News of the Church

By Marvin K. Gardner


Elder James E. Faust

Of the Quorum of the Twelve
Elder James E. Faust

After the Saturday morning session when Elder James E. Faust was sustained a member of the Quorum of the Twelve, he was surrounded by Brethren who shook his hand and expressed their joy.

Responding with genuine warmth, Elder Faust still had one preeminent thought as he moved toward the area reserved for the wives of General Authorities: “Where’s my wife?” His wife, Ruth Wright, was receiving her own share of embraces and well-wishing. When they finally reached each other, they simply clung together for a moment of mute companionship that said more than words.

“My wife,” says Elder Faust, “is perfect. She’s been supporting, sustaining, constantly helpful. I’m quick to acknowledge that she’s part of me—the best part. I can’t love anyone in the world as I love her.”

Sister Faust’s support has been evident in his many Church callings, which have accompanied a very busy twenty-three years as a lawyer and participant in numerous civic projects. Those Church callings have included assignments as a bishop, stake high councilor, stake president, Regional Representative, Assistant to the Quorum of the Twelve, and a member of the Presidency of the First Quorum of the Seventy.

Before his new calling he was president of the Church’s International Mission, zone advisor for South America, executive director of the Church Curriculum Department, editor of the three monthly magazines, and vice-president and chairman of the executive committee of the Deseret News Publishing Company.

Asked to identify his most memorable Church calling he responds, “I’m grateful for all of the church experiences I’ve had and I’ve needed all of the training I have had. But I remember when President Harold B. Lee, then an apostle, came to my stake once to set our senior high councilor apart in a bishopric. He said, ‘I don’t know what’s up and what’s down in the Church. I think I did my best work as an M-Men advisor.’ I agree. I couldn’t single out any one office as being most important—except father.”

When he says “father,” he is including “our daughters-in-love and our sons-in-love” as well as their five children. Their children and their spouses are Jim and Sherry Faust, Janna and Doug Coombs, Marcus and Susan Faust, Lisa and Scott Smith, and Robert Faust.

Elder Faust was born in Delta, Utah, on 31 July 1920 to George A. and Amy Finlinson Faust. The family later moved to Salt Lake Valley where their father was an attorney and a district court judge.

Elder Faust lettered in both track and football in high school and ran the quarter-mile and the mile relays on his college team at the University of Utah. He served his mission in Brazil, then became an officer in the United States Air Force in 1942. He and his wife were married in the Salt Lake Temple during the war, and he graduated from the University of Utah’s law school in 1948.

As an active member of his profession, he was president of the Utah Bar Association in 1962–63, an advisor to the American Bar Journal, a member of the United States Supreme Court Judicial Nominating Committee for Utah, a member of the Utah State Legislature (1949–51), a member of President Kennedy’s Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights and Racial Unrest, and is currently serving as a member of Utah’s Constitutional Revision Commission and director of the state Friendshipping Force.

None of these experiences prepared him for the “sweet agony” of his call to the apostleship. “It can’t be fully explained; it can’t be understood; it can’t be fully comprehended. It’s different from any other experience I’ve had in the world. There was much agonizing and suffering, much sleeplessness and introspection. I felt so inadequate and so unimportant.

“And yet withal, there comes a sweet assurance and a comfort. And oh, the comfort in the love and the kindness of the Brethren. You can’t imagine anyone being more solicitous and kind and gracious than they were, especially President Kimball and President Tanner and President Romney. And there was great comfort in the ordination under the hands of President Kimball, his counselors, and the Twelve.”

He added, “I feel so grateful for the upraised hands of the congregation. They were sustaining me more than they knew. Their trust amazes me.”

Elder Faust reaffirmed the testimony he had borne of the Savior before that congregation. “The Doctrine and Covenants describes the spiritual gift of knowing, ‘by the Holy Ghost … that Jesus Christ is the Son of God, and that he was crucified for the sins of the world’ (D&C 42:15). I don’t claim to have understood fully all of the principles of the gospel—there’s much I still don’t understand. But I’ve always had a testimony. It’s been easy for me to believe. I don’t claim anything for myself; it is a gift. But I feel, with a deep sense of blessing, that I can say with the brother of Jared that I know, ‘nothing doubting.’

