“It seems as though the adversary was aware, at a very early period of my life, that I was destined to prove a disturber and an annoyer of his kingdom; else why should the powers of darkness combine against me? Why the opposition and persecution that arose against me, almost in my infancy?” (JS-History 1:20).
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The Book of Mormon contains a prophecy that the “Lord God shall commence his work among all nations, kindreds, tongues, and people, to bring about the restoration of his people upon the earth”. One of the ways this has been brought to pass is through the translation of the Book of Mormon into numerous foreign languages. One such early translation that stands out is the translation of the Book of Mormon into Japanese. It was particularly challenging.
Latter-day Saint women have always been able to hold their own. The doctrine and practices of the Church regarding women give us confidence born of the Spirit and teach us how to lead, teach, testify, rally others to a worthy cause, and express ourselves. And it has always been so. . .
Historical records indicate that the attack on the jail at Carthage, Illinois that resulted in the martyrdom of the Prophet and the Patriarch was carried out by a mob composed mostly of the disbanded troops of the Warsaw Militia. The names of many of the participants are given in History of the Church, vol. vii, pages 143-145. I have had a careful look at those names trying to find someone named Brooks. He is at the center of an enigma that has puzzled me for a few years.
On a recent trip to Utah I found a treasure trove: a collection of century-old issues of Improvement Era and Young Woman’s Journal, with the whole set of 19 issues going for under $100. I’ve had a wonderful time learning more about the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints 100 years ago–including the evolution of temple garments.
“Yes, It’s True, But I Don’t Think They Like to Hear it Quite That Way”: What Spencer W. Kimball Told Elaine Cannon
Elaine Cannon, who was general president of the Young Women some four decades ago, had an interesting conversation with President Spencer W. Kimball in 1978. According to Sister Cannon’s firsthand account, President Kimball revealed important insight into how he thought about himself as the prophet as well as how he thought leaders should talk to the general membership about that topic.
Hundreds of thousands have enjoyed volume one, The Standard of Truth. Some 340,000 copies of that volume have been sold, and 834,000 individuals have read or are reading it online. The first volume tells the story of the Restoration, beginning in 1815 with Joseph Smith’s childhood, and concludes with Latter-day Saints worshipping in the Nauvoo Temple in 1846. In volume two, with mobs threatening to drive them from their homes, thousands of Latter-day Saints flee Nauvoo, their gathering place for the past seven years.