Church History

September 20, 2022 05:00 AM MDT
“It’s overly simplistic to say that the Presbyterian God abhorred people and the Methodist God didn’t, but the contrast helps us see a difference that meant a lot to Joseph.”
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September 15, 2022 01:18 PM MDT
During a worldwide devotional for young adults, Elder and Sister Renlund spoke about the newest volume of Saints and had some special artifacts with them to help share their message.
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September 13, 2022 12:00 PM MDT
“This history is our shared heritage, whether we descend from early pioneers, later pioneers, or if we are pioneers in the faith.”
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September 06, 2022 04:00 AM MDT
Among the revelators who experienced assurance that restoration was on the way, were women including Sarah Pierrepont Edwards and Lucy Mack Smith.
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August 23, 2022 05:00 AM MDT
How did classical theism’s assumption that God is immaterial obtain its hold on Christianity, and how did the radical, restored truth, revealed through the Prophet Joseph Smith, challenge this theism?
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August 22, 2022 10:49 AM MDT
Like David in the Old Testament, I want to say to the world as it moves on with its new work week as if all is well, “Know ye not that there is a prince[ss] and a great [wo]man fallen this day in Israel?”
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August 08, 2022 04:22 PM MDT
Today we celebrate the life and legacy of author and historian David McCullough, two-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize. Here are four times MCullough spoke to Latter-day Saints.
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By  Emily Abel
July 30, 2022 01:00 PM MDT
The legacy of the Mormon crickets isn’t over yet. Watch as a road in Idaho is saved from thousands of these intruding insects.
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July 28, 2022 12:40 PM MDT
Lachlan Mackay was anticipating a variety of responses when he and his uncle, Daniel Larsen, released a new daguerreotype last week that they believe is Joseph Smith after keeping it a secret for two years.
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By  Emily Abel
July 26, 2022 02:52 PM MDT
We may think we’re excused from living the law of consecration. But a former general editor of Saints doesn’t believe that’s the case.
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July 22, 2022 01:47 PM MDT
Joseph Smith’s great-great grandson recently found a daguerreotype inside an old family locket—and he believes it’s a photo the Prophet himself.
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July 19, 2022 12:00 PM MDT
When the first volume of The Work and the Glory series was published in 1990, readers instantly fell in love with the Steed family and their adventures in 1800s Palmyra.
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July 19, 2022 10:22 AM MDT
This Pioneer Day weekend, celebrate those who traveled with the Vanguard Company and trekked with the Mormon Battalion.
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July 14, 2022 10:41 AM MDT
Did you know as recently as 1997, nearly 10,000 people made the 1,000 mile journey over 93 days on foot across the pioneer trail?
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July 06, 2022 07:00 AM MDT
The fifth General President of the Relief Society, Emmeline B. Wells, wrote frequently about the daily affects of the pandemic in her diary, and the experiences she had might sound vaguely familiar...
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July 01, 2022 10:44 AM MDT
Is it true the Lord revealed but then revoked the law of consecration because the early Saints couldn’t live it?
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Fun
June 29, 2022 10:00 AM MDT
Latter-day Saints are familiar with the Tabernacle’s iconic domed roof. But did you know that it didn’t always look that way?
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June 28, 2022 12:08 PM MDT
For the month of July, the LDS Living Book Club will be reading “The Sister Preachers” by Gale Sears.
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June 27, 2022 07:00 AM MDT
Here are some details leading up to Joseph Smith’s martyrdom that aren’t widely known.
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June 26, 2022 02:04 PM MDT
Joseph and Hyrum’s martyrdom made headlines all across the country—with most sources condemned the act as murder and a scandal.
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June 23, 2022 07:00 AM MDT
For Latter-day Saints today, the Pittsburgh Gazette interview is most notable for providing us with a detailed account of Joseph Smith’s First Vision.
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June 21, 2022 10:00 AM MDT
This year marks the 110th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic. Here's a look at Latter-day Saint connections to that fateful voyage.
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June 14, 2022 01:27 PM MDT
Plan ahead, be flexible, and be mindful of the places “where people can get out and explore the site and have their own sacred experiences.”
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May 27, 2022 03:18 PM MDT
“This is a salvific sisterhood, and when men and women on a general and a local level understand this, we understand the role of Emma Smith in concert with her prophet husband.”
