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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.
The first missionaries in England arrived on this day in 1837 — see how they faredWhen a group of six missionaries arrived in England for the first time in 1837, they didn't know their work would save the membership of the Church.
Elder Jeffrey R. Holland and Elder Quentin L. Cook, former mission companions in England in the early 1960s, talk about the anniversary and continued missionary work in Great Britain at the Church Administration Building in Salt Lake City on June 23, 2017.
Joseph Fielding Smith would have been 142 today — learn more about his life and ministryPresident Joseph Fielding Smith spent decades in Church service, but his family still remembers him as as a devout father and husband.
President Joseph Fielding Smith
5 reasons why you should care about honoring the Church's pioneer heritage this yearChurch historians answer why it’s important for Latter-day Saints to honor and remember their pioneer heritage.
Handcart and wagons set up camp at Independence Rock, Wyoming, during the 1997 sesquicentennial reenactment of the pioneers crossing the plains.
Hurricanes, flooding and resilience: Celebrating 18 years of the Baton Rouge templeThe Baton Rouge Louisiana Temple has withstood hurricanes, flooding and become a symbol of resilience for members in the area.
A group of about 350 is a small part of the over 4,300 MHH volunteers that arrived for a weekend clean-up project in 2016. The Baton Rouge Louisiana Temple is in the background.
From the Vault: Elder David A Bednar's 'A Reservoir of Living Water'Elder David A. Bednar of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles discussed using the scriptures to learn about Christ.
Elder David A. Bednar speaks at BYU in 2007.
Emma Smith was born over 200 years ago today — here's what Church historians think you should know about herNamed by the Lord as ‘an elect lady’ and known for being the first Relief Society general president, Emma Hale Smith, wife of the Prophet Joseph Smith, lived a life of sacrifice and service.
A portrait of Emma Hale Smith
What the Mormon Tabernacle Choir is up to when they're off the stageThe Mormon Tabernacle Choir had "no earthly reason" to go to Russia in 1991. It was there for a heavenly purpose.
Two LDS missionaries walk across Moscow's Red Square on June 24, 1991. The Mormon Tabernacle Choir's concert in the Bolshoi Theatre that evening led many people to make appointments with missionaries serving in Russia.
From the Vault: Liz Wiseman's 'The Power of Not Knowing'Liz Wiseman, best-selling author, researcher and advisor on leadership, spoke in a 2016 BYU forum about “The Power of Not Knowing.”
Liz Wiseman gives a forum, "The Power of Not Knowing," at Brigham Young University in 2016.
From The Vault: Elder Marlin K. Jensen's 'Stand in the Sacred Grove'In May 2012, Elder Marlin K. Jensen had been recently released as Church Historian and Recorder, when he spoke to Latter-day Saint young adults about the sacred grove.
Elder Marlin K. Jensen in Huntsville, Thursday, Sept. 27, 2012.
How LDS hymnbooks have changed over the past 200 yearsIn 1930, Joseph Smith received the revelation that his wife, Emma, would compile a book of hymns. Since that day there have been a few different compilations, all meant to strengthen, comfort and inspire Church members around the globe.
Emma Hale Smith’s 1835 collection of sacred hymns included 90 hymns.
Joseph and Hyrum Smith were martyred 174 years ago today — here are four tributes in their memoryMembers of the First Presidency testify of Joseph Smith as a prophet and translator of the Book of Mormon.
A statue of Joseph and Hyrum Smith by Carthage Jail in Illinois.
The most memorable part of the Mexico City temple dedication was these words from President HinckleyDuring the Mexico City Mexico Temple's dedication Dec. 2-3 1983, President Gordon B. Hinckley, then a counselor in the First Presidency, welcomed members in the temple district and "a larger unseen congregation" from the other side of the veil.
President Gordon B. Hinckley and his wife, Sister Marjorie Hinckley, pause for a photo on Dec. 3, 1983, the second day of the dedication of the Mexico Mexico City Temple.
From the Vault: Sheri Dew's 'You Were Born to Lead, You Were Born for Glory'Sheri Dew, President and CEO of Deseret Book Company, addressed students during a 2003 devotional at Brigham Young University about seeking the power of God.
Sister Sheri L. Dew of the Relief Society presidency speaking during the Relief Society session of the fall conference in 1999.
How the Mormon Tabernacle Choir changed the Church's role in RussiaThere's more to a Mormon Tabernacle Choir tour than meets the ear. Much of what makes the choir great touches the heart and soul.
A photo of the cover of the Church News from July 6, 1991, features a photo of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir on Red Square in front of St. Basil's Cathedral in Moscow, Russia, during the choir's world tour. Gerry Avant, who took the photo, accompanied the choir on their tours from 1991-2013.
From the Vault: Elder Holland's 'How Do I Love Thee?'In a February 2000 devotional at Brigham Young University, Elder Jeffrey R. Holland spoke about the truest form of devotion, “the pure love of Christ.”
Elder Jeffrey R. Holland and Patricia Holland stand together at the pulpit.
FamilySearch brings American Revolution museum next to Philadelphia templeThe Revolution Place experience offers guests an opportunity to find their connection to the American Revolution.
A room in the new "Revolution Place" exhibit that opens Saturday, June 9, 2018, at the Museum of the American Revolution in Philadelphia.
