Teachings of Presidents of the Church

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The ninth book in the series, featuring the teachings of church founder Joseph Smith.

Teachings of Presidents of the Church is a series of books published by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church). Each book of the series briefly compiles the teachings and sermons of one of the men who has served as president of the LDS Church. The series is not complete, with 13 books having been released by September 2014. There have been 16 presidents of the LDS Church.

The series began in 1997 with the release of the Brigham Young edition. The books are not being issued in the same order in which the person served as president of the church. The books are not intended to be a comprehensive collection of the words, sermons, or writings of the subject. Church members are encouraged to save the books and make a collection in their homes.

The books serve as a basis for many of the lessons presented in weekly church Relief Society and adult priesthood meetings. Each book is used as class curriculum for one or two calendar years, depending on the length of the book.

The copyright in the books is held by Intellectual Reserve and are available in electronic format for free on the LDS Church's website.

In 2010 and 2011, the LDS Church temporarily ceased using this series for weekly communal study at Sunday meetings and instead used a newly revised Gospel Principles manual. Weekly study of the Teachings of Presidents of the Church series resumed in 2012.

Books in the series[edit]

No. Publication date President of the Church
& years in tenure
Years used as curriculum
1 1997 Brigham Young (1847–77) 1998–99
2 1998 Joseph F. Smith (1901–18) 2000–01
3 2000 Harold B. Lee (1972–73) 2002
4 2001 John Taylor (1880–87) 2003
5 2002 Heber J. Grant (1918–45) 2004
6 2003 David O. McKay (1951–70) 2005
7 2004 Wilford Woodruff (1889–98) 2006
8 2006 Spencer W. Kimball (1973–85) 2007
9 2007 Joseph Smith (1830–44) 2008–09
10 2011 George Albert Smith (1945–51) 2012[1]
11 2012 Lorenzo Snow (1898–1901) 2013[2]
12 2013 Joseph Fielding Smith (1970–72) 2014[3]
13 2014 Ezra Taft Benson (1985–94) 2015[4]

Presidents of the church for which no edition has yet been published include:

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