“News of the Church,” Ensign, Oct 1985, 72–80
Chicago Temple Dedicated
“Chicago Temple Dedicated,” Ensign, Oct. 1985, 72–73
It was a day for remembering.
“We of this generation remember Nauvoo,” said President Gordon B. Hinckley, Second Counselor in the First Presidency, in dedicating the Chicago Illinois Temple on August 9. “We think of the sacred edifice which stood high on its hill. We remember with appreciation and gratitude those who built it. We recall their sacrifice when they were driven from it. Knowing they soon would be banished, and with many of their number already gone, they yet chose to complete it.”
The dedicatory prayer, prepared under the direction of President Spencer W. Kimball, also referred to the present and future. “O God, we thank thee for the inheritance of faith that has come down from that generation,” President Hinckley continued. “We thank thee for a new and better day when our people have returned to this area and large numbers have been added to thy Church in this part of the nation.”
He referred to section 109 of the Doctrine and Covenants, verses 72–74 [D&C 109:72–74], part of the inspired prayer that Joseph Smith gave at the dedication of the Kirtland Temple. The Prophet prayed for the time when the Church would be “adorned as a bride for that day when thou shalt unveil the heavens, … that thy glory may fill the earth.”
“Heavenly Father, we see the dawning of that glorious day,” President Hinckley said. “Thy people, once few in number, have become a great multitude, living in many lands and speaking many tongues. Their numbers are constantly increasing. The virtue of their lives is widely acclaimed. We are profoundly grateful for thy blessings upon thy work and upon thy faithful Saints throughout the earth.”
He prayed that the faith of workers and patrons in the Chicago Temple would be increased through their service there. “May gratitude well up in the hearts of thy faithful Saints throughout the earth, and may the dead beyond the veil rejoice over what will here be accomplished to their eternal blessing.”
In remarks before the dedication, President Hinckley said, “I think there is an unseen audience today. I cannot escape the feeling that God, our Eternal Father, and the Risen Lord today are looking down on us. I am confident Joseph and Hyrum, who gave their lives in testimony of this work—who gave their lives and were buried in the soil of Illinois—are looking down upon us. I am confident that John Taylor looks down upon us.
“I’m grateful for this day when another temple now stands in Illinois, built in an environment of peace, goodwill, appreciation, and respect.”
In addition to President Hinckley, other General Authorities participated during the nineteen dedicatory services spread over August 9–13. They included President Ezra Taft Benson, Elder Howard W. Hunter, Elder Russell M. Nelson, and Elder Dallin H. Oaks of the Council of the Twelve; Elder Marion D. Hanks and Elder Wm. Grant Bangerter of the Presidency of the First Quorum of the Seventy; Elder Theodore M. Burton, Elder Rex D. Pinegar, Elder Derek A. Cuthbert, and Elder Rex C. Reeve of the First Quorum of the Seventy. Elder Reeve is president of the Church’s North America Northeast Area, which includes Chicago, and Elder Cuthbert is first counselor in that presidency.
The dedication was a day of fulfillment for many of the temple district’s 160,000 members in Illinois, Missouri, Wisconsin, Michigan, Indiana, Ohio, Minnesota, Kansas, Nebraska, and Iowa. In addition to contributing toward building of the temple, many had labored to help furnish it or make it ready for the dedication.
A couple from the Wilmette Illinois Stake, for example, helped unload and place furniture in the temple, then clean it prior to the open house, which began July 15. “It was such a privilege to be asked to help,” the wife recalled. “We wept as we vacuumed and dusted.”
Women from throughout the temple district who are skilled in crocheting and tatting made altar cloths for the ordinance and sealing rooms. One 78-year-old sister from Indiana wrote that though the infirmities of age might make it difficult for her to go to the temple, she was thrilled to be able to participate in this way. An 82-year-old sister from the Dayton Ohio East Stake sent with her finished altar cloth a note offering to make a second one if it were needed; she wept when she received a telephone call accepting her offer.
A group of girls in the St. Paul Third Ward, St. Paul Minnesota Stake, made a dozen dolls for the nursery in the temple, each named for the girl who made it, with the names embroidered on the back. The dolls were presented as the girls toured the temple during the open house. Afterward, their leaders wrote to temple matron Betty Cahoon: “It was an exceptionally good experience for the girls to do something that would be meaningful for the young people. It will be a wonderful memory for them.”
The temple not only touched Latter-day Saints, but also many non-LDS visitors. Some 100,065 visited the temple before the open house ended August 3. They expressed sentiments such as “an obvious place of devotion,” “I felt the hand of God,” “everyone should feel closer to God in this special place.”
