News of the Church


First Stake in Korea Organized in Seoul

The first stake in Korea, Seoul Stake, was recently organized—the 605th stake in the Church.

Created from the Seoul East and Seoul West districts of the Korea Mission, the new stake has 3,418 members in eight wards and two independent branches.

Heading the stake is President Ho Nam Rhee, with Chang Suen Kim and Wook Hwan Choi as counselors. An estimated one-third of the membership of the stake are college graduates.

Two other stakes were recently formed from mission areas, the Southampton Stake in England and the Porto Alegre Stake in Brazil.

Formed from the England Southwest Mission, the Southampton Stake has four wards and five independent branches, with 2,678 members. President is Reginald V. Littlecott, with Peter Crockford and Leonard Eden as counselors.

President Miguel Sorrentino III heads the Porto Alegre Stake, comprised of seven wards and one independent branch and a membership of 3,343. His counselors are Wilmar Gastao Pacheco de Caldas and Armenio Augusto de Oliveira Seabre. The new stake was formed from the Porto Alegre District of the Brazil South Mission.

Three other stakes have been created with the division of existing stakes. Nottingham Stake, England, was formed from a division of the Leicester Stake; Lake Mead West Stake in Nevada from Lake Mead Stake; and Idaho Falls (Idaho) West Stake from the Idaho Falls North Stake.

Genealogical Research Seminar Scheduled

The eighth annual Priesthood Genealogical Research Seminar is scheduled for July 30 through August 3 at Brigham Young University.

Classes are planned for branch, ward, stake, and mission priesthood genealogical personnel as well as other individuals interested in developing or increasing their expertise in genealogical research. The seminar will be highlighted by daily devotional assemblies featuring General Authorities.

Advance registration both for classes and housing may be made through Church Continuing Education, Priesthood Genealogical Research Seminar, Box 7164, University Station, Provo, Utah 84601.

New Genealogy Manual Is Now Available

The fourth edition of the Records Submission Manual: How to Submit Names for Temple Ordinances is now available from the General Church Distribution Center.

This edition supersedes and replaces all previous editions of this publication as well as all other instruction manuals for the submission of names for temple work.

Basic policies and procedures for submitting names for temple ordinance work do not change with the revised manual. However, the method of presentation of the instruction is entirely different. Policy changes made since the publication of the third edition are incorporated in this new manual.

Article Hunting Easier with ’72 Ensign Index

Tracing an article published in the Ensign in 1972 is easier with an annual index. The index, recently published, lists all features by author, title, and subject, and is available from the General Church Distribution Center (stock number PBMA014-3, 25¢).

Also available are Ensign binders, storage boxes, and cover bindings, each embossed with the Ensign logotype.

The binders (stock number PBMA003-0, $3.00 each) are hardcover, with washable vinyl covers and individual wire inserts for 12 issues. The storage boxes (PBMA006-3, 75¢ each), which hold 12 issues each, provide a convenient way to keep issues of the magazine dust-free and clean.

Permanently bound volumes of the Ensign can be created with a vinyl bookbinding cover (PBMA009-6, $1.25), which converts 12 issues into a single volume and eliminates the need to mail loose magazines to the Ensign offices for binding.

To order, send a check or money order to General Church Distribution Center, 1999 West 1700 South, Salt Lake City, Utah 84104. Specify items wanted and stock numbers, and include your full name, address, and zip code.

Indexes, binders, storage boxes, and cover bindings are also available for the Friend and New Era.

The LDS Scene: A Round-Up of Important Happenings

• Mrs. Nikky Mori, a high school teacher of Kappa, Kauai, Hawaii, has been chosen as teacher of the year from among Hawaii’s 9,000 teachers. Sister Mori, first counselor in the Kappa Branch Relief Society, has been a teacher for 18 years.

• George Lee, a Navajo Indian and a doctoral candidate at Brigham Young University, has been appointed assistant to the president of the College of Ganado on the Navajo reservation in northern Arizona. He has been a recipient of many awards and scholarships. In accepting his current appointment, he has declined an internship as a White House Fellow with the opportunity to work in the federal government in Washington, D.C.

