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Adults to Study Lorenzo Snow in 2013

  • 20 November 2012

Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Lorenzo Snow is the 11th book in the series and includes teachings and sermons from the fifth President of the Church.

After studying the teachings of George Albert Smith in 2012, adult members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will study President Lorenzo Snow’s life and teachings in 2013.

Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Lorenzo Snow is the latest manual to be added to the Teachings of Presidents of the Church series, which is made up of manuals that focus on the teachings and sermons of a single prophet of the Church. It is studied during Relief Society and Melchizedek Priesthood meetings.

This is the 11th book in the series, which began in 1998 with the release of the Brigham Young volume. Lorenzo Snow (1814–1901) served as the fifth President of the Church from 1898 to 1901. (The books are not being issued in the same order in which the prophets served.)

Like the George Albert Smith volume, Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Lorenzo Snow will include colored pictures, teaching helps in each chapter, and study questions at the end of each chapter that relate to specific sections of the chapter.

This volume, like each one in the series, expresses the past prophet’s testimony through his teachings and his experiences.

For example, one story in the manual about President Snow demonstrates his faithful, energetic service in the Lord’s work:

Toward the end of 1851, while returning from a mission in Italy, Elder Snow was delayed on the island of Malta because a ship had broken down. “Rather than complain about the delay, he decided to go to work. In a letter dated March 10, 1852, he wrote, ‘I feel that much good will result from the manner in which the Lord may direct the employment of the time now at my command, as I am surrounded by an interesting people, and in a most important field of labour, where a great work will be accomplished, extending to adjacent nations.’”

After building a foundation for missionary work in Malta, Elder Snow was finally able to board a ship in May 1852 to return to Salt Lake City. About two months later, a branch of the Church was organized in Malta.

The manual is available in many different formats and languages. The printed version may be ordered in more than 35 languages through It will also be available in PDF format in multiple languages for free download at or at A braille version will be available soon at, and English audio of the book will be available at

Images from the life of President Lorenzo Snow will be available in the Teachings of Presidents of the Church section of the LDS Media Library (on, click on “Resources,” then “Video, Audio, and Images”) at the beginning of 2013.