“News of the Church,” Ensign, Jul 1986, 72–80
President Benson, Youth Leaders Offer Counsel to “Rising Generation”
“President Benson, Youth Leaders Offer Counsel to ‘Rising Generation’,” Ensign, July 1986, 72–73
President Ezra Taft Benson told thousands of young Latter-day Saints during a satellite-broadcast fireside May 18 that they will receive strength to overcome temptation and “know the will of God concerning yourselves if you will take the time to pray and listen.”
The young people gathered in the Tabernacle on Temple Square in Salt Lake City and at satellite receiver-equipped stake centers throughout the United States, Canada, and Puerto Rico for the program. Many of their parents and local Church leaders were also in attendance. The program, which was also televised by KBYU throughout the western United States, commemorated the restoration of the Aaronic Priesthood on 15 May 1829.
Elder Jack H. Goaslind of the Presidency of the First Quorum of the Seventy, Executive Director of the Church’s Priesthood Department, conducted the meeting and spoke briefly. Elder Vaughn J. Featherstone of the First Quorum of the Seventy, Young Men general president, and Sister Ardeth G. Kapp, Young Women general president, also spoke.
“God loves you,” President Benson assured his young listeners. “His desire and purpose and glory is to have you return to him pure and undefiled, having proven yourselves worthy of an eternity in his presence.”
Leaders chosen by inspiration are dedicated to helping youth achieve that goal, he said. “Satan is also mindful of you. He is committed to your destruction.” President Benson then offered several guides to help young people avoid that destruction and achieve happiness.
First, he counseled youth to live a morally clean life. He read from a letter written by a young woman who had found anguish and torment in the burden of sin. “You can avoid that burden and all of the attending heartaches if you will but heed the standards laid down for you through the teachings of the Lord and the Lord’s servants,” President Benson remarked.
“The Church has no double standard of morality. The moral code of heaven for both young men and young women is complete chastity before marriage and full fidelity after marriage.”
President Benson next counseled the young people “to stay close to your parents. There are some things that come only with mature adulthood, and one of these is wisdom. Young people, you need the wisdom of age, just as some of us older ones need your enthusiasm for life.”
His third point of counsel was, “in the words of Jesus Christ, to ‘watch and pray always lest ye enter into temptation; for Satan desireth to have you, that he may sift you as wheat.’ (3 Ne. 18:18.) If you will earnestly seek guidance from your Heavenly Father, morning and evening, you will be given the strength to shun any temptation.”
“I pray that you—the young and rising generation—will be fit and pure vessels to bear triumphantly the responsibilities of the kingdom of God in preparation for the second coming of our Savior,” he concluded.
Elder Goaslind spoke of the divine plan that brought today’s youth to earth in these times. “You were the valiant ones who must now step forward and carry out the assignments you committed to in your premortal life,” he said.
“In a time when evil is made to look attractive and right, we call upon every young man and young woman of the Church to band together and to support and encourage each other” in preparing for life and exaltation.
Elder Featherstone reviewed events surrounding the restoration of the Aaronic Priesthood, then issued the young men a “call to arms,” in the same vein as the call issued by the great Nephite commander, Moroni, before the birth of Christ. Moroni urged his people to defend their liberty and the blessings of obedience.
Elder Featherstone told the young men listening, “Come forth; the battle is at hand. Never has enlistment in the Lord’s cause been so important.”
He called on them to “learn of the Lord and his strategy for his army” through obedience to the Lord’s commandments, study of the scriptures, and prayer. Then he urged them to “go out after those who … are in no-man’s land spiritually” and bring them back into activity. He issued a similar charge to Primary leaders, Aaronic Priesthood quorums, and Young Women classes.
Sister Kapp pointed out that young women have reason to rejoice in the restoration of the Aaronic Priesthood “because the priesthood was restored to bless the whole human family.”
She reviewed a number of ways the priesthood blesses the lives of women, and urged the young women to become, through study and practice of the recently introduced Young Women Values, a force for righteous influence in the world.
“It is not power and authority,” Sister Kapp said, “but the strength of your light, your great example and influence, that will significantly affect ‘both the numerical and the spiritual growth of the Church in the last days.’ ” (See Spencer W. Kimball, Ensign, Nov. 1979, p. 104.)
