What transformative event could lead a casual, almost indifferent Latter-day Saint to eventually pen the words to 'Savior, Redeemer of My Soul'? It is a vision worth reading about again and again.
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Many are familiar with the story of Wilford Woodruff’s experience in the St. George temple. People write about it all the time, the founding fathers are Mormon now. That’s how they look at it, which is actually not what we believe.
Written from the crucible of his confinement in Liberty Jail, Missouri, in 1839, Joseph Smith penned some of the most sublime doctrine in holy writ.
Did you know that when Harold B. Lee was a missionary he marked 157 verses in the Book of Job? Or, that while he was a missionary, he performed three marriages? Neither did I, that is, until I was able to spend several hours going through his missionary Bible.
The Book of Mormon printer’s manuscript has been published virtually in its entirety, but what LDS historians consider the “crown jewel” of the book’s origin — the original manuscript handwritten as Joseph Smith dictated to scribes his translation of the Nephite record preserved on gold plates — exists only in fragmentary form. Now, the history department of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has announced the acquisition within the past two months of yet more fragments from that priceless document.
In the early days of the Church, it was not uncommon for women to participate in giving blessings of healing. In fact, by 1880, women had developed a ritual to help those who were about to give birth. Naturally, many questions arose within the Church about the role of women administering these blessings.