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Each of the various accounts of the First Vision work together to detail one of the most important visions in history.

How have the accounts of the First Vision strengthened your testimony of the Prophet Joseph Smith and the Restoration of the gospel? #TruthRestored

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“Many journals written in the 19th century record that something happened,” says historian Jed Woodworth. “Rarely do we get a journal that explains why.” When that journal belonged to one of the most prominent Church leaders of the 19th century, it becomes very valuable not only to historians but to members of the Church as well.

Learn more about the insights to be gained from the recently published journal of apostle George Q. Cannon. http://oak.ctx.ly/r/4lcj1

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Learn more about Apostle George Q. Cannon and his recently published journal. http://oak.ctx.ly/r/4kq36
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When a governmental “freeze” on Church meetings left Ghanaian Saints with little religious structure to hold on to, Elizabeth Kissi relied on scripture study for strength. What scripture do you turn to when nothing else in your life seems secure?
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The Church History Museum recently added a new exhibit for teachers and families to their website!

The exhibit “A Mighty Change in Your Hearts” includes art that was selected from our collection that illustrates scenes and stories from the Book of Mormon to follow this year’s curriculum. The exhibit is divided into four sections — “Prophetic Teachings,” “Sharing the Gospel,” “Personal Conversion” and “Making Covenants.” Each section explores different themes and stories of the Book of Mormon.

You can view the artwork here: http://oak.ctx.ly/r/4jywx
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Abraham Lincoln never met Brigham Young. He did, however, meet George Q. Cannon. In the eyes of Lincoln and many other national and world leaders, the face of Mormonism was George Q. Cannon.

Read Cannon's description of the meeting here: http://oak.ctx.ly/r/4j7x9
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As Utah's territorial delegate to the United States Congress for ten years, George Q. Cannon endured repeated attempts to deny him his seat due to his practice of polygamy. Just before Congress passed the Edmunds-Tucker Act, which made polygamy unlawful, an exasperated yet resolute Cannon penned these words:

15 February, 1882: “So many of these scenes have taken place in this [Judiciary committee] room in years past, that I never come near it without having unpleasant associations revived. It is, in my mind, like a torture chamber. But I think about my Lord and what he suffered for me and for all; I think about his apostles, prophets and other servants, and what they have passed through; and shall not I endure all things if I would receive the same glory promised to them?”

Follow the link to learn more about apostle George Q. Cannon and his prolific journal: http://oak.ctx.ly/r/4lncu
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George Q. Cannon’s teachings continue to influence the Church today. Elder Holland quoted Cannon in his April 2016 #LDSconf address. Take a look:
Tomorrow the Lord Will Do Wonders among You - By Elder Jeffrey R. Holland
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A journal as large as apostle George Q. Cannon’s was no small task to publish. Actually, it’s a project that got started decades ago. Assistant church historian Richard E. Turley Jr. explains the origins of the journal’s transcript and the involvement one of Cannon’s hardworking descendants.
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George Q. Cannon was one of the best-known Latter-day Saints in the last half of the 19th century. Cannon served as a Church editor and publisher, a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, a territorial delegate in Congress and a counselor to Church Presidents Brigham Young, John Taylor, Wilford Woodruff and Lorenzo Snow.

The first installment of Cannon's personal record has been released to the public by the Church Historian’s Press, an imprint of the Church History Department of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The free publication, “The Journal of George Q. Cannon,” is available at https://churchhistorianspress.org/george-q-cannon/.
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The Day George Q. Cannon Met Abraham Lincoln

In a bid for Utah statehood, representative Latter-day Saints held a constitutional convention in Salt Lake City in the spring of 1862. On April 16, the convention nominated George Q. Cannon to serve as a senator for the proposed state. Returning from England, Cannon proceeded to Washington DC and there met with President Abraham Lincoln, who was then in the throes of the U.S. Civil War. Cannon’s personal journal details the meeting:

13 June, 1862: “He looks much better than I expected he would do from my knowledge of the cares and labors of his position, and is quite humorous, scarcely permitting a visit to pass without uttering some joke. He received us very kindly and without formality. . . . He was quite non committal respecting our admission [to statehood], having no wish seemingly to commit himself upon the subject.”

Follow the link to learn more about Apostle George Q. Cannon and his prolific journal: http://oak.ctx.ly/r/4jjnz
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The Church Historian’s Press has just released the journal of apostle George Q. Cannon online. Beginning when he was called as a missionary in 1849 and ending with his death in 1901, the journal is a detailed and intimate look into the life of one of the most important leaders of the Church in last half of the 19th century. Historians Matthew J. Grow and Richard Dilworth Rust provide an introduction to Cannon’s prolific journal. You can read the journal here: http://oak.ctx.ly/r/4j2wn
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