Area Conferences Scheduled for Young Adults

Twelve area conferences for Young Adult leaders of the Melchizedek Priesthood MIA are scheduled in the United States and Canada from August through November.

The conferences, approved by the First Presidency and the Council of the Twelve, are aimed at providing insight into concepts of the Melchizedek Priesthood MIA for priesthood and Young Adult leaders.

Each conference will consist of general sessions, workshops, discussions on service projects, and social activities to enhance communication between priesthood leaders and Young Adults and to highlight concern for individual needs.

According to Elder James E. Faust, Assistant to the Council of the Twelve and managing director of the Melchizedek Priesthood MIA, invitations to the conferences will be extended to appropriate Regional Representatives of the Twelve, who serve as regional advisers to all Melchizedek Priesthood MIA activities, and to stake presidents, high council advisers to Young Adults, and institute of religion personnel as assigned by local priesthood leaders.

Young Adults themselves will be represented by stake Young Adult presidencies. Also invited will be student association campus or area presidents and Church sorority and fraternity presidents.

The conference dates, areas served, and sites are as follows:

August 10–11, Hawaii—Oahu, Hawaii; August 17–18, South Utah and South Nevada—Provo, Utah; August 31–September 1, South Central—Denton, Texas; August 31–September 1, Rocky Mountain East—Ft. Collins, Colorado; September 7–8, Southwest—Phoenix, Arizona; September 14–15, Southeast—Jacksonville, Florida; September 14–15, North Utah and Idaho—Logan, Utah; October 12–13, California South—Catalina Island, California; October 26–27, Northwest (to include Alaska and Alaska-B.C., Alberta-Saskatchewan, Lethbridge, and Vancouver, Canada, regions)—Seattle, Washington; October 26–27, Northeast (to include Ontario-Quebec and Toronto, Canada, regions)—New York, New York; November 2–3, Central States (to include Manitoba-Minnesota region)—Columbus, Ohio; and November 17–18, California North—Asilomar, California.

BYU Institute to Study Old Manuscripts

An Institute for Ancient Studies has been established at Brigham Young University to develop and disseminate information about ancient manuscripts of religious significance.

Director is Dr. Hugh Nibley, eminent scholar in ancient languages and religious history, with R. Douglas Phillips, associate professor of classical languages, as associate director in charge of business administration.

The institute, which will not be a degree-granting department of the university, but will serve as a resource group and research center, will be in full operation September 1.

In explaining the establishment of the institute, Dr. Nibley stated, “The scholarly world is being flooded with newly discovered manuscripts, many of which have direct bearing on the Church. It is important that Latter-day Saint scholars have and know these manuscripts. The institute will give them an important means of acquisition, loan, and use of manuscripts, and will give them contact with authorities in the field throughout the world.”

Associate members of the institute are Dr. Richard L. Anderson, professor of history and ancient scriptures; S. Kent Brown, assistant professor of ancient scriptures; Dr. C. Wilford Griggs, assistant professor of ancient scriptures; Thomas W. Mackay, assistant professor of classical languages; and Dr. Ellis T. Rasmussen, assistant dean of the College of Religious Instruction and professor of ancient scripture.

[photo] Dr. Hugh Nibley and Douglas Phillips

New Stakes Organized in England, Ozarks, and Western U.S.

Seven new stakes have been added to the Church—three formed from mission areas and four from the division of other stakes.

Formed from the England North Mission was the new Hull Stake, which has a membership of 2,723 and comprises five wards and five branches. Ian David Swanney was installed as president of the stake, with Norman David Wilkinson and Alwyn Bernard Pooley as counselors.

Another new stake in England, the Bristol Stake, was created from the Bristol District of the England Southwest Mission. President Donald Victor Morris and his counselors, Dennis Ivor Armstrong and Brian Joseph Bliss, preside over six wards and six branches, with a total membership of 3,219.

The new Ozark Stake, formed from the Ozark District of the Oklahoma Mission, has five wards and five branches in four states—Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, and Oklahoma. The stake membership totals 2,300. Carroll Stephen Claybrook, president of the Ozark District, was installed as president of the stake with Richard Wallace and Ruel Elmo Jarvis as counselors.

President Claybrook said that a year ago there were enough priesthood holders and enough buildings to have a stake, but that “education of the members was the greatest need.” The district leaders started “setting up a stake program, and when the members really saw there was going to be a stake, they started to work. Now with the complete program of the Church in operation, the potential for growth will be greater from a combination of both move-ins and converts,” he said.