On 13 August 1983, President Hinckley participated in the ground-breaking ceremonies at the temple site, saying it was “a day of history. It will be an even greater day when the temple to be built here is completed and dedicated.”
That day has come.
[photo] Dedication of the Chicago Temple means the return of temple work to Illinois, a historic place for the Church.
Joe J. Christensen Named President of Ricks College
“Joe J. Christensen Named President of Ricks College,” Ensign, Oct. 1985, 73
Joe J. Christensen, assistant commissioner of education in the Church Educational System, was named the twelfth president of Ricks College at a faculty and staff meeting August 13.
Elder Thomas S. Monson of the Council of the Twelve, a member of the Board of Trustees of Ricks College, announced Brother Christensen’s selection as president.
Elder Monson told faculty and staff members at the meeting, “I am certain [Brother Christensen] will win the hearts of the students.”
Brother Christensen succeeds Bruce C. Hafen, who became dean of the J. Reuben Clark Law School at Brigham Young University September 1. Brother Hafen had been president of Ricks since 1978.
Ricks College, with a student body of more than 6,000, is the largest privately owned two-year college in the United States. Its students come from all fifty states and more than thirty other countries.
Brother Christensen told the audience he was “overwhelmed at the assignment. I’ve been invited to board a fast-moving train which, for all I know, is going on the right track. I hope I can get on the train without stumbling.”
Elder Monson drew appreciative laughter from the audience when he quoted a comment about the new Ricks president by President Ezra Taft Benson of the Council of the Twelve, who, like Brother Christensen, hails from one of southeastern Idaho’s prime agricultural areas. “Why,” said President Benson, “he’s a dry farmer. They can accomplish anything.”
Though he still enjoys spending time on his family’s farm in Banida, Idaho, as his schedule permits, Brother Christensen has reached far beyond its horizons in the service he has given. He is a veteran of more than thirty years’ service in the Church Educational System. He has been a seminary teacher and was director of institutes of religion at Washington State University, the University of Idaho, and the University of Utah.
In 1970, he was appointed an associate commissioner of education for the Church, and from 1979 to 1983, he was president of the Missionary Training Center in Provo, Utah.
He has served as a bishop, a high councilor, president of the Mexico City mission, a member of the General Board of the Melchizedek Priesthood MIA, a counselor in the Sunday School General Presidency, and a member of the Young Men General Board.
President Christensen is married to the former Barbara Kohler of Midway, Utah.
BYU President Defends School’s Jerusalem Center
“BYU President Defends School’s Jerusalem Center,” Ensign, Oct. 1985, 73–74
Brigham Young University President Jeffrey R. Holland visited Jerusalem in August to meet with Israeli government leaders, assuring them that the university’s study center under construction there will not be used as a base for proselyting.
The BYU Jerusalem Center for Near Eastern Studies, scheduled for completion in 1987, has been the focus of recent protests by some who fear the center will be a missionary tool. A group staged a protest at the Wailing Wall in Jerusalem in July, and others have demonstrated outside government offices, asking that BYU be forced to close down the project.
President Holland said the building is too far advanced and too much has been spent on it to move it now. The facility “was not designed to be missionary center,” he assured Israelis.
“We have been active here for seventeen years and have never conducted missionary work or proselyting.” He pointed out that in those years that BYU study programs have operated in Jerusalem, “we know of no Jew who has been converted to Mormonism through the activities of students or faculty.”
He pointed out that students, faculty, and staff who participate in BYU study programs in Jerusalem are required to sign a pledge not to engage in proselyting, on penalty of dismissal.
The BYU project received support from the United Jewish Council of Utah, which cabled top Israeli government leaders and Jerusalem Mayor Teddy Kollek, who supports the project himself. The council’s telegram said, in part:
“For over one hundred years, the Jewish and LDS communities have coexisted in the Salt Lake Valley in a spirit of true friendship and harmony. It has been our experience that when the leaders of the LDS Church make a commitment of policy, it is a commitment which can be relied upon. The stated commitment of Brigham Young University not to violate the laws of the state of Israel, or its own commitment regarding proselytizing in the state of Israel through the Jerusalem-based Brigham Young facility, is a commitment which we sincerely believe will be honored.”
The center will provide academic, housing, and dining facilities for nearly two hundred students, faculty, and staff.
BYU’s Division of Continuing Education and David M. Kennedy Center for International Studies offer educational programs in Jerusalem which include undergraduate and graduate study, faculty professional development, research, semester, and half-semester or short-term adult study programs.
Program Offers Help to Teachers
“Program Offers Help to Teachers,” Ensign, Oct. 1985, 74
Teaching the gospel is a role all Church members fill at one time or another, and many are learning how to do it better through “Teaching—A Renewed Dedication,” a program currently being presented in stakes and wards throughout the United States, Canada, and Puerto Rico.
