The February 2017 issue of the Ensign and Liahona magazines contains an article I wrote titled, “Understanding Church History by Study and Faith.” In the article, I introduce five concepts that help make sense of historical questions:

  1. The past is gone – only pieces remain
  2. Facts don’t speak, but storytellers do
  3. The past is different from the present (and that’s OK)
  4. Present assumptions distort the past
  5. Learning history requires humility

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