• Brigham Young University’s wrestling team came out tops in the six-state Western Athletic Conference. The team then went on to place fourth in National Collegiate Athletic Association competition. The BYU team includes four brothers, Laron, Mike, Mark, and Dave Hansen of Tetonia, Idaho. A teammate, Reed Fehlberg of Worland, Wyoming, placed second in national competition, the highest finish ever for a BYU wrestler.

• Between studying Hebrew and the scriptures, sightseeing, and practicing for basketball and volleyball games with local teams, the 32 students of Brigham Young University’s semester-abroad in Jerusalem have found time to prepare a variety show. The show has been warmly received, and the students have been invited to entertain throughout Israel.

• The official opening of the “Come, Come, Ye Saints” exhibit in the Wayne County Historical Museum in Corydon, Iowa, will be held July 14. The exhibit, prepared by the Church, honors William Clayton, who wrote the words for the famed Mormon hymn as he traveled west with the pioneers in 1847.

• The Valley View Fifth Ward in Salt Lake City believes it can lay claim to a record with 20 missionaries currently in the field. Bishop Sterling Workman points out that although the ward is small in area, its missionaries are serving worldwide. Apart from those serving in various states and Canada, the ward also has missionaries in Guatemala—El Salvador, Bolivia, Brazil, Argentina, Spain, Germany, the Philippines, Taiwan, Korea, and Japan. Can any ward or branch in the Church beat this record?

• When the Santa Ana (California) Police Association Athletic League was recently awarded the Disneyland Outstanding Community Service Award of $10,000, the man accepting the award was Larry Nemelka, a senior patrolman with the police department and secretary-treasurer of the league. Brother Nemelka, president of the Huntington Beach Third Ward Aaronic Priesthood MIA, Huntington Beach Stake, has helped boost the athletic league’s income to support activities for local youth. The league was judged outstanding in its community activity against some 400 other entries in the annual awards program. Brother Nemelka has been named outstanding officer of the year by his fellow officers.

• Six Brigham Young University students recently were invited to appear at the annual conference of the National Association of Broadcasters in Washington, D.C. The group demonstrated how commercial radio and television broadcasters and universities can cooperate in improving broadcast service and the training of students.

• The Oklahoma Stake high priests quorum is erecting a monument commemorating the Mormon Battalion’s crossing into Oklahoma on September 26, 1846. The battalion, composed of 500 Mormon volunteers in the United States war against Mexico, set out from Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, and marched a total of 2,000 miles before being demobilized in San Diego, California. Although not engaged in battle, the battalion underwent great hardship and sacrifice and made the longest infantry march in U.S. history.

• Brigham Young University’s basketball team tied for second place in Western Athletic Conference competition. Kresimir Cosic from Yugoslavia, who was playing in his final year with the team, received honorable mention for the all-American basketball team.

[photo] George Lee

[photo] Larry Nemelka

Church Sells McCune Mansion

[photo] The McCune Mansion in Salt Lake City, built in 1900 by Alfred W. McCune, prominent Utah financier and industrialist, has been sold by the Church to a group of private citizens for use as a cultural center. The mansion, just north of downtown Salt Lake City, was given to the Church in 1920 as a private residence for President Heber J. Grant. However, he felt that the building, with its elaborate interior, sculpture, and art, should be used as a cultural center, and it became the McCune School of Music and Art. Many prominent musicians served on the faculty. In 1957 the school was phased out and the building became the home of the Brigham Young University Center for Adult Education. With the BYU center now moving to a new location, the McCune Mansion enters a new phase.

New Church Hospital

[photo] When the Bear River Valley Hospital in Tremonton, Utah, reopened its doors in April as a part of the Church’s Health Service Corporation, it was the successful culmination of a massive community effort by the residents of that community. Founded in 1927, the hospital had been closed in 1972 when it no longer met federal government requirements. Without a local hospital, residents of the area had to travel long distances when hospitalization was required. This spurred them to form their own corporation to lease the facility from its founder and raise the necessary capital for its renovation. Most of the work was accomplished by donated material and labor with more than 4,000 work hours volunteered.