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President Kimball Dedicates Temple

Invoking blessings upon the world, the Church, and the spreading of the gospel, President Spencer W. Kimball dedicated the Washington Temple to be a House of the Lord, a dedication that was repeated in ten separate services November 19–22.

Over 40,000 members of the Church from the temple district attended the services. These were members who, President Kimball said, had “waited long and longingly” for the event. Also in attendance and speaking were all of the General Authorities of the Church except Elder Alma Sonne, Assistant to the Council of the Twelve, and President Milton R. Hunter of the First Council of the Seventy. Both were ill.

The speakers reviewed the story of the Washington Temple and the importance, purposes, blessings, and history of temples. In his opening address, President Kimball said, “It is imperative that we have temples and that we use them to their capacity. That, I think, we must keep in mind. Not just build, but fill.”

He spoke of the anticipation of members in the Washington area and continued, “Now we have a temple, exquisitely beautiful, pleasingly decorated, adequately arranged, to carry forward the work of the Lord. We hope our Lord is pleased and that he will enter here and make this his abode.”

Concerning the planning for the temple, President N. Eldon Tanner of the First Presidency said, “I remember so well coming here to Washington and meeting representatives of 60 stakes and missions, organizing a committee, a temple committee.”

He also spoke of the care taken in following the plans. “Let us compare that to building a character, my brothers and sisters,” he said. “We are so fortunate to have the greatest architect of all time planning our lives for us and setting out the details, in every detail, just what is required of us.”

Several of the Brethren spoke of the history of temples, including biblical references and early temples of this dispensation. “Such temples have always been built at His command,” said President Marion G. Romney, Second Counselor in the First Presidency. “They have always been constructed of the finest materials and by the most skilled craftsmanship available to the builders—appropriately so, because a temple of the true and living God is literally his house in which his presence is manifest, his will revealed, and the holy ordinances of salvation explained and administered.”

President Ezra Taft Benson, president of the Council of the Twelve, spoke of his close association with the planning of the temple as the first stake president in the Washington, D.C., area, and said the building fulfilled a dream he has had for more than 30 years.

“Not since the founding of this choice nation and the restoration of the gospel has such an important event transpired in this great area. Surely there is ample reason to rejoice, for this event represents the consummation of the hopes and prayers of thousands who have lived here,” President Benson said.

Baptisms for the dead began almost immediately following the dedication. A special endowment session for priesthood leaders was held December 11 and the first sealings for the living were performed December 17. Regular endowment sessions for the dead began January 2.

The complete text of President Kimball’s dedicatory prayer follows:

Washington Temple Dedicatory Prayer

Our Holy Father in heaven, thou who hast created our spirits and the heavens and the earth and all things therein, thou most glorious one, perfect in mercy and love and truth, in the name of thy greatly Beloved Son, Jesus Christ, we come to thee this day in this beautiful edifice, to dedicate it unto thee, our living God.

We praise thy Holy Name, our Beloved Father. We are grateful that thou didst cause this land to be rediscovered and settled by people who founded a great nation with an inspired constitution guaranteeing freedom in which there could come the glorious restoration of the gospel and the Church of thy Beloved Son.

And now we present to thee this beautiful temple, provided by the sacrifice of thy people who love thee devotedly.

We are thankful that thou didst send thine Only Begotten Son to this earth to be its Savior, and thou didst send a Prophet, Joseph Smith, called and named long before his birth to bring about the restoration, and that thou and thy Beloved Son didst deign to appear to the Prophet in person, to foil the evil one, and to open the heavens and to restore to the world the knowledge of thee and thy Son and thy holy purposes, through revelations.

We are grateful that this, thy son, Joseph Smith, till the day of his martyrdom, and his successors to this day, are recipients of thy revelations through which the priesthood, the apostleship, the temple work, and all facets of the true and complete gospel have been restored, and holy men have delivered the keys of the kingdom and all vital work for the living and the dead, to bring them to eternal life.

