Church History


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    Preached vs. Published: Shorthand Record Discrepancies (Part 2 of 3)

    In the second post of a three-part miniseries, Church historian LaJean Carruth shares examples of how the sermons of Brigham Young and other early Church leaders were changed between their delivery, transcription, and eventual publication.

    Preached vs. Published: Shorthand Record Discrepancies (Part 1 of 3)

    In this, the first of a three-part miniseries, Church History Library historian LaJean Carruth introduces her research into the shorthand transcriptions behind the Journal of Discourses—and her surprising findings.

    Get Started with Research Guides

    Research assistance, subject guides, and useful resources compiled by your friendly librarians. Know what we know—find it in our research guides!

    Library Blog

    Learn about the library’s collections and historical resources.

    Find Your Family in Church History

    The library holds millions of original, authoritative records that will help bring your family’s story to life. 

    Serve in Church History

    Learn about the many exciting opportunities to serve as a missionary or volunteer in the Church History Department.

    Pioneer Database

    This database is a compilation of names of individuals and families obtained from reliable sources of individuals who immigrated to Utah in 300 wagon and handcart companies between 1847 and 1868.

    Missionary Database

    Discover a wealth of information about nearly 40,000 missionaries who served from 1830 to 1930.

    Foundations of Faith Exhibit

    Treasures from the Church's Historical Collections

    This new exhibit, available online and at the Church History Library, tells the story of the restoration of the Church of Jesus Christ through some of its most treasured documents.

    Researcher Registration

    Patrons who use the library’s reading room and digital assets are required to complete a registration process.

    Gifts and Donations

    We acquire materials from around the world containing information about what it means to be a Latter-day Saint.

    Preservation and Conservation

    Learn how we care for our collections, and get tips on how to safely preserve your own treasures.