September Lecture to Focus on Church History’s Influence in Developing Countries

  • September 10, 2015
Date
September 10, 2015
Location
Assembly Hall on Temple Square

Brett Macdonald’s Pioneers in Every Land lecture will focus on Saints in developing countries, like these Latter-day Saint men on a construction site in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.  

Article Highlights

  • The lecture is free to the public and will show how Church history helps Latter-day Saints throughout the developing world.
  • The presenter will be Brett Macdonald, an expert on international development.
  • The experiences of LDS people in developing countries are comparable to those faced by the early Saints.

“In developing areas of the world where The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is emerging, the stories of early Mormon pioneers can help create a sense of belonging and offer encouragement to people confronting these pioneer-like challenges.” —Brett Macdonald, expert on international development

The LDS Church History Library will host a Pioneers in Every Land lecture titled “The Power Is in Them: How Church History Helps Latter-day Saints in Developing Countries” on Thursday, September 10, 2015, at 7:00 p.m. in the Assembly Hall on Temple Square. The presenter will be Brett Macdonald, an expert on international development. This event is free and open to the public.

Throughout the developing world, Latter-day Saints face challenges in finding basic health care, housing, education, and employment. These experiences are comparable to those faced by early Saints in Kirtland, Missouri, Nauvoo, and the Intermountain West. Their stories often provide comfort and models for problem solving. Macdonald observes, “In developing areas of the world where The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is emerging, the stories of early Mormon pioneers can help create a sense of belonging and offer encouragement to people confronting these pioneer-like challenges.”

“But there are also stories of modern Mormon pioneers flowing from the emerging Church into its long-established centers,” said Macdonald. “They bring with them new vitality and compelling perspectives into the global Church.” Pioneer stories—both old and new—are relevant in making personal and Churchwide progress in a modern world. They also create a sense of brotherhood and sisterhood that bridges time, ethnicity, and culture.

Brett Macdonald has spent most of the past 20 years living and working in Africa, Latin America, and Oceania. He earned graduate degrees in comparative education and law with an emphasis on international development. He currently works for the Welfare Services Department of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and consults on grassroots community projects focusing on health, food, security, and primary and secondary education. Brett, his wife, Tufaina, and their three children recently returned to live in the United States after five years in the South Pacific.

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 history.lds.org or call 1-801-240-2272.