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Growth of the Church in Mexico was far from a certainty and started in some unexpected ways for one family, now in its seventh generation of Church membership.

Wetekia’s life and testimony have provided deep roots in the gospel of Jesus Christ that have nourished generations in New Zealand.

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.

“The account is one of courage, hardship, privation and eventual accomplishment of [the battalion’s] objective,” Elder Christofferson said.

The 2022 Days of ’47 Parade celebrated 175 years of pioneer courage on Saturday with President Jean B. Bingham as the parade’s grand marshal.

During the Days of ‘47 Sunrise Service, Elder Lynn G. Robbins taught listeners to choose “not a spirit of murmuring, but a spirit of ‘faith in every footstep.’”

President M. Russell Ballard dedicated a new monument at This Is the Place Heritage Park, honoring Jane Manning James, Green Flake, Hark Wales and Oscar 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.

From meeting outside under a tree, to a new temple on the way, the Ivory Coast is an example of the rapid growth of the Church on the African continent.

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.


A Potawatomi/Ojibway native, Priscilla Yellowhead Tobey has always believed in a creator. That belief was strengthened as she read the Book of Mormon.