“Feeling Great Peace”

by Maddie Christensen

Volunteer Spotlights

Meet Susan Vickers, a volunteer for the Wilford Woodruff Papers Project. Susan works on the Transcription Team, transcribing a wide variety of historical documents. 

Preserving a Prophet's Words

by Maddie Christensen

Volunteer Spotlights

“I know how important it is for all of us to be able to read the words of Latter-day prophets,” says Susannah Jensen, a volunteer for the Wilford Woodruff Papers Foundation. “I loved the idea of being able to be a part of an organization that helped people do that.”

Giving Time, Gaining Testimony

by Lyndie Jackson

Volunteer Spotlights

“It’s amazing the experiences Wilford Woodruff had and the Spirit I can feel just by reading his journals,” said Michelle Pack, a volunteer on the Wilford Woodruff Papers Project. She continued, “I have enjoyed having that Spirit with me.”

Volunteer Spotlight: Peggy Chappell

by Lyndie Jackson

Volunteer Spotlights

Miraculous—that’s how Peggy Chappell describes the gifts of Wilford Woodruff. “I have always loved Church history and have learned that our knowledge of many of the details of our Church’s history exists only because Wilford Woodruff kept a meticulous journal and had the wonderful gift of being able to remember entire sermons until they were recorded,” she notes.

Volunteer Spotlight: Rob Swanson

by Maddie Christensen

Volunteer Spotlights

“Volunteering has given me the opportunity to serve in my busy schedule and receive spiritual peace from that service,” says Rob Swanson, volunteer for the Wilford Woodruff Papers Project. 

Volunteer Spotlight: Brad Sawyer

by Maddie Christensen

Volunteer Spotlights

“As I’ve studied and read some of the things that the Project is involved in, I’ve come to realize that Wilford Woodruff is not only a great American historian, but also has kept wonderful journals about Church history, temple endowment development, and his relationship with the prophet Joseph,” shares Brad Sawyer, Development Committee Chair on the Board of Directors of the Wilford Woodruff Papers Foundation.

Volunteer Spotlight: Laurie Low

by Maddie Christensen

Volunteer Spotlights

“I have felt a spark kindled regarding my family history in the early days of the Church,” shares Laurie Low, a member of the Wilford Woodruff Papers Foundation Board.

“Yet Still He Wrote”

by Maddie Christensen

Volunteer Spotlights

“I have developed an appreciation for not only being ‘faithful’ and having a testimony, but also for simply doing the work despite how difficult the challenges may be,” says Craig Lindquist, volunteer for the Wilford Woodruff Papers Foundation. “By just about any measure, Wilford had a hard life, but the hard parts did not turn him from the spiritual parts.”

“A Great Work”

by Maddie Christensen

Volunteer Spotlights

“It has been a blessing to me to be a very small part of such a great work,” shares Donna Turlington, one of the amazing volunteers for the Wilford Woodruff Papers Foundation. 

Donna first heard about the Project after following the Joseph Smith Papers on BYUtv. She heard Steven Harper, Executive Editor, discussing the Wilford Woodruff Papers’ importance to Church history. Donna visited wilfordwoodruffpapers.org, signed up for the newsletter, and became involved after receiving an email about the need for volunteers.

“A Timely and Heaven-Sent Blessing”

by Maddie Christensen

Volunteer Spotlights

“The process of volunteering with the Wilford Woodruff Papers Foundation was a timely and heaven-sent blessing,” shares Michelle Hall. “I’ve been able to find family members and make connections on my husband’s side because of the valiant recordkeeping of Wilford Woodruff. He had connections to many of God’s children, and being a part of researching those individuals he mentions throughout his papers is extensive and exciting!”