Foundations_of_the_Restoration-LDSYou may be interested in reviewing the new institute and seminary manuals on the topic of Church history:

  • Foundations of the Restoration institute manual (textPDF, or Gospel Library app)
  • Doctrine and Covenants and Church History Seminary Teacher Manual (text, PDF, or Gospel Library app)

There are many remarkable things about these new manuals in the way they explain Church history in more depth than ever before. I think they will better prepare our youth to understand Church history in context and help them be prepared when they encounter antagonistic information about the history of the Church.

The new manuals:

  • Draw extensively from the new Gospel Topics essays on the multiple accounts of the First Vision, the Mountain Meadows Massacre and the Utah War, the history of plural marriage, and the history of the priesthood ban.
  • Draw from the work of the Joseph Smith Papers Project and link to the project’s website.
  • Include statements from Church leaders about confronting doubts and questions about Church history.

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