The program was broadcast for videotaping, via satellite, to Church units in those areas on September 8. It was accompanied by instructions for its use in stake-level training meetings before September 29, and ward-level meetings before October 27. (Plans called for the videotaped program to be available to units in other English-speaking areas of the Church as early as late September.)
The program is aimed at all who teach. Priesthood and auxiliary leaders and teachers were individually invited to the meetings, but invitations were also extended to parents, home and visiting teachers, and prospective missionaries.
The program is designed to reemphasize the teacher’s divine commission.
“Teaching is one of the ways we live the gospel of love,” says Elder Hugh W. Pinnock of the First Quorum of the Seventy, General President of the Sunday School, in narrating the videotaped program. “The Savior set the example for us as he strove to perfect the Saints while he walked upon the earth.”
“We should all be engaged in lifting and helping each other,” Elder Pinnock says in introducing the program’s theme. “Above all, we have the example of our Lord and Savior as a teacher.” He taught, Elder Pinnock explains, “with the Spirit, with his pure love, with constant preparation. If you are new to a teaching assignment, apply these principles.”
The three principles are emphasized and reemphasized throughout the program.
On the videotape, actors depict three different situations: a newly called teacher struggling with his class of teens, an aged woman telling a young friend how she overcame shyness to become a much-loved Relief Society teacher, and a father-son home teaching duo faced with an inactive member who wants to hear nothing about the gospel.
After each of the video vignettes, the tape is stopped and observers respond to questions about the application of the three teaching principles. Responding requires those viewing the tape to think about how these principles apply to their own situations. Learning is enhanced through a discussion directed by local leaders.
Through their dialogue, actors in the videotape also offer wisdom for teachers.
“I know if you prepare for it and search for it, you’ll find a teaching style that fits you,” the Sunday School president tells his worried Course 15 teacher.
“I’ve learned teaching is like following a recipe—when you put in the right ingredients, the results are delicious,” the experienced Relief Society teacher tells the young friend who is helping her bottle jam.
The father-son home teaching team discuss how responding immediately to the promptings of the Spirit helped them meet the need of the inactive father.
[photo] “Dorothea,” depicted in “Teaching—A Renewed Dedication,” prepares carefully for her first Relief Society lesson.
South Africans Enjoy a New Temple
“South Africans Enjoy a New Temple,” Ensign, Oct. 1985, 75
Louis P. Hefer recalls the morning in 1973 when President Spencer W. Kimball, then President of the Council of the Twelve, rededicated South Africa for missionary work.
“He prayed that the people would open their hearts and look forward to a time ‘when all processes may converge to bring a temple to this land.’ ”
Brother Hefer, regional representative to the Johannesburg South Africa Region, comments that now “we are reaping the blessings of many of his supplications.” Like many of his countrymen, he has witnessed the great Church growth, in numbers and in spirituality, that has led to the building of a temple in his homeland.
C. Kenneth Powrie, patriarch in the Sandton South Africa Stake, estimates that there were perhaps a thousand Latter-day Saints in South Africa when he was baptized in 1950. Now there are more than ten times that number. There has been “steady, consistent growth.”
In his early days in the Church, members who had been to the temple were held a bit in awe. It was, after all, a costly 19,000-kilometer (11,800 miles) round trip to the nearest temple, and most Saints in South Africa could only dream about it. It was a thrill to be among eighty Saints who were finally able to go to the temple via chartered jet in 1969, Brother Powrie recalls.
Now the temple is a mere fifteen kilometers (nine miles) from his home.
The first three LDS missionaries arrived in South Africa in April of 1853, but the Church grew slowly there for many decades. Jesse Haven, a cousin of Brigham Young, was assigned as president of the Cape of Good Hope Mission; he was accompanied by William Walker and Leonard I. Smith. They found a measure of success as missionaries, and in December of 1855, before leaving for home, Brother Haven recorded in his journal that he had baptized 176 people and had established three districts and six branches of the Church.
The mission was later closed, then reopened, closed, and reopened again. Until recent decades, migration of converts to “Zion” in the United States kept the number of members in South Africa from growing.
Brother Powrie served as a branch clerk for a number of years. “I’ll never forget the thrill I got when I counted twenty-five in a sacrament meeting,” he says.
Now there are about 11,000 Latter-day Saints in the Johannesburg Temple District.
The number of native African Church members in South Africa is still comparatively small, but is growing rapidly. By the end of the year, there will be a chapel in Kwa Mashu, one of the native African homelands established by the government. Church attendance there is already “in the hundreds.”
