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The scripture Elder Bednar was inspired to share on 9/11 with BYU-Idaho studentsVery little can be said about the terrorist attacks on Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2001, that hasn’t already been said. Thousands of people were killed as millions of people across the country and around the world watched in horror as the attacks unfolded.
BYU-Idaho President Bednar talks about the changes that have taken place at the BYU-Idaho campus. He was president of the university from 1997 until his October 2004 call to the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles.
The unforgettable responses of President Hinckley, President Monson and others after 9/11Prophet's presence at a National Day of Prayer service after terrorist attacks on 9/11 brought an instant sense of calm, a visible reminder that the Lord is ever mindful of His children.
Meier & Frank window on Main Street in downtown Salt Lake City on Sept. 14, 2001, honors the American victims in the New York terrorist attack.
Why Church history isn't something to be afraid of, according to Apostle and historiansWith the historic Nauvoo Illinois Temple as a backdrop, Elder Quentin L. Cook promised young adult Latter-day Saints that studying the history of the Church will deepen their faith and their desire to live the gospel more fully.
Elder Quentin L. Cook of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles addresses young adults during a worldwide "Face to Face" broadcast focusing on the history of the Church. Also participating in the Sept. 9, 2018, event in Nauvoo, Illinois, were Church historians Kate Holbrook and Matt Grow.
What Elder Cook and historians said about polygamy, seer stones and Church transparency during Nauvoo Face to FaceJoined by Church historians Kate Holbrook and Matt Grow in a worldwide “Face to Face” broadcast from Nauvoo, Illinois, Elder Quentin L. Cook answered significant questions from young adults about Church history on Sunday, Sept. 9.
A musical number is performed before Elder Quentin L. Cook of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles addresses young adults during a worldwide "Face to Face" broadcast on Sept, 9, 2018, focusing on the history of the Church. Also participating were Church historians Kate Holbrook and Matt Grow.
Do you have a Nauvoo ancestor? New FamilySearch campaign can connect you to Church historyYou could be among 1.1 million Latter-day Saints who will receive an email announcing My Nauvoo Ancestor Story, a new FamilySearch discovery experience that identifies up to 20 of your ancestors who resided in the early Latter-day Saint settlement.
Discover the unique burial site of Brigham Young and 10 facts from his life 141 years after his deathIn remembrance of his death on Aug. 29, 1877, here are 10 facts about the second prophet of the Church.
The marker for the "Grave of Brigham Young" in Salt Lake City.
What 9 Church leaders have said about the miraculous impact of the Bible"You people can't be Christian because you don't believe in the Bible. You've got your own book." How many have heard something similar from someone who is not a member of the Church?
An image from the Church's Bible video series depicts Christ teaching a group of people.
From the Vault: Sister Holland advises 'be your own best friend' not 'your own worst enemy'As students’ self-proclaimed “mother-away-from-home,” Sister Patricia Holland offered the students on the BYU campus some of her best motherly advice.
Sister Patricia Holland speaks during a meeting at the Hyde Park Chapel of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in London on Thursday, April 12, 2018.
An inside look at President Monson's quiet moments of ministryPresident Thomas S. Monson loved to be among members of the Church. He seemed to be “at home” wherever he went. This was especially true when he went to Germany,
President Thomas S. Monson, front left, and Elder Dieter F. Uchtforf, at right, Siegfried Sacher and Frank Apel walk toward the grave of Elder Joseph A. Ott in Dresden, Germany, Aug. 26, 1995.
Relief Society got its start when 2 pioneer women pitched in to help with the Nauvoo temple. Here's how they made a differenceRead an excerpt from the new narrative, four-volume history of the Church titled "Saints: The Story of the Church of Jesus Christ in the Latter Days" about the organization of the Relief Society.
Minute record of the organization of the Female Relief Society of Nauvoo, depicted here in painting by Nadine Barton, is displayed in Foundations of Faith exhibit at Church History Library.
Primary turns 140 years old this August. What has changed?The Primary organization celebrates its 140th year this August. Hear what the Primary general presidency has to say about the past and future of the children's organization.
Sister Joy D. Jones, Primary general president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, enjoys a tender moment with a few of the Primary Choir children.
New Church book 'The Standard of Truth' covers controversial topicsThe first volume in the series, titled The Standard of Truth, will be available on Sept. 4 in 14 languages digitally and in print in English. Print editions in other languages will follow before the end of the year.
The first volume in the new history of the Church series, titled The Standard of Truth, will be available on Sept. 4, 2018, in 14 languages digitally and in print in English. Print editions in other languages will follow before the end of the year.
Do you think family history is boring? Catch the genealogical bug with these 7 storiesYou may have heard about the 63.7 million indexed names added to FamilySearch this week. In light of the announcement, here’s a look at genealogy across the decades.
Records of family births, deaths and marriages are found inside the William W. Phelps' Bible. Church members have worked with many types of records across decades of family history work.
91 years ago today, a prophet was born: President Monson's life through the decadesA snapshot of the nine decades President Thomas S. Monson spent in service to the Lord and his fellow men.