Other stakes formed were the Jefferson (Idaho) Stake, from a division of Rigby Stake; Iona (Idaho) Stake, from a division of Idaho Falls East Stake; Sandy (Utah) North Stake, from Sandy East Stake; and Glendale (Arizona) Stake, from Phoenix North Stake. Glendale Stake is the 612th stake in the Church.

Five More Buildings Restored, Dedicated at Historic Nauvoo

President Marion G. Romney, second counselor in the First Presidency, offered the dedicatory prayer at ceremonies recently dedicating five buildings in the historic Mormon community of Nauvoo, Illinois.

The buildings—Brigham Young’s house, Jonathan Browning’s house and workshop, the Webb wagon and blacksmith shop, the Joseph Bates Noble–Lucy Mack Smith house, and the Seventies Hall—date back to the period 1839–46, when Nauvoo was the largest city in Illinois. It was to become the starting place for the trek westward when approximately 80,000 Saints crossed the plains to Utah. As various buildings are restored and refurbished, the community is becoming both a major tourist attraction and a missionary tool.

With President Romney at the dedicatory ceremonies were President Spencer W. Kimball and Elder Gordon B. Hinckley of the Council of the Twelve and President J. LeRoy Kimball of the Nauvoo Mission, who has provided leadership for the restoration program.

Previously, the homes of Heber C. Kimball and Wilford Woodruff were dedicated, as was the Visitors Center with two modern theaters showing color films on the history of the city.

[photos] Photos by David Johnston

Angel Moroni Statue Placed on Spire of Washington Temple

The structure of the Washington Temple began to take form recently as a statue depicting the Angel Moroni was hoisted 300 feet to the top of the new edifice.

The gold-leafed statue sits upon the tallest of six spires, which were fabricated of structural steel and coated with structural enamel before being lifted into position at each end of the building. For some months the structure has been at the square at a height of 120 feet.

On hand to watch the statue being placed were Elders Thomas S. Monson and Boyd K. Packer of the Council of the Twelve. Sister LeGrand Richards, wife of Elder LeGrand Richards of the Council of the Twelve, was in Washington and also witnessed the event.

“The Angel Moroni statue, which appears on the top of several of our temples, is a reminder to us that God is concerned for all his people throughout the world and communicates with them wherever they may be,” said Elder Monson.

The statue at the Washington Temple is the largest of three representations on temples of the angel who appeared to Joseph Smith to give him the Book of Mormon plates. The other two stand atop the Salt Lake City and Los Angeles temples.

Stretching to a height of 18 feet, the Washington statue weighs two tons. The tower upon which it rests weighs 12 tons.

Dr. Avard Fairbanks of Salt Lake City, nationally noted sculptor, designed this most recent statue of Moroni. In describing the concept of the statue, he said:

“I wanted the statue to conform to the spirit and architecture of the temple, that of aspiring upward. I wanted the feeling of that upward reach accomplished by the stress of vertical lines. I thought of the Angel Moroni coming to the world to herald the advent of the latter days and bringing the gospel plan to the people of today.”

The statue was cast in bronze in Italy and finished in gold leaf for protection and color.

The figure on top of the Salt Lake Temple is 12 feet 5 1/2 inches tall and was made of hammered copper and gilded with gold leaf by Cyrus E. Dallin, early Utah sculptor. It was raised to its present position in 1892.

The Moroni statue atop the Los Angeles Temple was the work of Millard F. Malin of Salt Lake City. In Mayan design, it stands 15 1/2 feet tall on the 265-foot tower of the single-spired temple.

Another statue of Moroni stands on the spire of the Washington, D.C., chapel of the Church on 16th Street. It is a replica of the figure on the Salt Lake Temple and is the only such statue to adorn an LDS chapel.

A statue of Moroni also stands on the top of the Hill Cumorah near Palmyra, New York, where Moroni appeared to Joseph Smith.

The Washington Temple will be the largest temple of the Church when it is completed June 1, 1974. It will serve 300,000 members living in stakes and missions east of the Mississippi River. Church members in the Washington Temple District may begin submitting names to the Genealogical Society on November 1, 1973, for processing preparatory to ordinance work in that temple.

Architects for the Washington Temple include Fred L. Markham, chairman; Emil B. Fetzer, Church architect; Keith W. Wilcox, Henry P. Fetzer, and Harold K. Beecher.

An objective of this committee was that the Washington Temple “be immediately recognized as a Mormon temple. It suggests and brings to mind the best-known and most easily recognized symbol of the Church —the famed Salt Lake Temple—by means of a new and unique expression and form without the design being a literal copy of the Salt Lake Temple.”

