Out of Obscurity: The Church in the Twentieth Century

At century’s end, Brigham Young University’s College of Religious Education presents “a commemorative volume in remembrance of the century.” Out of Obscurity: The Church in the Twentieth Century includes twenty-six papers from the twenty-ninth annual Sidney B. Sperry Symposium.

In his keynote address, “May the Kingdom of God Go Forth,” Elder Marlin K. Jensen, a President of the Seventy, lauds the Church’s devotion to record keeping:

Perhaps no other religion from its earliest beginnings has enjoyed a greater abundance of both primary and secondary sources from which to analyze and reconstruct its past. If, as some of our critics allege, the Prophet Joseph Smith committed a fraud on the world, he certainly made no effort personally, and left no instructions to his followers, to conceal the evidence!

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