President Thomas S. Monson and President Henry B. Eyring, first counselor in the First Presidency, arrive at the cultural celebration held June 12, 2010, the evening before the dedication of the Cebu City Philippines Temple.
More than 7,000 pages of Wilford Woodruff's records now available onlineWilford Woodruff’s journals are now available online through The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ Church History Library.
Wilford Woodruff (1807-1898) was the fourth president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
From a bakery to a prison, a prophet retraces the steps of Joseph Smith President Spencer W. Kimball retraced some of Joseph Smith's footsteps in 1978. He walked some of the streets in Nauvoo, Illinois, and spent contemplative moments at the jail in Carthage where Joseph and his brother, Hyrum, were martyred.
President Spencer W. Kimball and Sister Camilla Eyring Kimball are shown on June 29, 1978, by the well near where Joseph Smith's lifeless body fell from an upstairs window in Carthage Jail on June 27, 1844. Sister Kimball dressed in period costume on the occasion of the dedication of the Relief Society Monument to Women in Nauvoo, Illinois.
Saints excerpt: For this pastor, accepting the Book of Mormon meant losing his jobRead an excerpt from the new narrative, four-volume history of the Church titled "Saints: The Story of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints" about the conversion of Sidney and Phebe Rigdon.
Sidney Rigdon scribed for Joseph Smith on his translation of the Bible.
Eliza R. Snow: Wife, sister and auntEliza R. Snow, Mormon pioneer poet, hymn text writer and leader of women's Church auxiliary organizations, seems almost bigger than life because of her lasting impact on LDS history and culture.
Eliza R. Snow as wife, sister, aunt was the subject of lecture by Jill Mulvay Derr, senior research historian at Church History Department, given Sept. 9 at the Church History Library, part of the Women's History Lecture Series.
From the Vault: Elder L. Tom Perry's 'Preparing Today for a Better Tomorrow'In a LDS Business College devotional held on Oct. 15, 1996, Elder L. Tom Perry of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles spoke on the theme that the college had adopted that year: "Preparing Today for a Better Tomorrow."
Elder L. Tom Perry of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles
Stumped by your family tree? The 63.7 million indexed names just added to FamilySearch might helpThe entire collection of Ellis Island New York Passenger Arrival Lists from 1820 to 1957 are now available online, thanks to a joint project between FamilySearch and The Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation, Inc.
Historic photograph of Ellis Island. FamilySearch and The Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation, Inc. announced Aug. 14, 2018, the entire collection of Ellis Island New York Passenger Arrival Lists from 1820 to 1957 are available online on both websites.
11 testimonies from prophets about the power of the Book of Mormon From the Prophet Joseph Smith to President Russell M. Nelson, presidents of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints have testified of and extolled the divinity of the Book of Mormon.
This Arnold Friberg painting depicts the Book of Mormon scene of the resurrected Jesus Christ descending from the sky as he appears on the American continent.
Brush up on your Church history with this new narrative While the new history of the Church, Saints: The Story of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, tells the story of ordinary men and women, it also “provides new detail and insight into better-known people and events from Church history...
Greg Newbold image of Nauvoo will be featured on the cover of volume 1 of new Church history, Saints: The Story of the Church of Jesus Christ in the Latter Days.
Newly published Joseph Smith Papers are a 'treasure trove of information' onlineTwo years after the Joseph Smith Papers first published the Council of Fifty minutes in print, the minutes are now available online.
The Joseph Smith Papers feature the minutes from the Council of Fifty meetings held in Nauvoo, Illinois. The minutes are contained in three volumes that have been in the custody of the Office of the First Presidency since the 1880s, when the Council of Fifty was disbanded, and were transferred to the Church History Department in 2010.
A glimpse of what President Monson was like during his more casual momentsOne afternoon in June of 1985, I visited President and Sister Thomas S. Monson in their home. That visit gave me a glimpse of his life "after hours," when he exchanged his suit and tie for casual clothes to relax at home.
During an interview for a Church News article for the week beginning June 23, 1985, President Thomas S. Monson showed off a couple of his Birmingham roller pigeons.
On this day in 1844: Brigham Young led the first gathering of what is now known as the Solemn AssemblyOn this day, in 1844, then-Elder Brigham Young stood before a gathering of Saints in Nauvoo and conducted the first meeting of what is now known as the Solemn Assembly.
Painted portrait of Brigham Young.
Recognize the monk with the sunglasses? Yes, it's Martin LutherOngoing exhibition examines life and writings of iconic 16th century religious leaders with a decidedly modern lens.
The playful BYU exhibition "Martin Luther Media Star" is on display at the Church-owned school's Harold B. Lee Library.
From the Vault: Camilla E. Kimball's 'The Hope of Tomorrow'On Sept. 6, 1980, Camilla Eyring Kimball, wife of President Spencer W. Kimball, gave a devotional to students of Brigham Young University entitled “The Hope of Tomorrow.”
Sister Camila Eyring Kimball gives one of four addresses she delivered during a three-day visit in Tennessee July 25-27, 1975.
