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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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Does the Heartland Model contradict statements made by the Leadership of the Church?

James F. Stoddard III If the Book of Mormon events occurred in North America, as Joseph Smith as well as other Presidents of the church have indicated, does this make other statements by the leadership of the Church inaccurate?  It appears on initial investigation that the early Brethren contradict what some of the later Brethren, […]

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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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Revealed Educational Principles: History & Principles of Latter-day Education

The following is a chapter from the book, Revealed Educational Principles & The Public Schools by Jack Monnett. Chapter 3 – Frontier Education: Money, Teachers, and Books by: Jack Monnett School conditions varied from community to community; however, all shared common interest in a broad curriculum that agreed with LDS doctrine. The Gentile Problem During […]

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A Moral Challenge to the West – A World Wide Battle

The Honorable Ezra Taft Benson Delivered to the International Freedoms Conference. Philadelphia. Pennsylvania. October 26, 1979 The Honorable Ezra Taft Benson LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, delegates and guests: You accord me a great honor by extending this invitation to address you at your Third International Freedoms Conference. Although I could not be with you at your […]

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The Proper Role of Government

The Honorable Ezra Taft Benson Former Secretary of Agriculture [The Eisenhower Administration – ed.] Published in 1968 Men in the public spotlight constantly are asked to express an opinion on a myriad of government proposals and projects. “What do you think of TVA?” “What is your opinion of Medicare?” How do you feel about Urban […]

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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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The Proper Role of Government

The Honorable Ezra Taft Benson Former Secretary of Agriculture [The Eisenhower Administration – ed.] Published in 1968 The Proper Role of Government Men in the public spotlight constantly are asked to express an opinion on a myriad of government proposals and projects. “What do you think of TVA?” “What is your opinion of Medicare?” How […]

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Utah War

Utah War — 1856-1858 Political Changes Chief Justice Lazarus H. Reed, after a short stay in Utah, resigned because of ill health, and returned to the East where he died in the spring of 1855. He was succeeded as chief justice by John F. Kinney, of Iowa, in 1854. After the close of the term […]

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Heber J. Grant

Administration of President Grant — 1918-1945 President Heber J. Grant By virtue of his position as president of the council of apostles, Heber J. Grant became the presiding officer of the Church at the death of President Smith. Heeding the instruction of President Wilford Woodruff—which was given by revelation, and was followed by Presidents Snow and Smith—that […]

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Joseph F. Smith

Administration of President Smith — 1901-1918 The Presidency Re-organized At the regular weekly meeting of the apostles, held in the Salt Lake Temple, October 17, 1901, the First Presidency was re-organized. Joseph F. Smith, the senior apostle, was sustained as President of the Church, and he selected John R. Winder and Anthon H. Lund as […]

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Lorenzo Snow

Administration of President Snow — 1898-1901 The Presidency Re-organized Eleven days after the death of President Wilford Woodruff, the apostles met in council and reorganized the First Presidency. Lorenzo Snow, then in his 85th year, was sustained as President of the Church, and selected the same counselors who had served with President Woodruff. The reason […]

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John Taylor

Administration of President Taylor — 1880-1887 The Year of Jubilee April 6, 1880, was just fifty years from the day of the organization of the Church. On this date and the three succeeding days, the fiftieth annual conference of the Church was held in the tabernacle, Salt Lake City. Preliminary meetings were also held on […]

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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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Lehite Remnant Found Throughout the World

Spencer W. Kimball The term Lamanite includes all Indians and Indian mixtures, such as the Polynesians, the Guatemalans, the Peruvians, as well as the Sioux, the Apache, the Mohawk, the Navajo, and others. It is a large group of great people . . . . There are no blessings, of all the imaginable ones, to […]

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Wilford Woodruff

Read about Wilford Woodruff in the interesting story the Eminent Spirits Appear to Wilford Woodruff Early Life Wilford Woodruff was born to Aphek Woodruff and Beulah Thompson.  Of his father he wrote, “He never made any profession of religion until I baptized him into the Church of Jesus Christ on the first day of July, 1838. He was a […]

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Martin Luther

Martin Luther Providential Role in History Martin Luther is one of the eminent spirits which appeared to President Wilford Woodruff in the St. George Temple on August 21, 1877. This interesting story is detailed in the Eminent Spirits Appear to Wilford Woodruff wiki. Joseph Smith said of Martin Luther’s German translation, “I have an old edition of the New […]

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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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Samuel Huntington

Associated Locations: Windham, Connecticut Associated Dates: July 16, 1731 – Born Life Sketch from “Lives of the Signers” Character Sketch from Lives of the Signers of the Declaration of Independence, B.J. Lossing, the 1848 original. The family of Samuel Huntington was among the earlier settlers of Connecticut, who located at Saybrook. He was born at Windham, […]

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