From the archives: Responses of joy evoked by 1978 revelation on priesthoodIn its first reporting of the 1978 revelation on priesthood, the Church News cited the extensive media attention given and a telegram sent by U.S. President Jimmy Carter. But the report's most powerful words were the responses from black members.
Front page of the Deseret News, then an afternoon paper, on June 9, 1978. That morning, the LDS Church announced the revelation on the priesthood, which extended the priesthood to all worthy male church members and temple blessings to all worthy members.
From The Vault: Sister Elaine L. Jack's 'All This Way For That?'During Sister Elaine L. Jack’s service as general president of the Relief Society, the Church’s women’s organization launched a gospel literacy effort, an initiative that sought to help sisters learn how to read.
Sister Elaine L. Jack is at the Deseret Industries Sort Center in 1992 with (left to right) President Thomas S. Monson, then-Elder James E. Faust, Elder Rex D. Pinegar and then-Bishop Robert D. Hales. The group is photographed with infant incubators. Similar incubators are still sent to various countries as part of Church humanitarian relief efforts.
Readers respond to question: 'Where were you when you heard about the revelation on the priesthood?'We asked our readers, "Where were you when you heard about the revelation on the priesthood?" Here are some of their responses.
Elder N. Eldon Tanner takes a sustaining vote In the Salt Lake Tabernacle after reading a letter by the First Presidency pertaining to the revelation on the priesthood in 1978.
‘There was no question about it’: Reflections on the announcement of the revelation on the priesthoodThe announcement proclaiming that all worthy male members of the Church could receive the priesthood was met with joy.
After a dedicatory session of the Johannesburg South Africa Temple in August of 1985, Jennifer Tonkin, left, joyfully greets Lydia and Isaac Mbele. Sister Tonkin was instrumental in Brother and Sister Mbele's conversion to the gospel.
One question, three answers: Where were you when you heard about the revelation on the priesthood?We asked our readers "Where were you when you heard about the revelation on the priesthood?" Here are a few responses.
Elder N. Eldon Tanner takes a sustaining vote In the Salt Lake Tabernacle after reading a letter by the First Presidency pertaining to the revelation on the priesthood in 1978.
Ask: Where were you when you received word regarding the 1978 revelation on the priesthood?For members of the Church, hearing news regarding the 1978 revelation on the priesthood is one of those moments that is forever etched in memory.
Would-be Latter-day Saints are baptized by the hundreds after the first missionary couples arrive in West Africa following the 1978 revelation on the priesthood.
President Spencer W. Kimball: A prophet at the pianoI heard a prophet playing a piano in "Music City." The prophet was President Spencer W. Kimball and the city was Nashville, Tennessee.
While visiting the home of Robert and Glenda Brady in 1975, President Spencer W. Kimball chose to sit on an old-fashioned piano stool. After a few minutes, he whirled around and played "I Am a Child of God." In the photo are Sister Camilla Kimball and D. Arthur Haycock, President Kimball's executive secretary.
From The Vault: President Gordon B. Hinckley's 'The Loneliness of Leadership'On Nov. 3, 1969, President Richard Nixon spoke to citizens of the United States of America calling for national solidarity regarding the Vietnam War effort.
President Thomas S. Monson with President Gordon B. Hinckley in 1970.
Black Latter-day Saint history on display in the Church History LibraryIn commemoration of the 40th anniversary of President Kimball's historic priesthood announcement, the Church History Library will present historic documents from black Latter-day Saint history in an exhibit from May 21-June 9.
A photograph of Jane Manning James, circa 1862-1873. Jane Manning James was an early black convert who lived with Joseph Smith and his family in Nauvoo and became one of the first African American women to enter Utah.
From The Vault: Sister Margaret D. Nadauld's 'The Joy of Womanhood'Many people have heard one specific quote that Sister Margaret D. Nadauld delivered from the pulpit in 2000 while serving as Young Women General President.
Margaret D. Nadauld speaks during a session of general conference.
From The Vault: Elder Neal A. Maxwell's 'The Man of Christ'It was 1975 and Elder Neal A. Maxwell had been serving as an Assistant to the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles for one year when he gave a talk entitled, "The Man of Christ," during April General Conference.
Elder Neal A. Maxwell is photographed.
The touch of a prophet's handIn Jackson, Mississippi, for an area conference in 1980, President Spencer W. Kimball met a 5-year-old boy with whom he shared a beautiful and moving moment.
President Spencer W. Kimball caresses the face of 5-year-old Jason Jordan of Biloxi during a visit to Mississippi on May 3, 1980.
In seeking redress from national government, Prophet's quest was inspiring though unsuccessfulSpencer W. McBride, one of four volume editors of the latest Joseph Smith Papers volume, gave an Assembly Hall lecture, "Joseph Smith in the White House," exploring Joseph’s 1839 trip to Washington.
White House as seen in 1846 photo, about seven years after Joseph Smith visited U.S. President Martin Van Buren there.
Belle S. Spafford, a woman of wit and wisdomBelle S. Spafford was “one of the most outstanding women in the world.” I met her in 1972. Our professional association was brief, but we continued a friendship that lasted until her death a decade later.
Elder LeGrand Richards gives a congratulatory kiss on the hand of Belle S. Spafford after she was released as Relief Society general president during the October 1974 general conference. She had served 29 years, the longest tenure of any Relief Society general president.