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Elder Kyle S. McKay began serving as the Church historian and recorder on Aug. 1 and has been the assistant executive director for the past three years.

The award-winning author, historian and narrator died on Sunday, Aug. 7, at age 89.

Elder LeGrand R. Curtis Jr. points to how documents, photos and other family artifacts can be stored and recorded to be preserved and also ways to “keep records going.”

Mormon Battalion members were part of the U.S. troops who built Fort Moore and flag pole and raised the first U.S. flag over Los Angeles.

“We welcome the recent publication of the image and hope it will prompt the discovery of additional information helpful to determining its authenticity,” the Church said of the possible daguerreotype of Joseph Smith.

Read stories of pioneer ancestors from members of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles and what these family members mean to them.

Latter-day Saint pioneers across Europe range from the first missionaries in England in 1837 to new converts at the turn of the 21st century.

Read summaries of the 1847 vanguard pioneer company’s daily activities from July 4 to July 26.

After the death of Joseph Smith, Brigham Young became the Indispensable Pioneer — a leader with the vision and ability to transplant the Church halfway across the continent to a land of new beginnings, writes Ronald K. Esplin.

The best pioneer stories will present the entire truth by including all that we can and removing the errors that creep in over time, writes Keith A. Erekson, of the Church History Department.


Elder LeGrand R. Curtis Jr. shares about the importance of preserving records and how understanding the past can define the future.