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May 19, 2022 07:00 AM MDT
The ‘Saints’ volumes are wonderful as an overview, but if you’re truly looking for a country-specific deep dive, here’s a Church resource you’ll want to know about.
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By  Emily Abel
May 17, 2022 09:47 AM MDT
Hamilton, Missouri, was once in serious financial trouble. But in a matter of a few years, Jenny Doan and her family transformed the sleepy town into a magical destination. How did the Doans do it? By the power of faith—and quilts.
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By  Emily Abel
May 13, 2022 12:30 PM MDT
While the First Vision holds great significance, little would have happened had Joseph’s interactions with heavenly messengers ended there.
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April 27, 2022 10:23 AM MDT
As it portrays world wars, technological changes, and unprecedented Church growth, ‘Saints,’ vol. 3 highlights many Latter-day Saint women and their remarkable contributions.
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‘Boldly, Nobly, and Independent’ tells the story of the Latter-day Saints from 1893 to 1955—a time of unprecedented change in the Church and the wider world.
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April 18, 2022 07:00 AM MDT
“Saints,” vol. 3, offers new insights into Church history, and the digital version is packed with links to primary sources for readers interested in a deeper dig.
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April 15, 2022 08:00 AM MDT
Here is a look at some of the interesting things we have learned from "Saints, vol. 2" as we anticipate the release of the next volume.
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By  Emily Abel
April 06, 2022 10:30 AM MDT
After learning what the first sister missionaries left behind to serve, Gale Sears knew their story needed to be told.
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By  Emily Abel
March 29, 2022 12:27 PM MDT
To delight of many, a women’s session of general conference will be held this year. Catch up on the history of the women’s session with this timeline.
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March 25, 2022 07:00 AM MDT
Did you know that general conference was once held outside the US, and April 2020 was not the first time the public was not invited to attend?
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March 16, 2022 11:47 AM MDT
On an island divided by political and religious borders, about 8,000 plucky Irish Latter-day Saints have discovered a way to find unity through the gospel of Jesus Christ.
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March 10, 2022 07:00 AM MST
Did you know the Hamilton New Zealand temple and an adjacent Church college were built almost entirely by volunteers?
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By  Emily Abel
March 09, 2022 11:00 AM MST
What do you say to a community forced to bury 11 young people after a tragic accident?
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March 07, 2022 10:01 AM MST
In 1952, President McKay encouraged members to help with the cost of building the Los Angeles temple. That call was answered in part by a fashion designer and her “temple swimsuit.” Learn more about how local Relief Society sisters played a part in its creation.
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February 09, 2022 03:13 PM MST
Understanding the multifaceted meaning of the cross can help us honor those who find deep meaning in the symbol—and increase our own appreciation for the Savior.
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February 09, 2022 01:50 PM MST
It’s been 175 years since the Mormon Battalion was formed, but only in the past year have historians discovered exactly who served with this historic group.
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January 27, 2022 10:10 AM MST
This new volume of the Joseph Smith Papers is the “closest experience that most people will have of being able to hold [the original Book of Mormon manuscript] in their hands”
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January 20, 2022 03:00 PM MST
Here are some insights from Church History Library Director Keith Erekson on a few common Church history myths and how to avoid deception.
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November 11, 2021 09:00 AM MST
During WWII, one American bomber pilot single-handedly saved the lives of 90 men by listening to the promptings of the Spirit. That pilot was my grandfather, Ronald S Beckstrom.
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November 09, 2021 08:00 AM MST
Before she was formally set apart as the Relief Society general president, President Brigham Young asked Sister Eliza R. Snow to assist bishops in organizing Relief Societies and to teach the women.
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October 27, 2021 03:21 PM MDT
In 2014, the Church began a 25-year renovation project in Historic Nauvoo, and this week, the first phase of the project was recognized and awarded for bringing greater awareness to Illinois’ diverse history.
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October 25, 2021 12:46 PM MDT
Before sunrise on Sunday, Oct. 24, 1841, Elder Orson Hyde of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles exited the city walls of Jerusalem, crossed the brook Cedron and climbed the Mount of Olives.
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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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By  Emily Abel
September 30, 2021 04:00 PM MDT
Published in 1899, the first Church handbook was small enough to fit in a shirt pocket. The world has changed greatly since then, and so has the handbook.
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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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Fun
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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