Wilford Woodruff Journal (1847)

Wilford Woodruff was one of the most prolific diarists in Church history.

Wilford Woodruff began writing a daily journal shortly after joining the Church in 1833 and continued writing until his death in 1898. The resulting 31 volumes constitute one of the most significant records of the history of the Church. This fragile volume is open to the entry for July 24, 1847, the date that he and Brigham Young entered the Salt Lake Valley. The entry notes that President Young “expressed his full satisfaction in the Appearance of the valley as A resting place for the Saints.”