Wilford Woodruff and the Development of Temple Doctrine
by Chad Nielsen
Wilford Woodruff was witness to temple-related events throughout the nineteenth century. He participated in ordinances in the Kirtland Temple and was among the first to experience the endowment in the Red Brick Store with Joseph Smith. He also dedicated the Salt Lake Temple and kept records that provide a glimpse into the development of temples in the Church. In this interview, Jennifer Mackley discusses some of Wilford Woodruff’s experiences with Latter-day Saint temples.
More Than a Name on a Page
by Maddie Christensen
“One of my favorite things about working on the Project is finding my ancestors’ names mentioned,” shares Rose Bowen, a volunteer for the Wilford Woodruff Papers Foundation. “I love to see how they were involved in building up the Church in their own ways. Just as President Woodruff had a calling to fulfill, we each have callings and opportunities to build up the Church and make the world a better place.”
by Jason Godfrey
Serving as an Apostle for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in 1861, Elder Wilford Woodruff began a discourse with the following: “It is truly good to sit and hear the word of the Lord, and it is truly a good thing to believe in it; but it is still better to practice it.” This brief yet powerful message was not only for the Saints living in Great Salt Lake City, Utah Territory, but it was truly a mantra that Wilford Woodruff believed in—beginning with his conversion in 1833 through to his death in 1898.
Asking Big Questions: How Do I Keep My Testimony?
by Kaitlin Palmer
In a world of so many opinions and voices, it can be hard to find the truth and gain a testimony. But what comes next can be just as hard – keeping that testimony. Once a testimony has been gained, how do you keep your testimony?
When the World Is Ending Around You
by Lydia Martin
One of my greatest fears is the end of times. Today, I worry about bringing children into a world where schools are filled with temptation and the world is filled with war and disease. While pondering this I came across a quote in the Wilford Woodruff Papers: “The mob used every exertion to take the life of Joseph and others; but through the mercy of God in whose hands their lives were their enemies did not succeed in this.
by Erin Hills
A lawyer asked Jesus, “Master, which is the great commandment in the law?” Jesus responded, “Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.”
Missionary Faith in Persecution: Wilford Woodruff’s First Mission to England
by Ellie Hancock
The Anglican ministers in the South of England were furious. They called a convention and wrote a petition to the highest religious authority in the land, the Archbishop of Canterbury. In this petition the rectors stated that one Mormon missionary had baptized fifteen hundred persons, mostly members of the Church of England, during the past seven months. They hoped to convince the Archbishop to use his power and influence in Parliament to ban Mormons from preaching in Britain.
The Road to St. John
by Erin B. Hills
When Wilford Woodruff was a young missionary, he would spend time during his personal and companionship worship singing hymns. For example, on one occasion while serving in the Fox Islands of Maine, he and his companion, Jonathan Hale, retired to a grove of trees at the end of the day and sang “The Sun That Declines in the Far Western Sky,” a hymn, Wilford noted, that was composed by Thomas B. Marsh and Orson Pratt. Though I had never heard of this particular hymn before, after I read about this experience, I became curious—what was Wilford Woodruff’s favorite hymn?
"Then Jesus Beholding Him Loved Him"
by Ashlyn Pells
Do you remember the story of the rich young ruler in the Bible? In church lessons and in my personal study, I have almost always read only the account told in Matthew 19. The young man approached Jesus Christ and asked what he could do to obtain eternal life. In turn, Christ encouraged the man to keep the commandments, to which he responded, “All these things have I kept from my youth up: what lack I yet?” Christ then challenged the young ruler to sell all his possessions, give to the poor, and follow Him. After hearing what would be required, the young man “went away sorrowful.”
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.