Church History

In the spring of 1820, Joseph Smith Jr. retired to the woods near his home in Palmyra, New York, and offered a simple prayer to our Father in Heaven. This humble prayer set into motion a series of events that brought forth The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints from its obscure beginnings in upstate New York to a worldwide church.

Here is some information about church history, dates and some pictures to go with them, I am working on this page, so check back for stories and other interesting stuff. As I get in to this more, I am having so much fun reading and finding more information, I hope you enjoying reading this information and looking at these pictures! If you can think of something to add or have story or a picture you would like to share please let me know! Thanks Liz

View the various Church History resource websites.

Church History Catalog

Search the vast collections of the Church History Library, as well as other select Church History collections.

Church History Museum

Discover many online exhibits and find out what’s happening at the museum.

Joseph Smith Papers

View and search actual manuscripts from the life of the prophet Joseph Smith online. Includes personal writings as well as other documents associated with Joseph.

Mormon Pioneer Overland Travel Database

The searchable pioneer database includes names and rosters of those traveling to the Utah Territory between 1847 and 1868. Information includes name, age at the time of journey, company and its captain, company roster, list of sources, narratives and journal entries.

Joseph Smith, Prophet of God

Learn about the prophet, Joseph Smith, his life, ministry and teachings.

Presidents of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

This site contains basic information about each president of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, including biographical sketches, testimonies, quotes, and images.

Annual Histories

The annual history program brings members closer to Christ by remembering, collecting, preserving, and sharing the contemporary history of the Church.

Patriarchal Blessings

The Church History Library preserves all patriarchal blessings given to faithful members of the Church throughout the world. This site allows you to request copies of your blessing and the blessings of your ancestors.