President Winstanley pointed out that the first Zulu missionary, Elder Sipho Nkomo, is now serving a mission in London, and another Zulu man is preparing to serve.
In fact, says President Winstanley, “We send about 95 percent of our young men on missions.”
South Africa is a much more diverse country than many outsiders realize. “Besides providing ordinances in English and Afrikaans, the temple has nine sound channels to serve our cosmopolitan country of nine nations and seventeen subnations,” Brother Swartzberg explains.
Despite that diversity, South African Saints seem to worry about the same kinds of things that members elsewhere worry about. Jenny Bricknell, wife of Bishop Colin Bricknell of the Durban Berea Ward, points out that though their youth are strong, South African members are seeing dangerous worldly influences more and more in their society. The recession in South Africa has forced Church members to economize along with everyone else, though faithful members pay their offerings despite the pressure, Bishop Bricknell says.
The temple will help Saints meet these challenges better, President Winstanley comments, explaining that many are striving to prepare for service in the house of the Lord.
It’s easy to sense the eagerness of people like Charles and Beverley Wilcocks of Sandton First Ward, Sandton South Africa Stake. Charles, a returned missionary who is studying computer science at the University of Witwatersrand, and Beverley were recently married. Now, they “just can’t wait to be sealed in our own temple!”
[photo] The Sandton South Africa Stake Center is just one indicator of the Church growth that has brought a temple to South Africa.
A Conversation about Changes in the Indian Student Placement Service
“A Conversation about Changes in the Indian Student Placement Service,” Ensign, Oct. 1985, 76
The Church’s Indian Student Placement Service, which places students from U.S. Indian reservations in foster homes during the school months, has recently undergone some refinements, shifting the scope and purpose of the program. The Ensign talked with David A. Albrecht, coordinator of the ISPS, about those changes.
Q: What are the main changes affecting the Indian Student Placement Service?
A: The major modification has been a change in the program’s eligibility requirements, raising both the age requirements and the enrollment standards. As of the 1984–85 school year, only students in the fifth through the twelfth grades were eligible. Previously, students aged eight to eighteen could qualify. That age limit has been raised to the sixth grade for this year and will continue to go up one grade a year until the 1988–89 school year, when the program will have evolved into a four-year program, covering only grades nine through twelve.
The higher enrollment standards require a student to be no more than a year behind in school (previously, two years behind was acceptable); have a C average in core subjects such as math, English, and reading; live by Church standards both on and off the program; have good physical and emotional health; and demonstrate potential leadership qualities. The student must be a member of the Church (having been baptized no later than May 30 of the year he goes on placement) and be interviewed and recommended by his bishop or branch president.
Q: How will this affect the number of students involved in the program?
A: This will probably mean a 60 percent reduction in the number of students from 1984 to 1989.
Q: Do these cuts indicate a phasing out of the program?
A: Not at all. These modifications are refinements of the program and are meant to emphasize experiences that will promote spirituality, leadership, and academic excellence.
Q: What prompted these changes?
A: The changes were made in response to analysis and a major research study measuring the effects of the program. The study revealed that, when compared with a control group not on the program, the Indian students involved in the program had higher grades, were more likely to go to college, were more active in the Church, and were more likely to go on missions and to be married in the temple. However, four years seemed to be the optimum time on the program; the benefits didn’t necessarily increase with added years.
And the fact is that there are more educational opportunities available to young children on the reservations today than there were when the program began in 1954. Now, with the older age requirements, children will remain at home during the early years. When they do go on the program at about age fourteen, they will be better motivated and better prepared for their experience and will have assimilated more of their heritage and cultural identity.
Q: Along with the enrollment modifications, how has the focus of the program changed?
A: In the past, one of the purposes of the program was to provide opportunities for large numbers of Indian youth, some of whom came from environments with limited opportunities. With more local schools available allowing more students to stay at home, the focus of the program has changed to one of developing leadership skills and promoting spiritual and educational growth. More than 20,000 Indian students have been placed since the beginning of the program thirty-one years ago. The majority of these have returned to the reservations to live. We expect that the students coming out of the ISPS will continue to qualify for community and Church leadership.
Q: What are the benefits of the program?
A: Although the program is smaller now, it is individualized and better supervised. President Kimball has stated that “the placement program was inspired of the Lord.” (Ensign, May 1979, p. 101.) The program will continue to be available as long as the need exists and Indian parents express an interest.
A few years ago, Elder George P. Lee summed up the benefits of the program when testifying before the Select Committee on Indian Affairs of the United States Senate on 4 August 1977. Referring to his own years on the program, he stated: “Through placement, the uncertainty of the past was replaced with purpose, direction, and spiritual strength. I gained a tremendous desire and determination to succeed. I began to set goals for myself.”
