Pioneers in Every Land Lecture to Focus on History of Church in Africa
- April 9, 2015
- Assembly Hall on Temple Square
The Church History Library hosts a Pioneers in Every Land lecture titled “The Nethermost Part of My Vineyard: Learning Lessons of Faith from the History of the Church in Africa” on Thursday, April 9, 2015, at 7:00 p.m. in the Assembly Hall on Temple Square.
The presenter will be Matthew K. Heiss, an area manager in the Global Support and Acquisitions Division of the Church History Department. This event is free and open to the public.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was first established on the African continent in 1853. However, prior to 1978, the Church was only functioning in the southern portion of Africa. Following the 1978 revelation on the priesthood and up until today, the majority of Latter-day Saints in Africa are first-generation pioneers. At this lecture, Heiss will be presenting the stories of these incredible Saints and what their journeys teach us about faith, enduring to the end, and understanding the blessings the gospel brings into our lives.
Matthew Heiss was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay area. He served as a missionary in the Germany Dusseldorf Mission (1975-1978). He met and married his wife, Becky, in 1980 while attending Brigham Young University. They are the parents of two children. He graduated from BYU in 1984. He also attended graduate school at the University of Virginia, graduating in 1986. He began working at the Historical Department of the Church (now the Church History Department) in 1987. The focus of his work has been international Church history in Central and Eastern Europe and Africa.
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, attendees are encouraged to 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 of this year’s lectures, please go to history.lds.org or call 1-801-240-2272.