David O. McKay Evolution Letter – February 15, 1957

On February 15, 1957 the President of the Church, David O. McKay, penned a letter to William Lee Stokes claiming that “On the subject of organic evolution the Church has officially taken no position.”  However, this statement contradicted the The Origin of Man: 1909 First Presidency Message “which expresses the Church’s doctrinal position on these […]

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The Meaning of the Atonement

By W. Cleon Skousen As we come to the conclusion of this beautiful Sabbath day, I want to express my personal appreciation for the privilege of being a guest in such a pleasant place with such a sweet spirit, and this beautiful music sung concerning one of our favorite scriptures is so appropriate for the […]

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The Keys of the Kingdom

By President Wilford Woodruff Published in Millennial Star, 2 Sept. 1889, 545–49; fore the close of this conference there is a subject upon which I wish to bear my testimony. There were perhaps very few people here yesterday who are in this assembly to-day, when Brother Thatcher delivered a lecture upon the life of President […]

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Historical Scriptural Statements on Race

Moses 7:8, 22 8 For behold, the Lord shall curse the land with much heat, and the barrenness thereof shall go forth forever; and there was a blackness came upon all the children of Canaan, that they were despised among all people. . . . 22 And Enoch also beheld the residue of the people […]

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Autobiography (1801-1844) in Manuscript History of Brigham Young

Autobiography (1801-1844) in Manuscript History of Brigham Young    Source: Manuscript History of Brigham Young, 1801-1844, ed. Elden Jay Watson (Salt Lake City: Smith Secretarial Service, 1968).  MANUSCRIPT HISTORYofBRIGHAM YOUNGI was born in Whitingham, Windham County, Vermont, June 1, 1801. At an early age I labored with my father, assisting him to clear off new […]

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The Nauvoo Diary of Zina Diantha Huntington Jacobs

June, 1844 June 1844 5,6,7,8,9. Went with Henres [Henry’s] uncles family uppon the hill. From this day I understand the Kinsmans degree of freemasonry.2 My husband, being a Master Mason, attended meeting. Hiram Smith spoke exceeding well also re[a]d a revelation. I went to see Sister Gleson, and Sister Abigal Thorn in the past we[e]k. […]

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Kirtland Elders’ Quorum Record 1836-1841

Kirtland Elders’ Quorum Record 1836-1841   Edited by Lyndon W. Cook and Milton V. Backman, Jr. Provo, Utah: Grandin Book Co., 1985 Source: Kirtland Elders’ Quorum Record, RLDS Archives CONTENTS Preface 1836 Minutes 1837 Minutes 1838 Minutes 1840 Minutes 1841 Minutes Biographical Appendix References   Preface The Kirtland Elders’ Quorum Record is an official Church […]

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Declaration of Sentiments and Resolutions

Note: The following is a declaration signed during the 19th century.  This declaration is in direct opposition to the words of the Presidents of the Church (past and present) and the Scriptures.  Please see our Home & Family FAQs, for statements from the leadership of the Church. Woman’s Rights Convention, Held at Seneca Falls, 19-20 […]

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Adams & Jefferson: Eulogy by Daniel Webster

August 2, 1826 Source: Shewmaker, 104-113 Daniel Webster speaks at the momentous occasion of the funeral of John Adams and Thomas Jefferson, both of whom died on the 50th anniversary of the Union. Webster praises Jefferson and the Declaration. He then offers an analysis of Adams, including a representation of words that Adams might have […]

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Autobiography of Benjamin F. Johnson (1818-1905)

Autobiography (1818-1846) From, Benjamin F. Johnson, My Life’s Review (Independence, Missouri: Zion’s Printing and Publishing Co., 1947), pp. 7-107. Chapter 1 – MY CHILDHOOD I was born July 28, 1818, in the town of Pomfret, Chatauqua County, New York. My father, Ezekiel Johnson, was born in Uxbridge, Massachusetts, January 12, 1776, and my mother, Julia Hills, […]

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Freedom Festival Speech 1997

by Gordon B. Hinckley President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints At this season when we memorialize the arrival of our forbearers in these valleys of the west, it is fitting that we celebrate freedom, the reason for their coming here. Human liberty is such a precious and remarkable thing that it […]

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Celebration of the Fourth of July

Talk by Elder Orson Hyde, Delivered in the Tabernacle, Great Salt Lake City, July 4, 1854 Respected Friends and Fellow Citizens—I am called upon, by the wishes and voice of many persons, to be one of your speakers on this ever memorable day. While I congratulate myself upon the honor which you have done me […]

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When Are the Writings and Sermons of Church Leaders Entitled to the Claim of Being Scripture?

President J. Reuben Clark, Jr. of the First Presidency When are the writings and sermons of church leaders entitled to the claim of being scripture? I assume the scripture behind this question is the declaration of the Lord in a revelation given through Joseph primarily to Orson Hyde, Luke S. Johnson, Lyman E. Johnson, and […]

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Fourteen Fundamentals in Following the Prophet

Given Tuesday, February 26, 1980 at Brigham Young University My beloved brothers and sisters. I am honored to be in your presence today. You students are a part of a choice young generation—a generation which might well witness the return of the Lord. Not only is the Church growing in number today, it is growing […]

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