Two special video segments were broadcast during the program. They depicted events surrounding the restoration of the Aaronic Priesthood and true-to-life modern situations in which the strength of other youth and parents helped young people overcome temptations and trials.
Texts of the talks by President Benson, Elder Featherstone, and Sister Kapp have been published in the June issue of the New Era.
[photos] President Ezra Taft Benson set the tone for counsel given to youth by Church leaders during a satellite-broadcast fireside. (Photography by Eldon Linschoten.)
[photo] A fireside video segment illustrated how youth can strengthen each other in the face of peer pressure, temptation, and trial. (Photography by Jed A. Clark.)
Church Passes Six-Million Mark in Membership
“Church Passes Six-Million Mark in Membership,” Ensign, July 1986, 73
Sometime Wednesday, April 30, Church membership passed the six-million member milestone.
It was difficult to fix the exact time of the passing of that milestone, but Church statisticians projected that it would occur on April 30 based on 1985 year-end membership reports and the growth rate for the Church during the preceding year.
The milestone represented a 20 percent increase in Church membership in just four years, up from five million in April of 1982.
The one-million mark in membership was reached just thirty-nine years ago, in 1947, approximately 117 years after the Church was founded. Two million members were recorded in 1963, three million in 1971, and four million in 1978.
Although nearly two-thirds of all Church members live in the United States, membership is growing at a faster rate in other areas.
The Church’s Asia Area, with approximately 269,000 members, is growing at about 12 percent annually. South America follows, with approximately 790,000 members in the South America North and South America South areas and an annual growth rate of about 7.5 percent. The Mexico/Central America Area, with approximately 396,000 members, is growing at about 6 percent annually. The Pacific Area, with approximately 209,000 members, is growing at about 2.5 percent a year, and the Europe Area, with some 278,000 members, has a little more than 2 percent annual growth. The United States and Canada have a membership of approximately 4,058,000, growing at an annual rate of about 1.2 percent.
Of the Latter-day Saints in the United States, some 1,320,000 live in the Utah North and Utah South areas. Approximately 68 percent of those baptized into the Church are converts.
Fire Destroys Kirtland Ohio Stake Center
“Fire Destroys Kirtland Ohio Stake Center,” Ensign, July 1986, 73
The Kirtland Ohio Stake center was destroyed by fire May 4. The blaze broke out at about 2:00 a.m. and was controlled by 9:00 a.m., according to Stake President Zane F. Lee. The cause of the fire is unknown at present.
The entire building was destroyed, including the genealogical library and some rare volumes it contained. While many original documents and photographs were lost, copies of most of the materials are on file in Salt Lake City.
The tragedy brought renewed interest in the stake center’s genealogical library among members and nonmembers alike, and many area residents have donated additional historical and genealogical material to the facility.
Rebuilding efforts are now under way, and the genealogical library has already reopened.
Satellite Program Offers Help to Those Who Face Media for Church
“Satellite Program Offers Help to Those Who Face Media for Church,” Ensign, July 1986, 74
Local public communications representatives gathered in stake centers throughout the United States, Canada, and Puerto Rico to receive counsel from three Church leaders and training from a media consultant during a special satellite broadcast May 10.
President Gordon B. Hinckley, First Counselor in the First Presidency, and Elder Neal A. Maxwell of the Council of the Twelve spoke preceding the training offered by Peter Jacobi, a professor of communications at Indiana University. Elder Boyd K. Packer of the Council of the Twelve followed, adding another perspective on public communications service.
Elder Maxwell’s talk opened the program. Then Mr. Jacobi introduced his three-hour presentation with videotaped comments by President Hinckley. President Hinckley commented that critics who use the media against the Church are not so distressing as the wasted opportunities when Church leaders and members “are less successful in getting our positive image over than we would like to be.”
Elder Maxwell noted that the public communications efforts of the Church have a dual purpose: preparing a more receptive climate for the gospel message and correcting abusive climates.
“Overall, the perception of us as a church and people will improve in direct proportion to the degree to which we mirror the Master in our lives,” he said.
Elder Packer urged those taking part in the day’s training to keep in mind, while learning how to paint a positive picture of the Church, that it is not the Church of Happy Families, of Excellent Youth Activities, of Comfortable Buildings. “This is the Church of Jesus Christ. He is the head of it. Remember that,” he emphasized.
