A Young Folks' History of the Church HTML version
To Parents and Teachers
Studying the history of our country creates patriotism and engenders loyalty. For the
same reason, a study of the history of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will
implant in our boys and girls a love for its heroes, a loyalty to its principles, and an
appreciation of its achievements. By a knowledge of the history of the Church, our young
people will prize more highly that heritage given them of God and preserved for them by
the sweat and blood of their fathers.
The teacher using this little book will understand that it is not exhaustive, but rather
suggestive. The teacher should be in possession of much more history than is given here.
He should fill in much of the undercurrent of heroism, faith, and devotion exhibited by
the characters of the history, very little of which can be given in the text. The importance
of this larger knowledge on the part of the teacher will be understood by an examination
of the review and questions at the end of each chapter. The aim in these questions is not
only to review the facts of the lesson, but by suggestions and reference to bring out more
fully deductions and principles.
It is believed that by combining the topical and the question methods the best results may
be obtained. The topics are to be assigned certain pupils for treatment. Questions should
not be limited to those in the book. The teacher should find many more to ask.
Special attention is called to the maps. Have pupils locate each important place. Quite a
number of dates are found in the text. It is not intended that the pupils should memorize
them all. Most of them should be used merely in fixing the relative time between events.
It is suggested that the pupils be encouraged to refer to the Church works and other books
mentioned in the text.
For further preparation the teacher is referred to "The History of the Church," "Cannon's
Life of Joseph Smith," "Whitney's History of Utah." The "Faith Promoting Series,"
Evan's "Hundred Years of Mormonism," etc., will give much interesting and valuable