A family hiking through the woods to Hill Cumorah.

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Church History

Donations to the Church History fund support the development and implementation of approved projects. Your support provides resources to create new and authentic experiences for members of the Church and others who visit these sacred places.

Statue of Angel Moroni on the Hill Cumorah

The Hill Cumorah Project

The Hill Cumorah Project involves restoring the Hill Cumorah to a more natural state.

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The Newel K. Whitney Store in the fall

The Kirtland Project

This project includes restoring the home of Joseph and Emma Smith and other historic buildings.

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The Nauvoo Temple

The Nauvoo Project

The Nauvoo Project focuses on helping visitors see the temple as central to the history of Nauvoo.

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Your Donations at Work

The historic sites of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints preserve the memory of sacred events and places to ensure our connection with God now and in the future. When visitors authentically experience heritage, their hearts and minds are more receptive to the site’s spiritual message.

“Let us not only remember the past and its required sacrifice; let us also remember that we are responsible to build a legacy for the generations which follow us.”

- Thomas S. Monson
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Matt Grow, Managing Director, Church History Department

A Note from Matt Grow

Managing Director, Church History Department

I recently finished reviewing a densely packed binder with 488 pages of small type, the draft of the last volume of The Joseph Smith Papers. It was a bittersweet experience. Covering Joseph’s final six weeks, the volume illuminates that tumultuous era that led to the tragedy at Carthage.

The experience was bittersweet not only because I was reading about Joseph’s final days but also because I have spent much of the past decade working with the Prophet’s papers. I have worked with tremendous colleagues who have, with exacting professional standards and personal faithfulness, published more than two dozen volumes. The book that I just reviewed, Documents, Volume 15, will be published in spring 2023.

The Joseph Smith Papers, though intended for scholars, has influenced more than just the academic world. Its findings are reflected in changes in almost 80 section headings in the Doctrine and Covenants (2013). It is the foundation for volume 1 of the Church’s new published history, Saints. The project’s website is well integrated into the 2021 Come, Follow Me curriculum.

The Joseph Smith Papers has blessed the Church and helped “millions [to] know Brother Joseph again.” This all has been possible through the generosity of the Larry H. and Gail Miller Family Foundation. The Millers’ philanthropy has enabled the Church to move forward with this monumental project.

I wish each of you the best as you consider how you can bless the Church and the world with your own philanthropy.

How Are the Donations Used?

The Church History Fund is a financial resource for authorized historical projects of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. This central fund has been established to provide a reliable and recognized channel for focusing funds on high-priority projects approved by prophets and apostles and other Church leaders. While there will be many projects and initiatives, donors will contribute to one fund. Authorized Church leaders will draw on that fund and allocate resources based on planned priorities and emerging needs.

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