“We’re not seeking for popularity. We’re seeking to extend the information on the truths of the gospel as widely as we can.”
Mr. Jacobi’s presentation was geared toward making communications representatives more comfortable in dealing with television.
His presentation included advice on preparation, on what to do during an interview, on turning challenging discussions into opportunities to highlight the positive, and on explaining LDS beliefs to those unfamiliar with Church doctrines and terminology.
Material sent out prior to the broadcast suggested that a videotape be made at each local receiver site for later use. There is also a two-hour training tape that dramatizes challenging interview situations and suggests ways to handle them.
Inquiries about the videotapes should be addressed to Public Communications/Special Affairs, 25th Floor, 50 East North Temple Street, Salt Lake City, UT 84150, or telephone (801) 531-3229.
[photo] Regional Representative Dale Ensign, left, is interviewed by Barry Farber during satellite training session. (Photo by Lorry E. Rytting.)
Video Helps Denver Members Share Meaning of Temple
“Video Helps Denver Members Share Meaning of Temple,” Ensign, July 1986, 74
In preparation for the opening and dedication of the Denver Temple, members in the area are using a new videotape to help interested non-Latter-day Saints learn about temples and their purposes.
The intent is to acquaint the public with the LDS temple in preparation for the public open house sessions that will be scheduled before the temple is dedicated, said Larry McFarlane, Denver multiregion public communications director.
The twelve-minute videotape has been shown to service groups, congregations of other faiths, and to non-LDS neighbors by Saints in the area, he added.
A speakers bureau has been organized to handle the showing to groups that request it. Linda Blaser, who heads the bureau, said one of seventy members assigned to help will introduce the tape to groups requesting a showing and answer questions after the presentation.
The narration on the videotape, which offers interior and exterior views of LDS temples, emphasizes that the sacred edifices are “built to further the teachings of Christianity.”
The videotape briefly refers to the history of temples for ancient Israelites and for Latter-day Saints. It explains the significance of marriage in the temple, baptism for the dead, and the uniting of families for eternity.
“I have attended several high school comparative religion classes to show the videotape,” Sister Blaser said. “Those kids are terrific.” Most of them are active in their own Christian faiths, she added. “I think the first thing they realize is that we are Christians, too.”
Seventh-day Adventist, Baptist, Buddhist, Presbyterian, and RLDS congregations have been among church groups requesting showings of the videotape.
New President, Vice-president for BYU—Hawaii
“New President, Vice-president for BYU—Hawaii,” Ensign, July 1986, 75
Alton L. Wade, formerly president of Dixie College in St. George, Utah, has been named president of Brigham Young University—Hawaii, BYU President Jeffrey R. Holland has announced.
In addition, R. Lanier Britsch, a professor of Asian history at BYU, has been named academic vice-president of BYU—Hawaii. The appointments are effective July 1.
President Wade succeeds J. Elliot Cameron, who was appointed in March as commissioner of education for the Church. Vice-president Britsch replaces Eric B. Shumway, who has been called as president of the Church’s Tonga Nuku’alofa Mission.
Before becoming president of Dixie College in 1981, Brother Wade served as a zone administrator in the Church Educational System. The Leamington, Utah, native has also served as an administrator of Church schools in the Pacific area and as a teacher, vice-principal, and principal of the Church College of New Zealand. He has a doctorate in educational administration from BYU.
Brother Britsch joined the BYU faculty in 1966. He received both his bachelor’s degree in Asian studies and anthropology and his master’s degree in history from BYU, and his doctorate in Asian studies from Claremont Graduate School. He is a native of Provo, Utah.
BYU—Hawaii is a four-year school with an enrollment of about 1,900 students, primarily from Hawaii, the Pacific, and Asia.
[photo] Alton Wade, BYU—Hawaii president.
New Genealogy Software Available for Computers
“New Genealogy Software Available for Computers,” Ensign, July 1986, 75
A new version of the Church’s genealogical software for personal computers is now available.
The Personal Ancestral File 2.0 software has been developed to aid those who own or have access to a personal computer, although computer technology is not necessary for the genealogical work members are expected to do. The Church does not encourage members to purchase a computer simply to use the software.
