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    Elder Hugh W. Pinnock

    Of the First Quorum of the Seventy
    Elder and Sister Hugh W. Pinnock

    “Home teaching is fun, not drudgery,” says the man who once made seventeen home teaching visits in one month. “It can be such a friendly interchange between people—not just sitting down and talking about the gospel, though that has to happen once a month. But when a fence needs repairing, the home teachers should be there helping—and that’s rewarding for both parties. Any worthy exchange is good.”

    And Elder Hugh W. Pinnock, sustained in October general conference as a new member of the First Quorum of the Seventy, should know about home teaching. Not only has he been a home teacher for years—“and loved every family”—but also he has served as chairman of the general priesthood subcommittee on home teaching and family home evening.

    “If the family you’re home teaching knows you care, then good things happen,” Elder Pinnock says—from experience. In fact, caring about people seems to be a keynote in his life. As an insurance executive, he built his agency from one of the smallest in Utah sixteen years ago (“Eighteen people turned down the agency before I took it,” he remembers, laughing) to one of the largest in the intermountain area—all by caring about people.

    “I must admit, I love business. I enjoy being in the life insurance profession.” He looks at business as serving other people. “You can’t separate the gospel or the Church from the rest of your life. If you love serving people in the ward, you’ll love serving people in your work, whatever it is.” And success in any field comes from following gospel principles. “When I speak before audiences—Latter-day Saints or not—I stress one thing: All the laws of success come from the scriptures. There are no principles of success outside the scriptures.”

    It all depends, of course, on how you define success. Elder Pinnock has a simple definition—but it works. “Decide what you want to do and then excel at it.” Not competition, but love and service are the keys to the kind of success that brings happiness.

    Important as his work in Church and business has been, however, family has come first. As president of a foundation, he was required to preside over a banquet—on the same night that three of his sons were performing in a stake track meet. He thought it over and decided that somebody could easily substitute for him at the banquet, important as it was, but nobody could possibly substitute for him as a father. He went to the track meet.

    He has given a great deal of attention to his family, and so has his wife, Anne Hawkins Pinnock. “We’ve found that we’re never so busy we have to ignore our children,” Sister Pinnock says. “We just include them.” That means that when, as ward Relief Society president, Sister Pinnock bakes something special for another family, she bakes the same thing for her own!

    It means that when Elder Pinnock, as a former Regional Representative, went on trips, he often took one of his children along. “They sit on the back bench a lot, but the travel itself is fun. And there’s a lot of private time together.”

    It means that six children all feel like important individuals.

    In fact, it seems that Elder Pinnock’s private life has been a laboratory for his work on the home teaching and family home evening subcommittee. “We want the Saints to know that family home evening is for everyone, not just for families with little children. Everyone: older people, young couples without children, single people, families with teenagers, and so on.” And he lives the principles of family closeness. For years they have taken the time to escape—just father, mother, and their children—whenever they can. To an old farm home in Idaho. Or hunting or fishing together. Or someplace they can be alone.

    Born in 1934 in Salt Lake City, Elder Pinnock grew up with the Church as a central part of his life—his mother, Sister Florence B. Pinnock, was on the general board of the YWMIA for more than thirty years, and his father has been an example of honest, peaceful living.

    While a missionary in Denver, Colorado, in the mid-fifties, Elder Pinnock met the Hawkins family—and upon returning home, he began dating and eventually married their daughter Anne.

    In the Church, he has served as a bishop, a mission president, a Regional Representative, and a member of several Church committees. That Church service has been paralleled by business and community service: besides working for the growth of his own company, he has also served as a member of the board of education of Granite School District; state chairman of the University of Utah Alumni Association; executive vice-president of Ballet West; and president of the Deseret Foundation Board of the LDS Hospital in Salt Lake City.

    Wherever he has been, Elder Pinnock has cared about people—and as he himself has said, “When they know you care, good things happen.”

