Relief Society Conference Emphasizes Spirit of Compassion
“The Spirit that has been at this conference, in my opinion, is the Lord’s approbation of our work,” declared Sister Belle Spafford, Relief Society general president, at the close of the Relief Society general session of General Conference.
Relief Society’s “work” includes an exciting array of new programs with special optional lessons to meet the needs of single women; instruction in health care through proper nutrition with warnings against nutritional fads; and helps in how to stretch the family income, with emphasis on clothing construction in the Homemaking Department.
An important new directive is the responsibility assigned to the Relief Society concerning single women of the Church, 18 and over. Sister Spafford, calling the program “Prophecy Fulfilled,” cited President Joseph F. Smith’s prediction that “… the young women, the intelligent women, women of faith, of courage and of purity [would] be associated with the Relief Societies.” President Harold B. Lee received “this same prophetic vision relating to the young women of the Church; accompanying this there came to him the responsibility to take action leading to the fulfillment of the prophecy,” said Sister Spafford.
The current assignment of the Relief Society is to have the names of all women members 18 and over on its attendance rolls. One Relief Society counselor in each ward will be named adviser to the single women.
President Harold B. Lee, a guest in the closing session, bore his testimony to the sisters that “you are guided and led by three of the noblest women that walk the earth—Sister Spafford and her counselors. I bespeak for your loyalty, your faith. We know the loyalty that Sister Spafford always manifests.”
He further added his testimony to the previous speakers. “Knowing these sisters as I do and knowing Brother Faust and Brother Packer who have already spoken, and without reading what they said, I endorse also what they have said. I dare take that chance.”
Elder James E. Faust, assistant to the Council of the Twelve, focused on the Relief Society’s accountability for single women in a very personal way as he described his daughter Lisa.
“She is eighteen and single. I love her so much that when I talk about her I become misty-eyed. … There are now tens of thousands of new faces like Lisa’s for whom you should have concern.” He explained that Lisa thinks of the Relief Society as “her mother’s and grandmother’s organization. … In terms of age and interest Lisa has little in common with them.”
To close the gap, Elder Faust counseled Relief Society presidents to work through and with the Young Adult ward representative, whom Lisa will identify with as a peer. “If you can relate to her without being too directive and authoritarian, I expect that she will be turned on by your wonderful organization and be involved for the rest of her life.”
The leaders, declared Elder Faust, “desire to be affirmative in the involvement of the singles and challenge them to move out of the basement of their lives.”
Mary Frances Watson, one of the young single women whom the Relief Society now serves, told the General Conference audience that “I stand before you today as a very satisfied customer.” One of her first memories of the Relief Society, she said, was the frosted animal cookies she received in the nursery when she attended with her mother. And they still give her a real sense of happiness and security.
She praised Relief Society for introducing her to Moby Dick and for enhancing her home with “beautiful gold leafing, the dried flowers, and needlework … most of my clothing, … even much of the food we eat” due to the skills her mother developed in Relief Society.
Sister Spafford further reported on the Relief Society’s achievements over the past fiscal year in welfare services, a role that will be expanded during the coming year. Relief Society sisters made 495,000 visits to the sick and homebound, an increase of 33,300. Bedside nursing care amounted to 44,600 eight-hour days, an increase of 8,000 working days.
Assistance rendered at times of death in 23,500 cases represents an increase of approximately 9,500. Other types of compassionate service increased 171,000 hours for a total of 1,313,000. Under the direction of the bishops, Relief Society presidents made a total of 102,000 visits, an increase of 5,200. Other contacts numbered 61,000. A total of 75,000 Relief Society members, more than 11,000 over last year’s number, contributed 565,000 hours to welfare projects, an increase of 2,300.
Also in the general session, Marianne C. Sharp, first counselor in the Relief Society General Presidency, taught that loving service is the most effective means of spiritual preparation. The kind of spiritual preparation necessary was brought home to her by a mother who reported that her daughter had become alarmed at their home storage plans and confessed, “Mother, I don’t think I want to live in the times that are coming. I’m afraid.” The mother told Sister Sharp that she “had not been emphasizing the proper things. The joy in looking forward to the second coming of the Savior had been swallowed up in dread and foreboding of events leading up to his coming.”
