Preserving the History of the Latter-Day Saints
The pattern of keeping records dates back to the earliest days of the church, when Joseph Smith announced the divine decree, "Behold, there shall be a record kept among you" (D&C 21:1). Leaders of the church have obeyed that command. Contemporaneous records were kept of revelations received by the prophet, the calling and interaction of early leaders, missionary assignments, the building of temples, and much more. The Latter,day Saints continue to be a record,keeping people. Keeping records is a part of the church's administrative system, reaching from small committees to the church's general conferences and from new members to the most senior leaders. In this book, based on the 2009 BYU Church History Symposium, outstanding LDS educators and scholars evaluate a wide range of Latter,day Saint history based on a wealth of primary documents.