While the original software package (Personal Ancestral File 1.0), released two years ago, was written in BASIC, Personal Ancestral File 2.0 uses “C,” a computer language that allows faster operation and fits on fewer diskettes.
In addition to being faster and more compact than Personal Ancestral File 1.0 software, the new Personal Ancestral File 2.0 package features GEDCOM, a Genealogical Data Communications program that allows a user to transmit family records data from one computer, via a telephone modem or by mailing diskettes, to another user and his computer. The two computers need not have compatible operating systems, provided both are using the Personal Ancestral File 2.0 software. The new software is available in three different versions, for use with IBM/MS-DOS, Apple II, or CP/M-system computers.
Owners of the Personal Ancestral File 1.0 software can transfer data from that package directly to the new software if they elect to purchase it.
The two programs operate only on personal computers. They do not provide access to any of the computer files in the Church’s Genealogical Department in Salt Lake City. However, forms printed by the system will be accepted by the Genealogical Department for four-generation filing or for LDS temple ordinances.
Personal Ancestral File 2.0 will produce pedigree charts and other forms that can be generated with the Church’s original personal computer software. The new software also makes it possible to enter source reference notes and historical and other information for each individual in the file. It also can be used to print a descendant chart through ten generations.
Personal Ancestral File 2.0 software sells for $35 a package. Descriptive brochures and order blanks can be obtained from the Ancestral File Operations Unit, Genealogical Department, 50 East North Temple Street, Salt Lake City, Utah 84150, telephone (801) 531-2584.
Pair of Rumors False Alarms, Members Told
“Pair of Rumors False Alarms, Members Told,” Ensign, July 1986, 75
Church members have been advised to avoid being a party to two recurrent rumors, one concerning a major business firm and the other concerning a petition supposedly submitted to the Federal Communications Commission of the United States.
Both stories have been circulating for some time, and both are false.
A statement released by the Church’s Public Communications Department May 14 said:
“Rumors have been spread that the Proctor & Gamble Company has some connection with satanism and devil worship based on the firm’s moon and stars trademark. Latter-day Saints are counseled not to be parties to these false rumors.”
The release also counseled Church members to ignore rumors that the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is considering a petition from a self-proclaimed atheist to ban all religious broadcasting. “These rumors are false,” the statement said, “and have no basis in fact and should not be the subject of letters or telephone calls to the FCC.”
A Conversation about Acquisitions for the Museum of Church History and Art
“A Conversation about Acquisitions for the Museum of Church History and Art,” Ensign, July 1986, 76–77
“Gathering our Heritage,” an exhibit of recent museum acquisitions, is on display at the Museum of Church History and Art. The Ensign spoke with Richard G. Oman, curator of acquisitions for the museum, about the museum’s acquisition efforts. Here is a portion of that conversation.
Q: What types of items is the museum interested in obtaining?
A: The museum collects a broad range of items, anywhere from art to folk art, traditional crafts, and historical artifacts. We want the collection to represent the peak of LDS artistic achievement, as well as items representative of Church history and culture. When Church members walk into the museum, I hope there will be a feeling of coming home. That’s why this newest exhibit—which I call “recent attic”—contains, in addition to the items one might expect to see—like oil paintings, antiques, and Church historical artifacts—things like LDS bumper stickers, plastic Relief Society grapes, and the rock art missionary figure that was a favorite of President Kimball.
Q: Why do you have artifacts from such a wide artistic range?
A: This is first and foremost a museum of the Latter-day Saint people. The Church has a fantastically rich art tradition because we have so many different cultures within the Church to draw from.
Many people think of art in a very traditional sense—either a painting with a gold frame or a bronze or marble sculpture. Certainly, these are art forms, but if we define art so narrowly, we miss a good deal. I sometimes feel that our missionary work has outstripped our cultural perceptions of our fellow Saints around the world—that is, some of us don’t understand the cultural implications of being a world church. We must stretch our perceptions of what constitutes art to enjoy the creativity and talents of Latter-day Saints no matter where they live.