Elder W. Grant Bangerter

Of the Presidency of the First Quorum of the Seventy
Elder W. Grant Bangerter

Elder W. Grant Bangerter

Elder Wm. Grant Bangerter is a quiet man, soft spoken and deliberate. But it’s no accident that one of his most frequently used words is urgency.

“In the past four years, since I was called to be an assistant to the Twelve, I have had experiences that have made me understand the course that the gospel is taking,” he said. “I feel the great urgency of President Kimball and have participated, to some extent, in his vision of what the Lord wants done. I feel the urgency of getting the gospel news to the world.”

That urgency is particularly keen when it comes to Brazil, a country he feels “married to” because of his work there, first as a missionary from 1939–41, then as mission president from 1958–63, and most recently as Area Supervisor, his assignment as a member of the First Quorum of the Seventy, to which he was sustained 1 October 1976. “There must be millions of members in that country,” he said. “The Lord expects it and it can be done.”

He was called to the presidency of the First Quorum of the Seventy on “that busy Thursday afternoon” before general conference, when the other new General Authorities were called. “Early in the interview, President Kimball advised me that I had been selected to serve in the presidency since there would be a vacancy. I guess I’d describe my feelings as melting, humbling, overwhelmed.

“President Kimball was so warm and kind. He was very appreciative about our work in Brazil. He embraced me and recalled the many contacts we’d had in the past and made me feel very warm.”

Remembering his family’s reaction brought tears to his eyes momentarily. “My family expects greater things of me than I do. They all said they were not surprised. And my mother said that it had been made known to her a week ago that I would be receiving a new assignment.”

His family includes his ten brothers and sisters as well, all of whom are equally devoted to the Church. “My mother raised us all in the spirit of Hannah: to be whatever we could, but foremost to serve the Lord. When I was called to be a stake president at a young age, several of the General Authorities who knew my father, including Elder Lee and Elder Kimball complimented him on his ‘fine son.’ My father consistently replied, ‘I have five fine sons.’ And he does.”

Elder Bangerter’s ten children range in age from thirty-three to thirteen. Describing his wife Geraldine, Elder Bangerter said she has “for twenty-five years been worth at least three counselors” in all his assignments.

Elder Bangerter was born 8 June 1918 in Granger, Utah, to William Henry and Isabella Bawden Bangerter. Graduating from the University of Utah, he became a building contractor with a brother.

Elder Bangerter’s response to his call was typical of his lifelong attitude toward service: “I feel honored and humbled by this new responsibility, and very concerned about how I’ll perform.” Those who know him do not share that concern.

Elder F. Burton Howard

Of the First Quorum of the Seventy

Elder F. Burton Howard has filled a surprising number of positions in the Church—even Relief Society secretary. Since filling that position as a young missionary in Uruguay, he has directed choirs, taught classes and quorums, been a bishop and a stake president, and served as a special representative of the First Presidency, helping to establish the Church in Latin America. In October general conference he was called to give lifetime service as a member of the First Quorum of the Seventy.

A native of Logan, Utah, he has been practicing law since graduating from the University of Utah College of Law in 1959. He and his wife, the former Caroline Heise of Magna, Utah, were married after his first quarter in law school.

Elder and Sister F. Burton Howard

Elder and Sister F. Burton Howard

In 1962 he applied for a position with the Church Legal Department—and that job has greatly prepared him for his new calling, he says. For the last seventeen years he has worked with President Marion G. Romney, second counselor in the First Presidency, paving the way for Church growth in Latin America through political and legal negotiations.

During those years, he has seen the Church there more than double in size. “The hand of the Lord is apparent on the frontiers, where the Church is just getting started,” he says.

In addition, working with President Romney has been a process of continual growth and learning. “Brother Romney’s always teaching. I’ve never been with him when he didn’t teach me something very profound.”

