Church History Library Features Church Presidents’ Lives

Contributed By From the Church News

  • 25 September 2013

Photograph shows the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, circa 1967, including seven future Church Presidents, from Joseph Fielding Smith to Thomas S. Monson.  Photo courtesy of Church History Library.

“We have items that show them as an individual, a husband, a father, and also in various Church responsibilities, many of which they filled before becoming Church President.” —April Williamsen, Church History Library

Artifacts pertaining to the lives of the Presidents of the Church will be the focus of the latest in the series of Treasures of the Collection open houses offered by the Church History Library in Salt Lake City.

Timed to coincide with general conference and thus be available to visitors from out of town as well as local residents, the open house begins September 26 and will last through October 11.

The event is free and open to the public. Hours are 10:00 a.m. through 5:00 p.m. Monday through Wednesday and 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Thursday through Saturday.

The exhibit “gives a glimpse into the lives of the Church Presidents,” said April Williamsen of the Church History Library. “We have items that show them as an individual, a husband, a father, and also in various Church responsibilities, many of which they filled before becoming Church President.”

Items are pulled from library collections that usually are not readily available for viewing, she said.

The Church History Library—not to be confused with the Church History Museum—is located at 15 East North Temple, just east of the Conference Center.

For more information on the exhibit, call 801-240-2804 or visit the Treasures of the Collection website

Passport includes personal description of Elder David O. McKay, who was then a member of the Quorum of the Twelve. Photo courtesy of Church History Library.