The Juvenile Instructor was a magazine for members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church). It began publication in 1866 as a private publication but by the late 1860s served as the de facto publication of the LDS Church's auxiliary Deseret Sunday School Union. It was an official periodical of the LDS Church from 1901 to 1929, after which the Church replaced it with The Instructor.
The Juvenile Instructor was issued monthly and was initially targeted toward the children and youth members of the LDS Church. It consisted of catechisms on the Bible, Book of Mormon, and Doctrine and Covenants; musical compositions; illustrations; stories; editorial teachings; and other aids to gospel instruction. It was the first magazine for children published in the United States west of the Mississippi River.
For much of its history, The Juvenile Instructor was owned by the Cannon family. Its first editor was George Q. Cannon, an apostle in the LDS Church. Cannon and his family continued to publish the magazine privately until January 1, 1901, when the Deseret Sunday School Union purchased the magazine and continued its publication as its official organ. Between 1901 and 1929, the magazine was considered the official publication of the church's Sunday School.
Between 1881 and 1890, George Reynolds was an assistant editor of The Juvenile Instructor. In 1882, he wrote a series of popular articles in the magazine about Joseph Smith and the translation of the Book of Mormon.
- Poelman, Lloyd. "Encyclopedia of Mormonism: Sunday School". BYU.edu. Retrieved 29 October 2016.
- "Online Collection of Historical Church Magazines Expanding". Church News. 29 August 2012. Retrieved 16 October 2016.
- Hillam, Harold G. (August 1999), "Sunday School: Oil for Our Lamps", Ensign: 15
- Juvenile Instructor (PDF scans) courtesy of the Church History Library and the Internet Archive.
- Juvenile Instructor, an LDS history-themed blog, part of the Mormon blogosphere.
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