If you wanted to know the background on the Word of Wisdom, read an entry in Heber C. Kimball's diary or obtain a copy of your patriarchal blessing, you need only visit one place: the Church History Library of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

The library, currently located in the east wing of the Church Office Building in Salt Lake City, strives to achieve two purposes.

"The primary purposes are to preserve the documents of the history of the church and share the message of that history," said Marie Erickson, the library's manager of education and training.

The library collection includes 270,000 books, magazines and newspapers; 240,000 collections of original unpublished records; and 3.5 million copies of church members' patriarchal blessings.

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