This process began the first time the two men met, when President Romney interviewed Elder Howard for the position with the Church Legal Department. President Romney said the new attorney would need to know Spanish, and so he was going to give him a test. Elder Howard, with his mission and years of college Spanish behind him, felt he knew the language. So when President Romney asked him what mañana meant, the young attorney replied—somewhat patronizingly—that mañana means “tomorrow.” Elder Howard relates: “And he leaned across that desk and pointed his finger at me and said, ‘You’re wrong!’ I knew I could be wrong about a lot of things, but not about mañana. So I replied, ‘Well, what does it mean, then?’ President Romney smiled and said, ‘Young man, it means “not today.”’ He was trying to teach me patience.”

Such experiences, combined with a lifetime of service, have given Elder Howard a testimony of the gospel and the Savior. Because of his father’s government work, he lived in many different towns since his birth in 1933. Consequently, “the family and the Church became bigger factors in my life than they might have been had we been more stable. My parents were always able to say to me, ‘Mormons don’t do that.’” Living among both members and nonmembers of the Church, he feels “fortunate to have had insight into both lifestyles.”

His background and experience make him anxious now to bear a firm testimony of the gospel to the world.

Teddy E. Brewerton

Of the First Quorum of the Seventy

Elder Teddy E. Brewerton and his wife, Dorothy Hall Brewerton, are getting used to changing their plans.

Elder and Sister Teddy E. Brewerton

Elder and Sister Teddy E. Brewerton.

Twice they have planned trips abroad; twice they have independently decided that—for reasons they didn’t know at the time—they shouldn’t go. The first time, in 1962, when the Brewertons would have been attending a biochemistry conference in Austria, Elder Brewerton was called as bishop in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. This time the Brewertons cancelled a trip—planned for nearly two decades—to Latin America. At the time, they were unaware that Elder Brewerton would be called as a new member of the First Quorum of the Seventy at October general conference.

At the time of his calling as a General Authority, he had served over four years as a Regional Representative, with responsibility first in Oregon and Alaska and later in Calgary and Edmonton. He and Sister Brewerton are natives of Raymond, Alberta. He was born in 1925.

Between 1965 and 1968 he was the first president of what is now the Costa Rica San Jose Mission. He presided over missionary work in Costa Rica, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama, and Venezuela.

“It seemed like we lived on an airplane most of the time, because we had to be in every city and every country every six weeks,” he says. Despite the hindrances, missionary work progressed. Sister Brewerton improvised manuals and programs to teach coastal Indians who had no written language. Although the challenges were great, the couple was used to exercising their initiative.

“An individual has to do all that he can—use his own agency—and try,” Elder Brewerton says. A self-employed pharmacist who owns and operates a medical-center apothecary in Calgary, he learned years ago the value of studying varied interests—including the gospel.

When President Marion G. Romney set him apart for a mission to Uruguay in 1949, he instructed him to study the gospel systematically by subject. “And so I literally put it into practice, and I found it highly beneficial in preparing thoroughly and getting an individual testimony of many Church subjects.”

He applied the method to an institute class he taught at the University of Calgary, and it “opened our minds.” Scriptures the students had read hundreds of times finally became meaningful. Elder Brewerton applied the same learning concept to his avocations—which include political theories, archaeology, and pharmaceutical chemistry.

That instruction from President Romney was not the only help they received from him. While the Brewertons were in Costa Rica, Sister Brewerton became pregnant with their fifth child. Doctors told them it was inadvisable to have more. However, after a priesthood blessing from President Romney, Sister Brewerton gave birth to a fifth child. And four years later, to a sixth.

Now, the Brewertons and their children are making plans again—to help Elder Brewerton fulfill his lifetime call as a General Authority of the Church.

Elder Jack H. Goaslind, Jr.

Of the First Quorum of the Seventy

Elder and Sister Jack H. Goaslind, Jr., love working with young people. They’ve done it all their lives.

