Witness of a Prophet’s Fearless Faith

by Lyndie Jackson

“It has been a great experience to witness, from his own words, President Woodruff's firm testimony of the restored gospel and the Prophet Joseph Smith, his missionary zeal, and especially his amazing, fearless faith,” said Karen Dupaix, a volunteer for the Wilford Woodruff Papers.

Recently, Karen has been searching for, linking, and cataloging quotes from Wilford Woodruff to help with the communication and outreach efforts of the Project. 

Karen discovered the Wilford Woodruff Papers Project through a Facebook ad and was drawn to it as a way to learn more about the fourth President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She was specifically interested in understanding Wilford and the Manifesto that was the first step in ending polygamy among Church members. 

Although the Manifesto can be found in the Doctrine and Covenants, Karen said that reading it through the Wilford Woodruff Papers has given her a unique perspective and answered her questions. 

“As a temple worker, I cherish my time in the House of the Lord, and I understand that losing the ability to build and operate temples would basically remove the whole divine purpose of the Church, which the Lord would never allow,” Karen said. “I am so grateful for this perspective, which only came because of my involvement in the Wilford Woodruff Papers Project.”

Aside from gaining this understanding, Karen said another rewarding experience has been helping others come to know and appreciate the life and experiences of Wilford Woodruff. As she has seen the words of a prophet bless her life, she hopes others will gain the same witness.

Speaking of the Project, Karen noted the effectiveness and quality of work of others involved, as well as the resources available. She has been impressed by the tireless efforts of volunteers and employees who keep the Project going.

Karen also noted her appreciation for the flexibility of her role as a volunteer. “I appreciate the patience that has been given me, since I don’t always have a lot of free time to work on the project,” she said.

Many volunteers like Karen take time out of their busy schedules to assist in the efforts of the Wilford Woodruff Papers Project. Without these volunteers and the time they donate, no matter how little it may be, the Project could not continue. 

If you are interested in volunteering for the Wilford Woodruff Papers Project and giving a small amount of time, please reach out to us at contact@wilfordwoodruffpapers.org or go to wilfordwoodruffpapers.org/volunteer.