    Elder F. Enzio Busche

    Of the First Quorum of the Seventy
    Elder and Sister F. Enzio Busche

    President Kimball was in West Berlin. He had just returned from Poland, and at 8:00 P.M. he spoke to the Saints in the Berlin Germany Stake. For an hour, Elder F. Enzio Busche, then the Regional Representative for the seven German stakes, translated for the prophet as he spoke.

    At 10:00 the meeting ended. “Everyone was inspired—but tired,” Elder Busche recalled. “There were some light refreshments—but even before we were through with them, President Kimball said, ‘Well, Brother Busche, why don’t we go to the stake president’s office?’”

    They sat in the office together, and President Kimball asked Elder Busche if he would be willing to serve as one of the General Authorities.

    When asked later how he felt about the calling at the time, Elder Busche responded, “I think the Lord helps by not giving you the full understanding at the time. If you really understood all that it meant, you wouldn’t be able to respond.”

    But after a long pause of shock Elder Busche did respond. “I can’t see an honest way to escape,” he said.

    “Can you put that in a positive way?” President Kimball asked.

    And he did, for putting things positively seems to come easily for Elder Busche. In fact, it has long been one of the rules in his family, and something he has particularly stressed in his past teaching as Regional Representative in Germany.

    “We have a few dos and don’ts in our family. One of them is to try never to speak bad of others. Speaking bad of people builds up an evil spirit in the home, and it’s hard to overcome it. Also, the use of low or vulgar language of any kind we always took note of so we could overcome it.

    “Another rule is that we try not to argue,” he went on. “Successfully avoiding argument has the good result of setting the right priorities in the home. The atmosphere of protection, help, and true love must supersede all other desires. And daily earnest study of the scriptures and humble prayer are the prerequisites.” Brother Busche believes, however, that there is nothing unique in the way he and his wife have raised their family. “We have always learned from the good example of other people.”

    Elder Busche feels very happy about the positive development that the Church has made in the past few years in Germany. The most important concern, he says, “is not so much that the members do not know the program or do not have the best desires to serve—for they do. But just as important are little things like the manner of behavior and questions of style, which must be improved: extending a heartfelt welcome to other members of the Church; learning to ask people for forgiveness successfully; calling people to repentance without offending; refraining from judging or condemning other people.

    “To bridge the gap between knowledge and actions is the goal of the leaders in Germany.” And everywhere else, too!

    Born 5 April 1930 in Dortmund, Germany, in the heart of the industrial center of that nation, Elder Busche grew up during years of tumult, depression, and then the rise of strong nationalistic feeling before World War II. At the age of fourteen, he was drafted into the German army as part of the last reserve. Living as he did in one of the most heavily bombed parts of Germany, he was already familiar with devastation and starvation. Though he was a soldier, he is very thankful that “I was never forced to hurt or kill anyone.” When the war ended, his father gradually built up the business he had started in 1922, a publishing firm which Elder Busche has continued to build into a company with several partnerships and wholly owned subsidiaries.

    His father, Fritz Busche, who died in 1964, “was one of the greatest men I can imagine, besides the General Authorities,” says Elder Busche, and his strong love for the family he was born into continues with his own family today.

    Elder Busche first learned about the Church in 1956, and after his baptism in 1958, he received his first calling, as branch clerk. Soon he became elders quorum president—with responsibility for all the elders in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia, one of the most densely populated states in West Germany.

    Since then, he has served as Dortmund Branch president, Ruhr District president, and as a counselor to two mission presidents, culminating in his call as Regional Representative in Germany since December 1970. During his service as Regional Representative, three German-speaking stakes have become seven.

    Throughout all his work, with the Church and with his publishing company, he has received support from his wife, Jutta. In fact, she has been a part of his life since they met in childhood! Elder Busche clearly remembers their meeting. He was seven years old, and had built a cathedral out of wooden blocks. His father, proud of his son’s work, closed off the living room so that the younger children couldn’t knock it down.