Elder and Sister Jack H. Goaslind, Jr.

Elder and Sister Jack H. Goaslind, Jr.

When Elder Goaslind was bishop, the young men in the ward decided to hike the steep trail of Mt. Timpanogos, just north of Provo, Utah. But one boy’s physical capacities didn’t match his exuberant desires: Skipper Howard was confined to a wheelchair. Wanting Skipper to share the adventure with his friends, Bishop Goaslind, his counselor, Lynn Pinegar, and the other boys pushed him in his wheelchair every step of the way.

“I have a great love for the youth,” says Elder Goaslind. He has expressed that love by serving youth in many Church capacities.

As stake president, he had the special responsibility of supervising the Salt Lake Valley young adults and special interests when that program was just being initiated. That experience prepared him to serve as counselor in the general presidency of the APMIA (now the Young Men organization.)

Through these assignments, the Goaslinds have worked with many choice young people. But they’re quick to explain that to them the most important group of youth is their children: Pat, her husband Bryan Glaittli, and their son Greg; David, recently returned from the England London South Mission; Mark, currently serving in the Italy Padova Mission; Elizabeth, Richard, and Diane.

Born in Salt Lake City on 18 April 1928 to Jack H. and Anita Jane Jack Goaslind, Elder Goaslind has always felt close to his father. They served simultaneously as bishops and stake presidents, and worked for many years together in business.

An avid skier since grade school, Elder Goaslind decided at nineteen to go on a mission, turning down an invitation to train for the Olympics. He has continued to enjoy the sport, however. “But I don’t think he’ll be getting a new set of skis this year,” quips Sister Goaslind.

Instead of buying new skis, the new member of the First Quorum of the Seventy says he plans to get a good pair of track shoes. Why?

“To keep up with President Kimball,” he says. “I just hope I can run that fast!

“President Kimball has blessed my life by extending a call from the Lord for me to serve my fellowmen in new and exciting ways,” he continues. “I am humbly grateful.”

Emeritus Members of the First Quorum of the Seventy

“Out of consideration for the personal well-being of the individuals, and with deep appreciation for their devoted service,” the First Presidency announced on Saturday, September 30, the creation of a “new emeritus status” to be given “from time to time to designated members of the General Authorities.”

Sustained in this status were seven General Authorities whose names and influence have been felt throughout the length and breadth of the Church for a combined total of 125 years of service.

Hands were raised high in an emotional outpouring of love and affection for these brethren, in grateful appreciation by members present for their many years of inspired impact on the lives of millions of members throughout the world.

  1. Elder Sterling W. Sill, age 75, after 24.5 years of service as a General Authority. He was called 6 April 1954.

  2. Elder Henry D. Taylor, age 74, after 20.5 years of service. He was called 6 April 1958.

  3. Elder James A. Cullimore, age 72, after 12.5 years of service. He was called 6 April 1966.

  4. Elder Joseph Anderson, age 88, after 8.5 years of service. He was called 6 April 1970.

  5. Elder William H. Bennett, age 67, after 8.5 years of service. He was called 6 April 1970.

  6. Elder John H. Vandenberg, age 73, after 17 years of service. He was called 30 September 1961.

  7. Elder S. Dilworth Young, age 81, after 33.5 years of service. He was called 6 April 1945.

The seven brethren will continue as members of the First Quorum of the Seventy, participating in important First Quorum of the Seventy meetings and activities.

Report of the Seminar for Regional Representatives

Issuing a prophetic call for the sound of the gospel to be heard around the globe, President Spencer W. Kimball opened the seminar for Regional Representatives on Friday, September 29.

Twenty-two new Regional Representatives—bringing the total to 184—were introduced to the large crowd consisting of the First Presidency, the Council of the Twelve, other General Authorities, the Regional Representatives, and other Church leaders.

