Orson Hyde and the Church in Jerusalem

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Episode 68: Orson Hyde and the Church in Jerusalem
David Whitchurch
November 2022

In 1841, after years of sacrifice and travel, Orson Hyde arrived in Jerusalem. His brief but impactful mission had innumerable effects on the Church in the Holy Land. In this episode, Professor of Ancient Scripture David Whitchurch takes us through Orson Hyde’s journey, which paved the way for the miraculous opening of the BYU Jerusalem Center. Professor Whitchurch also reflects on his own journey of learning about this spiritual giant—and shows why Orson Hyde’s story is such an important example to us all. 


The Restored Church of Jesus Christ and the Holy Land” (BYU Studies, 2020)

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