[photo] Photo by Bill Ferber

The LDS Scene

• Harmon Killebrew, a Latter-day Saint and one of the top baseball players in the United States, was the subject recently of an article in Family Weekly, a nationally syndicated publication. The article placed strong emphasis on Brother Killebrew’s good relationship with his wife and five children and highlighted the family home evening program. Now in his twentieth year as a professional baseball player, Brother Killebrew was named baseball’s most valuable player in 1969 and the American League player of the year in both 1969 and 1970. He has won the American League’s home run championship five times and is one of only two men in baseball history to hit more than 40 home runs per season for eight or more seasons. “Yet, to hear Harmon Killebrew tell it,” the article said, “being an idol at the stadium doesn’t count for much if a man is a failure at home.” Brother Killebrew was quoted as saying, “There’s nothing more challenging and rewarding than helping a youngster mold his life into that of a mature adult. After all, someday I’ll retire from baseball, but I’ll always be the father of my children. And if I fail with my family, nothing else matters.” In talking about family home evening, he said, “On those evenings we can discuss each other’s personal aspirations. We can solve family difficulties as a group, not as a know-it-all father handing down decisions. We hold family councils, and there we work out the rules of our household. A child is much more apt to obey a rule if he helped to set it.” Because his profession often keeps him away from home during the baseball season, Brother Killebrew noted, “I’ve learned the difference between quantity time and quality time with my wife and kids. Merely sitting in the same room watching TV isn’t quality time. At our home we do things together.”

• The city of Nauvoo, Illinois, famed in Latter-day Saint history, is the location for a new motion picture version of a famous story from literature, Huckleberry Finn. In the movie Nauvoo, which the Saints were forced to leave in 1846, represents Hannibal, Missouri, which author Mark Twain used as the locale of his great classic. The time period of the story, around the 1840s, is well served in the motion picture by the city’s newly restored houses, public buildings, and craft shops. One house, that of Heber C. Kimball, is being used as the home of the film’s young hero and Widow Douglas. The company producing the film recently released The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, starring Johnny Whitaker, a young Mormon actor, in the title role.

• Dr. Blaine R. Porter, dean of the College of Family Living at Brigham Young University, was a recent guest on a U.S. television program, The Advocates. The program features authorities on subjects of current interest. Brother Porter appeared to argue against the question “Birth control: a decision for your teenager?” Discussing the soaring rate of unwanted pregnancies and the growing trend toward teenagers’ seeking abortions, he said, “If we are really serious about solving these problems, we need to focus attention upon encouraging teenagers to be less sexually active.” Rather than provide free and easy access to birth control treatment for teenagers without parental consent, Dr. Porter said, “we should exert efforts to strengthen the family and to help parents so they can provide guidance for their children that will result in a solution to the problem rather than Band-Aid treatment for symptoms.”

• With the introduction of Brigham Young University’s new semester system, which provides for classes virtually year-round, the annual Campus Education Week has been postponed this year from its traditional June date to August 21–24. More than 300 noncredit classes will be given during the week, including religion, family relations, toy making, genealogy, family fitness, art, child development, dancing, and health and nutrition. Class schedules are available from Education Week, Box 7521, University Station, Provo, Utah 84602.

• As part of an effort to employ qualified persons to work with people of their own culture, LDS Social Services has hired a native Tongan and a native Samoan. Ofisi Pututau of Tonga will work the LDS Social Services—Hawaii agency, while Enosa Wilson of Samoa will work with Samoans in and around Los Angeles.

• Lieutenant Michael Richards, an administrative officer at Craig Air Force Base in Selma, Alabama, is conducting weekly genealogy classes for the citizens of Selma. The seven-week course gives instruction about the basics of genealogical research and organization. Lieutenant Richards, originally from Ogden, Utah, has also been instrumental in organizing the new Central Alabama Genealogical Society. Both the classes and the society have helped to make the Church’s name better known in the Selma area.

[photo] Harmon Killebrew

[photos] Ofisi Pututau; Enosa Wilson

New Telephone System Installed in Church Offices

The more than 1,000 telephones in the Church Administration Building and the new Church Office Building are now part of a computerized system for direct dialing that goes into effect on Saturday, June 23. With the new system, most Church departments can be contacted directly through individual telephone numbers, alleviating the need for calls to be placed through a central switchboard. All the new numbers are in the 1973–74 Salt Lake City telephone directory. The former switchboard will be replaced by four table-top consoles similar to the one being held (below) by Sister Deona Black, chief operator for the Church. Sister Black explains that the new system is necessary to handle the increased volume of calls for the growing Church; as many as 5,000 incoming calls have been logged in one day. The new, direct number for the editorial offices of the Ensign is 531–2943; for the New Era, 531–2951; and for the Friend, 531–2210. All queries concerning subscriptions to the magazines and for back issues should be made through 531–2947.