Before beginning his address, President Kimball made two announcements:

“The First Presidency and Council of the Twelve have determined that there is no scriptural prohibition against sisters offering prayers in sacrament meetings. It was therefore decided that it is permissible for sisters to offer prayers in any meetings they attend, including sacrament meetings, Sunday School meetings, and stake conferences. Relief Society visiting teachers may offer prayers in homes that they enter in fulfilling visiting teaching assignments.”

President Kimball also announced that wives of Church leaders should wear dresses, not pantsuits, while accompanying their husbands on Church assignments.

Giving specific instructions on genealogy and the care of the needy and the elderly, President Kimball encouraged leaders to “tend the flock,” and challenged them to be more aware of people’s needs and to render help in the Lord’s way. “I do not worry about members of the Church being unresponsive when they learn of the needy as much as I worry about our being unaware of such needs. … Please, priesthood leaders, do not get so busy trying to manage Church programs that you forget about basic duties in what the Apostle James described as ‘pure religion, undefiled’ (James 1:27).”

He admonished leaders to be constant—constant in well doing, constant in affirming the truthfulness of the gospel, constant in affirming “the reality of the presence of living prophets who are among us in this dispensation even when others doubt and even when others mock.”

Contrasting the percentage of young men ordained to offices in the Aaronic Priesthood with the number eligible, President Kimball expressed concern that so many young boys aren’t baptized and, consequently, aren’t ordained when they become of age. He asked that the Church increase the total number of missionaries Churchwide to at least fifty percent of the eligible young men nineteen to twenty-six years of age, thus doubling the missionary force and more than doubling the number of baptisms.

President Kimball indicated that the Spirit of the Lord is preparing people in Africa, China, India, Saudi Arabia, the Soviet Union, and other Asian and European nations for the gospel, and that although “we must move carefully and cautiously” as we take the gospel to the uttermost parts of the earth, “we must move!”

Reminding leaders that nothing is too hard for the Lord, President Kimball nevertheless urged Church members to do their part. How many of us can preach the gospel in Mandarin Chinese, in Hindi, in Arabic, for example? he asked. “When we are ready,” he declared, “the Lord will use us for his purposes.”

After President Kimball’s sermon, several other General Authorities and Church leaders addressed the Regional Representatives.

Elder Gordon B. Hinckley of the Council of the Twelve instructed leaders that while Church members should work as citizens to improve their communities and the country, the Church as an institution is not to be used as a political vehicle—except on certain moral issues specifically designated as such by the First Presidency.

He cautioned leaders not to allow Church facilities, local or general directories, or Church stationery to be used for campaign purposes, and said that political candidates should be asked to refrain from capitalizing on the Church membership of voters. “When you act in your role as citizens, which you are strongly encouraged to do,” he said, “please do so as citizens and not as Church officials.”

Turning to the 1980 sesquicentennial celebration of the Church, Elder Hinckley indicated that under the direction of President Kimball, plans are going forward for appropriate commemorative activities. The General Church Activity Committee is preparing helpful suggestions for local units, but great flexibility will encourage local activity and creativity. “This can be an occasion for rejoicing,” he said, “for uplifting productions involving music, drama, and all of the affiliated arts, … a time of thanksgiving to the Lord, a time for the building of faith.”

President Marion G. Romney of the First Presidency reviewed with the Regional Representatives some basic principles of Church Welfare: We should all live by our own labors; families should sustain each other; and the Church will help care for members who have insufficient individual and family resources. “The accepted practice of expecting the government to supply us with the necessities of life, … if fully adopted, will change any country from a land of freedom to a land of slavery,” he said.

The Church cares for the needy by means of fast offerings and welfare projects. Reading from Isaiah 58:3–12, [Isa. 58:3–12] President Romney reviewed the spiritual and temporal blessings which come by obeying the law of the fast. Turning to the Book of Mormon, he illustrated the fact that “the very efficacy of one’s prayers turns upon his liberality in caring for the poor.” (See Alma 34:28–29.) Finally, from the Doctrine and Covenants he taught that while the Lord has made us stewards over the earth, he has also given us agency; if we accept his blessings, we should contribute our share for the poor. (See D&C 104:13–18.)