LDS Mexican Colonies Mark Centennial
“LDS Mexican Colonies Mark Centennial,” Ensign, Oct. 1985, 77
Residents, former residents, and visitors whose family roots go back to the LDS colonies in Mexico mingled in Colonia Juarez and Colonia Dublan August 5–11 to celebrate the centennial of the Latter-day Saints’ arrival in northern Mexico. They were looking forward to a unique experience, and they were not disappointed.
“We certainly accomplished what we set out to do. I feel that this will be one of the greatest unifying forces that we’ve had in our stake in many years,” commented Jerald L. Taylor, president of the Colonia Juarez Mexico Stake.
Bessie Bangerter, visiting from Provo, Utah, echoed the compliments of many visitors. “There has been excellence in everything that has been done. I feel that this will prove to be a great missionary tool in this area.”
Missionary work was indeed one of the objectives of the celebration; colonists wanted to call attention to the Church and its contribution to the area’s heritage and culture. They also wanted to honor their forebears and remind themselves of the sacrifice those early pioneers made.
The celebration offered a variety of events to meet those objectives—a historical-themed parade on Tuesday, August 6; a high-energy talent show Tuesday evening that had to be repeated Wednesday to accommodate all who wanted to see it; a twelve-kilometer race for runners in various categories; a historical pageant that ran for three nights to capacity crowds 2,000 strong; a rodeo; a chuckwagon breakfast on the grounds of the historic Juarez Stake Academy; a dance; and two firesides—one in English, the other in Spanish—culminating the week on Sunday night.
Elder J. Thomas Fyans of the Presidency of the First Quorum of the Seventy spent most of the week in the colonies. He spoke to those attending the Sunday evening firesides, first reading a letter from the First Presidency acknowledging contributions of Saints in and from the colonies during the past ten decades.
He also talked about the leavening effect the colonies have had on the rest of the Church through the high number of leaders that have come from the area. Elder Fyans told colonists they are “the product of the character of your ancestors.” He indicated that the exodus from the colonies forced by Mexican civil unrest in the second decade of this century was part of the refining process through which the colonists had to pass.
“This spot has been and is a sacred classroom to some of the Lord’s choicest spirits,” he said, reminding the present residents that they are its “caretakers.”
Responding briefly to Elder Fyans’ remarks, President Taylor referred to the role the colonies have played in helping spread the gospel and said: “We pledge to continue to carry out the purposes for which these colonies were established.”
Sister Helen Fyans also spoke to those attending the fireside, reading them a letter from Sister Camilia Kimball, who was born in the colonies.
Events of the centennial celebration were well-received in the community. The parade, featuring family floats depicting the history of the colonies and the lives of ancestors who had lived there, followed a seven kilometer route through the center of Nuevo Casas Grandes to the LDS chapel in adjacent Colonia Dublan. Elder Fyans and President Taylor and their wives were at the head of the parade riding in a two-wheeled ox cart typical of those used in Mexico a hundred years ago. Thousands of local residents lined the parade route, applauding enthusiastically for each of the thirty-five entries.
It was obvious that the centennial celebration was appreciated by non-LDS residents in the community. But centennial planners were also gratified by the responses of those with family ties to the colonies who were drawn back for the celebration. They came from all areas of the United States, and from Canada as well.
James Wilson, whose ancestral roots go back to the colonies, traveled from Asunción, Paraguay. “This has just been beautiful,” he said. “It has turned out to be much more than we expected. This has truly been one of the highlights of my life.”
Conference Focuses on Needs of Single Women
Delynn Decker, “Conference Focuses on Needs of Single Women,” Ensign, Oct. 1985, 77–78
“You can increase your self-esteem and your self-worth by developing your natural talents, improving skills, and participating in intellectual and emotional growth,” Elder John K. Carmack of the First Quorum of the Seventy told six hundred single sisters at a Thirteen-Stake Single Women’s Conference in San Diego August 10.
He was one of fourteen speakers who addressed twenty-four topics at the one-day conference, which was directed toward the needs of Young Adult, Young Special Interest, and Special Interest women. The event was sponsored by the San Diego North Stake. The theme of the conference was “The Worth of a Soul Is Great.” (See D&C 18:10.)
Elder Carmack also urged sisters to participate in physical activities and to interact socially to keep a balance in their lives, noting that nourishing, wholesome activities would enrich their lives and the lives of others.
