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Gerald N. Lund papers

Identifier: MSS 8707

Scope and Contents

Contains materials related to Gerald Lund's writing, Church Education System administration, and teaching careers, as well as his service as a general authority of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Includes drafts of his works, both manuscripts and screenplays, research notes and articles, teaching materials, travel records, e-mails, and letters. Materials dated approximately 1970 to 2022.


  • approximately 1970-2022


Conditions Governing Access

Open for public research. Materials in series 13 must be reviewed prior to providing access. Please contact Special Collections reference services at

Conditions Governing Use

It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to use material from this collection must be obtained from Reference Services at

Biographical / Historical

Gerald Niels Lund was born September 12, 1939, in Fountain Green, Sanpete County, Utah to Jewell and Evelyn Lund. They later moved to Salt Lake City and then to Murray, Utah. After serving a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Lund earned a bachelor's and later master's degree in sociology from Brigham Young University. He also got a degree in New Testament Studies from Pepperdine University and in Hebrew from the University of Judaism. In 1963, he married Retta Lynn Stanard, from Great Falls, Montana. They had seven children. Lund began teaching seminary in Salt Lake City in 1965 and continued to work for the Church Education System for the next 34 years, during which time he became an administrator and executive. Lund also wrote many popular books and articles during this time, including his best-selling series "The Work and the Glory," a Latter-day Saint fiction series. After retiring from his work in the Church Education System, Lund was called to serve as a member of the Second Quorum of the Seventy for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints from 2002 to 2008. He continued to write and publish successfully in both non-fiction and fiction. As of 2022, Gerald N. Lund was a resident of Salt Lake City, Utah.


4 cartons (4 linear ft.)

1 oversize box (1.66 linear ft.)

1 box (0.5 linear ft.)

Language of Materials



Arranged in thirteen series: 1. Gerald N. Lund drafts of Jesus the Christ, 1997-1998. 2. Gerald N. Lund drafts of A priceless heritage, 1995. 3. Gerald N. Lund research materials for Hole in the rock, 2008-2009. 4. Gerald N. Lund papers on The work and the glory, 1990-2006. 5. Gerald N. Lund drafts and notes for The magic pouch, 2011-2013. 6. Gerald N. Lund drafts for The alliance, approximately 1990-2000. 7. Gerald N. Lund unpublished poetry and lyrics, approximately 1970-2014. 8. Gerald N. Lund biographical materials, 1992-2010. 9. Gerald N. Lund collection of Church Education System teaching materials, 1993-2006. 10. Gerald N. Lund travel guides, 1980-1991. 11. Gerald N. Lund research and study materials, 1971-2010. 12. Gerald N. Lund personal papers, 1986-2022. 13. Gerald N. Lund and Lynn Lund contracts, 1982-2021.

Custodial History

Donated by Gerald N. Lund in 2015.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; Gerald N. Lund; 2015.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; Gerald N. Lund; 2022 October.


Utah and the American West and LDS cultural, social, and religious history (20th century Western & Mormon Manuscripts collection development policy, 5.VII, 2007).

Processing Information

Processed; Clarissa McIntire; 2015.

Processing Information

Processed; Sydney Gee; 2023 February. Addendum integrated.

Register of Gerald N. Lund papers
Under Revision
Clarissa McIntire
2015 July 2
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
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Finding aid written in English in Latin script.

Repository Details

Part of the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Repository

1130 HBLL
Brigham Young University
Provo Utah 84602 United States