Historical treasures on display at Church History Library this weekend

By Kaylene Morrill

Published: Friday, April 1 2011 8:00 a.m. MDT

You can count on many things staying the same during general conference every six months, but the "Treasures of the Collection" exhibits are sure to bring some novelty to the weekend.

"The Treasures of the Collection" open house features rare and historic pieces of LDS history. This week's open house will be at the Church History Library on Friday, April 1, from 5–9 p.m., and Saturday, April 2, from noon to 2 p.m. and 4– 9 p.m.

Some exhibits have been displayed at the library before, like a first-edition Book of Mormon that contains Joseph Smith's handwriting in it. Others, however, will be at the exhibit for the first time.

"What's neat about it is that you go, and for a moment, when you look at these documents that are about as far away from your eyes as they were from Joseph Smith's hand, it really transports you back in time, and it connects you with the people and places that make our history," said Patrick Dunshee, manager of marketing and communications for the Church History Department.

New additions include late church President Joseph F. Smith's journal commencing in 1838, and a Book of Mormon containing text in both French and German.

One portion of the exhibits focuses on the history surrounding the church in Hawaii.

George Q. Cannon served a mission in Hawaii, and his mission journals will be on display as well as Heber J. Grant's journal, which talks about the dedication of the Laie Hawaii Temple. Other items with significance to Hawaii will be displayed as well, including a journal entry that was recorded on the day Pearl Harbor was bombed.

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