Salt Lake City: The Place Which God Prepared

by Kenneth L. Alford, Scott C. Esplin

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In 1847 the Prophet Joseph Smith's plans for Zion were transported more than 1,200 miles west when the Saints established the City of the Great Salt Lake. Much of the history of Salt Lake City is grounded in the revelations, visions, and plans of the Prophet Joseph regarding Zion, and many of the commandments in the Doctrine and Covenants find their fulfillment in the development of Salt Lake City as the headquarters of the Church.

This book tells the story of the Church in Salt Lake City—its pioneer founding, early growth, and development, as well as its bright present and future. You will learn about the significance of Ensign Peak, the Salt Lake Theatre, the Salt Lake Temple and Tabernacle, pioneer cemeteries, Camp Douglas, and other historic sites. You will also learn about modern repositories such as the new Church History Library and the Family History Library.

Craig James Ostler writes, "Salt Lake City is a unique city, due in part to the influence of revelations received by the Prophet Joseph Smith recorded in the Doctrine and Covenants. As the headquarters of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the influence of the Lord's directives recorded in the Doctrine and Covenants is evident in the building at the heart of the city—the world-renowned Salt Lake Temple, the elliptical-domed Tabernacle, the ten-acre Conference Center, the regal Joseph Smith Memorial Building, and the high-rise Church Office Building; all ornamented with beautiful gardens and fountains.

Throughout this volume, the authors echo the message that reverberated with our pioneer forefathers during their westward trek. We invite readers, as they did, to "Com, Come, Ye Saints" and learn about the history of the Church in Salt Lake City—a city that has been, and continues to be, "the place which God for us prepared."

  1. Remarks at the Dedication of the Church History Library
    Elder Marlin K. Jensen
  2. Salt Lake City: Founded upon the Doctrine and Covenants
    Craig James Ostler
  3. Ensign Peak: A Historical Review
    Dennis A. Wright and Rebekah E. Westrup
  4. The Design, Construction, and Role of the Salt Lake Temple
    Scott C. Esplin
  5. The Salt Lake Theatre: Brigham's Playhouse
    Kenneth L. Alford and Robert C. Freeman
  6. The Beehive and Deseret: Mormon Symbols in Salt Lake City
    Susan Easton Black
  7. Thomas Bullock: "The Lord's Clerk"
    Arnold K. Garr
  8. "And Should We Die": Pioneer Burial Grounds in Salt Lake City
    David F. Boone
  9. Camp Douglas: Keeping a Watchful Eye on the Saints
    Kenneth L. Alford
  10. The Arrival of Nineteenth-Century Mormon Emigrants in Salt Lake City
    Fred E. Woods
  11. A House for the Presidency: The History of the Church Administration Building
    Matthew O. Richardson
  12. Correlation: The Turning Point (1960s)
    Michael A. Goodman
  13. Historical Highlights of LDS Family Services
    John P. Livingstone
  14. "From the Crossroads of the West": Eight Decades of Music and the Spoken Word
    Lloyd D. Newell
  15. Salt Lake City: An International Center for Family History
    Kip Sperry
  16. Salt Lake City: City Stake of Zion
    Craig James Ostler

About the Authors

Kenneth L. Alford

Kenneth L. Alford is a professor of Church history and doctrine at BYU. He earned a bachelor's degree from BYU, master's degrees from the University of Southern California and the University of Illinois, and a PhD from George Mason University. He served almost 30 years on active duty in the US Army and retired as a colonel in 2008.

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Scott C. Esplin

Scott C. Esplin earned an MEd and PhD in educational leadership and foundations from Brigham Young University. Prior to joining Religious Education at BYU, he taught for the Church Educational System for nine years.

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