Sister Louise W. Madsen, second counselor, posed the question, “What seek ye?” (John 1:39) to the sisters, and told them the scriptural way to earn wisdom, peace, truth, and great fulfillment.
Elder Boyd K. Packer of the Council of the Twelve, addressing the sisters on the importance of Relief Society, told a moving story about a young mother who, when her bishop asked where she would like to serve, requested a teaching position in the Sunday School or MIA.
“The following Sunday night she was sustained as second counselor in the presidency of the Relief Society!” said Elder Packer. “She protested and used the word, ‘shocked!’ And I quote, ‘That organization is for my mother, not for me!’ Then she went on to explain to the bishop: ‘I don’t have the right experience.’ And she was bold enough to add, ‘And I have no desire to learn.’
“Well, the bishop prevailed, as bishops will, and she answered the call.
“They were holding Relief Society in the basement of the chapel because of the construction and the remodeling. It was in the furnace room. While the furnace was on it was terrible, and when it was off it was intolerable! Her children caught cold.
“So, on at least two occasions she went to the bishop and asked to be released. On both occasions the bishop said he would think about it.”
Then a serious auto accident left her with a severe facial laceration which became infected. However, her doctor warned that they would probably be unable to handle it surgically because it was too close to the nerve in her face. Just as the doctor was leaving, the bishop stopped by wondering if there was trouble in the home.
“The woman, in her agony, … began to weep in pain and concern. And when he said, as bishops will do, ‘Is there anything we can do for you?’, through her pain and tears she said, maybe with a touch of bitterness, ‘Yes, Bishop! Now will you release me from Relief Society?’”
“And the answer came back: ‘Sister Spafford, I still don’t get the feeling that you should be released from Relief Society.’
Closing the general session, Sister Spafford said, “I have learned the greatness of the priesthood of God. I have learned the inspiration that guides the brethren who preside over us. I have learned that there is nothing more important for me to do as a woman than to be obedient to the counsel which they give. Many, many times as the years have passed, I have thanked the Lord for the inspiration that guided a ward bishop … when he said to me more than once, ‘I do not feel impressed to release you.’”
In a baker’s dozen of department meetings, plus the colorful Homemaking Fair of craft ideas, the Relief Society sisters received further instructions on new programs.
In the Presidencies’ Department, Presiding Bishop Victor L. Brown explained the relationship of the welfare program and the Relief Society, and praised Sister Spafford “and the two women who stand by her side—they’re all indispensable.” Kirma S. Larsen of Tempe Stake attributed the high degree of success that they had with their unpaid nursery program to the positive attitude they had toward involvement (“Who is better qualified to give these children the loving care they need than their mothers?”) and the support they have from priesthood leadership.
In the Family Health Department workshop Dr. James O. Mason, Commissioner of Church Health Services, stated: “The health goal of the Church is to assist each member to reach his or her optimal health potential. This is not to say that the Church should provide health care for its members; it means that the Church will help each member learn to meet his own and his family’s health needs by obeying principles that foster optimal health and by using community health resources.”
He focused on the Church’s priorities: “The Church is not building hospitals and clinics throughout the world. They are not the most important health resource; the home is where good health begins.”
The sisters saw vivid diet skits with “Anna Apathy” as one extreme, inundating her family with potato chips, soda pop, and doughnuts, but very little nourishing food. Zola Zealous, on the other extreme, lavished her food budget on health foods, including protein powder and an extensive array of vitamins.