President Kimball then arose and endorsed President Romney’s remarks, challenging the leaders to understand the basic welfare principles, to apply them in their own lives and in their regions, and to seek a spiritual confirmation.

President Ezra Taft Benson spoke, expressing the concern of the First Presidency and the Twelve about excessive time and financial demands placed upon Church members.

“We must be more sensitive about pulling parents out of the home and away from their children to attend meetings,” he said. “Early youth is the optimum time to teach children—when Satan has no influence on them [see D&C 29:45–48], but when a parent’s influence should be especially great. As leaders, we have a responsibility to protect the time of parents so they are not too frequently called out of the home at this crucial period in the lives of their precious children. …

“We are also concerned about the cost of some of the unduly expanded and extravagant activities sponsored by some stake and local units,” he continued, explaining that in making that statement, he was “not referring to missionary work or needed buildings.”

He then asked the leaders to examine their programs to see how they could reduce time and financial burdens. “By careful, inspired planning, we believe this can be done without sacrificing the great work we all love. … The Church’s aim is to strengthen—not weaken—the home,” he said. “Would you please give this important matter priority attention.”

The following new Regional Representatives were introduced at the seminar:

Karl Ricks Anderson of Lyndhurst, Ohio; Alva D. Blackburn of Reedley, California; Helio da Rocha Camargo of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Sherman M. Crump of Salt Lake City; Julio Enrique Davila of Bogota, Colombia; Arthur W. Elrey, Jr., of Tucson, Arizona; Robert B. Harbertson of Bountiful, Utah; Conrad Valoi Hatch of Cedar City, Utah; James Paul Jensen of Ramstein Air Base, Germany; Hitoshi Kashikura of Fujisawa, Japan; Jose Lombardi of Sao Paulo, Brazil; Abraham Lozano from Mexico; Andrew O. McArthur of St. George, Utah; Veigh J. Nielson of Bartlesville, Oklahoma; Saul Messias Oliveira of Sao Paulo, Brazil; Kenneth M. Palmer of Auckland, New Zealand; Guillermo Mario Perotti of Lima, Peru; Ralph Pulman of Merthyr Tydfil, South Wales; Ralph G. Rodgers, Jr., of Salt Lake City; Hugo Nestor Salvioli of Buenos Aires, Argentina; Del Alvin Talley, Sr., of La Plata, New Mexico; and Horacio Antonio Tenorio of Bosques de Echegaray, Mexico.

President Kimball reviews the need for more missionaries in the Regional Representatives Seminar.

Mormon Youth Symphony and Chorus—Getting Older and Better

The Mormon Youth Symphony and Chorus attracts more fans in more places with each succeeding year.

This coming January, after a nationally televised Christmas show, this group of 350 young Latter-day Saint musicians will mark its tenth year. As 1979 begins, the musicians will have taped two new specials—one with singer Burl Ives to be aired on public television in spring 1979 and one scheduled for Christmas 1979. A previously produced Christmas show, “Sing We Noel,” will be aired nationally this December on public television.

The choir also will be featured this December in “Christmas on Temple Square” performances December 20 and 21 in the Salt Lake Tabernacle. A spring concert is planned for March, and the group will record a new album for release in 1979.

These activities come on the heels of a successful concert tour through the Los Angeles, California, area that included performances at the Hollywood Bowl and Disneyland. Elder Paul H. Dunn of the First Quorum of the Seventy appeared with the musicians in the Hollywood Bowl concert, “You and Your World,” named after the weekly radio series that features Elder Dunn and the Mormon Youth Symphony and Chorus. That tour was the group’s first outside of Utah. The Hollywood Bowl performance was part of a six-day tour through the Los Angeles area that included two performances at Disneyland and a three-stake fireside in the North Hollywood Stake area.

Elder Ferrin L. Christiansen, Regional Representative and chairman for special activities in the southern California regions, called the Hollywood Bowl performance “electrifying.”