California Youths Hear President Lee

[photo] An overflow crowd of more than 14,000 youths from Southern California recently heard President Harold B. Lee speak at a special meeting. He told the young people to observe the commandments of God and to beware of those who would falsely claim priesthood authority with the intention of ensnaring young people in wrongdoing. He was accompanied by Sister Lee, who also spoke.

Sister Petersen Receives Award

[photo] Sister Emma Marr Petersen, wife of Elder Mark E. Petersen of the Council of the Twelve, recently received the Distinguished Service award at ceremonies at Ricks College in Rexburg, Idaho. In making the presentation in behalf of the students, Dr. Henry B. Eyring, president of Ricks, said that the award was for outstanding service and for the “unselfish use of your talents as a musician and writer.” Sister Petersen, the author of 12 books and an accomplished musician, is seen above with Elder Petersen, left, and Dr. Eyring.

Sister McConkie Honored

[photo] Sister Amelia Smith McConkie, wife of Elder Bruce R. McConkie of the Council of the Twelve, has been named Woman of the Year by members of Lambda Delta Sigma at Idaho State University, Pocatello, Idaho. Sister McConkie, a daughter of the late President Joseph Fielding Smith, is the mother of eight children. She has served as a stake Relief Society president and is currently teacher of Social Relations in the Capitol Hill Second Ward Relief Society, Salt Lake City. In the photo above, she is addressing the students.

LDS Woman Named Honor Mother

[photo] Mrs. H. Lowell (Ellen) Ralph, a member of the Church from Columbus, Ohio, has been named National Honor Mother of the Year (first runner-up) in the Young American Mother of the Year contest. She is pictured with her family; back, left to right, Brian, 13; Sharon, 16; Brother and Sister Ralph; Stephen, 14; and Donald, 10; and front, left to right, Lisa, 6; and Melinda, 4. Also representing their states in the contest were two other Latter-day Saints, Mrs. K. Dean (Claudia) Black of Alhambra, California, and Mrs. Bruce L. (Christine) Olsen of Orem, Utah.

Law School Construction Begins

[illustration, photo] Elder Ezra Taft Benson of the Council of the Twelve lent a hand for recent groundbreaking ceremonies at Brigham Young University for the J. Reuben Clark Law School. Elder Benson, right, is seen aboard the groundbreaking bulldozer with BYU President Dallin H. Oaks, left, and Rex E. Lee, dean of the new school. Scheduled for completion by March 1975, the five-story structure will house a 200,000-volume library, 12 lecture and seminar rooms, offices, and miscellaneous rooms. The building will also provide meeting places for four campus branches of the Church. Total enrollment in the new school is eventually expected to be 500; classes will get under way this fall in temporary quarters with 150 students.

In the Limelight

[photos] Three student entertainment groups from Brigham Young University have been seen by thousands this summer. The “Young Ambassadors” were seen by perhaps the largest audience; they were featured in an hour-long documentary on Brazil’s national television network. The group, some of whose members are seen above, is on tour in Central and South America. A second group, the “Lamanite Generation,” comprised of American Indian students at BYU, has been touring 12 states and parts of Canada. The third troupe, “Sounds of Freedom,” has been featured in 16 states and the District of Columbia.

Network Television Views the Church

President Harold B. Lee was recently interviewed for a special program to be televised in the fall by the National Broadcasting Corporation (above). The program, to be a segment of the monthly First Tuesday program, will feature the Church emphasis on the family as well as the welfare program. In preparation for the program, camera crews have been filming Church activities in various parts of the country. Following his interview with President Lee, First Tuesday correspondent Tom Pettit said that there were so many facets to the Church that it would be impossible to include all of them in one 30-minute program. But it was hoped, he said, that the program would be able to focus upon certain aspects of the Church and still reflect the overall Church attitude in contemporary times.