    “Then Mrs. Baum, an old friend of my mother’s, came to call—bringing her two-year-old daughter Jutta. The living room was opened, and the little girl went straight to my building and—crash.” Enzio’s mother was upset. “What will the boy say?” she asked.

    But when seven-year-old Enzio stood in the doorway and surveyed the damage, he only said, “It’s OK, it’s OK. It doesn’t matter.”

    “I was in love with my wife from the very beginning,” he says. They were married in 1955, and soon afterward began the saga of Church service and devoted love for family and friends that has brought Elder F. Enzio Busche to his present calling.

    In Europe, where nations and language groups rub shoulders, Elder Busche has seen that the gospel transcends such differences. “In the Swiss Temple we meet with many different languages, many different nationalities. But the Spirit is the same. The Spirit knows no boundaries.”

    Elder Yoshihiko Kikuchi

    Of the First Quorum of the Seventy
    Elder and Sister Yoshihiko Kikuchi

    When the Paul W. Buys family of West Bountiful, Utah, had the opportunity to support a Japanese missionary almost twenty years ago, it meant sacrifices; but those sacrifices seemed insignificant when on October 1, 1977, they raised their hands to sustain that missionary as a member of the First Quorum of the Seventy.

    Elder Yoshihiko Kikuchi is the first native-born Japanese to be sustained a General Authority; his colleague, Elder Adney Y. Komatsu, is Hawaiian, born of Japanese parents. At thirty-six, he is among the youngest of the General Authorities. Elder George P. Lee is thirty-four; Elder Gene R. Cook is also thirty-six.

    Elder Kikuchi was born in Horoizumi, Hokkaido, Japan. His father was killed in World War II and his mother raised the four children alone. At age fourteen, Elder Kikuchi was going to night school and rising at 4:00 A.M. to make tofu (bean-curd), a staple of the Japanese diet. He fell ill from overwork and was recuperating at his uncle’s house in Muroran when two missionaries knocked at the door. A month later he was baptized and almost simultaneously met Toshiko Koshiya, who had joined the Church after two years of study. “As soon as I saw her, I felt that she would be my wife,” he said. Sister Kikuchi, laughing, said she had not felt the same way and, in fact, sent him a “Dear John” on his mission. They were married within two weeks of his return and are the parents of three daughters and one son. Sister Kikuchi is spiritual living leader in the Tokyo Third Ward; Elder Kikuchi has been stake president. Both show the kind of devotion that has led the Japanese Saints to raise 124 percent of their temple allotment funds in the last year and a half.

    Their first intimation of the great change that was to come into their lives was a call from Elder Komatsu saying that President Kimball’s personal secretary had made three unsuccessful attempts to get in touch with Elder Kikuchi. When Elder Kikuchi made contact, President Kimball said simply, “Can you come to conference? I’d like to see you.”

    That began a spiral of frustrations—trying to renew visas and passports across the barriers of a national holiday and a weekend; wrapping up loose ends at business; Sunday’s ward conference, missionary meeting, and stake business; traffic jams on the way to the airport; and missed connections. For the first time in her life, Sister Kikuchi lost her purse. For the first time in his, Elder Kikuchi missed a plane. They arrived in Salt Lake feeling miserable, thinking “we were the first people to miss an appointment with the First Presidency.”

    President Kimball’s kindly questions the next day about work, the family, the stake, and the flight did not decrease their nervousness. “And then when he said, ‘Brother and Sister Kikuchi, the Lord wants Brother Kikuchi to become one of our General Authorities,’ the tears came and we could not stop.”

    In all of the questions and speculations that must have crossed their minds since that first phone call, had this possibility been one? “No,” said Elder Kikuchi simply. “Never. Not ever.” They met the other members of the First Presidency, still feeling that the whole thing was “unreal.”

