What You Don't Know about the 100 Most Important Events in Church History

by Casey Paul Griffiths, Mary Jane Woodger, Susan Easton Black

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Did you know...

  • Brigham Young made significant changes to the structure of the Church, most of which are still in place today?
  • Communist leaders of East Germany invited the Church to build a temple in their country.
  • Serious consideration was given to building a temple ship that would visit seaports to make ordinances more readily available to Saints around the world?
  • These facts are just a few of those you'll fine in What You Don't Know about the 100 Most Important Events in Church History, a fascinating look at nearly 200 years of the Restoration.

    BYU Church history professors Casey Paul Griffiths, Susan Easton Black, and May Jane Woodger have written engaging vignettes about our history, ranging from familiar events, such as the First Vision, the trek west, and the origin of Primary, to not-so-familiar events, such as the retrenchment movement, the political manifesto, and the beginnings of seminaries and institutes.

    In 100 short chapters, you'll...

  • Discover intriguing facts about the Church you didn't know before.
  • Gain a greater appreciation for the role of living prophets in the unfolding restoration of the gospel and an ever-changing world.
  • Learn more about lesser-known and even surprising events in the history of the Latter-day Saints.
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    Published Deseret Book 2017

    About the Authors

    Casey Paul Griffiths

    Dr. Casey Paul Griffiths is an assistant professor in the Department of Church History and Doctrine at Brigham Young University. He served in Seminaries and Institutes for over a decade as a teacher and curriculum writer before joining the faculty at BYU. He has received a master’s degree in Religious Education and a PhD in educational leadership and foundations from Brigham Young University.

    He is the author of numerous books and articles focusing on the Church history, most recently of By Study and Also By Faith: One Hundred Years of Seminaries and Institutes of Religion. Dr. Griffiths recently received the Best International Article award from the Mormon History Association for a work he coauthored. He is currently engaged in a project to compile and write a comprehensive history of education in the Church. He and his wife, Elizabeth, are the parents of three children.

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    Mary Jane Woodger

    Mary Jane Woodger is a professor of Church history and doctrine at Brigham Young University. After obtaining a bachelor's degree from BYU, she received an MEd degree at Utah State University and earned an EdD in educational leadership from BYU. She is the author or coauthor of more than a dozen books.

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    Susan Easton Black

    Dr. Susan Easton Black joined the faculty of Brigham Young University in 1978, where she is currently a professor of Church history and doctrine. She is also past associate dean of General Education and Honors and director of Church History in the Religious Studies Center.

    The recipient of numerous academic awards, she received the Karl G. Maeser Distinguished Faculty Lecturer Award in 2000, the highest award given a professor on the BYU Provo campus. Dr. Black has authored, edited, and compiled more than 100 books and 250 articles.

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    Fabulous resource for pleasure reading or LDS Church history study.
    By , Submitted on 2017-03-06

    For those interested in learning more about LDS Church history (The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints or Mormon Church) this is a great place to start. Having combed through numerous sources, primary and secondary references, as well as official church accounts, the authors have done a fabulous job compiling brief narrative accounts of 100 important events. Of course they couldn't include everything, but what they did include makes for some great reading. Despite it's size and format, the book is easy to read with lots of great information. I'd recommend this as both a reference for gospel/church history study, but also a great book to read for pure interest. Some of these accounts were familiar to me and others were not. The set up of the book makes it easy to skip around for those who wish to do so. The accounts are arranged in chronological order which is logical, allowing the reader to move through whatever time period he/she wishes. A fabulous resource for anyone who desires to know more about LDS Church history.

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