He quoted President Spencer W. Kimball’s comment that “much of the major growth that is coming to the Church in the last days will come because many of the good women of the world … will be drawn to the Church in large numbers. This will happen to the degree that the women of the Church reflect righteousness and articulateness in their lives, and to the degree that the women of the Church are seen as distinct and different—in happy ways—from the women of the world. …
“Thus it will be that female exemplars of the Church will be a significant force in both the numerical and the spiritual growth of the Church in the last days.” (“The Role of Righteous Women,” Ensign, November 1979, pp. 103–4.)
Ferren Christensen, a former regional representative, drew on personal experiences with living prophets in talking about how to make prayer more powerful. Brother Christensen identified three general categories of answers to prayer. “Yes” means “You will receive just what you asked.” The second answer, “Wait awhile,” requires the listener to exercise patience and restraint and to realize that there is a reason for waiting. “The third category, the ‘No’ answer, just means we should go back to the drawing board and figure out a new plan, a different approach,” Brother Christensen observed. “We should be grateful for that guidance, that opportunity to choose again.”
“Making prayer more powerful,” Brother Christensen said, “requires marshaling our love, faith, and compassion for each other, being aware of who is in need, and praying for them specifically by name and by need. God needs to know that we care about each other. We need to pray specifically for Sister Jones, who is recuperating from surgery, not for ‘the sick and the afflicted,’ if we want to make our prayers more powerful.”
JoAnn Autenrieb, San Diego North Stake Relief Society president, encouraged sisters to use their lonely times to talk to Heavenly Father, pleading with him and telling him of their need to be loved. “You will feel the love of your Heavenly Father encircle you,” she promised.
“Don’t sit back and wait for others to come to you. Make yourself count,” Sister Autenrieb counseled. “Let your voice be heard, and let your leaders know that you are willing to serve.”Delynn Decker, San Diego, California
Scout Jamboree at Fort A. P. Hill
“Scout Jamboree at Fort A. P. Hill,” Ensign, Oct. 1985, 78
Some 3,000 LDS Scouts were among the more than 32,000 young men from throughout the United States at the National Scout Jamboree July 24–30 at Fort A. P. Hill, near Fredericksburg, Virginia.
A highlight for the young men was a visit from President Ezra Taft Benson of the Council of the Twelve who visited the Jamboree Sunday, July 28. Speaking at the morning LDS worship service, he urged the Scouts to stay morally clean, benefit from the wise counsel of their parents, and learn to know the will of God through prayer.
Elder Robert L. Backman, Elder Vaughn J. Featherstone, and Elder Rex D. Pinegar of the First Quorum of the Seventy, the Young Men general presidency, held important assignments in association with the Jamboree.
Polynesian Cultural Center Hosts Chinese President
“Polynesian Cultural Center Hosts Chinese President,” Ensign, Oct. 1985, 78
The usually solemn president of the world’s most populous nation smiled, waved, donned a Samoan hat woven of coconut leaves, and mimicked the hand movements of a dancer during a July 31 canoe ride down the lagoon at the Church’s Polynesian Cultural Center in Laie, Hawaii.
A U.S. Secret Service agent accompanying President Li Xiannian said the 78-year-old Chinese leader “seemed more relaxed and animated” at the Cultural Center than at any other stop during his visit to the United States.
President Li was greeted at the forty-two-acre Hawaiian attraction by Elder Marvin J. Ashton of the Council of the Twelve, board chairman of the Polynesian Cultural Center.
Following the canoe ride down the lagoon, the official party went to the Cultural Center’s 2,775-seat Pacific Pavilion amphitheater, where the Chinese visitors were greeted with a standing ovation from a capacity crowd. They saw a shortened version of the center’s spectacular “This Is Polynesia” show. Afterward, President Li was formally welcomed.
Through his interpreter, President Li thanked the Polynesian Cultural Center for its generosity and praised the center for its efforts in preserving and maintaining a strong cultural identity for the people of the South Pacific.
The Chinese leader’s visit culminated a ten-day goodwill mission to the United States, during which he met President Ronald Reagan at the White House in Washington, D.C. He also traveled to Chicago and Los Angeles before stopping in Hawaii for a two-day visit.
President Li’s visit to the Polynesian Cultural Center was the second by a top-ranking Chinese leader. It follows an earlier visit by Chinese Premier Zhao Ziyang in January 1984.
[photo] Elder Marvin J. Ashton of the Council of the Twelve accompanies President Li Xiannian (wearing hat) and his wife, Lin Jiamei, on a Polynesian Cultural Center tour.
Temple Square on Tape
“Temple Square on Tape,” Ensign, Oct. 1985, 79
Many visitors to Temple Square in Salt Lake City are taking home a new cassette tape of Tabernacle Choir music, combined with a message about the restoration of the gospel, which missionary-minded members might find an appropriate gift for non-member friends.