Speakers stressed caution in attributing great health powers to any particular foods. Dr. John Hill, chairman of BYU’s Department of Food Science and Nutrition, relieved anxieties about the use of additives, pesticides, and fertilizers by stressing: “The correct attitude to develop toward these three causes of concern is that they are neither all good nor all bad. Their use and acceptance require accurate information followed by rational and intelligent action.” He defended pesticides by pointing out that food crops must compete with 30,000 species of weeds, 50,000 species of fungi, 15,000 species of nematodes, and 10,000 species of pest insects. Pesticides save between 75 and 90 percent of certain crops from loss to these pests.
The Mother Education leaders focused on the listening-learning process in teaching children, through a series of revelatory vignettes. One mother rhymed: “I need no mirror on the wall to tell me I must change my ways. My daughter playing with her doll reflects each manner, tone, and phrase.” A panel discussed preventative assets for parents in child rearing. One of the most important, as brought out by Sister Amelia McConkie and Sister Connie Rector, was the importance of setting clearly understood and consistently enforced guidelines. Sister Rector told of tailing her two-year-old in an Easter egg hunt near a creek without hovering. When he headed for the creek, she gave him the “stop” signal. He turned, and using her own words, asked, “Is this dangerous?”
The Social Relations department focused on the theme of compassionate service. Dr. Dean Jarman, associate director of the LDS Institute at the University of Utah, set the tone of the meeting by defining the kind of sharing that compassionate service involves particularly the necessity of the spirit of charity. He emphasized two things: we should seek the Spirit to fill our hearts with pure love for God and man through repentance, prayer, and obedience; and we should manifest and expand that love by sharing our time, talents, and substance to those in need. The sisters saw a dramatic contrast between pioneer women, who had little to share but their desire to help and their great love, and the materially blessed but sometimes spiritually narrow modern woman. Other speakers stressed change, self-image, community awareness, the uses of adversity, and the resources available in meetinghouse libraries for social relations lessons.
The Visiting Teaching program emphasized the unique situation of being able to share gospel messages within the home.
Former Bishop E. LaMar Buckner focused on the power of commitment in visiting teaching. Message teachers must reach a spiritual “point of no return,” becoming teachers, becoming spiritual, becoming “women of God.” Emphasizing confidentiality, he said that visiting teachers may be the eyes and ears of the bishop, but they are not his mouthpiece. Their “most important call is to save souls and build stronger homes … through sisterhood in action.”
He also urged commitment to getting and relying on the Holy Spirit, and providing dedicated service.
Model lesson presentations at the stake, ward, and home levels were offered, and small-group interaction sessions focused on other important principles: “Listening to the sisters can provide contact with the grassroots of the Church,” said workshop director John P. Reeves. Sisters from eight different countries bore their testimonies about the power of visiting teaching.
The Music Department’s horizons have been expanded. For the first time, songs other than hymns will be practiced, and national folk songs will enrich the cultural refinement lessons. Sister Ellen Barnes, Relief Society Chorus conductor, identified the greatest need of directors as enthusiasm. It may be communicated in love for the sisters and the music, and knowledge of the music.
The Cultural Refinement Department, themed “World-wide Sisterhood,” attempted to understand other countries through pictures, art, music, and story. In addition to the support from the Music Department, the Homemaking Department is also reinforcing the Cultural Refinement lessons by teaching sisters how to prepare foods from each of the countries studied.
In the Homemaking Department, sisters had demonstrations on the sewing mini-class, a concept important enough that Sister Louise W. Madsen, second counselor to Sister Spafford, presented the same information simultaneously to the presidents. “The chief achievement to be realized in every ward and branch in the Church is that every woman be taught to sew,” she said.
The mini-class gives a group of four to ten women individualized instruction for three or four months. Even a beginner can, in four sessions, complete two articles of clothing like a shirt and a dress. These classes are especially attractive for nonmembers and inactive sisters, the group leader stressed.
The response was enthusiastic, not only to sewing mini-classes, but in areas such as painting, cake decorating, first aid, home repairs, hair styling, flower drying and arranging, creative stitchery, cooking, needlepoint, money management, and Christmas decorations.