    He shared some important parts of his testimony. “When I was a missionary eighteen years ago, Elder Hinckley, who was supervising the Asia area, came to a meeting. Afterwards we had a testimony meeting. It was all in English since I was the only Japanese missionary, and I didn’t understand any of what was being said, not even when Elder Hinckley said that he wanted me to bear my testimony. My companion had to explain.

    “So I stood up and began my testimony in Japanese. Within a few seconds, I was speaking English. I don’t know what I said. I only remember the feeling I was trying to communicate. Afterwards, Elder Hinckley spoke. I could not understand him, but he gave me a blessing—that if I were humble enough and stayed close to the Lord, my name should be known in that part of the Lord’s vineyard in a good cause, in building up the kingdom. My companion copied down as much as he could for me and it has been a special blessing to me, a special blessing for me.”

    He bore a fervent testimony of President Kimball and told of seeing him during a visit to Japan, quietly take a metal folding chair and have the stake presidency sit in the padded chairs. “So humble, so loving,” said Elder Kikuchi. “I felt then that I knew what the disciples must have felt when Jesus washed their feet. I understood that was how we must run the Church in Japan—by example. And so many things since. When I was made stake president I got an envelope—not the Church letterhead but just SWK in the corner. In it the prophet said, ‘I just found out you were made stake president. Why didn’t you let me know?’ And when my brother-in-law was sick, I sent his name to the temple. In a few days, here comes another envelope, SWK. He says, ‘The temple president just told me yesterday that your brother-in-law is very ill. I’m so very sorry. I am praying for him.’ Think of it. The kindnesses he gives to us, so tiny and small. My wife and I could not stop our tears. You understand that President Kimball is really something special for us.”

    A Report on the Seminar for Regional Representatives

    Culture, Activation, Missionary Work Stressed

    “When I was a missionary of nineteen years of age in Missouri,” President Spencer W. Kimball recounted in the Regional Representatives Seminar, “we had reported 2,000-plus missionaries in all the world. We often got a little discouraged. We took the population of the earth, perhaps two or three or four billion, and then divided it by the 2,000 missionaries, and then divided that by the number of converts we were making in St. Louis, Missouri. It was quite discouraging.”

    But President Kimball reminded 158 Regional Representatives in the opening address on Friday, September 30, that today, besides the 25,000 missionaries now in the field, we also have millions of members—all of whom are potential missionaries. “Won’t it be wonderful and pleasing to the Lord,” he said, “when we have three or four or more million missionaries devoting much time and prayer to this missionary work: perhaps as many as forty or fifty thousand young full-time missionaries, and perhaps three or four million or more adults, youth, and children spreading the word in and from every country in the world!”

    And then he reminded the Regional Representatives, “We covenanted to do it!”

    Every general conference in recent years has been preceded by a gathering of Regional Representatives. This most recent seminar, conducted by President Ezra Taft Benson of the Council of the Twelve, stressed to the Regional Representatives the importance of missionary work; the urgency of activating currently inactive members, including locating members who have moved away; the need for cultural arts and recreation in the Church; the great value of seminaries and institutes; and the need for Regional Representatives to carry forth the word to the stakes within their regions.

    Emphasis on Activation

    “The cycles of inactivity and indifference are recurring cycles from fathers and mothers to sons and daughters. We must now break that cycle,” said President Kimball in his opening remarks, expanding on his “Lengthening Our Stride” speech given in October 1974. Several other speakers quoted that statement—and went on to stress particular areas where more work needs to be done.

    Elder Gordon B. Hinckley, who spoke for the Priesthood Executive Committee of the Twelve, said, “There is a need for a united, sustained, greatly increased effort by priesthood and auxiliary leaders to bring into full fellowship and activity those whom we describe as ‘inactive.’”

    One important task is to “track” members who have moved away from the last ward or branch without leaving word as to where their records should be sent.

    Another responsibility rests on every member of the Church: helping members who want to become active feel like they belong back in the fold. As Elder Marvin J. Ashton of the Council of the Twelve pointed out, “For an individual to return from inactivity to full gospel fellowship, two objectives must be met:

    “1. Doctrinal Conversion—A sound understanding and testimony of gospel doctrine which leads to obedience and service.