“The Mormon Tabernacle Choir Sings Sixteen Favorite Songs, and The Story of the Restoration” was produced by the choir and the Church’s Missionary Department. The tape was a response to frequent requests from visitors for something that could help them recapture the essence of their experiences on Temple Square.
It contains a mixture of renditions by the choir of hymns and songs which have proved popular with the public. These include “Come, Come Ye Saints,” “I Know That My Redeemer Lives,” “Battle Hymn of the Republic,” “The Sound of Music,” and “On a Clear Day.”
In addition, J. Spencer Kinard, announcer for the Tabernacle Choir’s weekly “Music and the Spoken Word” program, narrates “The Story of the Restoration.”
The tape, stock number VVOT2091, is available not only on Temple Square, but also at visitors’ centers in English-speaking areas of the Church. In addition, it may be ordered through the Salt Lake Distribution Center, 1999 West 1700 South, Salt Lake City, UT 84104. The cost is $5.00.
Manual Available on Alcoholism
“Manual Available on Alcoholism,” Ensign, Oct. 1985, 79
The Resource Manual for Helping Families with Alcohol Problems (PGSC6258) can be a valuable tool in providing families the resilience to cope with alcoholism.
The manual is designed to be used by Church leaders and LDS Social Services professionals. Its main focus is on teaching non-drinkers how to help a family member who suffers from alcoholism and how to cope with the problems his drinking creates.
Suggestions for help in the manual rely heavily on the use of resource persons—home or visiting teachers, parents or other relatives, ward or stake welfare services specialists,carefully selected missionaries (especially couples), and LDS Social Services personnel or volunteers. These people are an important part of helping the family learn to deal with a loved one’s drinking problem and helping the drinker move toward a happier, more spiritual life.
The manual is divided into two parts—a “Self Study Workbook” for resource persons involved in helping the alcoholic, and fifteen “Family Discussion Plans,” or lessons. These can help the alcoholic’s family deal with underlying problems that lead to drinking and aid the drinker in overcoming them.
The manual is available through the Salt Lake Distribution Center, 1999 West 1700 South, Salt Lake City, UT 84104, for $2.15.
“Appointments,” Ensign, Oct. 1985, 79–80
Lino Alvarez V. of the Anahuac Ward, Monterrey Mexico Anahuac Stake, has been assigned to the Saltillo, Monterrey, and Monterrey Libertad regions. A recently released mission president, he is associate area director of the Church Educational System.
Dieter H. E. Berndt of West Berlin has been called to serve the Vienna Austria Region and the Dresden Region in the German Democratic Republic. A former stake president, high councilor, and bishop, he is a professor of engineering and consultant to industry.
George Thomas (Tom) Choules of the Yuma Second Ward, Yuma Arizona Stake, has been called to lead the Blythe California Region. An attorney, he was serving as a patriarch at the time of his call and has also served as stake president.
Santiago Mejia M. of the Cuexcomate Ward, Puebla Mexico La Paz Stake, has been assigned to the Poza Rica Mexico, Veracruz Mexico, and Oaxaca Mexico regions. A microfilmer, he has served in a variety of local Church leadership positions, including stake president.
Gerald Leroi Scott of the Chamblee Ward, Sandy Springs Georgia Stake, has been called to lead the Raleigh North Carolina and Charlotte North Carolina regions. A former stake president, he is president of the Bakery Division of Pet Incorporated.
Arequipa Peru Manuel Prado Stake (new, from a division of the Arequipa Peru Stake), Efrain Jorge Rodriguez M., formerly president of the Arequipa Peru Stake, coordinator of seminaries and institutes for the Arequipa Region of the Church Educational System; Arequipa Peru Umacollo Stake (formerly Arequipa Peru Stake), Victor Hugo Gamero C., manager of a soft drink bottle-making plant; Las Vegas Nevada Lakes Stake (new, from a division of the Las Vegas Nevada South Stake), Dennis E. Simmons, formerly president of the Las Vegas Nevada South Stake, a lawyer; Las Vegas Nevada South Stake, Lewis Hildreth, a real estate development and construction business owner.
Auckland New Zealand Manukau Stake, Clark W. P. Larkins, an administrator in the Church Educational System; Berlin Germany Stake, Gerhard Grünewald, a chemistry and physics teacher; Buenos Aires Argentina Moreno Stake, Guillermo Daniel Rodriguez, an assistant representative in an assessor’s office; Cagayan de Oro Philippines Stake, Loreto B. Libid, senior branch manager for a credit corporation; Ha’ apai Tonga Stake, Moleni Fonua, supervisor of building maintenance for the Church in the Ha’ apai Islands of Tonga.