The Lamanite Department saw presentations and demonstrations on how to adapt the regular lessons to fit the culture, habits, and ways of the Lamanite sisters. One ward found that its Lamanite sisters did not understand the English lessons completely, so they were taped in Navajo. A lesson on genealogy featured three Books of Remembrance made and kept by Lamanite members and a Treasures of Truth kept by a young Lamanite girl. The lesson on “Woman, a Mother” used visual aids with a localized flavor: a bear with cubs, a wolf with puppies, a doe with a fawn.
For the first time, the Spanish-speaking sisters met in their own department for the entire session. Sisters from Argentina, Chile, Guatemala, El Salvador, Puerto Rico, Mexico, and local Spanish branches participated in skits, lectures, and question-answer periods on the lessons. Eduardo Balderas, Church translator, gave several examples of how teachers could use the Liahona magazine in their lesson presentation.
Regional Representative Harold Brown, who served as president of the first Spanish-speaking stake in the world and who had also been a Relief Society president, talked about the different levels of progression a branch goes through from establishment to maturity, with samples of the problems accompanying each level.
“To Teach the Savior’s Way Plainly and Simply”—Sunday School Conference Explains Goals
A dramatic emphasis on the role of the priesthood in Sunday School was given during October conference when, for the first time, the First Presidency of the Church participated in the general session of Sunday School conference.
President Harold B. Lee not only presided and conducted the session, but also gave his greetings to the thousands of Sunday School workers assembled in the Tabernacle and shared his testimony of the role Sunday School leaders and teachers can play in the lives of the members of the Church. In an unscheduled talk, he counseled Sunday School teachers not only to lead their students through the current courses of study, but also to add the texts of modern revelation wherever applicable.
In a special message in the conference program, President Lee told all Sunday School workers, “Your responsibility in Sunday School is to teach [the Savior’s] way plainly and simply, to help members of the Church comprehend the divine meaning of his mission, and to encourage all to follow him.
“The goal of the Sunday School must be to reach all who have accepted the gospel, that all may be edified together. To this end, we encourage priesthood leaders to set the example by regular attendance at Sunday School, and fathers to lead the way by taking, and not by merely sending, their families.”
President N. Eldon Tanner, First Counselor in the First Presidency, told Sunday School workers, “It is most important that we feel as well as know the truth. We must have the conviction of our faith and a real testimony of the gospel and teach by the Spirit. We must be prepared to live and be what we teach and keep hypocrisy out of our lives. No one senses hypocrisy more quickly than a child.”
In speaking of children, President Tanner said: “It is so important that we realize and always keep in mind that we are teaching spirit children of God who will be tomorrow’s officers and teachers, missionaries, stake and mission presidents, Regional Representatives, General Authorities, and who will hold responsible positions in our communities and nations. What a tremendous responsibility! And while we are training the children for their heavy duties and responsibilities we want to teach them those things that will give them the happiness for which they search.”
In seeking to meet this challenge, the Sunday School is reaching out to the young adults of the Church in a new program that can be initiated by local wards and branches.
Introducing the program, President Richard L. Warner, second counselor in the Sunday School General Presidency, said that in some wards some young adults (single men and women between the ages of 18 and 26) have left home for school, for missions, for military service, or for employment, leaving behind an insufficient number of their own age group to form a class.
“In order to provide a means through which these young adults can study the gospel and have the opportunity for wholesome association with their peers,” President Warner presented guidelines for Young Adult Sunday School classes.
Under the program, young adults from several or all wards within a stake can meet together as a Sunday School class.
“Keep in mind,” said President Warner, “that a ward Sunday School class is preferable and any ward with sufficient young adults should provide such a class.” But with the approval of the stake presidency, bishops, and Sunday School officers concerned, young adults may join the appropriate class in an adjoining ward.
“If it is determined that a class for several wards is desirable, the stake presidency should assign one of the ward Sunday Schools to host the class and be responsible for such matters as the calling of a class teacher. If it is necessary to call a teacher from outside the host ward area, the call should be processed as a regular stake call. The curriculum should be the Gospel Doctrine course of study,” President Warner continued.
