Article of the Week

Picture of Elder Steven E. Snow
November 11, 2019
Article of the Week
The Office of Church Recorder: A Conversation with Elder Steven E. Snow
Author Keith A. Erekson

Elder Steven E. Snow served as the Church Historian and Recorder of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints from August 1, 2012, to July 31, 2019. During this time, he oversaw significant developments in the work of Church history, from record keeping to publishing to developing historic sites and exhibits. The conversation in this article, between Elder Snow and Keith A. Erekson, director of the Church History Library, opens with reflections on Elder Snow’s service and how he learned about the office of Church Recorder. A brief history of Church record keeping is given, followed by discussions on the modernization of record keeping during the twentieth century, the years spent without a Church Recorder, the work in the twenty-first century, and recent efforts that define the work of the Church Recorder today.