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Important Documents from Latter-day Saint History

I’ve always had the idea running in the back of my mind to compile a list of the most important documents across the history of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints that are not in the scriptures nor book-length publications.  Documents in the list include important summaries of doctrine that capture the thought of an era, documents that outlined and solidified an approach to policy or doctrine in the Church, or which signaled some significant changes.  I’m going to take a stab at it here, though no doubt it will fall far short of the goal.  Still, I’ll try to present in approximate chronological order and break it up into four broad eras, roughly following the time periods covered by each volume of the Saints history series.

Period 1: Up to 1846

Period 2: 1846-1893

Period 3: 1893-1955

Period 4: 1955-2021


So, there you have it—my list of documents that I’ve noticed are particularly significant or noteworthy over the course of the history of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.  I recognize that I have my blind spots (especially when it comes to the international church) and that my interests affect my selection (i.e., I probably focus more on discussions about a Heavenly Mother than other compilers would).  That being said, I would love feedback to improve this list and make it a solid place to reference important documents for Latter-day Saints.  With that being the case:

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