“The time for such a multi-ward or stake class should not conflict with the regularly scheduled Sunday family activities such as the dinner hour. A young adult serving in a ward or stake Sunday School class should be encouraged to continue in that calling. The needs of the individual, however, should always be of primary concern.
“It is hoped that no successful class in a ward will be disrupted. It should be emphasized that stake or combined ward Sunday School classes for young adults are not encouraged in all stakes, but would be authorized where insufficient numbers exist to serve the young adults in their own ward.”
Concern for the individual Sunday School leader and his or her challenges was exhibited in the many departmental sessions held as an integral part of the Sunday School conference.
Members of the Sunday School General Board conducted workshops in areas such as music, administration and leadership, learning resources, instructional services, and the children’s, youth’s, and adult’s role in Sunday School.
At an inservice workshop, the “quest for the one” was again emphasized to stake, ward, and mission inservice leaders. Booklets, especially prepared for the conference, are designed to help inservice leaders apply teacher development principles in their respective areas of stewardship. Aimed specifically at Sunday School inservice leaders, the booklets, “Applying Teacher Development Principles,” are available from the Church Distribution Center.
The booklets define and individualize roles for Sunday School inservice leaders, and discuss in depth the Teacher Development Program, ward faculty meetings, ward quarterly leadership meetings, the teaching support team, meetings, people, and goals.
In an “Activation: Who Needs It?” workshop, teachers and leaders were asked to set realistic goals for improving attendance at Sunday School. Teachers would then work with home teachers in bringing members out to Sunday School.
However, teachers were told that to improve attendance at Sunday School they should work on their own personal preparation and ability to teach, and should concentrate on helping class members to grow both in the gospel and in knowledge.
An interesting and well-received feature of the Sunday School Conference was the “Question and Answer” room where two or more General Board members were available all day to answer questions from any of the 1,500 Sunday School leaders and teachers in attendance. These brothers and sisters attended not only from Utah, but also from most other states, from Canada, and from ten other countries around the world.
In the closing moments of the conference, Russell M. Nelson, Sunday School general president, said, “If there is one quality I would ask for you, it would be that you teach by the Spirit. … To teach by the Spirit requires personal revelation; to receive personal revelation, prayer is the key, righteousness is requisite, and knowledge [gained through study], is power.”
Arizona and St. George Temples Close As Part of Renovation Project
The Arizona Temple and the St. George (Utah) Temple will be closing their doors this year under a major renovation program aimed at providing better patron facilities.
Some refurbishing already has taken place at the Arizona Temple which will be closed from approximately February 2 until December 1. The St. George Temple will be closed for a longer period of time, from March 2, 1974, until approximately December 1, 1975. Both temples will be remodeled to facilitate the film presentation of the endowment ceremony.
In announcing the closing of the two temples, the First Presidency stated that Spanish-speaking members of the Church who normally would attend the Arizona Temple will be able to attend the Los Angeles Temple where Spanish sessions are held.
The work on these two temples is part “of a constant upgrading of the temples,” according to Church Architect Emil B. Fetzer.
“For instance, the Idaho Falls Temple was recently reopened following a major renovation program that took almost a year. Extensive work was done on the air-conditioning and the heating, as well as a great deal of refurbishing and painting. In addition, we created a new chapel, a new bridal department, and new locker facilities both for men and women patrons and for the temple workers. We reworked the cafeteria and the dining room, and the temple presidency’s offices, as well as installing a grand stairway from the ground floor to the lower level.
“In planning for these and other renovations, we have been mindful of the existing architecture. We have tried to blend with the various temple styles where there are any exterior additions.
“At St. George, for instance, we are going to remove the annex that is now there and replace it with a much larger, one-story structure. But we believe that the new structure will tie in better with the temple architecture.