We are grateful for the preservation of the gold plates so that the Book of Mormon, the most correct book, might be restored with all its glorious truths, to show to the house of Israel “… that they may know the covenants of the Lord … and also to the convincing of the Jew and Gentile that Jesus is the Christ, the Eternal God . …” (Title page, Book of Mormon.)

Our Father, we bless thy Holy Name and magnify thee day by day as thou sittest enthroned in glory, might, and dominion, and with an infinitude of power and glory; increase our faith, as we remember the glorious deliverances of the past, that we may not falter, but may accomplish all thy holy purposes.

Our Father, bless us that we may live thy commandments and follow thy program. Please forgive us our trespasses as we totally repent, and let us earn and enjoy the rich blessings thou hast promised to the faithful.

Father, we know that the wicked have been punished in the past with famine and pestilence and want and sorrow and war. We pray that thy people may repent and follow thy commandments and be able to avert such calamities as others have suffered before us.

We are greatly concerned, our Father, with the widespread wickedness in this world, the blasphemy, the corruption, the pollution, and the immorality, and we are reminded of days long past when the cities of the plains were destroyed, when cities were sacked and buildings razed and people taken prisoner, to become slaves of enemy nations. We remember the devastation of a flood which was to cleanse the earth from pollution of men, and now we see all the sins of the past being portrayed before our eyes again, when people worship the permissiveness of so-called freedoms, walking blindly into the traps which must terminate in destructive calamities. Bless them, Father, that they may return to thee in total righteousness.

Father, we are concerned with the political world of today and that nations seem to need only the lighting of a match to bring war and desolation and destruction. Bless, we pray thee, the leaders of nations, that they may rule wisely and righteously and give thy people freedom to worship thee in truth and righteousness. Stay the powers, our Father, that would bring us to the brink of annihilation.

Bless all people, our Father, that they may prosper, but not more than their faith can stand.

Our Father, bless the leaders of thy kingdom here upon the earth; reveal thy mind and will to them. Let them be true to righteousness today, tomorrow, and until the scene is folded up.

Our Father, in blessing thy people with prosperity, we pray that they may not be surfeited with flocks and herds and acres and barns and wealth which would bring them to worship these false gods.

Insomuch as the nations repent and follow thee, be gracious, our Father, and let thy destroying angel be pacified and let thy people be forgiven. Be merciful, O Lord, with thy repentant ones when they have suffered and transformed their lives.

Our gracious Father, we remember vividly the commands of thy Son to “Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.” (Mark 16:15.)

Our Father, our efforts to fulfill this command seem small and infantile, not wholly rewarding. Give us, we pray, hearts of determination that we, thy people, may make such sacrifices as are necessary; that our sons may live righteously through their growing years and strive for spiritual excellence to be worthy to take the gospel to the nations of the world.

Our gracious Father, there are national gates which seemingly need to be unlocked and doors that need to be opened, and hearts of kings, presidents, emperors, and ministers which need to be softened, that they may permit the gospel to be taken to their people.

Our Father, bless the countless millions in the world, that they may receive thy truth, and bless the missionaries on whom the sun never sets, that nothing will prevail against them in their faithful presentation of thy gospel to the world, and bless especially, our Father, the children of thy people in overseas countries that they may devote their sons to this holy work. Wherein we have failed, help us to see our duties; wherein we have been prevented, open the doors, we pray, and swing the gates wide open and let thy servants cover the earth with their testimonies.

Our Almighty Father, increase our faith as we remember the glorious deliverances of the past. We remember that thy powerful hand did reveal thyself in the unconsumed “burning bush” in the desert. Thou didst reveal thy power in delivering the children of Israel from captivity in Egypt; thou didst deliver Noah and his posterity from the raging sea; thou didst lead the Lehite family across impossible deserts and uncrossable seas; thou didst protect Daniel in the lions’ den; thou didst open prison doors and thou didst lead the modern Saints across the plains to the mountain valleys.

