2020, marks the 150th celebration of the Young Women organization, and the Young Women General Presidency wants you to celebrate.
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April 29, 2020 12:58 PM MDT
This story appeared in the March/April 2020 issue of LDS Living.
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April 21, 2020 08:56 PM MDT
Calling all Church history buffs!
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April 15, 2020 11:00 AM MDT
When people think of Missouri, they often focus on the extermination order of Governor Lilburn W. Boggs. On October 27, 1838, the governor’s infamous command declared, “The Mormons must be treated as enemies and must be exterminated or driven from the state, if necessary for the public good.”1 But the extermination order isn’t the whole story.
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April 01, 2020 07:54 PM MDT
In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, you might catch yourself wondering, “Is this really happening?” It almost seems surreal that we are all quarantining ourselves, missionaries are being called home, temples are closed, and general conference is altered.
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March 27, 2020 04:04 PM MDT
Did you know that the first temple of this dispensation, the Kirtland Temple, was dedicated on March 27, 1836—183 years ago? In light of that anniversary and the recent announcement that all temples are temporarily closed because of COVID-19 concerns, here are a few things we learned from another time in history when life was uncertain and temple worship was not always an option.
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March 26, 2020 11:00 AM MDT
Editor's note: This story was originally published in December 2015. It is being shared again to celebrate the 190th anniversary of the publication of the Book of Mormon.
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March 16, 2020 06:15 PM MDT
All Church historic sites are closed. This includes the following locations:
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March 14, 2020 11:00 AM MDT
Editor's note: This article originally ran on LDS Living in October 2018.
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March 05, 2020 12:08 PM MST
An informal survey from one of the Church historians found that almost no one could name five women from Church history. (Can you? I could, barely!) So, when Bethany and I wanted to do a book about Church history women, we had a lot of research to do. (Thank goodness for the learned and gracious church historians who were a fountain of knowledge— and good humor!) The exciting thing for me was not just learning their names but seeing all the astounding things these women accomplished.
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February 17, 2020 09:56 AM MST
Latter-day Saints aren't the only ones who have spoken from the podium of the Salt Lake Tabernacle. Many US Presidents have as well. In honor of President's Day, we are resharing this 2017 article with a few interesting details behind each of their visits to this historic Temple Square building.
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December 26, 2019 10:59 PM MST
As announced earlier this year, beginning on December 29, 2019, the Salt Lake Temple will be closed for renovations for the next four years. Portions of Temple Square will also be undergoing significant changes. As the heart of Salt Lake City, Temple Square has been transformed many times since it's mid-1800's creation, with the adding and removing of numerous buildings, structures, and features. Below are photographs documenting Temple Square's history, showing both the area's past, present, and future.
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December 22, 2019 10:00 PM MST
This story originally ran on LDS Living in December 2017.
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December 17, 2019 08:02 PM MST
Though the particular date it was written and the events that inspired "The Spirit of God" are unknown, there are many miraculous and incredible stories behind this beloved song and its author, William Wines Phelps, that have lead it to become one of the most recognizable and beloved Latter-day Saint hymns.
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By  Amy Parker
November 25, 2019 04:33 PM MST
One question we hear people say all the time is, “How is it possible that a story this good was out there, but I’ve never heard of it?” Surely, with our great love and interest in our Church’s history—and the fact that these events take place in Palmyra—you would expect we would all know and be familiar with Willard and Rebecca Bean.
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November 13, 2019 09:24 AM MST
In 1848, Miriam Slade visited her cousins, the Hills, in southwest England. They always looked forward to seeing Miriam, for she brought a certain fun charm and attitude when she was in town. However, this time was different: she had recently adopted a new religion, and all she could seem to do was talk about it. She told her family: “God had spoken from the heavens to a man named Joseph Smith; the Gospel was restored to the earth, the honest in heart were commanded to gather to the land of Zion for safety, for this was the last Dispensation, and the hour of God’s judgment had come!” She had joined The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
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November 07, 2019 09:10 PM MST
The Nauvoo temple was the first to have an angel on a spire, and it was a simple weather vane depicting a non-specific angel of the restoration.
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By  LDS Living
November 01, 2019 02:58 PM MDT
While speaking to Church members in Boston, Massachusetts, President M. Russell Ballard shared how his ancestor's near-death shows the hand of the Lord in his life and American history.
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October 30, 2019 02:12 PM MDT
At many times in my life, I have had to grapple with the humanity in our Church's history—the flaws and weaknesses that come with imperfect people attempting to establish a perfect church and gospel. As I've learned more about early Church history in all its complexity, it has humbled me to realize that if my life were subject to the scrutiny of historians and critics, my faults and missteps could fill novels. No one save Jesus Christ lived a blameless life. Thank goodness we belong to a Church filled with imperfect people, because none of us could belong in a perfect church filled with perfect people.
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October 16, 2019 03:00 PM MDT
Why do temples have symbols? Where do symbols come from? Is all temple symbolism unique to Latter-day Saints? These and many more questions like them are answered in Jack M. Lyon's new book, Understanding Temple Symbols Through Scripture, History, and Art. Following is an excerpt that gives five tips to help Latter-day Saints better understand temple symbols.
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