Education Week BYU 2016
Quest For Perfection and Eternal Live
Bob and I attended BYU Education week again this year…one of our favorite things to do.
on the BYU Campus
Crowds were large
One of my favorite classes this year was a class that presented the top ten items in the Church History Museum. An article appeared in the Deseret News about it.
The Church History Library, located at Church headquarters in downtown Salt Lake City, is a special place, said the library’s director Keith A. Erekson. The library houses a quarter of a million books and magazines as well as manuscripts, thousands of audio visual materials, two million photographs and many other artifacts that document the history of the Church in the latter days.
The Church goes to great lengths to preserve these treasures. The library retains secure storage vaults and is built to the highest seismic standards. It is climate controlled to reduce fluctuations in temperature for items that are temperature sensitive. It is also secured with cameras and sensors and lasers and “everything we need to keep the records safe,” Brother Erekson explained.
But amid the library’s trove of historical objects and documents are some extra special items. During a session of BYU Campus Education Week, Brother Erekson shared what he considers to be the “Top 10 Treasures of the Church History Library.”
#10 President Hinckley’s sketch of small temples
#9 Emmeline B. Wells’ editorial in The Women’s Exponent
#8 The letter from Liberty Jail
#7 Joseph Smith’s first journal
#6 Wilford Woodruff’s copy of the Book of Commandments
#5 Fragments of the papyrus scrolls
#4 Hyrum’s copy of the Book of Mormon
#3 1830 edition of the Book of Mormon
#2 Original manuscript of the Book of Mormon
#1 Patriarchal blessing records