With these and numerous other events, we know that thou canst unlock gates and open doors, that we may present to the people of this world thy exalting program as thy Beloved Son has decreed. So we pray, lead our missionaries to all nations with their testimonies of the truth and successfully bridge all barriers.

Our Father in heaven, our hearts go out to the Lamanites. Give them listening ears and understanding hearts. Let them believe; cause that they may commune with thee and rid themselves of all “other gods” and superstitions and fears; let them grow mighty in thy cause. Bless them that they may know the covenants of the Lord, that they may believe the gospel and rely upon the merits of Jesus Christ, and be glorified through faith in his name, and that through their repentance they might be saved.

Our gracious Heavenly Father, bless, we pray thee, thy leaders. We are grateful for all the presidents from Joseph Smith, Jr., to President Harold B. Lee, and thank thee for the rich contribution that each has made to thy cause. Bless, we pray thee, the incumbent president, and reveal thy mind and will to him and his counselors, that together they may give inspired leadership to thy program on the earth. Give to them wisdom, judgment, peace, protection, inspiration, and thy revelations continually. Likewise, we pray for the Twelve Apostles, that they may properly take the gospel to every soul of the earth. Give them thy holy revelations also. Bless the Patriarch to the Church, the Assistants to the Twelve, the First Council of Seventy, and the Presiding Bishopric, the Regional Representatives of the Twelve, the stake and mission leaders, the wards and branches, the educational institutions, the auxiliaries, and all thy people in every area who give concerted action to bring growth and development to thy Church.

Bless, we pray thee, the presidency of this temple and the matron and all the officiators herein. Endow them with wisdom; help them create a holy atmosphere in this place so that all ordinances may be done with a sweet, spiritual tone that will cause the people to greatly desire to be here. Bless also the watchmen, the guards, and the officials who look after every part and portion of this edifice.

We are so grateful, our Father, that thy Son has thrown wide open the doors of the prisons for the multitudes who are waiting in the spirit world.

Wilt thou deign to make this temple thy house and let holy angels visit it to deliver thy messages, as the rushing of mighty winds with power and glory.

Holy Father, we are grateful that thou didst permit the appearance on the earth of Peter, James, and John to bring the Melchizedek Priesthood and the apostleship to thy servants, Joseph Smith and associates, and through them to us.

Our Holy Father, we have watched with great concern our brethren of Judah. We have seen their persecutions and torture and sufferings, and we pray that the hour may speedily come when they will believe the gospel, accept thy Son as their Savior, and be redeemed.

Bless the people who come into this building for their sealings, marriages, anointings, and other ordinances. Bless this place that it may be a house of prayer, a house of fasting, a house of faith, a house of glory, a house of eternal marriage, a house of sealings, and the house of God, even thy house, wherein the holy saving work may be done by the living for the countless dead.

Bless those who come here, that their hands may be holy as they lift them high, and that no unclean thing shall ever be permitted to come into this, thy house, to pollute it.

We ask thee, Holy Father, to confound and confuse and shame all who lie and spread false reports against thy servants, that all their destructive works may be brought to naught.

Our Holy Father, we pray that thou wilt bless this great nation, organized here on the choicest of all choice lands. Bless the President of this nation, the Congress, the Justice Department, the Cabinet, the lawmakers and the law enforcers in states, counties, and cities, that liberty may continue to be the foundation stone.

Our Holy Father, hear our pleadings; accept our penance; forgive our sins; and help us in our endeavors. Let thy blessings flow from thy heaven where thou sittest enthroned in glory, honor, power, majesty and might, dominion, truth and justice, judgment, mercy, and an infinity of fullness from everlasting to everlasting.

And now, our great and kind Father, accept this house, we pray. We dedicate it unto thee for thy holy and righteous purposes and put upon it thy name. Let us sing hosannahs to thee and the Lamb, and let these, thine anointed ones, be clothed in salvation, that thy Saints shall shout for joy.

And now, our Father, we ask thee to accept this house, the workmanship of the hands of thy servants, this house in which thou canst dwell forever.