Logan Utah East Stake, Brian F. Thornley, a dentist; Mexico City Mexico Pachuca Stake, Joel Gandara Salazar, a biochemical engineer; Rosario Argentina Stake, Horacio A. Curletto, a banker; San Juan Argentina Stake, Pedro Mayo Mazzitelli, a cartographer; San LuisPotosí Mexico Stake, Alejandro Aguilar Montalvo, a businessman.
General Primary President Dwan J. Young has announced that nine women have been called to the Primary General Board. All have had extensive experience in Church service and have been involved in service to children through community projects or education programs.
The new board members are: Betty Jo Nelson Jepsen, Pleasant View Sixth Ward, Pleasant View Utah Stake; Jill Giuliani Kennedy, Yale First Ward, Salt Lake Bonneville Stake; Susan Hobson Kenney, Union Twenty-fourth Ward, Sandy Utah Willow Creek Stake; Suzanne Sessions Moesinger, Ogden Seventy-third Ward, Ogden Utah Weber Heights Stake; Carmen Boyden Pingree, Yale Second Ward, Salt Lake Bonneville Stake; Laurel Parker Rohlfing, Monument Park Thirteenth Ward, Salt Lake Monument Park Stake; Margo Foulger Weaver, Provo Twenty-eighth Ward, Provo Utah Stake; Ann Aylett Wood, Butler Thirty-fifth Ward, Salt Lake Wasatch Stake; and Ruth Broadbent Wright, Yalecrest Second Ward, Salt Lake Bonneville Stake.
Church Department Head
Keith B. McMullin, former mission president, has been appointed managing director of the Church’s Welfare Services Department, succeeding Bishop Glenn L. Pace, who was sustained during general conference as Second Counselor in the Presiding Bishopric.
“LDS Scene,” Ensign, Oct. 1985, 80
Services held July 28 marked the fiftieth anniversary of the unveiling of the Angel Moroni Monument atop the Hill Cumorah. President Gordon B. Hinckley, Second Counselor in the First Presidency, expressed gratitude at the meeting for the restoration of the gospel, heralded in part by Moroni’s coming. He spoke to a crowd of several thousand gathered at the hill where the monument was first unveiled 21 July 1935. President Ezra Taft Benson of the Quorum of the Twelve turned 86 on August 4. He spent the day attending Church services and then was honored at a family gathering in the evening. On August 2, he was honored by other General Authorities and associates at an informal reception in the Church Administration Building. President Benson was born in 1899 in Whitney, Idaho. He has been a member of the Quorum of the Twelve since 7 October 1943, and its president since 30 December 1973.
[photo] The angel Moroni statue atop the Salt Lake Temple received a new coat of gold leaf recently, its first since 1962. The 12 1/2-foot copper statue was surrounded by scaffolding while workers replaced its weather-damaged gold coating. (Photo by Earl W. Furniss.)
J. Willard Marriott, St., former president of the Washington D.C. Stake, internationally known businessman and philanthropist, died August 13. The First Presidency issued a statement expressing sadness at the passing of “a man whose accomplishments in business and industry provided an unparalleled example of integrity. Even greater than these accomplishments was his devotion to God, his family, and his country.” President Gordon B. Hinckley, Second Counselor in the First Presidency; President Ezra Taft Benson of the Council of the Twelve; and Elder Boyd K. Packer of the Council of the Twelve all spoke at Brother Marriott’s funeral. J. Willard Marriott, Sr., who started his business career with a small root beer stand in Washington, D.C., founded a corporation which today operates 2,500 fast food restaurants, 125 hotels, the largest airline catering service in the world, amusement parks, and cruise ships. His philanthropy made possible the Marriott Center (used for a variety of Church, athletic, educational, and social activities) at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah; the Marriott Library at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City; and the J. Willard Marriott Allied Health Sciences Building, now under construction at Weber State College in Ogden, Utah. His generosity also extended anonymously to many individuals. His contributions to his country included work on committees which planned two inaugurations of United States’ presidents and service as executive chairman of the Honor America Committee organizing patriotic celebrations. Brother Marriott, who was a member of the Church’s Military Relations Committee, was eighty-four at his death. He is survived by his wife, Alice, and his sons J. Willard, Jr., and Richard.
Approximately 13,000 dancers filled the field while some 100,000 people watched the fourth LDS Rose Bowl Dance Festival July 20 in Pasadena, California. The young dancers came from Church units throughout the southern half of California to participate in events on a scale larger than those that opened the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles. National, state, and local government officials and other dignitaries attended, and United States President Ronald Reagan sent a taped message praising the youth and their leaders for their “commitment to excellence.” The theme of the program was a celebration of life in America.^ Back to top