“We estimate that one of every six in the audience was an investigator brought by local Church members,” he said. “We wanted a missionary experience that would be culturally rewarding for nonmembers. A concert of this caliber was particularly appropriate for that audience. It was a great aesthetic experience in a comfortable, nonreligious setting.”

The Hollywood Bowl and Disneyland performances brought standing ovations for the groups, whose members are between eighteen and thirty years old. Disneyland officials told Robert Bowden, the groups’ director, that Disneyland crowds usually give good applause, but not standing ovations. The audience shouted for more after the Hollywood Bowl performance.

“Here is a very unique group, compared to the other musical organizations of the world,” Brother Bowden said. “I get letters asking me how we maintain our grooming standards, how the musicians do what they do without being paid. I tell them it’s just the principles of the Church coming through. I say, if they’ll look at most people in the Church, they’ll find this is the way they are.

“More than once, professional musicians, not members of the Church, have come to a concert, heard us play, and said that we play as accurately as any group they’ve heard, but that there’s something else—more feeling. It’s the spirit of the group working. When you’ve got the Spirit of the Lord with you, and you’re doing what you’re supposed to be doing, it comes through.”

Members of the Salt Lake City-based groups travel at their own expense. In the five years that Brother Bowden has directed them, they have increased their performance schedule from five concerts a year to the current twenty, in addition to the weekly radio broadcasts.

A nonmember in Denver recently wrote her response (typical of many others) to the broadcast and televised concerts. She said that she was in her kitchen working when she heard the groups performing on television. She went into another room to watch the show, while her dinner waited an hour and a half. “She said she knew it had to be the Mormons, because of the perfection in it,” Brother Bowden said.

“I feel that the groups are one of the great missionary tools that the Church has. You can say a lot with music that you can’t say with words. You can affect people’s feelings. This moves people to think about things that lead to their conversion.”

Mormon Youth Symphony and Chorus tape television special with singer Burl Ives in the Utah mountains, near Sundance. A Christmas program previously produced by the group will also be shown on United States television.

Missionary Training Changes

The Language Training Mission has a new name and a new assignment.

The Church’s missionary training facility in Provo, Utah, will continue to train missionaries assigned to non-English-speaking countries. But since October 26 it is also being used to train missionaries assigned to English-speaking countries.

To reflect the changes, the name of the complex has been changed to Missionary Training Center.

The Salt Lake Missionary Home, used since 1971 for orientation of missionaries assigned to English-speaking countries, will no longer be used.

Missionaries assigned to non-English-speaking countries have an eight-week training period at the Provo facility. Missionaries assigned to English-speaking countries, who formerly spent five days at the Salt Lake Missionary Home, now will stay four weeks at the Missionary Training Center. The longer period will provide more extensive orientation and preparation. The Salt Lake facility is not large enough to accommodate missionaries for the extended time, Church officials say.

J. Martell Bird, president of the Salt Lake Missionary Home, is being honorably released, as are his counselors, Clifton I. Johnson and Spencer H. Osborne. President Max L. Pinegar continues to preside at the Provo facility. His counselors are Paul E. Felt and Gary L. Bunker.

LDS Scene

Fifty full-time missionaries in Nicaragua were withdrawn from the country in September as violence broke out between government and insurgent forces. Thirty-seven of the missionaries were withdrawn by September 15, and the remaining thirteen were out of the country by September 20. They went to Tegucigalpa, Honduras, for reassignment within the Costa Rica San Jose Mission, which includes Nicaragua, Panama, Honduras, and Costa Rica.

The missionaries remaining after September 15 were instructed to remain in their apartments, and efforts were made to contact them by amateur radio and through the Red Cross. Some missionaries were evacuated with the assistance of Peace Corps volunteers.

Two new mission presidents and a new temple presidency have been announced by the First Presidency. Harold Wilcken Pratt, Jr., of Tacoma, Washington, has been called to preside over the Texas San Antonio Mission. He succeeds Elder Vaughn J. Featherstone of the First Quorum of the Seventy, who has directed the mission since 1976.