We pray thee, Father, to accept this building in all its parts, from the foundation to the capstone and to all in between, and sanctify it and consecrate it.

From the lowest stone to the highest spire, on which the statue of Moroni stands, we ask thee to accept and protect.

Please bless these walls, that they decay not, and the partitions and floors and roof, the bridges, the elevators, and the stairways. Bless the lighting, the heating equipment, the boilers, the dynamos, the connecting pipes and wires, the lamps, the furniture, and articles of all kinds.

Bless also the veils, the altars, the curtains, the rugs, the baptismal font, and the oxen, the safes, the vaults, the record books, and the documents; bless all the furnishings, the seats, the cushions, the hangings, the locks, and all the appliances and appurtenances, including ornamentation, all work in wood and metal, the embroidery and needlework, the pictures and statuary, the silk, the wool, and the cotton;

The glass, the china, and all else herein, we humbly present for thine acceptance, thy sanctifying blessings, and thy protection.

Our Father, we present the altars before which thy servants and handmaidens will receive their blessings and sealings, and we pray that such may be kept holy.

With the buildings, we present the land on which they are built, the walks and fences and ornamental beds and trees and plants and flowers and shrubbery. May they blossom beautifully and be pleasant to all, that these hillsides may be a haven of peace and rest and holy meditation.

Father, we beg of thee to protect this building and appurtenances from injury and destruction by fire or flood or the rage of the elements, shafts of lightning and blasts of hurricanes, the upheaval of earthquakes, and all disturbing factors; O Lord, we beg of thee, protect it.

Now gracious Father, permit thy loyal, loving people to praise thy Holy Name forever in all nations with all kindreds and tongues and people, and let them cry with a loud voice before thy throne and before the Lamb of God, saying, “Salvation to our God which sitteth upon the throne and unto the Lamb,” and let us in unison “praise thee, saying, Blessing and honor and glory and wisdom and thanksgiving, power and might be unto our God and His Son forever and ever.”

And now, by the power of the holy priesthood thou hast given us, we dedicate this building and all that is connected therewith and all its furnishings and contents to thee, our Holy Father, and ask thy blessings upon it. In the worthy name of Thy Beloved Son, Jesus Christ, our Redeemer. Amen and Amen and Amen.

[photo] The beautiful Assembly room, focal point of the dedicatory services. (Copyright by the Corporation of the President, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.)

[photo] The baptistry with the font supported by 12 oxen. (Copyright by the Corporation of the President, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.)

[photo] One of the sealing rooms. (Copyright by the Corporation of the President, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.)

[photo] Crowds gather, anticipating one of the Washington Temple dedicatory services.

Relief Society General President Opposes ERA

“The Equal Rights Amendment is so broad that it is inadequate, inflexible, and vague,” said Relief Society General President Barbara B. Smith in an address delivered to institute students at the University of Utah shortly before Christmas.

The ERA is a unratified Constitutional amendment that claims to bar discrimination on the basis of sex. “It is my opinion that the amendment would work to the disadvantage of both women and men,” she continued. “Its passage could portend a weakening of moral and social values which have produced strong people, strong homes, and a strong nation. By reason of the nature of the act itself, it seems unlikely that it can accommodate for the fundamental differences and appropriate roles of men and women. Once it is passed, the enforcement will demand an undeviating approach which will create endless problems for an already troubled society.”

Terming the amendment “not only imperfect but even dangerous,” she queried, “is there a law which is unfair to men? If so, change it through the legislative process. Is there a law which is unfair to women? If so, change it. Seek redress in the legislatures, in the courts, through presidential decree, or by group action. Make sure that each law is carefully considered individually. Insist on the enforcement of laws in an orderly process as exemplified by the greatest suffragette leaders of the past. As you do, make sure the uniqueness of the individual is protected and the family strengthened.”

She praised efforts of Utah’s women in the women’s suffrage movement, then stated, “But from my study of history, I do not believe that the Equal Rights Amendment is a continuation of the women’s suffrage movement that gave women the right to vote. Equal rights are not necessarily women’s rights and, indeed, indiscriminately applied equality may abolish women’s rights.