Each culture has its own art forms, and we have many outstanding LDS artists in diverse areas. For example, Hadi Pranoto, a branch president in the Yogyakarta Branch in central Java, Indonesia, is a prominent artist in batik, the country’s leading visual art form. Juan Zarte, a branch president in Momostenango, Guatemala, and an outstanding weaver on large floor looms, was chosen by the Guatemalan Ministry of Culture to represent that art form in an international cultural exchange program. He and his wife card, dye, spin, and weave the wool in their home. We have artists like Charlotte Andersen, a superb quilter from Kearns, Utah, whose quilts have won awards in the national Statue of Liberty competition against hundreds of the best quilters from all over the United States.
One of the most famous of all LDS artists is a Hopi Indian potter from Polacca, Arizona. Fannie Nampeyo Polacca is featured extensively in literature on American Indian art and is world renowned for her exquisite Hopi pottery.
Q: How do you keep track of so many LDS artists?
A: We keep extensive files, which we add to almost daily, of hundreds of LDS artists from all over the world. We often find their names in professional publications and exhibits, or they are referred to us either by professionals in the field or by Church members. We try to keep track of the artists’ training, exhibitions, and awards or prizes, along with slides of their work. Sometimes we come across master artists that are new to us; other times, the artists are still working their way up. We try to encourage them and urge them to keep us posted on their careers and achievements. We also welcome artists and craftsmen to contact the museum, and we encourage members to give us good leads on outstanding LDS artists in their areas.
Q: You spoke earlier of “stretching our perceptions of what constitutes art.” How can the museum help us to do that?
A: By helping people understand an art form in its cultural context. We do this by first acquiring some of the tools used in that art form and examples of pieces in various stages of completion. Next we try to acquire outstanding traditional pieces so that if, for example, the Indonesian minister of culture looked at our batiks, he would agree that we have some superb pieces. This not only helps us understand the form but gives the artist credibility within his own cultural group.
Then we try to encourage the artist to use his art to focus on some aspect of his LDS experience. For example, we have a pictorial Navajo rug by Leta Keith, a very talented artist from near Kayenta, Arizona. The rug depicts a typical Navajo landscape with a hogan and small flock of sheep. Also in the picture is a pickup truck and two white-shirted missionaries. Another fine example is a beautiful batik made by President Pranoto depicting the second coming of Christ.
Q: What type of historical artifacts are you gathering?
A: Any items that help tell the story of the founding and growth of the Church, or of individual Saints and their faith and contributions. For example, we have the printing press that the first Book of Mormon was printed on in Palmyra, New York, and a chair made by Brigham Young, who was a furniture maker before joining the Church.
We also have a British ha’penny that belonged to the oldest son of a Scottish family. When he joined the Church, his father warned him he would lose his inheritance unless he renounced his new faith. The son remained devout and received the ha’penny as his inheritance. Before donating it to us, his family cherished the coin for generations as an example of their ancestor’s steadfast faith and sacrifice.
The museum is looking for items that reflect the beginnings of the Church in each country. Sometimes those items are fairly recent, such as a beautifully embroidered banner made by sisters in the West Lombardi District, Italy, to commemorate the Church’s sesquicentennial in 1980. The banner depicts the coat of arms from each city in the district that has a branch of the Church. We also have some rhythm instruments used by the first converts in Nigeria to accompany their hymn singing.
[photo] Photo by Jed Clark
New Handbook Offers Added Helps for Primary
“New Handbook Offers Added Helps for Primary,” Ensign, July 1986, 77
A revised Primary Handbook, including a new section on small Primaries, is now available.
The new handbook contains information that has appeared in the Church Bulletins published since 1982, said Virginia Cannon, first counselor in the Primary general presidency. “A new four-page section deals specifically with the needs of Primaries in smaller Church units. Guidelines are given for the organization of a Primary in a ward or branch that contains as few as three children,” said Sister Cannon.
The handbook outlines the Primary’s purpose and goals, lists the duties and responsibilities of ward and stake leaders, and defines procedures, programs, and policies.
It is available at no cost through distribution centers. The stock number is PEPR0095.
Inspirational Stories Sought for Use in Manuals, Lessons
“Inspirational Stories Sought for Use in Manuals, Lessons,” Ensign, July 1986, 77
The Curriculum Department of the Church is seeking stories of faith-promoting experiences from members for possible publication in lesson manuals and other curricular materials.
“Many faith-promoting incidents happen all the time,” said Elder Carlos E. Asay of the Presidency of the First Quorum of the Seventy, executive director of the Curriculum Department. “Many of these incidents should be shared in order to uplift and inspire others.”