    “2. Social Transition—Adjusting from the social environment of the world to feeling comfortable in the social environment of the Church.”

    Though all members of the Church need to take part in helping inactive members make those transitions, particular responsibility rests on the home teacher. Fellowshipping means more than a greeting and a handshake. It means becoming a genuine friend to the member who is becoming active. Unless he and his family find new friends in the Church, loneliness may make it harder for them to break away from their old way of life outside the Church!

    “Brethren,” said President Kimball, “we already have the tools. We must build bridges to those who for one reason or another have become indifferent and inactive, and we must see that those who are now participating do not become disillusioned or disaffected. They must not go unfulfilled in their desire to find fellowship, and to serve.”

    Elder Gordon B. Hinckley suggested five basic principles of member activation:

    Responsibility for activation rests with (1) the individual, (2) family members, and (3) the Church.

    The focus is on families, with care to meet special needs of individuals, including single members, those living away from home or in military service, and those whose families include nonmembers of the Church.

    Love is the basic ingredient and fundamental motive for successful activation. Spiritual guidance is likewise essential. When these are present, very few program instructions are needed.

    Activation is accomplished within existing Church organizations, without new programs, utilizing Aaronic and Melchizedek Priesthood and auxiliary organizations. A thorough understanding and effective application of existing programs and principles is essential.

    There must be a united, sustained, greatly increased member activation effort.

    Elder Marion D. Hanks of the Presidency of the First Quorum of the Seventy spoke about the need to keep the youth of the Church active. He told the story of a dedicated Laurel adviser from an eastern state of the U.S. who went to Salt Lake City on a visit. While there, she wrote a note to each of her girls and mailed it off. The note said, “Today I touched the wall of the temple for you.”

    One of her students later told Elder Hanks that when she got that note, it filled her with a resolve. “Someday,” she said, “I’ll touch it myself, and remember that sister.”

    Too often, said Elder Marvin J. Ashton of the Council of the Twelve, we tend to look at wayward or inactive youth and “label, classify, and ignore.” It’s not enough to write down the young person’s flaws and weaknesses, his reasons for being inactive. Instead, Elder Ashton said, “Identify—and understand.” Find out what the young person is interested in, and then try to satisfy that interest within the Church.

    “President J. Reuben Clark, Jr., said, ‘The youth of the Church are hungry for things of the Spirit,’” President Spencer W. Kimball emphasized. “‘They’re eager to learn the gospel and they want to go straight and have an undiluted, orderly life in the gospel and the Church. Our youth are not children, spiritually—they are well on toward the normal spiritual maturity of the world.’” And, as speaker after speaker emphasized, a young Saint who learns to love the gospel in childhood and teens will generally be an active member of the Church in adulthood.

    Activities Committees

    The recent organization of the Churchwide Activities Committee (see Ensign, August 1977, p. 73) signals an increased emphasis on both cultural arts and physical fitness in the Church. Each stake and ward activities committee will include a chairman (a high councilor, on the stake level), a cultural arts specialist, and a physical activities specialist. Smaller units, or units with challenges of adequate leadership or travel, may choose to have only one or two members serve on these committees.

    The local activities committees have several responsibilities, among them the task of encouraging opportunities for cultivating skills and talents of the Saints and, when requested, to coordinate, develop, and implement cultural arts and physical activities that cross organizational lines.

    Stake and Ward Activities Committee(click to view larger)

    Stake and Ward Activities Committee

    In addition, the cultural arts specialist oversees the work of specialists in music, art, speech, drama, dance, and literature, while the physical activities specialist encourages physical fitness and family recreation, while supervising the work of the athletic director, who is solely concerned with competitive sports.