Sister Smith’s grandmother was a physician and her mother was a teacher. “I want women to have social, financial, and legal rights. I want each woman to be a valued individual. I want to see a woman learn much. I want her to become the best woman, the best citizen, responsible and participating, in both her own country and in the kingdom of God; the best homemaker, the greatest individual she is capable of becoming. I want her to be self-confident, trained, a great participator and partner in life; but, I want to be sure that the laws enacted will provide for these things to happen. The Equal Rights Amendment is not the way.”

[photo] President Barbara B. Smith

New Melchizedek Priesthood Handbook Published

A new Melchizedek Priesthood handbook has been printed and is being distributed to the priesthood leaders of the Church.

The new handbook has several emphases that priesthood leaders will find instructive and helpful:

1) The handbook provides objectives for priesthood quorum leadership, assisting quorum leaders to see the vision of their responsibilities for training their membership.

2) The handbook particularly emphasizes the principles of priesthood leadership stewardship in harmony with the statement by the Prophet Joseph Smith, “I teach them correct principles and they govern themselves.”

3) The handbook identifies and describes the duties and responsibilities of fathers as leaders, giving strength to the role of the father as a leader in the Church.

The new volume replaces a number of previously printed guides to priesthood activity: Melchizedek Priesthood Handbook, 1970; Suggestions for Elders Quorum Presidencies and Group Leaders, 1972; Priesthood Home Teaching Handbook of Instructions, 1972; Conducting the Priesthood Home Teaching Evaluation, 1970; and the Priesthood Fellowshipping Handbook, 1972.

The new handbook sets forth the principles of quorum organization and details the responsibilities of high priests, seventies, and elders quorums in the Church.

Speaking to priesthood holders, the First Presidency identified the volume’s purpose as that of “guidance and direction,” but urged: “Rely on the inspiration of the Lord and your own resources to solve specific problems that arise in magnifying your callings and in discharging your responsibilities as servants of the Lord.”

Personal Scripture Study Outlined

Scripture reading programs have long been a part of the program of the Church. This year such programs would be helpful if tied into the correlated program of gospel study by the Melchizedek Priesthood quorums, Sunday School Gospel Doctrine class, Relief Society, and family home evening.

By coordinating personal gospel study and scripture reading with the curriculum of the Church, the result can “contribute to an in-depth scripture study,” according to Wayne Lynn, manager of instructional development.

Many wards and stakes encourage scripture reading programs. Such programs will be most effective, Brother Lynn said, if leaders will arrange them to complement the following schedule of adult gospel study:

1974–1975

The New Testament: Four Gospels

1975–1976

The New Testament: Acts to Revelation

1976–1977

The Book of Mormon: 1 Nephi to Alma 29

1977–1978

The Book of Mormon: Alma 30 to Moroni

1978–1979

The Doctrine and Covenants/Church History

1979–1980

The Doctrine and Covenants/Church History

1980–1981

The Old Testament: Genesis to Ruth/ Pearl of Great Price: Moses and Abraham

1981–1982

The Old Testament: 1 Samuel to Malachi

As the adults of the Church concentrate each year on a different portion of scripture, each teaching organization will approach the same material, but from a different point of view.

The Melchizedek Priesthood quorum curriculum teaches the doctrines and priesthood duties as found in the scriptures. These lessons are designed to involve each quorum member in individual scripture study during the week with a further discussion and review in the quorum setting. Relief Society spiritual living lessons are likewise taken from scriptural sources.

The Sunday School Gospel Doctrine class focuses on an historical study of each book so that each adult member may understand the gospel message in its proper setting. A better understanding of the people, places, and circumstances gives added insight and relevance to the scriptural messages and enlarges our understanding of how these truths may be applied in our daily lives.

Family home evening lessons are similarly correlated with the scripture study program. Topics for discussion use the current scripture for the year as the basic scriptural source of reference.