Breakneck Mormon Tabernacle Choir tour pace leaves little room for sightseeingSeeing Rome, or any other destination, with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir would not top any travel agent's recommendation for the best way to have an unhurried tour.
One of venues on the Mormon Tabernacle Choir's 1998 concert tour in Europe was El Escorial, the historic Bascilica of the Royal Monastery of San Lorenzo, near Madrid, Spain.
Today is President Benson's birthday — here's what he thought was one of the best gifts the world has ever hadRemembered for his love for the Book of Mormon, his assignment as the 15th United States Secretary of Agriculture and his service as a General Authority and prophet, President Ezra Taft Benson was born on this day 119 years ago.
Ezra Taft Benson was sustained as a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles on October 1, 1943. He was set apart as President of the Church in November 1985.
Ezra Taft Benson: 'Serving Church and Country'A condensation of the lecture given Nov. 13 by Sheri L. Dew at the Men and Women of Faith Lecture Series. This is in anticipation of the 2015 Teachings of Presidents of the Church course in Melchizedek Priesthood and Relief Society classes.
President and Sister Benson greet a group of children circa 1986.
Elder Holland shares favorite memories from growing up as a boy in Utah — see if you can find him in this photoSt. George natives Elder Jeffrey R. Holland and Elder Steven E. Snow returned home to the St. George Tabernacle — the meetinghouse and stake center of their youth — as they participated in rededication events.
A photo of the St. George 5th Ward Primary, taken in June 1950 in the basement of the St. George Tabernacle. The photo was found in the belongings of Leona Atkin, the Primary president at the time, following her passing. The photo was on display during the late July open house prior to the tabernacle's rededication on July 28, 2018. A young Jeffrey R. Holland, future Church apostle who then was 9 years old, is eighth from the right on the lowest row of individuals standing (third row from the top). The grey "34" in front of him is an errant identification number left on this digital copy of the photo, which during the open-house display, had numbers superimposed on each child's image, with an accompanying listing of names for each known child.
How the history of the St. George Tabernacle has blessed a branch in southwest ItalyThe recently renovated and rededicated St. George Tabernacle has blessed the live of hundreds of thousands during its century-and-a-half history — including a small branch of Church members in southwest Italy.
Elder Jeffrey R. Holland of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints speaks Saturday, July 28, 2018, in the St. George Tabernacle in St. George, Utah. The 147 year old building was rededicated after a two-year renovation.
From the Vault: President Hinckley's 'Let Not Your Heart Be Troubled'President Gordon B. Hinckley spoke to students of Brigham Young University during a devotional in October 1974 on the topic, “Let Not Your Heart Be Troubled.”
President Gordon B. Hinckley speaks during the morning session of the 171st Annual General Conference on Saturday, Mar. 31, 2001. President Hinckley gave an address at Brigham Young University in October 1974 about the power of positive thinking.
7 quotes from female Church leaders on how you can make better decisionsAgency is an essential doctrine that’s been spoken on widely by Church leaders across decades of General Conference talks. Here’s seven quotes from female Church leaders about agency.
The Salt Lake Temple on Temple Square.
President Hinckley dedicated the first small temple 20 years ago this July — here's why it's been a game changer for the ChurchIt has been two decades since the first small temple — a concept developed by President Gordon B. Hinckley in 1997 — was dedicated in eight dedicatory sessions on July 26-27, 1998.
The sun shines on the Monticello Utah Temple on the morning of  its dedication, July 26, 1998.
Paint, patterns and all the trimmings: What it took to spiff up the St. George Tabernacle for rededicationStarted in 1861 and dedicated in 1876, the St. George Tabernacle awaits a July 28 rededication following a two-year closure. Projects included seismic reinforcements and a return to much of the tabernacle's original exterior and interior appearances.
Visitors walk through the St. George Tabernacle during its open house on Monday, July 23, 2018. After being closed for two years for renovations, the tabernacle will be rededicated on July 28, 2018.
Tabernacle was built as St. George sprang upIt seemed at first an unlikely locale for a tabernacle. But as early as 1862 — a year after St. George was settled — Brigham Young directed Latter-day Saints in St. George to construct the edifice, "a building designed not only for Church services but that would also serve as a cultural and social center for the entire community," said Michael N. Landon, an archivist in the Libraries Division of the Church History Library, at his May 27 presentation for the Mormon History Association Conference in St. George.
St. George Tabernacle.
From the Vault — Sister Nelson's 'Change: It's Always a Possibility!'In 1998, Sister Wendy Watson — now, Sister Wendy Nelson — spoke to Brigham Young University students about the blessings and challenges of change.
Wendy Watson Nelson gave a devotional for Brigham Young University students in 1998 on how to cope with change.
Just dropping by — why President Hinckley made a surprise visit to this branch of Church membersChurch News assignments took me to six continents; I became accustomed to boarding planes to cover the travels of President Gordon B. Hinckley. However, one memorable assignment to a rather isolated locale didn't require a plane ticket.
President Gordon B. Hinckley and his wife, Sister Marjorie P. Hinckley, visit with members of the Promontory Branch after attending sacrament meeting in an area made famous by the driving of the "golden spike" in 1869.