Estimated read time: 2-3 minutes
This archived news story is available only for your personal, non-commercial use. Information in the story may be outdated or superseded by additional information. Reading or replaying the story in its archived form does not constitute a republication of the story.
SALT LAKE CITY -- In Utah -- and around the world -- members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will celebrate Easter by gathering for the 180th Annual General Conference.
That same weekend, the new Church History Library is opening its doors for a special exhibit.
When the History Library opened last summer, the public was invited to see some of the photographs and manuscripts stored there.
Many who couldn't make it then have requested another exhibit. Historians and curators once again gathered what they call "Treasures of the Collection."
KSL had an opportunity to see some of the items behind the scenes.
Among the rare documents displayed is a page of the original manuscript of the Book of Mormon, with an inscription in Joseph Smith Jr.'s handwriting.
There are photographs, including an early one of Eliza R. Snow, a poet and the second general president of the Relief Society.
There's also a journal that belonged to then-10-year-old Spencer W. Kimball, the Church's 12th president.
Time: (for both Sat. & Sun.)
- 10:00am - 12:00pm Morning Session
- 2:00pm - 4:00pm Afternoon Session
"For security purposes, for preservation purposes, we tend to keep these things in storage," said Senior Conservator Christopher McAfee of the Church History Library. "But we also want to give the public the opportunity to see the treasures that we have in the collection, to let them bless their lives as much as they bless the lives of those of us who work here."
These items are not all from Church leaders. Christopher McAfee says what one man wrote and his daughter later copied is a favorite journal because of one touching sentence: "How good it made me feel to think the Lord knew there was such a person as Joseph Millet."
The Church History Library will open Friday night from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. and Saturday from noon to 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.