Priesthood leaders are urged to encourage adult members to study the scriptures, particularly those in the scripture study plan for that year. In this way each adult throughout the Church will be studying the same scripture reading assignment.

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Former Tabernacle Choir Director Honored

On September 19, 1974, Utah Governor Calvin Rampton hosted an appreciation dinner for Richard P. Condie, recently released as conductor of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.

One of the featured speakers at the dinner, Robert O’Brien, senior editor of Reader’s Digest, had praise for Brother Condie, the Choir, and the Church.

The text of his comments follows:

“Music to Match Your Mountains”

All good music, Brigham Young said, belongs to heaven, and this singing of the Tabernacle Choir is certainly the music of heaven—God’s love distilled into joy and harmony, serenity and peace, trust and unconquerable faith—keeping our stride firm and strong, keeping our eyes looking up, keeping God’s truth marching on, keeping us marching on in the ranks of his army, the army of righteousness and the army of truth.

“Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord. …” I listen to the Mormon Tabernacle Choir singing those words and I say, “My ears are hearing of the glory of the coming of the Lord. I am listening to the Lord glorified, to the Lord magnified, to the Lord made visible.”

Because these men and women do not sing with their voices they sing with their hearts. And that is what uniquely binds this choir together and makes it one triumphant, many-throated voice. That is what enables it to reach out and touch the soul of everyone who listens, no matter who or where, or what color or religion his or hers may be.

It is faith that does this—their faith—the bright, shining substance of things hoped for, an incandescent faith in the coming of the Lord, a coming of the Lord to all men and women, to all their cities and countries, to all their hearts and souls. And true believers that we are, we too know that some day his coming will glorify the dawn. And if for a moment we doubt it, we have but to raise the lid of our phonograph and put on a record of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, and the sound of the glory of his coming will fill the room, fill it as last Saturday night our good president [Gerald R. Ford] and his wife and 2,000 others heard it fill the great concert hall at the Kennedy Center in Washington; fill it as it fills the hearts of all who hear it with glory and love, and that blessed promise of redemption.

So, my good friends, it is a great gift that you and your people have given to the world. And in the words of your greatest hymn, so long as you “make the air with music ring, shout praises to our God and king”—and I am sure that will be forever—then, “all is well.” All, indeed, is well.

So hail to the Saints. Hail to their marvelous choir. Hail to the retiring director [Richard P. Condie]. Hail to the work that began right here across the street 127 years ago with the singing of those same hymns that brought the Mormon pioneers across the plains. Many of them, as you well know from tales told by the fireside, were without shoes, without coats or shirts, without blankets, women and children gaunt and hungry; but by heaven every man of them a king and a priest, as the Prophet had called upon them to be. And every woman a daughter of the Lord, and all of them afire with a flaming faith, that the Lord would bring them and now had brought them 1600 miles across the wilderness, rivers and plains and mountains, to their promised land, to their blessed Zion in this valley.

But in the words of your remarkable president, Spencer W. Kimball, “Faith precedes the miracle.” Their faith, thank God, was then. And the miracle is still with us today in this magnificent city, in your prosperous and powerful people, in your temples and great universities.

Ironically, on the very eve of the nation’s 200th birthday, many Americans feel bewildered, betrayed, and adrift. They seem to have lost their way. The thought of the manifest destiny of America no longer thrills them. They cannot bring themselves any longer really to believe in it. The old magic has gone from the bugles, from the trumpets and the flag. When this happens, they blame the government, Washington, Congress, the White House, the man in the Oval Room.

But the truth is that the fault lies, as Shakespeare reminds us, not in the stars, not in the government, but in themselves, in the emptiness and desolation of their own hearts, in their alienation from the Lord, in their lack of faith. Your forefathers and you yourselves know all about faith. Brigham Young said, “We have faith, we live by faith, we came to these mountains by faith.”