For example, in one recent incident, divine guidance helped an eleven-year-old Utah boy save his baby brother’s life. The seven-month-old baby choked on a cracker and became unconscious. The parents weren’t home, but the Spirit prompted the older boy to be calm and remember his Scout training. The Heimlich maneuver dislodged the cracker and restored the baby’s breathing.
Church members with inspiring true stories to share are asked to send them in writing to Curriculum Planning and Development, 24th Floor, 50 East North Temple Street, Salt Lake City, Utah 84150. Please include a signed statement granting the Church full rights and permission to use the story.
Portland Saints Are Beacons to Maine Neighbors
“Portland Saints Are Beacons to Maine Neighbors,” Ensign, July 1986, 78
Say “Maine,” and many people think instantly of a rugged, rocky seacoast with a tall lighthouse in the distance—like the lighthouse at Portland Head, whose construction was authorized in the late 1700s by George Washington, first president of the United States.
Maine is far different now than it was then. Bustling Portland is a hub of shipping, fishing, and paper manufacturing. Lately, high tech industries and financial businesses have discovered the area.
Yet the Portland Head lighthouse still stands, a beacon to warn mariners away from danger.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints first touched Maine in an era that also seems long ago and far away—in 1832 when missionaries Samuel Smith and Orson Hyde crossed the Piscataqua River into the state. Brigham Young, Wilford Woodruff, and Parley P. Pratt were among other early LDS visitors to the region.
Church growth was very slow in the Portland area for more than a century. Today there are approximately 1,500 Saints in the Portland Maine Stake.
Among their number is Annie Evelyn Marr of the Portland Ward—“everybody’s grandmother,” one member says, chuckling. At eighty-three, Sister Marr still works full time cleaning houses every day. While she reminisces about her years in the Church, she keeps a timer nearby so the cream puffs she is baking for Relief Society work meeting won’t burn. Her baked goods, like her love of service, are well-known.
When she joined the Church in 1919, there were only four or five members in the area. For some time after she and her husband, Walter, were married in 1921, he was often the only priesthood holder available in meetings to bless and pass the sacrament. She has held a variety of offices in almost all the Church’s auxiliaries. “I try to keep going. I just love the gospel,” she says.
It wasn’t until the branch got its own chapel, in the mid-1950s, that the Church really began to grow in the area, she recalls. Like her, most local members are natives of Maine and converts to the Church. And many of them stand out as examples in their communities. They feel a responsibility to serve.
The Windham Ward, near Portland, for instance, includes the state’s PTA president, one brother who is running for a seat on the town council, and a member of the local school committee—Rebecca Keary. People in the community, Sister Keary says, “know we’re Latter-day Saints. They know what we stand for,” and the Saints’ integrity and life-style are respected.
The Saints are also diligent in serving one another, she says. “We take care of each other.”
Youth of the stake stand out too, particularly in service to such programs as Special Olympics. Though they are a small minority in their schools, associates have learned to respect their standards.
Steve Shaw of the Sanford Branch says the area is a fine place to rear a family. He looks to the day when his children, still small, will not be alone as Latter-day Saints in their schools. In the meantime, he says, the Saints’ relative isolation helps them realize they must find individual strength in “living the gospel on a day-to-day basis.”
Local Church leaders use words like “stalwart,” “faithful,” and, repeatedly, “hard-working” in describing members in the area.
Del Joy, like many other members of the stake, holds multiple callings; the first bishop of the Windham Ward, he is now a stake high councilor and ward Sunday School president. When the ward raised a potato crop each year to help with finances, he recalls, “Entire families would show up for harvest, even the little children with their beach buckets.” Following the example of their parents, the children would load their buckets—usually they could carry only two potatoes—and unload them at the end of the row.
“I have a great respect for the members here,” he says. “It has strengthened my testimony over the years to watch their testimonies grow.”
Correspondent: Douglas Jacobsen, Augusta Maine Region Public Communications director.
[photo] Like the historic Portland Head Lighthouse, Saints of the Portland area stand out in service to their Maine communities. (Photo by Doug Jacobsen.)
Policies and Announcements
“Policies and Announcements,” Ensign, July 1986, 79
The following letter from the First Presidency was to be read in sacrament meetings throughout the United States.
