“The Movement of a Great Nation”: A Momentous Chapter in Our History
by Richard Bennett
The above title comes from Wilford Woodruff of the Council of the Twelve Apostles as he surveyed the sprawling, westward-bound encampments of the Latter-day Saints at Mt. Pisgah, Iowa Territory on June 30, 1846.
“The Death of the Prophets”: Wilford Woodruff’s Account of the Martyrdom of Joseph and Hyrum Smith
by Brooke R. LeFevre
Joseph and Hyrum Smith were killed on June 27, 1844, but almost two weeks passed before Wilford Woodruff learned of the martyrdom. It took another week before he allowed himself to feel the loss.
BYU students digitally transcribe the Wilford Woodruff Papers
by Payton Pingree
BYU students and faculty members are working to create an algorithm to digitally transcribe the Wilford Woodruff Papers.
These papers consist of hundreds of thousands of letters, journal entries and other documents all written by the fourth president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
BYU economics professor Joe Price and director of the Record Linking Lab has done research which involves developing “tools that would automatically index historical records.”
Volunteer Spotlight: Lori Labrum
by Connor Olvera
“Doing this work helps me feel like I am able to contribute something,” Lori Labrum noted. Lori is a volunteer with the Wilford Woodruff Papers Foundation. She began volunteering when she saw an advertisement calling for people who could read old cursive, and because she taught cursive for more than 30 years as a school teacher, she knew she could make a difference. Lori’s work with the Foundation gives her purpose and strengthens her connection with God. Even with her teachi ...
By Their Fruits: Recognizing The Calling of Our Leaders According to Wilford Woodruff
by Christian Decker
The time had come, the moment had been prepared. Elijah surrounded himself with his friends and embarked on a final tour of Israel. From Beth-El to Jericho, from Jericho to Jordan, this small band of believers knew in their hearts that their dear prophet would soon depart (2 Kings 2:3).
Insights in the Papers: Connor Olvera
by Connor Olvera
When you are lost, do you ask for directions? When you are given directions, do you follow them? In 2 Samuel chapter 5, newly anointed King David heard that the Philistines were gathering in the valley. With inevitable conflict in the near future, David sought the advice of the Lord. The Lord promised to deliver the Philistines into the hands of David as long as he followed the direction he was given. The Lord's promise held true. After God gave David two sets of instructions, David followed bo ...
How BYU students are using technology to help transcribe Wilford Woodruff documents
by Trent Toone
A team of four Brigham Young University students is working on a unique project for the Wilford Woodruff Papers Foundation.
“We’re working on something that, to my knowledge, hasn’t been done before,” said Bryce Lunceford, one of the students.
The Spirit of Sacrifice
by Mele Fangu
A faithful brother received a letter that he was called to serve a mission. His mind began to fill with doubt. In response, he wrote all the reasons why this calling would be difficult for him to accept. He only had one arm and was working as a miner to provide for his four children and pregnant wife. If he accepted the call, his family could no longer live at the mining camp and they had no one to board with during the duration of his mission. However, he resolved that if the brethren felt he ...
Decoding a Prophet
by Connor Olvera
“We’re working on something that, to my knowledge, hasn’t been done before,” BYU student Bryce Lunceford revealed. Bryce is part of a four student team at Brigham Young University working with the Wilford Woodruff Papers Foundation. The team members, Bryce Lunceford, Amber Oldroyd, Paul Smith, and Nathan Christiansen, are all part of the Applied and Computational Math (ACME) program at BYU. The Foundation began the Wilford Woodruff Papers Project in 2020 and its missi ...
Insights in the Papers: Ashlyn Pells
by Ashlyn Pells
Have you ever been stuck at the crossroads between two choices? In 1 Kings 18:21 we find the account of the prophet Elijah confronting the Israelites about their inability to decide if they were going to follow the true and living God or serve a false god. He asked them, “How long halt ye between two opinions? If the Lord be God, follow him.” We aren’t alone in facing difficult choices. Wilford Woodruff was often given challenging paths to follow, but despite that, he l ...