Church History

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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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
Many of the stories about this beloved temple are familiar, but here are some lesser-known but just as inspiring stories about the original and present-day Nauvoo temples.
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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
The Book of Mormon’s “lost 116 pages” disappeared 193 years ago. But evidence is emerging that provides new discoveries about those lost pages.
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January 18, 2021 12:00 PM MST
I remember and honor Dr. King for that night at midnight when he sat at that tiny kitchen table, his head bowed over a cup of coffee, praying to God when he was losing his courage.
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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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Fun
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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Fun
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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Fun
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 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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