Group Presentations at the Church History Library

Due to COVID-19, the Church History Library is closed to the public until further notice. While we are closed, the following live virtual presentations are available via video conferencing. Each interactive presentation lasts approximately 30-45 minutes and is followed by a question-and-answer session.

To schedule a virtual presentation, please contact us at librarytours@churchofjesuschrist.org.

“The First Vision”

Learn more about what the First Vision meant to Joseph Smith—and what it still means for us 200 years later. This presentation introduces Joseph Smith's several accounts of his experience, together with records from people who heard him bear his prophetic witness. You will also discuss ways to address common questions about the First Vision and Joseph Smith.

“A New Look at the Book of Mormon Translation”

This presentation shares fascinating details about the translation of the Book of Mormon and how its story has been represented throughout the history of the restored Church. For example, you will learn about the process Joseph Smith followed while translating from the gold plates, then examine instances when the seer stones, urim and thummim, and lost 116 pages have appeared in scripture, history, and art.

“Women Making History”

Explore how women have shaped the history of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints from its beginnings to the present day. This presentation features personal stories and narrative accounts showcasing the work of Latter-day Saint women from Guatemala, Nigeria, Germany, South Africa, and other locations around the world. You will also learn how to access additional inspiring accounts of Latter-day Saint women using the Gospel Library.

For any question about our presentations, please email us or call us at 801-353-3550.

“Foundations of Faith” Exhibit

Once the Church History Library reopens to the public, you will also be able to visit our "Foundations of Faith" exhibit in person. Come learn about the Church History Library’s purpose, the facility, and the types of records stored in the vaults. Visitors can also choose to view a short video and then be guided through the exhibit, which contains original foundational documents of the restored Church of Jesus Christ on display in the Church History Library.

In the meantime, many of the current and past items from "Foundations of Faith" have been digitized and are viewable online; for example, see the Book of Mormon printer's manuscript from 1829.