In this election year, we emphasize anew the long-standing policy of the Church of strict political neutrality, and of not endorsing political candidates or parties in elections, and of not using Church facilities for political purposes.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints does not favor one political party over another. We have no candidates for political office and we do not undertake to tell people how to vote. We do urge all voters to involve themselves in the political process and to study carefully and prayerfully candidates’ positions on issues and to vote for those who will most nearly carry out their views of government and its role.
Branch, ward, or stake premises, chapels, or other Church facilities or equipment should not be used in any way for political campaign purposes, whether it be for speech-making, class discussion, fund-raising, or preparation or distribution of campaign literature. Church directories or mailing lists should not be made available to candidates for distribution of campaign literature or for fund solicitation.
Those who attempt to use Church meetings or facilities or equipment to further their own or another’s political ambitions injure their own cause and do the Church a disservice. We appeal, therefore, to all candidates for public office to take notice of this instruction and to conduct their campaigns in strict compliance with this requirement pertaining to the use of Church facilities, equipment, meetings, and membership lists.
We also call on all political candidates who are members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints neither to state nor imply the endorsement of their candidacy by the Church or its leaders.
The following letter from the First Presidency was sent to priesthood leaders throughout the Church.
The Prophet Joseph Smith said, “I told the brethren that the Book of Mormon was the most correct of any book on earth, and the keystone of our religion, and [one] would get nearer to God by abiding by its precepts, than by any other book.” (History of the Church, 4:461.)
As part of the final preparation for their missions, would you please encourage prospective missionaries to read or reread the entire Book of Mormon between the time they are interviewed and the time they are set apart as missionaries? Parents and bishops or branch presidents should follow through to encourage them to read and ponder its message and put it to the test found in Moroni 10:3–5. [Moro. 10:3–5]
The following items appeared in the May 1986 Bulletin.
A Worldwide Young Women Celebration. A celebration will be held on Saturday, 11 October 1986, for Latter-day Saint young women throughout the world. The celebration will be held locally, but will be scheduled for the same day worldwide in an effort to help young women of every nation feel a bonding of sisterhood by participating in the same event. It will help Latter-day Saint young women feel the strength of their numbers as they stand apart from the world with values of their own. The activities will focus on the Young Women Values. Details for planning the event are forthcoming.
Copyright Instructions Relating to the New Church Hymnbook. Priesthood leaders and music personnel are reminded of the following instructions:
1. The publication of a hymn in the LDS hymnbook does not represent an automatic permission to copy it. Several hymns have specific instructions that no copies are to be made without the written permission of the copyright owner. Permission to use the hymn could be withdrawn, or the Church, including the ward, could be faced with legal action if these instructions are not heeded.
2. Hymns bearing the copyright notice ©/(year)/LDS, hymns that bear no copyright notice, and general materials in the hymnbook may be copied for noncommercial church or home use. If a copyright notice appears with a hymn, it must be included on each copy made.
3. Hymns with copyright notices other than ©/(year)/LDS, unless otherwise noted, must not be copied without written permission from the copyright owners. This instruction should not be interpreted as encouragement to contact these copyright owners. The original permission obtained by the Church to place these hymns in the new Church hymnbook included the agreement these hymns would not be copied by the stakes and wards or for home use.
“LDS Scene,” Ensign, July 1986, 79–80
Vice Admiral Paul A. Yost, Jr., a Latter-day Saint, was promoted to the rank of admiral and became commandant of the United States Coast Guard May 30. Admiral Yost is the second Church member ever to attain four-star rank in the U.S. armed services. The first was Air Force General John K. Cannon, who rose to that rank in the 1950s. A native of St. Petersburg, Florida, Brother Yost has served as a bishop in New Orleans, Louisiana, and also has served as a high councilor or branch president several times. He is a 1951 graduate of the Coast Guard Academy, and holds the Distinguished Service Medal and Silver Star.
Alfred Duncan Mackay was a bit past his eighth birthday when he was baptized in February—nearly ninety-two years past it!—to become one of the oldest persons to join the Church. Brother Mackay, whose 100th birthday came on May 28, was a trained nurseryman and floriculturist who had served King Edward VII and King George V in his native England. He immigrated to the United States in 1911 and found work in Idaho, where in 1919 he bought a farm southeast of Sugar City. He married Helen Balem, also from England, a Ricks College student, who joined the Church in 1930. Brother Mackay encouraged the activity of his wife and children in the Church; he sang in Church choirs and helped with the Boy Scouts. He had contemplated joining the Church many times as missionaries and friends taught him its truthfulness, but he finally felt the time was right earlier this year.
