Stories By Trent Toone

The surprising connection between Napoleon Bonaparte, Egypt and the newest Joseph Smith Papers volume If you ask Robin Jensen, there's one major thing that sets Joseph Smith apart from other 19th century historical figures.
This facsimile from the Book of Abraham is among the images found in "Revelations and Translations: Vol. 4" of the Joseph Smith Papers.
The most important lessons 4 women learned from doing President Nelson's social media challenge Deloras Collins had been watching general conference all day when she stepped away during the women's session to give her son a ride.
Women gather outside before the start of the general women's session of the 188th Semiannual General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints held in the Conference Center in downtown Salt Lake City on Oct. 6, 2018.
How one bishop's idea to plant tomatoes blessed a rural Utah community On a September Saturday morning, Bishop Rodney J. Ward stood in the small community center kitchen and cranked a juicer, filling a pan with tomato juice. Red stains striped his shirt.
Youth and leaders in the Howell Ward gather tomatoes as part of a harvest and canning project in Plain City, Utah, on Sept. 5, 2018.
How living the Word of Wisdom helped WWII veteran twin brothers reach their 100th birthdays Before they celebrated their 100th birthdays with friends and family last week, twin brothers and World War II veterans Boyd and Ralph Henderson shared lessons learned over a lifetime of membership in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Boyd Henderson, left, and Ralph Henderson, wearing their military uniforms at the 99th birthday celebration in Provo, Utah September 2017.
Elder Renlund and Elder Cook on why 'Saints' is for you Standing near a display of foreign-language copies of the new history book, "Saints: The Standard of Truth," two members of the Quorum of Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints responded to the question of "why?"
Elder Dale G. Renlund and Elder Quentin L. Cook, members of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, look over different language editions of "Saints: The Standard of Truth," in Salt Lake City on Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2018.
Cinderella team reunited 50 years after epic softball tournament During the late 1960s, the boys from Chula Vista First Ward weren't expected to go far in the Junior Fast-Pitch All-Church Softball Tournament.
The original team of the 1968 LDS All-Church championship softball team: Top row: Dennis Kirkman, Steve Foster (coach), Bob Wilkes (coach), Greg Wilkes, Wes Miller. Middle row: Gary Braun, Jerry Wilkes, Rick Black, Jim Nutz, Gene Amonette.

Bottom row: Carl Haas, Rex Whitehead, Bobby Ferons, Lee Aland, Mike Gilbert. At a recent reunion the team paid tribute to deceased teammates: Steve Foster (died in 2011), Jerry Wilkes (1973), Wes Miller (1993), Gene Amonette (2012), Mike Gilbert (2014) and Bob Ferons (2017).
What Latter-day Saint families battling rare diseases do to survive and thrive despite their challenges In March 2017, 12-year-old Ethan Bruns stood in front of about 300 people at the Utah Rare Disease Symposium and shared his story.
Ethan Bruns, who has a rare disease called Atypical Hemolytic-Uremic Syndrome, gets his hand stuck in a mason jar of homemade slime at his house in Plain City, Utah, on Saturday, Aug. 25, 2018.
How 'that thing' in the attic connects the past and the present in a way nothing else can A few weeks ago Casey P. Griffiths was touring Tarawa, an island in the Pacific Ocean where a bloody World War II battle was fought between U.S. Marines and the Japanese.
In his BYU Education Week presentation, "Sacred Relics of the Restoration," Casey Griffiths told about seeing this tank on the beach of Tarawa, an island in the Pacific Ocean. The tank was used in a bloody battle between U.S. Marines and the Japanese in World War II.
Tarantulas and tracting: How this speaker learned 5 tools for conquering fear For Kori L. Andrews, one frightening experience came when he hatched an elaborate scheme to ask a girl to their high school homecoming dance.
Kori L. Andrews, an instructor with Seminaries and Institutes of Religion with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, speaks with a young woman before his presentation at BYU Education Week on Monday.
Church’s self-reliance program results in temporal and spiritual change Since 2015, the self-reliance program of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has helped more than 670,000 members to improve their lives temporally and spiritually.
Toni Sleight arranges items on a shelf at Ridley's Family Market in Tremonton, Utah. Attending a self-reliance course helped the 70-year-old have the confidence to secure a job as a cashier.
A peek at this year's BYU Education Week: Nathan Pacheco, Sister Joy Jones and more Thousands of people toting bags with notebooks, class schedules and water bottles are expected to flood the Brigham Young University campus Aug. 20-24 for the annual BYU Education Week.
A picture of a past conference shows how crowds of people will flood the BYU campus during the annual BYU Education Week Aug. 20-24 in Provo.
Newly published Joseph Smith Papers are a 'treasure trove of information' online Two years after the Joseph Smith Papers first published the Council of Fifty minutes in print, the minutes are now available online.
The Joseph Smith Papers feature the minutes from the Council of Fifty meetings held in Nauvoo, Illinois. The minutes are contained in three volumes that have been in the custody of the Office of the First Presidency since the 1880s, when the Council of Fifty was disbanded, and were transferred to the Church History Department in 2010.
How one Utah community continues to minister to a missionary shot 21 years ago Sporting a white shirt, tie and name tag, Orin Vooheis sat in his electronic wheelchair smiling at people as they entered the American Fork Deseret Industries on July 11. As always, his wife Chartina was by his side.
Orin Voorheis, with his wife, Chartina, by his side, works as a greeter at the Deseret Industries in American Fork, Utah, on Wednesday, July 11, 2018.