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Come Follow Me Latter-day Saint History

Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About the Angel Moroni

The angel Moroni is a Book of Mormon prophet who appeared to Joseph Smith as a resurrected being. His influence goes far beyond the Hill Cumorah in New York. For example, pioneers spoke about Moroni more often than the First Vision. And today, there are dozens of angel Moroni statues atop Latter-day Saint temples throughout the world.

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Latter-day Saint History

Who Was Joseph W. Musser?

Joseph W. Musser was a defining figure in the Mormon Fundamentalist movement. Drawing on the teachings of Brigham Young and others, he served as the ideological spokesperson for the fundamentalist movement during its formative period and provided leadership for a time as well. This interview with Cristina Rosetti discusses Joseph W. Musser’s life and legacy.

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Latter-day Saint History

You Can Now See the Journals of Two Early Sister Missionaries

The Church Historian’s Press announced the digital publication of the journals of two early sister missionaries at an event in Salt Lake City today. The journals of Eliza Chipman and Josephine Booth represent two of the earliest women to serve as missionaries for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints anywhere in the world. Similar to the publication of the Eliza R. Snow discourses, these new volumes make substantial contributions to our understanding of the lives of early Latter-day Saint women.

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Joseph Smith Latter-day Saint History

What Is the White Horse Prophecy?

The White Horse Prophecy is a statement attributed to the Prophet Joseph Smith by Edwin Rushton. What it says depends on how you look at it. Historically, the White Horse Prophecy is problematic. Not only do scholars question its reliability, but the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has denounced it. From a popular culture standpoint, the prophecy is often warped to refer to a Latter-day Saint politician who will save the Constitution prior to the Second Coming. You typically see this second viewpoint in media stories discussing individuals like Mitt Romney, Glenn Beck, or Ammon Bundy.

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20th Century Latter-day Saint History

The Story of Bruce R. McConkie’s Final Testimony

“The Purifying Power of Gethsemane” is the general conference talk often referred to as Bruce R. McConkie’s final testimony. Elder McConkie gave the talk when sick with cancer, less than two weeks before his death. His testimony of Jesus Christ was so influential that Joseph Fielding McConkie called it “one of the most powerful talks ever given in the Tabernacle.” It has also been noted by historian John Turner in Mormon Jesus as a pivotal event that marked a change in how Latter-day Saints talk about the Savior.

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Joseph Smith Latter-day Saint History

History of the Kirtland Temple

Joseph Smith dedicated the Kirtland Temple in 1836. He introduced temple ordinances prior to the dedication as a way to help prepare pioneers for a future endowment of power. The temple’s history includes visions of Jesus Christ and Old Testament prophets, a two-hour Sidney Rigdon sermon, and a few myths. The latest news came in March 2024 when the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints purchased the Kirtland Temple from the Community of Christ. This article provides factual snippets from historians, pioneers, and more.

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American West Latter-day Saint History

Who Are the Navajo Latter-day Saints?

Native Americans such as the Navajo (or Diné) have sometimes been thought of as descendants of the Book of Mormon Lamanites. This has created a complex legacy of interactions between Church members and Native Americans, including among those members who are Native Americans. This interview with Dr. Farina King discusses Diné Latter-day Saints.

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Latter-day Saint History

Who Was John A. Widtsoe?

John A. Widtsoe was an apostle, a scientist, and an administrator in the early twentieth century. In those roles, he revolutionized dry-climate farming, served as president of two universities, and became a notable theologian in Latter-day Saint history. He was also the grandson-in-law of Brigham Young. This interview with Thomas G. Alexander discusses John A. Widtsoe.

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International

Who Was the First Native Mexican Missionary?

Andrés Carlos González was the first native Mexican to be called as missionary, as a mission presidency councilor, and as a patriarch. The grandfather of M. Russell Ballard also inquired about his ability serve as a mission president. Gonzalez wrote the lyrics to the popular hymn Placentero nos es trabajar and was a notable resident of the Latter-day Saint colonies in Mexico. This interview with John A. Gonzalez discusses Andrés Carlos González’s life and legacy.

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Joseph Smith Quotes

Joseph Smith Quotes

It can be challenging to find Joseph Smith quotes drawn from reliable historical sources. Our quotes page gives you access to his teachings about topics like love, trials, and the Holy Ghost. What makes them especially unique is that every quote is taken from dependable scholarly research such as the Joseph Smith Papers Project.