The Ray Lindquist family of Sandy, Utah, left, was recently featured on national television in the American Broadcasting Corporation’s weekly religion series Directions. The 30-minute documentary was televised on a total of 300 stations across the country and highlighted the Mormon way of life. In addition to showing the Lindquists conducting a family home evening and serving in Church capacities, the program also included Kim Lindquist serving among the Spanish-speaking people in the Eastern States Mission. Another son, Caray, spoke of preparing for his mission, and has since entered the Language Training School prior to serving in Mexico. The Lindquists’ married daughter and her husband, Craig and Wendy Henager, and their daughter, Heidi, were also featured.

[photos] Photos by David Johnston

Home Teachers Move into Action as Train Explodes

ROSEVILLE, CALIFORNIA—It was April 28, a normal Saturday morning. A boys’ ball game was in progress at the local baseball field. Sister Michael Brennan was caring for her new baby. President Stephen L. Van Wagenen, of the Sacramento North Stake, and his wife were going to the stake center for a dance festival rehearsal. Sister Anna Johnson and her daughter LaRue, of the North Highland Ward, were driving past the Roseville railroad yard, where a train of 100 freight cars headed for the San Francisco Bay area was slowly passing through. Twenty-one of the freight cars carried large incendiary bombs. One of them ignited.

The next 36 hours were far from normal, as more than two million pounds of bombs exploded like a giant chain of firecrackers. The small community of Antelope, consisting of several homes, some stores, and a fire station, was completely leveled by the initial blasts.

Overall, hundreds of homes were destroyed or damaged, the Sacramento North Stake Center rocked under the impact of the explosions one and one-half miles away, and cracks appeared in the dome of the California State Capitol building, 15 miles away. However, despite the destruction of property, only 70 persons received minor injuries, and none of them were Church members.

As the explosions continued, sending mushroom-shaped clouds into the air, local residents within a one and one-half mile radius were evacuated to safety. Included was the membership of four wards of the Sacramento North Stake, the Citrus Heights Second Ward, Foothills Ward, North Highlands Ward, and North Highlands Second Ward.

When evacuation orders came, there was little time to gather together food or clothing. Along with his neighbors, Bishop James Warner of the Citrus Heights Second Ward was ordered to “leave the area immediately. Anyone found in the area in fifteen minutes will be shot as a prowler!”

The Michael Brennan family had no time to pack necessities for their new baby, but later they were able to get what they needed as relief organizations were set up. In the Lynn Allen home, the force of the initial explosion blasted young Billy Allen several feet from the kitchen doorway into the living room.

That first explosion also caused the roof and the doors to cave in on Sister Johnson’s car. The windshield shattered, but even though particles of glass and debris showered into the car, neither Sister Johnson nor her daughter was injured.

As the seriousness of the situation became known through bulletins over local radio stations, a vast array of professional and volunteer help gathered together at a command post one-half mile from the detonating bombs. Among the volunteers was President Van Wagenen, a physician. Another LDS physician who arrived early to offer assistance was Dr. Norman Challburg.

In reviewing the events of that weekend, President Van Wagenen reports: “Bishop Warner was cut off from communication with his ward members, although he was able to make contact with some of the men to make sure that families had transportation to the ward meetinghouse. His first counselor, James Barnes, made several contacts with priesthood leaders, while his ward executive secretary, Maynard Swisher, made numerous calls to home teachers, who subsequently contacted their families. Where telephones were out of order, personal visits were made to homes wherever possible. Many families called their home teachers, and contacts were made to provide shelter for displaced families. Later, when most of the Citrus Heights Second Ward was evacuated, many of the members went to the safety of the ward meetinghouse. Ninety-one people were fed chili processed at our own cannery.

“Most of the families in the ward had been evacuated, and all but one family had been accounted for within a few hours of the first bomb blast. Subsequently, it was discovered that the unaccounted-for family was on a visit out of town.

“It was thrilling that so many families were accounted for by their home teachers and friends. However, some families left the area without notifying anyone, and we would like to recommend to members everywhere that they should try to make contact with their home teachers or priesthood leaders should such a disaster strike. It would help the ward leaders to know who was really missing; and it would prevent any undue concern and heartache.

“As we found, the need for evacuation from the area came very fast, and in most cases families were unable to transport food or other supplies. Most people had to leave with just what they were wearing, and some of the younger children didn’t have their shoes on because they had been playing at the time of the explosion and the evacuation. From our experience we would like to recommend that members have a ready supply of money available to take care of immediate needs in such an emergency.

“Sometimes as priesthood leaders we tend to stress percentages in our home teaching efforts. In times such as these, it is comforting to reflect on the true service of faithful home teachers, priesthood leaders, and members of the Church.”

[photos] Photos by UPI