Early LDS Periodicals


Evening and Morning Star, magazine, The Wasp, Seer, Times and Seasons, Elders' Journal, Messenger and Advocate

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The publication of periodicals has been a vital aspect of Church communication from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' earliest years. At the time of the Church’s founding, newspapers were among the most important vehicles for disseminating information in the United States. Editors often influenced opinions on religion and politics, and some of the earliest historical sources related to the restored Church were attacks printed in newspapers hostile toward the Church. Latter-day Saints quickly learned the importance of having access to their own press. Publishing newspapers allowed the Saints to represent their own views, combat false rumors, communicate with each other across distance, and share the gospel. Many of Joseph Smith’s revelations and inspired translations were published for the first time in Church newspapers.

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