“Major additions to the Hawaii Temple are on the planning board. These additions will be on the south, north, and west sides of the temple and will provide for better facilities. Right now there are temporary arrangements for the filmed endowment presentation, but with the renovation this will be a permanent feature. Work on this temple probably will begin in the spring. When it is completed, temple patrons will enter by the front door instead of the side door as they now do. A similar change already has been made at the Los Angeles Temple where we have been conducting some renovation work. We also have been working at the Oakland, California, Temple and the Alberta Temple, Cardston, Alberta, Canada.”
New Presidents Serving Logan and Manti Temples; Counselors Named for Washington Temple
President Lloyd R. Hunsaker has succeeded President Elvie W. Heaton as president of the Logan Temple, and President June W. Black has succeeded President Reuel E. Christensen as president of the Manti Temple. Both men were set apart by President Harold B. Lee with their wives set apart as temple matrons.
Born in Tremonton, Utah, President Hunsaker was serving as patriarch to the Utah State University Stake at the time of his new calling. Prior to that he had served 16 years as president of the Logan Stake and nine years as counselor in the stake presidency.
He and Sister Hunsaker are the parents of four children.
In reviewing his Church experience, President Hunsaker says that the keys to his life were taught him by his parents at home. “They taught me never to turn down the opportunity to serve in the Church, and to labor with all your might in the calling that you receive. Sometimes I’ve felt that perhaps I’ve had more work than a man should have, and it even seemed a little selfish at times, but I’ve always been glad of the opportunity to serve.”
President Black was born in Ibapah, Tooele County, Utah, and was serving as second counselor in the Manti Temple at the time of his call to be president of the Manti Temple. Prior to that he had been an ordinance worker in the temple, president of the Deseret Stake for 16 years, and bishop of the Delta Second Ward for five years.
President and Sister Black have two children.
Born in the month of December, President Black does not know why his parents named him June. “I think they had the names picked out and gave them whether or not the sex of the baby coincided. We have boys with girls’ names and a girl with a boy’s name in our family,” he explained.
Of the challenge of being a temple president, President Black says, “We want to have people participate. We want people to feel a part of the temple.”
Counselors to President Edward E. Drury of the Washington (D.C.) Temple also have been appointed by the First Presidency. They are President Wendell Geddes Eames of the Washington Stake, and President Byron Fife Dixon of the Potomac Stake presidency.
New Financing Program Announced for Church Scouts in U.S.
Beginning with the 1974 calendar year, Church Scouting funds will be raised through the Sustaining Membership Enrollment program instead of being funded from ward and stake budgets.
Under the former program, used for many years by the Boy Scouts of America, Scouts, their parents, and interested friends of Scouting became the source of necessary finances.
In announcing the new method, applicable to stakes and wards in the United States, the First Presidency said, “… the present practice in some stakes and wards of allocating funds from stake and ward budgets for Boy Scout financial support will be discontinued.”
“The Church is in agreement [with Boy Scouts of America] that the proper way to raise funds is through the Sustaining Membership Enrollment program.”
In a letter to stake, ward, and branch leaders, the Presiding Bishopric said, “We are certain that adequate funds can be raised by following the Boy Scouts of America program.”
“The stake presidents and bishops will want to assign men who will follow through and see that every family who has a Cub, Scout, Venturer, or Explorer is contacted and invited to participate.”
The Presiding Bishopric also said, “The institutional representative may also want to suggest a list of Scouts and interested friends of Scouting who do not have sons participating, but who are willing to contribute.”
For Scouts, the new method for the Church means that they will be involved in raising their own funds, explained Folkman D. Brown, Mormon Relations Executive, Boy Scouts of America.
“From now on,” said Brother Brown, “Scouts in the Church in the United States will conduct regular drives to raise the funds that they need—not only for their own troop but also to meet the commitments to their local district council. The council will head up the various fund-raising programs in their area, as they have done for non-Church troops. Now the Church troops will be a part of that program. There will, of course, be the involvement of stake leaders in the district council programs.”
Brother Brown said that although funds are received by Boy Scouts of America from United Appeal, “in most areas they meet approximately 50 percent of the cost involved at the district council level.”
