The success of the Juvenile Instructor magazine, called the Instructor since 1929, owes much to the vision and foresight of its great founder, George Quale Cannon. From a small, crude, four-page paper, first published in 1866, the Juvenile Instructor has developed into a far-reaching and attractive publication, touching the lives of countless thousands in 1969. It has proved to be a great implement of religious education to the Latter-day Saint people and fulfilled four important functions in its early years when Elder Cannon was its editor. It served as the official organ of the Sunday Schools, as a voice of truth in an era when so much low-grade fiction was available, as a source of religious reading material for children, and as an aid to parents and teachers in furthering the religious education of the young ones under their care. Its popularity and long life of over a century bespeak the enduring and influential nature of Elder Cannon's edifying combination of information, entertainment, and inspiration.
College and Department
Religious Education; Church History and Doctrine
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Flake, Lawrence R., "The Development of the Juvenile Instructor Under George Q. Cannon and its Functions in Latter-Day Saint Religious Education" (1969). Theses and Dissertations. 4686.
George Q. Cannon, George Quayle, 1827-1901, Instructor, Deseret Sunday School Union