And today, more than munitions, more than markets, more than gold and silver, what America needs is faith—your kind of faith. And as I fly away from here tomorrow looking back into this valley, looking down into those canyons and across those rugged ridges that are now aflame with their autumn colors, I shall be blessing you good people and thinking that I and the rest of the nation and all the rest of the world owe you an unmeetable obligation, more than we can ever repay.

For you keep us believing in America and in the American dream. You put our longings and highest hopes into music, you give us music to match your mountains, you give us the soaring of the voice of the heart, you give us the loving voice of the Lord. And for all this and much more, you are indeed beloved.

And in you the Lord must indeed be well pleased.

God bless you and keep you, until we meet again.

President Kimball in Mexico

More than 12,000 members of the Church and their investigator friends filled the National Auditorium in Mexico City to hear President Spencer W. Kimball on December 14.

The price of admission for each member was a nonmember friend.

While in Mexico the president spoke to the missionaries of the Mexico Veracruz Mission and the Mexico Mexico City Mission and dedicated the meetinghouse at Puebla.

He was accompanied by Sister Kimball and Elder D. Arthur Haycock, his personal secretary.

New Director at Temple Square Visitors Center

Keith E. Garner, recently released Regional Representative of the Council of the Twelve, has been called to serve as director of the Temple Square Visitors Center.

Brother Garner, formerly of Menlo Park, California, succeeded T. C. Jacobsen, director, and associate directors Junius Jackson, LeGrand P. Backman, and Macoy A. McMurray.

Brother Garner will direct the activities of more than 260 volunteer guides on Temple Square as they share the gospel and the story of the historic Square with more than two million visitors a year.

The number of visitors to Temple Square has almost doubled since 1965.

The new director is a former president of the Hong Kong Mission (formerly the Southern Far East Mission.)

Latter-day Saint Indians Excel

Two graduates of Brigham Young University have recently been named to responsible positions in the Bureau of Indian Affairs in Washington, D.C.

They are Martin Seneca, Jr., a Seneca Indian from New York, and Ronald L. Esquerra, a Chemehuevi from the Colorado River Indian Reservation.

Dr. Seneca has a master’s degree in public administration from BYU and a doctor of law degree from Harvard University. He has been named director of trust responsibilities for the BIA.

Mr. Esquerra, who was graduated from BYU in business management, has been appointed executive assistant to the BIA commissioner.

National Personnel President Is LDS

The managing director of the Church’s Personnel Department, Russell G. Williams, has been elected to serve as president of the American Society for Personnel Administration during 1976.

Brother Williams has previously served for three years as vice president of the society he will now lead. Members of the society include such major firms as General Electric, United Air Lines, Proctor and Gamble, and IBM.

LDS “Christmas Child” Viewed Nationally

“A Christmas Child,” a 30-minute television drama produced for the Church, was seen by millions of North Americans during the Christmas season. More than 200 television stations carried the show, often during prime time, with sponsors for the show approved by the Church. This sponsorship allowed the production to be shown during the evening hours to significantly larger audiences than usually watch television during the “public service” hours.

This drama is the story of an airline hostess who encounters the meaning of Christmas on an unscheduled layover in Salt Lake City on Christmas eve. She helps a lost boy find his parents, a search that takes her to Temple Square and to a concert by the Tabernacle Choir.

BYU Plays at Fiesta Bowl

President Spencer W. Kimball and Brigham Young University President Dallin H. Oaks were in Phoenix, Arizona, in late December for the BYU football team’s appearance in the Fiesta Bowl, the first post-season bowl appearance ever made by a football team from BYU.

Both participated in the Fiesta Bowl Parade, along with the BYU marching band and Church members from the Phoenix area who built a float. President Kimball, President Oaks, and BYU head football coach LaVell Edwards also addressed an alumni luncheon at Arizona State University at Tempe in connection with the festivities.

Also in attendance at the game were President N. Eldon Tanner of the First Presidency and Elder Howard W. Hunter of the Council of the Twelve.

The game between BYU and Oklahoma State University ended in defeat for BYU.

[photo] Richard P. Condie

[photo] Scene from “A Christmas Child,” television drama.