Where applicable, local councils are now conducting training programs for stake and ward leaders in the organization of the Sustaining Membership Enrollment program.
In other Scouting news:
* Sister LaVern Watts Parmley, general president of the Primary, has been appointed to serve on the National Advisory Council, Boy Scouts of America. For the past five years, Sister Parmley has been serving on the National Cub Scout Committee.
* Two new merit badges have been approved by Boy Scouts of America. One is for genealogy and the other for pulp and paper. The genealogy merit badge requires the completion of a five-generation family pedigree chart, the preparation of the Scout’s own life history and the history of a progenitor, the understanding of genealogical research, and the understanding of the history of genealogy.
Army Secretary Visits Salt Lake City
Arsonists Cause Severe Damage to Chapel
Australian Chaplain Visits in Salt Lake
Mexican Journalists Meet Church Leaders
The Message Is Family Home Evening
Elder Brown Honored on Birthday
Dinosaur Has National Audience
Elder Robert L. Simpson, Assistant to the Council of the Twelve, and Dr. Burton F. Brasher, a Salt Lake City physician and surgeon, have received the Silver Antelope Award of the Boy Scouts of America. The awards are presented in recognition of noteworthy service or exceptional character to boyhood by registered Scouts. Elder Simpson entered Scouting as a Sea Scout in Santa Monica, California, and since has served on a number of national Boy Scouts of America committees. Dr. Brasher, a member of the Jordan North Second Ward, Jordan North Stake, a Life Scout, serves in a number of local and also national Scouting committees, and also has served on the medical staff at national and world jamborees.
Brother William Makaneole, a first class petty officer in the United States Navy, came out tops of some 10,000 military personnel when he was named “man of the year” at the Subic Bay Naval Base in the Philippines. Sister Makaneole also made the local headlines when she was named Navy wife of the year for the whole Pacific area. Members of the Subic Bay Branch, Philippines Mission, Brother and Sister Makaneole are active in Sunday School and Relief Society, respectively. In addition, Sister Makaneole is active in various organizations and service groups, and works with several naval base councils to make life more comfortable for others.
President Ted E. Davis, president of the University Fourth Branch, University First Stake at the University of Utah, Salt Lake City, is justifiably proud of his active branch members. With an average membership of 70 families, the Fourth Branch performed 1,012 temple endowments during the past Church year. High month for the year was 225 endowments in May. Eighty percent of the branch’s temple recommend holders attended the temple monthly, and 92 percent of the members have either three or four generations of family group sheets submitted during the past year. There were 206 individual names submitted for temple work as the result of genealogical research, and 60 people in the branch completed an eight-week genealogy class. President Davis says that, considering the number of families involved, “so far as we have been able to determine, this is the highest record known of endowments and other genealogical activity of any branch in one given year. This is particularly significant in that the branch members are all students and most have part-time jobs as well.”
Eight-year-old Earlet Phillips, a member of the Royal Oaks Ward, Detroit (Michigan) Stake, has not only been attending Primary regularly but has been bearing the title of World Majorette Queen for September–October 1973. The title was won after competition with 50 girls in Michigan and then 11 other girls in the finals in Atlantic City, New Jersey. In addition to her baton twirling, for which she has received 40 trophies, young Sister Phillips also does tap dancing and modeling.
Brother Alfe Pratte, Oahu, Hawaii, public relations coordinator for the Church, has been appointed a member of the Honolulu Community Media Council. Brother Pratte will work with other members of the council in an attempt to form practical standards of conduct for the communications media in Hawaii.
Approximately 60 Young Adults from five stakes in the Salt Lake City area recently pitched in to help raise funds for the Juvenile Court’s Detention Home in the city. Working with the volunteer auxiliary of the detention home, the Young Adults collected items that could be sold at a special booth in a local shopping center. Stores donated either finished goods or material that was used to create saleable items. The stakes involved were the four Sandy stakes (Sandy, East, West, and North), and the Mt. Jordan Stake.