    Why the new emphasis on cultural arts? Besides the obvious need of all Saints to continue to use and improve their talents, cultural arts can help the whole Church program. The chairman of the activities committee in every ward sits on the ward correlation council, where he or she can receive appropriate assignments. Inactive ward members with special abilities or interests can be drawn into activities where their talents can benefit others—and keep them involved in Church activity. And priesthood quorum leaders and auxiliary heads can call on the activities committee as a resource for their own activities, as well as for cross-organizational events. (See the accompanying chart of sample ward activities.)

    Sample Ward Activities

    The following calendar is only a sample of the type of activities that may be assigned to the activities committee. The only activities listed are those that cross organizational lines. Each ward must assess its own needs and then create a calendar in harmony with those needs. This calendar would then be incorporated into a general ward activity calendar according to the preceding checklist before being presented to the ward correlation council.






    Limited (No more than one activity per season)

    Spring sing or Ward track meet

    Neighborhood fellowshipping or Square dance

    Nature hike or Readers’ theatre

    Ward family dance or Winter sports festival

    Moderate (No more than two activities per season)

    Ward or family kite fly or Musical play or drama or Movie making

    Outdoor songfest or Historical sites tour and picnic or Frisbee golf tournament

    Vaudeville acts or Art exhibit or Family orienteering outing

    Christmas play or Christmas pageant or Fitness seminar

    Extensive (Three or more activities per season)

    Lecture series or Puppet show or Handicraft show or Bike rally or Ward stroll or Musical play or drama

    Carnival or Ward reunion or Ice cream social or Big fish contest or Summer outing/ camping and fireside

    Crafts fair and instruction or Ward tournament—chess, checkers, arm wrestling, darts, horseshoes, or Progressive dinner on bikes or Speech festival

    New Year’s Eve activity or Ward jog-a-thon or Two-on-two basketball tournament or Hard times party and program or Photo exhibit

    Athletic competition on the multiregional level is being reorganized. A map accompanying this article shows how multiregional competition in the United States and Canada is being brought into line with the new Churchwide system of zones and areas.

    Zone and Multiregion Athletic Boundaries

    Zone and Multiregion Athletic Boundaries


    “Why do we have prophets?” asked Deputy Commissioner of Education Henry B. Eyring. “Why do we need to be baptized?”

    A dozen or so seminary students from Salt Lake Valley scrambled through their scriptures. Only seconds passed after each question before they were giving references and summaries of key scriptures.

    And then Deputy Commissioner Eyring tossed the ball to the watching Regional Representatives. Just prior to the meeting several of them had been asked to spring questions on the seminary students. “Why is there only one true church—don’t all churches teach you to live the way God wants?” asked one.

    “Why is it necessary to pay tithing?” asked another. And a third challenged them to prove that one needs to go on a mission.

    In every case, the young people showed not only a familiarity with the scriptures, but also the ability to use the standard works to answer serious questions.

    Just a demonstration of exceptional students? Not at all. What the representatives saw was the result of five-day-a-week instruction in released time seminary, the most effective seminary system. However, released time is only available where the Saints are a large proportion of the population. Other types of seminary are early morning seminary, available where there are enough Saints living close together that students can be gathered for an hour a day of religious instruction before school starts; and home study seminary, where students are too widely scattered for daily classroom seminaries.

    With these three programs, seminary is available right now for all youth in all areas where the Church is established.

    But as Associate Commissioner of Education Joe J. Christensen pointed out, all three programs have a nearly equal number of potential students. However, actual enrollment varies widely. While 82 percent of the potential students for released-time seminary are enrolled, only 56 percent of the potential students for early morning seminary attend the classes—and home study only enrolls 41 percent of its potential.

    Does it make a difference?

    It’s hard to argue with the fact that 88 percent of today’s full-time missionaries are former seminary students. And a much higher proportion of temple marriages occurs among seminary graduates.

