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Kenneth Mays

Kenny Mays has been a teacher for the Department of Seminaries and Institutes for over 35 years. He is currently assigned at the institute at LDS Business College. For decades, he has been studying and photographing LDS Church historical sites to assist in the preservation of Latter-day Saint history and where it unfolded.


Kenny's images and articles have been published in numerous sources and symposia including the Deseret News' Mormon Times (weekly), the Ensign, LDS Church News, Mormon Historical Studies, Pioneer Magazine, LDS mission site guides, a number of DVDs, the BYU Religious Education Image Archives and elsewhere. He is a trustee of the Mormon Historic Sites Foundation.

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Former members of the Mormon Battalion heading to Utah blazed some 170 miles of new trail through the Sierra-Nevada Mountains. It became a popular route for thousands of others headed in the opposite direction ...
As former members of the Mormon Battalion cut a road through the Sierra Nevada, they discovered the bodies of three of their scouts who had been brutally murdered.
The Land and Records Office allows one to find out “who lived where” in Nauvoo, Illinois, during the early to mid-1840s.
A little river served an important role for the Saints settling temporarily near Council Bluffs, Iowa, prior to their crossing the Missouri River to Winter Quarters, Nebraska.
Council Bluffs, Iowa, ended the Mormon trek across Iowa and served as a site for many to prepare to finish the journey to Utah the following year. The Mormon Battalion began its famous march here.
A marvelous visitors' center interprets the period when the Mormon Battalion spent some time at present-day San Diego. Battalion members provided assistance for a number of improvements that greatly benefited t...
Some important events in LDS history are identifiable as to the very room where they occurred. This is the case with a number of incidents that unfolded in the Whitney Store in Kirtland, Ohio. This piece is to ...
The Susquehanna River played an important role in the lives of Joseph and Emma Smith, both temporally and spiritually. Some of the most sacred events in LDS history occurred near the banks of this river.
The Harmony, Pennsylvania, home of Joseph and Emma Smith has been rebuilt on the site where it stood when Joseph and Emma lived there in the late 1820s. It was part of the overall plan of the Priesthood Restora...
The newly restored and developed Priesthood Restoration Site was dedicated Sept. 19, 2015, by President Russell M. Nelson.