The official and private papers of United States Senator Wallace F. Bennett of Utah have been donated by the senator to the Brigham Young University Library. The papers reflect some 24 years of service in the Senate and cover the many important assignments that Senator Bennett has received on government committees. The senator, who was a former member of the Sunday School General Board, will be retiring at the end of his current term.
Dr. Victor B. Cline, who wrote the article “How do movies and TV influence behavior?” that appeared in the October 1972 Ensign, recently received national recognition for his fight against pornography. Brother Cline was honored at the Morality in Media Eighth Annual Awards Dinner held in New York City for his contributions to the Report of the Presidential Commission on Obscenity and Pornography, in which he criticized the commission’s findings.
The Brigham Young University Student Chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers has been singled out as the “most outstanding student chapter in the United States for 1973.” One of 183 chapters throughout the United States, the chapter was chosen because of its academic and community service projects during the 1972 calendar year. For the eleventh consecutive year, the student chapter also received a certificate of commendation for its activities.
Dr. Russell M. Nelson, general president of the Sunday School, has been elected chairman of the Advisory Council of Thoracic Surgeons of the American College of Surgeons. President Nelson, who is affiliated with many professional societies, is a research professor at the University of Utah.
Two volumes of organ music compiled and edited by Dr. Darwin Wolford of Ricks College, Rexburg, have been published nationally by Harold Flammer, Inc. This makes three volumes of organ music that Dr. Wolford has had published nationally.
Dr. Hal G. Moore, professor of mathematics at Brigham Young University, has been elected to the board of directors of the Society of Sigma Xi, an international organization dedicated to promotion of scientific research.
A graduate of Brigham Young University has been officially installed as president of BYU’s “friendly rival,” the University of Utah. Dr. David P. Gardner, a member of the Monument Park 15th Ward, Monument Park Stake, graduated from BYU with his bachelor’s degree in 1955 and went on to earn his master’s and his doctorate degrees at the University of California at Berkeley. Brother Gardner was born in Berkeley, and eventually became assistant chancellor at the University of California at Santa Barbara and a vice-president of the university’s non-campus system. He is married to the former Elizabeth Jean Fuhriman of Piedmont, California, and they have four daughters. His installation as the tenth president of the University of Utah was attended by local, state, and federal officials, and the invocation was offered by Elder Thomas S. Monson of the Council of the Twelve.
Although the energy crisis has created a gasoline shortage in Japan and some European countries, Church activity appears unaffected. In countries where gasoline rationing has been introduced, or where private vehicles are not to be used on Sundays, most Church members travel to and from meetings by public transportation, by bicycle, or on foot.
Sister Dorothy M. Carson is the newly elected president of the Arizona Municipal Judges Association. Sister Carson, a municipal court judge in Phoenix, Arizona, has successfully combined a professional career with her role as wife and mother. Her husband, Roy Carson, is vice-president of Spring City Knitting Co., and they are the parents of two teenage children. In addition, Sister Carson is inservice leader for the Aaronic Priesthood MIA and the Sunday School in the Phoenix Second Ward, Phoenix Stake, has been active in 12 professional organizations, and has served in 21 community and service groups. “I am seeking to live up to my patriarchal blessing that says my mission is that of motherhood and of leadership. My activities have become family activities as my husband and two children have shared my victories and disappointments and faced new challenges with me.” A believer in living the principles of the gospel, Sister Carson says, “We must not leave our religion at the doorstep as we leave the chapel. If we don’t carry the teachings of the Church into our homes, jobs, businesses, and professions, then we fail to fully live up to what we claim to believe in.”
Frank Asper, known to many thousands of people as the organist of the Salt Lake Tabernacle for 41 years, died at the age of 82. Brother Asper made his debut as an organist at the age of 12 in 1904, and then went on to present some 1,000 recitals around the world. He served on the Church General Music Committee until 1967, and on his retirement as Tabernacle Organist in 1965 he was named organist emeritus. He was succeeded by Dr. Alexander Schreiner.