    As President Spencer W. Kimball pointed out in a filmstrip shown to the Regional Representatives, we want Latter-day Saint young people to achieve the eventual goal of eternal life. And what leads to eternal life? Nothing seems quite so important as eternal marriage—temple marriage. And what seems to lead to temple marriage? More than any other factor, it seems to be a full-time mission.

    And what leads to a full-time mission? Again, many factors—but one of the most significant is seminary and institute.

    President Kimball also pointed out in his opening address to the Regional Representatives that young Latter-day Saint women had a serious obligation to prepare themselves by learning from the scriptures and acquiring their own understanding of the gospel.

    Seminary can provide young Latter-day Saints with a firm foundation in the gospel, like the young people who demonstrated their knowledge of the scriptures so splendidly that afterward President Ezra Taft Benson of the Council of the Twelve commented, “I’m glad I’m in the same Church as these young people. Otherwise, I might be afraid to meet them!”

    Missionary Work

    “Total convert baptisms since January 1973: 388,514.

    “Increase in world nonmember population since January 1973: almost 240 million people.

    “To help you visualize the significance of these numbers,” continued Elder Carlos E. Asay of the First Quorum of the Seventy and executive director of the Church Missionary Department, “let’s compare the nonmember population of the world to a reservoir one hundred feet deep. Our goal is to convert the world—and thus to drain empty this reservoir of nonmembers.

    “Using this comparison, the number of converts in the past four years represents a drop in the level of the reservoir of one-eighth of an inch, an almost imperceptible change; while at the same time, the rivers and the streams of humanity have increased the level of the reservoir by over six feet!”

    No wonder President Kimball reemphasized the need for every young man to be worthy to serve a mission—and then to serve it.

    The work is immense, and every Latter-day Saint must take part in it, President Kimball urged in his opening remarks at the seminar. Another important part of the missionary work is preparing young men to serve full-time missions for the Church. These young men and a few young women, said the prophet, should have “the understanding that it is not a two-year mission, but an eternal mission, and that all their mortal lives, including their spiritual lives after their demise, they will continue to preach the gospel.”

    Whose responsibility is the preparation of missionaries? “Parents have the primary responsibility for preparing their sons to serve full-time missions,” the Regional Representatives were told, and President Kimball said, “Let me … say to every mother that her ambition should be that her newborn son will develop in cleanliness and worthiness to become part of the ranks to teach the gospel to the physical world and later to the spirit world, and then let every mother and father spend much of their time and efforts in training that lad to fill his mission.”

    What kind of preparation is needed? The Regional Representatives were reminded of seven areas:

    Spiritual. Every young man should have a testimony; should know how to pray; should know what it means to teach by the Spirit; and should desire to serve the Lord on a mission—for the right reasons.

    Moral. The ideally prepared missionary obeys all the commandments, and has already confessed and repented of his sins. In President Kimball’s words, he “must experience the peace of repentance and forgiveness and then proclaim that peace to the world.” (Ensign, June 1975, p. 6.)

    Intellectual. Young men should read all the standard works, with particular attention to the Book of Mormon and the Joseph Smith story; and, prepared with basic study and memorization skills, the missionary will be able to quickly learn even more in the mission field.

    Social. Not only does the ideally prepared young man know how to interact well with other people, express his emotions properly, and maintain a correct appearance, but also he understands that other people’s beliefs, customs, and culture are different from his—and he is sensitive to and tolerant of those differences.

    Emotional. Young men should feel loved and should have the ability to love others. The ideally prepared missionary is self-confident and self-aware, knowing his own strengths and weaknesses; self-reliant, so he can function independently; self-disciplined, so he can work to accomplish his goals.

    Physical. The ideally prepared missionary is physically fit—and has taken care of any health problems before he reports for his mission.

    Financial. Before going on his mission, a young man ought to know how to manage his own money, and should have acquired habits of frugality. He should also earn at least a portion of his mission fund through his own employment.

    “There are now more than 213,000” Aaronic Priesthood holders, President Kimball pointed out in his opening remarks. “This group is the reservoir for the future missionaries of the Church. The degree to which they are kept active and growing and developing” will have a profound effect on the missionary work of the Church.