Five Latter-day Saints were among a group of Maoris who sang for Queen Elizabeth when she visited New Zealand recently. The women, members of the Wellington New Zealand Stake, were part of a twenty-member Maori chorus that sang for the opening of Parliament. The director of the group was Te Puoho Katene, the stake’s patriarch.
Five LDS meetinghouses in Santiago, Chile, were damaged by bomb blasts April 22, but no one was injured. The late-night bombings caused an estimated $18,000 in damages, mostly to the meetinghouse entrances and windows. Local Church leaders are working with officials investigating the bombings.
LDS Business College in Salt Lake City is seeking information about alumni in connection with celebration of the college’s centennial which begins this summer. Alumni who wish to contact the school may write: LDS Business College Centennial Planning Committee, 411 East South Temple Street, Salt Lake City, UT 84111, or call (801) 363-2765.
“Appointments,” Ensign, July 1986, 80
Richmond Virginia, Roanoke Virginia regions, David L. Atkinson, building contractor, former stake president, district president, counselor to mission president; Mesa Arizona East, Mesa Arizona Maricopa, Mesa Arizona South regions, Orvil M. Bushman, businessman, former stake president; Guayaquil Ecuador Region, David R. Daines, Jr., agribusinessman, former stake president’s and bishop’s counselor; Cleveland Ohio, Columbus Ohio regions, Dale S. Dallon, business executive, former stake president, mission president’s counselor; Moctezuma Mexico and Cuautla Mexico regions, Lehi Gracia, former stake president.
Caracas Venezuela, Maracaibo Venezuela regions, Felix A. Jelinek, real estate executive, former stake president; Arequipa Peru Region, Jose Manuel Perez, regional coordinator for the Church Educational System, former stake president; Springfield Missouri, Tulsa Oklahoma regions, Harvey K. Oxspring, business executive, former stake president, mission president’s counselor; Curitiba Brazil Region, Jose Benjamira Puerta, former stake president, temple president, director of Sao Paulo Missionary Training Center; Sao Paulo Brazil South Region, Albino Bruno Schmeil, insurance agent, former stake president; Cardston Alberta, Lethbridge Alberta regions, Robert Harris Walker, former stake president.
Kennewick Washington Stake, Brent B. Schulthies; Ogden Utah College Stake, Bruce L. Nilson; Erie Pennsylvania Stake (new, from the Pennsylvania Pittsburgh Mission), Philip Dale Baker; Orlando Florida Stake, Evan Dwain Porter, Jr.
Holy Land Posters Depict Bible Sites
“Holy Land Posters Depict Bible Sites,” Ensign, July 1986, 80
A set of high-quality, full-color posters with 159 photographs depicting historic sites in the Holy Land is now available to Church units and members as a Bible study aid.
Color photographs on the glossy posters are aerial views of sites in Israel, Jordan, Syria, Lebanon, and Egypt.
Their value as a study tool is enhanced by two other items which can be used in conjunction with them. One is a document, prepared by LDS scholars, containing descriptive material about the sites; it also refers readers to the Bible Dictionary entry for each of the sites that is mentioned in that reference work. The ten-page document is being furnished with the photographic poster set.
The other item is a separate set of two posters containing a satellite view of the Holy Land on which the location of each of the 159 historic sites is marked.
The photographic posters and the accompanying satellite overview have been prepared through the efforts of Dr. Richard Cleave, an English medical doctor whose private pictorial archive on the Holy Land is said to be the largest in the world.
While the photographic posters are valuable study aids, some who have purchased the set also display them on walls in their homes because of the beauty of the scenes depicted.
The eight photographic posters show scenes in thirty-two different geographic areas of the Holy Land. The entire set, including the ten pages of descriptive material, costs $15.00, and the two-poster satellite overview of the Holy Land costs $5.00. Both can be purchased through the Salt Lake Distribution Center. The stock number for the photographic poster set is VVIS1463, and for the satellite photo set, VVIS1452.