Church History Library Lecture: Latter-day Saint Pioneers in India

  • Thursday, March 12, 2015, 7:00 p.m.
Date
Thursday, March 12, 2015, 7:00 p.m.
Location
Assembly Hall on Temple Square, 50 North West Temple, Salt Lake City

Latter-day Saint young women in India

Article Highlights

  • Taunalyn Rutherford is a PhD candidate in religious studies at Claremont Graduate University, currently writing her dissertation on the LDS Church in India.
  • This free lecture, “Subcontinent to Salt Lake City,” is the second in the 2015 Pioneers in Every Land lecture series held every second Thursday of each month.
  • Parking for the event is limited; alternate transit is encouraged.

The Church History Library hosts the Pioneers in Every Land lecture entitled “Subcontinent to Salt Lake City: Voice of Latter-day Pioneers in India” on Thursday, March 12, 2015, at 7:00 p.m. in the Assembly Hall on Temple Square. The presenter will be Taunalyn Rutherford, an adjunct instructor at Brigham Young University. This event is free and open to the public.

In a country of 1.2 billion people, the roughly 11,000 Latter-day Saints in India are truly pioneers. In 1852 nine newly called missionaries of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints departed from Salt Lake City to take the restored gospel to the subcontinent of India. In this lecture, the inspiring stories of faith and perseverance of members of the Church in India will be brought back to the historic Assembly Hall in Salt Lake City. After the East India Mission was closed in 1856, the Church in India struggled to take root. The India Bangalore mission was finally opened in 1993, with a second mission, the India New Delhi Mission, opening in 2007. With great anticipation, the first stake of the Church was organized in 2012. This lecture will include a brief historical overview of the last 50 years of the Church in India. It will also draw from a rich collection of oral histories that will allow the voices of latter-day pioneers to describe their struggle to establish Zion on the Indian subcontinent.

Taunalyn Rutherford was born and raised in Salt Lake City, Utah. She attended Brigham Young University as an undergraduate student, where she was a member of the BYU Young Ambassadors. Her interest in and love of India began in 1986 when she traveled on tour there with the Young Ambassadors. The professor who accompanied the group on the trip was Lanier Britsch, who has done extensive work on the history of the Church in India and also instilled in his students an appreciation for the diverse religious traditions in India. Taunalyn served a full-time mission for the LDS Church in Stockholm, Sweden. After returning, she married James Rutherford; they are the parents of five children. 

Rutherford received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Brigham Young University. She is now a PhD candidate in religious studies at Claremont Graduate University and is writing her dissertation on the LDS Church in India. Currently, she is an adjunct instructor of religion at Brigham Young University in the Department of Church History and Doctrine, teaching Doctrine and Covenants, World Religions, and Mission Preparation. 

This free lecture is part of the 2015 Pioneers in Every Land lecture series sponsored by the Church History Library. Lectures are held the second Thursday of every month at 7:00 p.m. in the Assembly Hall on Temple Square, 50 North West Temple Street. Limited free parking is provided at the Conference Center for those attending this event. Parking may fill quickly and is not guaranteed. As an alternative to parking downtown, please use the UTA transit system.

For those who cannot attend, this lecture will be available on history.lds.org a few weeks after the lecture. All previous lectures from past years are also available on this site. For more information, or to download a brochure listing all this year’s lectures, please go to the website history.lds.org or call 1-801-240-2272.