The Making of Utah’s Dixie

This article originally appeared in Vol.54, No.4 (2007) of Pioneer Magazine. by Colleen Whitley Given the persecutions and extremities the Latter-day Saints had suffered in Missouri, Illinois, and crossing what was then called “The Great American Desert,” it was only natural that they did not want to be dependent on “outsiders” any more than was […]

BARLOW, Oswald: History of a St. George Pioneer

Oswald Barlow was a member of Utah's first Martial Band, directed by Professor Thomas. Not only did he play the fife and drum, but he was also an expert dancer. So, in 1859, Oswald opened up his own school of dance. Many of the Saints were glad to receive instruction from him, and cultural arts were strongly encouraged by Brigham Young. In fact, several of Brigham's daughters were among the first pupils at his school. Oswald also had a splendid bass voice and was a good entertainer; therefore, many people loved to hear him sing.

Building the St George Temple

brigham young witnessed the Saints having to leave behind multiple temples all through the early years of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ history. Most painfully, Brigham Young led the Saints out of Nauvoo in 1846, abandoning the nauvoo temple that they had spent so much time and expense erecting over the preceding […]

The Day Brigham Lost His Spyglass

by D. F. Bartschi  The sinister figure on the black stallion moved quietly through the river thicket. Trail stained and blackened by the drifting fly-ash of the crackling prairie fire, which seemed to stretch to the horizon in all directions. orrin porter rockwell, advance scout, night guard, buffalo hunter and general security, seemed part of […]

Dymock Parish Church

Just south of the Herefordshire area of england is the village of Dymock, Gloucestershire. During the second British mission, 1840–41, several individuals and events important in LDS history trace back to Dymock. thomas kington, once superintendent of the united brethren, lived there. His conversion to the Church led to the conversion of many others. His […]

Kimball – Whitney Cemetery

1/2 Block North of Temple Square, Just East of Conference Center, Salt Lake City A little over a week after arriving in the Salt Lake Valley, Church leaders were allotted property by President brigham young. Heber C. Kimball chose this block to the northeast of Temple Square. Newel K. Whitney claimed an adjacent property immediately […]

PETERSON, Charles Sreeve

Mr. Powell, tried to persuade him to give up his faith or otherwise he would have to surrender his work position. He flatly told him no, as to deny his knowledge that he had received would be the greater sin. In his words, “I knew it would be a great sacrifice to me to give up my employment and the comfortable home which I appreciated so much, but to give up the principles which I had received and which I knew to be true would be a far greater sacrifice, and of the two I would choose the lesser … no position, wealth or earthly honor could move me from my convictions and purposes at that time…”

Young Family Cemetery

140 East 1st Avenue, Salt Lake City “I, brigham young, wish my funeral services to be conducted in the following manner: When I breathe my last I wish my friends to put my body in as clean and wholesome state as can conveniently be done, and preserve the same for one, two, three or four […]

LDS Missionaries in the Pacific

This article originally appeared in Pioneer Magazine, 1970 Vol.57 No.1 1844-1852: missionary work in french polynesia by George Ellsworth, Historian Between 1844 and 1852, the Church’s first non-English speaking, non-Caucasian mission was established in French Polynesia. The missionaries’ task was manifold. They had to learn a foreign language, become acquainted with Tahitian folkways, and decide […]

Lot Smith, Horseman

by Margaret Fisher, in Utah and the civil war (1800) Captain lot smith came into possession of his favorite horse. Stonewall, about 1865. The horse was a wild, untamed creature, which accounts for the fact that he was named after the famous Southern General. He formerly belonged to brigham young. The animal was a beauty, […]

Slavery Caused an Indian War in Utah

By Carlton Culmsee of  brigham young University Originally published in Improvement Era, July 1938 slavery brought on a war in Utah eight years before the civil war. This early struggle is interesting for other reasons. It was Utah’s first sustained conflict between the Pioneers and the Indians. And, differing from most frontier fighting, it apparently […]

Brother Brigham’s Guidelines Established

This article originally appeared in Vol.62, No.1 (2015) of Pioneer Magazine. by Pioneer Magazine Precise rules regulated many aspects of life in the lion house, including daily family prayer, school attendance, and Sabbath-day conduct. Mealtimes and the hours for arising and retiring followed a regular schedule. Card playing was strictly forbidden, as were “games of […]

PARK, Isabella Gray Park

This article originally appeared in Vol.62, No.1 (2015) of Pioneer Magazine. by Pioneer Magazine The following excerpts appeared in the March 1930 issue of the Instructor and were taken from an interview of historian Harold H. Jenson with Isabella Gray Park Kenner: Here is a pioneer story that sounds too good to be true, yet […]

Joseph, Not Brigham, Planned Exodus

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] [This article originally appeared in the Mar/Apr 1970 issue of Pioneer Magazine.] RECENTLY published magazine article on the great exodus of the Mormon Pioneers, credited the whole idea to brigham young, the master colonizer who moved the entire body of the “Saints” to the heart of the Great Basin.  This is in error. It […]

Brigham Young: Heartache Suffered

This article originally appeared in Vol.62, No.1 (2015) of Pioneer Magazine. by Pioneer Magazine As diligent as he was in his role as family patriarch and kingdom builder, Brigham’s home life was not without sorrow and heartache… . With a family the size of brigham young’s, the usual activities and complexities of life were multiplied. […]

LYMAN, Amasa Mason

From Whitney’s History of Utah, Vol. 4 THE name of this noted man—Apostle and Pioneer—is inseparably interwoven with the early history of Utah and other parts of the West. An industrious colonizer, an eloquent orator, and a leader of more than ordinary ability, he was with the Mormon Church and people from the days of […]

Pioneer Ponderings

This article originally appeared in the May-June 1971 issue of Pioneer Magazine A DOMINANT characteristic of the brigham young personality was the brisk manner with which he could come up with the right answer to most any situation. A faithful and devoted sister came to the president and prophet one day to get counsel and […]

YOUNG, Brigham

From Whitney’s History of Utah, Vol. 4 VIRTUALLY the history of Brigham Young has been told in the preceding volumes; his great life forming the backbone of the general narrative therein contained.  The founder of Utah, he was for a period of thirty years the most conspicuous and most consequential personage within her borders and […]