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A “Gathering” Storm: The U.S. State Department’s Worldwide War on Mormonism (2 of 3)

December 11, 2006 | 6 comments
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Secretary of State William M. Evarts informed American diplomatic officers overseas of the Hayes Administration’s policy to discourage Mormon emigration from Europe to the United States. Read more »

A “Gathering” Storm: The U.S. State Department’s Worldwide War on Mormonism (1 of 3)

December 9, 2006 | 6 comments
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The bulk of federal action against Mormon polygamy took place in Congress and in the courts where it was subject to public scrutiny, won public support, and permitted the Mormons an opportunity to defend their rights within the constitutional system. Read more »

Gohar Yeghiayan Davidian: A Latter-day Saint in Syria

November 30, 2006 | 10 comments
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Gohar Yeghiayan Davidian: A Latter-day Saint in Syria

For half a millennium, ending with World War I, the Ottoman Empire dominated eastern Europe, Asia Minor, and the Middle East. Read more »

Ned Desaules and the United Order – 2 of 2

November 26, 2006 | 3 comments
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Ned also records the risks faced by children in that time and place: “Edwin King smallest boy accidentally fell in my well yesterday, & had a narrow escape at drowning. Bro. Hammond fished him out.” Read more »

Ned Desaules and the United Order – 1 of 2

November 24, 2006 | 10 comments
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On a day when TV news programs carry images of 170 million Americans storming shopping malls in a frenzy of consumerism, here’s an account of a different kind of economic system Read more »

I Don’t Know It All, But I Know Some Things

November 22, 2006 | 44 comments
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I once spent an uncomfortable few hours wedged in economy class on a flight from Boston to Salt Lake City. Read more »

Ellen Briggs Douglas Parker: Where Her Treasure Was

November 17, 2006 | 11 comments
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Nauvoo, June 12, 1842 Dear father and mother, I am at a loss what I can say to you. I feel so thankful for what the Lord has done for me and my family, for truly all things have worked together for our good. … Read more »

Johanna Tippett Porter: In Active Service to the End

November 11, 2006 | 11 comments
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LDS missionaries working on the Isle of Wight, off the coast of England, found the Tippett family in 1859. Read more »

Words for Life

November 5, 2006 | 19 comments
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I was 15 when the American POWs came home from Vietnam. Read more »

Annie Griffith Burbank: Amongst the Gentiles

November 5, 2006 | 11 comments
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Annie Griffith was born on August 27, 1837, in Georgetown, Essex Co., Massachusetts, on the Merrimack River near the New Hampshire state line. She lived in that county all her life. Read more »

Venus Robinson Rossiter: Learning to Serve

October 31, 2006 | 15 comments
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Venus Rossiter, serving in Tahiti with her husband, Mission President Ernest C. Rossiter, wrote to the Relief Society General Board early in 1919 with her report for 1918. Read more »

Murder in the Metropolis: Part the Fourth (Conclusion)

October 28, 2006 | 6 comments
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Hooper Young was arrested in Connecticut three days after the discovery of Mrs. Pulitzer’s body. Read more »

Murder in the Metropolis: Part the Third

October 27, 2006 | 8 comments
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Hooper never told the full story of his association with Mrs. Pulitzer; such accounts as he did give were conflicting and incomplete. Read more »

Murder in the Metropolis: Part the Second

October 26, 2006 | 15 comments
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William Hooper Young, known as Hooper, was born in 1871 in Philadelphia, where his mother, Libbie Canfield, was visiting, while his father, John W. Young, was in Utah. Read more »

Murder in the Metropolis: Part the First

October 25, 2006 | 5 comments
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As the ebbing tide of September 18, 1902, lowered the level of the barge canals near Jersey City, New Jersey, a passing trolley engineer spotted the nude and mutilated body of a woman lying in the mud. Read more »

Charlotte Owens Sackett: Teaching the Sisters to Sing

October 23, 2006 | 7 comments
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Lottie Owens was born in 1877 in Willard, Box Elder County, Utah. Her mother’s family were early Church members in Nauvoo; her father had emigrated to Utah as a convert from Wales. Read more »

Retiring Toscanini

October 21, 2006 | 20 comments
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We are a storytelling people. Our Sunday lessons are as often built around a scriptural episode as around an abstract principle. Our General Conference talks and magazine articles are brightened by stories. Our family reunions are celebrations of family stories. We want stories from our returning missionaries, not exhortations on repentance and baptism. Read more »

Sarah Day Hall: Southern Mother in Israel

October 19, 2006 | 9 comments
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Sarah Day Hall: Southern Mother in Israel

American Southerners have been joining the Church since the 1830s. The Southern States Mission became the most successful mission field in the Church in the last generation of the 1800s. During those years when southern LDS meeting halls were burned and elders and even members were murdered, many thousands of Southerners responded to the gospel. Two elders knocked on a farmhouse door in Lowndes County, Alabama, on a spring day in 1896. The door was opened by Sarah Day Hall, holding her Read more »

Our Crown Jewels: The Church Archives

October 17, 2006 | 33 comments
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In the fall of 1983, Dialogue published Davis Bitton’s personal memoir of Leonard Arrington’s tenure as Church Historian, “Ten Years in Camelot.â€? That essay conveyed the excitement of discovering, writing, and publishing Mormon history on a scale never before known. The essay also records disappointment with changes then underway, betraying the uncertainty, even fearfulness, that comes with change. Read more »

Geertruida Lodder Zippro: The Extra Mile

October 15, 2006 | 13 comments
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Much of the attention of the Relief Society Conference of October, 1945, was devoted to efforts to assist surviving members of the Church in the former war zones of Europe. Contact had been reestablished with some of the European branches, and reports of their experiences and especially of their needs were read to the sisters assembled in Salt Lake City: Read more »

Christina Olsen Rockwell: Visiting Teacher

October 13, 2006 | 21 comments
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Christina Olsen was a Norwegian convert to the Church who emigrated to Zion before the arrival of the railroad. She was in her early 30s when she married the legendary Orrin Porter Rockwell, a man more than 20 years older than she was. Christina began her short married life by dividing her time between an isolated ranch in Rush Valley, Tooele County, and a home in Salt Lake City. Read more »

Secrets from the Research Library

October 12, 2006 | 17 comments
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My Utah history columns for the Salt Lake Tribune have a limit of 650 words; the Relief Society articles need to fit a single page. The brevity of these accounts may mask the complexity of the work behind them, so put on your deerstalker caps and I’ll recreate the process, using Frances Swan Clark as the example. Read more »

Frances Swan Clark: A Kindness Remembered

October 10, 2006 | 2 comments
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Many of Utah’s early pioneers did not remain long in the Valley. In defiance of counsel, some rushed to the California gold fields. A few went to California as missionaries, and the two apostles who founded a ranching colony in San Bernardino found no shortage of volunteers to accompany them there. Read more »

Catherine Garber Laine: The Role of Her Lifetime

October 9, 2006 | 11 comments
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This story and the other women’s stories to follow were written for my ward’s Relief Society newsletter, as a formal calling for which I was set apart. The assignment was to write about a faith-promoting incident involving a woman; I added the detail “… whom no one has ever heard about.” Read more »