The Wilford Woodruff Papers Project mission is simple: transcribe every document Wilford Woodruff wrote that can be found and digitized and make them universally accessible. But the skill required to determine the handwriting is mind-boggling.
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Orson F. Whitney had apparently been a rather indifferent and casual Latter-day Saint until his unexpected call to serve as a missionary. And, by his own acknowledgment, even after his arrival in the field, he was more interested in writing than in ministering. But this incident plainly had a transformative effect upon him.
There has been much discussion over the years about determining the exact date of the restoration of the Melchizedek Priesthood. In the broadest range, every evidence points to the fact that this sacred event took place sometime between Friday, May 15, 1829 and August of 1830. Specific evidence, however, points to a much narrower field.
Eternity is something we look forward to at some long-distant future date, but what do the promises of eternity mean for us this very day? This was a question compellingly asked and illustrated by the life of Wilford Woodruff.
A pandemic. Conflict in Europe. Financial insecurity. Racial injustice. These aren’t just challenges of the last few years. Early Saints experienced similar challenges and they are discussed in the latest installment of the "Saints" book series.
If we find a brother or sister in distress and do nothing, we will be subject to the judgements specified in Matthew 25. Those who ignore sufferers “shall go away into everlasting punishment”. Though most of the early members of the Church suffered their own kind of distresses, that didn't stop them from keeping their baptismal covenants and reaching out to aid one another.