    Many other ideas and instructions were given to the 158 Regional Representatives of the Twelve in the four-hour morning meeting. During the afternoon, individual meetings were held, each Area Supervisor meeting with the Regional Representatives who serve in his area, following which all the Regional Representatives met again in the auditorium of the Church Office Building for a session on leadership development.

    The effects of the Regional Representatives Seminar are not confined, however, to those attending the meetings. Through the Regional Representatives, the ideas and instructions given by the Brethren are passed on to the stake presidents and bishops in every part of the worldwide Church—and from them to every Latter-day Saint.

    “The Church of God,” President Kimball said in his opening address, “will go forth boldly, nobly, and independently until it has penetrated every continent, visited every clime, swept every country, and sounded in every ear; until the purposes of God shall be accomplished and the great Jehovah shall say, ‘The work is done.’”

    Athletic competion in the United States and Canada has been realigned to follow Churchwide zone and area boundaries. Different colors show zones; solid lines show areas; and dotted lines show boundaries for multiregion athletic competion.

    The First Presidency and Council of the Twelve, singing the opening hymn at the Regional Representatives Seminar on Friday morning.

    New Insides for a Grand Old Building

    The heating and air conditioning were often on the blink; the old wiring system was constantly overloading and throwing breakers; the plumbing dated from the turn of the century! It was time to remodel the Church Administration Building.

    And so in July 1975, the General Authorities moved into the towering Church Office Building while the workmen remodeled and renovated the decades-old building at 47 East South Temple Street.

    Two years later, in September 1977, enough of the building was finished that the First Presidency, the Council of the Twelve, and most of the First Quorum of the Seventy could move in.

    The next few pages show both modern improvements and historical details of the Church Administration Building.

    recently remodeled Church Administration Building

    The recently remodeled Church Administration Building still has the same imposing granite face as always.

    recently remodeled Church Administration Building

    Just beyond the foyer, wrought-iron doors open onto the atrium, where native Utah marble pillars rise two stories to a carved ceiling. The electric lights give a skylight effect.

    recently remodeled Church Administration Building

    The Office of President N. Eldon Tanner, First Counselor in the First Presidency, is paneled with walnut. Four clocks on the shelf behind the desk show the time in each of the four time zones in the United States.

    recently remodeled Church Administration Building

    The delicate hand carving on the wall panels in the First Presidency’s Conference Room was executed on hardwood imported from Russia just before the revolution of 1917.

    recently remodeled Church Administration Building

    The limestone fireplace in the First Presidency’s Conference Room is topped by one of the many original paintings by early Latter-day Saint artist John Hafen displayed in the building.

    recently remodeled Church Administration Building

    The bronze wall sconces in the First Presidency’s Conference Room were installed when the building was first constructed.

    recently remodeled Church Administration Building

    One of the newly remodeled General Authority offices, with a view across the plaza to the Church Office Building. Wood paneling throughout the offices is either walnut or cherry.

    recently remodeled Church Administration Building

    A full view of the First Presidency’s Conference Room. From meetings with the Council of the Twelve at the long table, the First Presidency can turn to the small table in the foreground in order to meet together as a presidency.

    recently remodeled Church Administration Building

    A new feature is the lunchroom in the basement of the Church Administration Building, supplied from the Lion House cafeteria.

    recently remodeled Church Administration Building

    This original stairway leading from the foyer to the second floor is made of Utah marble quarried from Spanish Fork Canyon. The original quarry was exhausted years ago, and the marble is now irreplaceable. Elevators supplement the stairs in this five-story building.

    All photographs by Lonnie Lonczyna and Marilyn Erd

    Other meetings are held in the large Board Room, still being remodeled at conference time. An auditorium on the third floor has been removed, since the many meeting rooms and the auditorium in the Church Office Building made it unnecessary.