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Did Brigham Young leave empty shafts for elevators in the Salt Lake Temple? How to identify assumptions in Church history

by Keith A. Erekson, excerpted from “Real vs. Rumor” | June 1, 2021

“Would you like rock-solid proof that God inspires His prophets in every detail?” The Sunday Sc...


Not sure what’s really happening in the Doctrine and Covenants? This resource can help you put the revelations in context

by Danielle Christensen | May 13, 2021

This week’s Come, Follow Me   begins with Doctrine and Covenants 49 , a revelation given through...


9 stories you might not have heard about the Nauvoo Temple(s)

by Jannalee Sandau | April 30, 2021

This year marks the 175th anniversary of not only the Saints’ exodus from Nauvoo but also the anniver...


How a fashion designer, swimsuit sequins, and Relief Society sisters helped fund the Los Angeles temple

by Lindsey Williams | April 7, 2021

On September 22, 1951, President David O. McKay broke ground for the Los Angeles California Temple, which w...


Why do pandemics come and what is God’s role in them? Church historians discuss the topic

by Matthew J. Grow and Matthew C. Godfrey, excerpted from “Know Brother Joseph” | March 9, 2021 | Makes You Think

Pandemics perplex. Long after the anxiety has receded, the suffering has subsided, and the dead have been b...


9 things we now know about the lost manuscript of the Book of Mormon

by Don Bradley, Contributor | February 5, 2021 | Makes You Think

This story was originally published on  LDS Living  in January 2018 and has been updated.  T...


Get the most out of your 2021 ‘Come, Follow Me’ study with these new resources

by LDS Living Staff | Makes You Think Mormon Life Lesson Helps

In 2021, we will start a new year of Come, Follow Me in the Doctrine and Covenants. Whether your children a...


Confessing sins at ward meetings, forgiving thousands of debts, and 8 other tidbits about Church history found in the second volume of ‘Saints’

by Jannalee Sandau | Makes You Think

Editor's note: " Scenes from Saints " is a series of articles highlighting interesting facts ...


From a nonmember defending the Saints to an ex-missionary attempting to build an empire: 9 surprising stories from ‘Saints’ 2

by Jannalee Sandau | Makes You Think

Editor's note:  " Scenes from Saints " is a series of articles highlighting interesting ...


Why BYU professor Anthony Sweat paints little-seen moments from Church history and what he wishes people better understood about them

by LDS Living Staff | Makes You Think

Anthony Sweat isn’t just a BYU religion professor and an author; he is also a talented artist. We rec...