Albert V. Stirling of Salt Lake City will preside over the New Zealand Wellington Mission, succeeding Rudolph H. Luckau, who died in July shortly after beginning his mission assignment.

Wendell G. Eames of Silver Spring, Maryland, has been called as president of the Washington, D.C., Temple. His counselors are Byron F. Dixon of Arlington, Virginia, and Clyde Elmer Black of Kensington, Maryland. President Eames’ wife, Nedra Cole Eames, will serve as temple matron. President Eames succeeds Edward E. Drury, Jr., of Kensington, who had served for five years.

The 650 residents of Stirling, Alberta, Canada—eighty percent of them members of the Church—were forced to evacuate their homes September 11 when five butane-loaded railway cars derailed nearby. Residents of the pioneer Mormon community received food and shelter at the Raymond Alberta Stake Center and returned to their homes the next day.

The First Presidency has again sent a message of condolence to millions of Catholics mourning over the recent death of a pope. After serving as pope only thirty-four days, Pope John Paul I died September 28. The First Presidency message said:

“We share the worldwide shock at the sudden passage of Pope John Paul I and express our heartfelt sorrow to all who looked to him for spiritual leadership. In the brief days of his papacy, and during his long service to his church, he radiated exemplary warmth and goodness which are sorely needed everywhere and will be deeply missed.”

Telegrams invoking the blessings of God on peace negotiations were sent to Israeli, Egyptian, and United States leaders early in September by the First Presidency. Messages sent to United States President Jimmy Carter, Egyptian President Anwar Sadat, and Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin as they negotiated at Camp David, Maryland, said:

“We join you in asking our people and men and women of all faiths to join in prayers that divine wisdom guide your deliberations and decisions.” The leaders reached an agreement September 17.

Twenty-seven Saints and friends met in August for a Polish conference of the Church. Conducting the conference at Szczecin, Poland, were President Fryderyk Czerwinski and his counselors, S. Borsczow and R. Rochmankoski. Elder Matthew Ciembronowicz represented the International Mission. Presiding was Elder James E. Faust of the Presidency of the First Quorum of the Seventy, now a member of the Quorum of the Twelve.

Members of the Church who wish to have their Polish relatives learn about the Church may have them contact President Czerwinski, U1. Rosenbergow 31, 71-030 Szczecin, Poland. Phone 71-030.

Two educational films produced by Brigham Young University at Provo, Utah, have received awards for excellence. Honored at the September 1978 Information Film Producers of America conference at Vail, Colorado, were “The Mailbox” and “The Write Move,” which received first and second-place awards, respectively.

Applications are open until December 1 for the sixth annual Commissioner’s Research Fellowship. Latter-day Saint scholars both within and outside the Church Educational System may apply, says Jeffrey R. Holland, Church commissioner of education. Focus of the fellowship usually is in the social sciences, humanities, and fine arts, since these research areas are less easily funded from other sources. Priorities go to research which would be applicable to Church programs and to the Church Educational System.

Although research fellowships are normally for one academic year, they may be extended if justified by the study. Scholars working outside the Church Educational System should apply directly to the Commissioner’s Research Fellowship, Church Educational System, 50 East North Temple Street, 9th Floor, Salt Lake City, Utah 84150. Other applicants should apply through the president of their Church Educational System institution.

Applications should describe the project’s scope, proposed budget, expected completion time, and justification, and the scholar’s qualifications.

Latter-day Saints seem to be good mothers—if Mother-of-the-Year contests are any indication. Three Latter-day Saint women are among contestants for the 1978 Mother of the Year; a Utah woman is in competition for Young Mother of the Year; and a Nevada woman has been named Outstanding Young Mother for Nevada.

The three Mother-of-the-Year contestants are Genevieve Asay Smith of Henderson, Nevada; Ruth Hammond Barrus of Sugar City, Idaho; and Margaret Church Callister of Delta, Utah. Michele Moulton Meservy of Orem, Utah, is a contestant for 1978 Young Mother of the Year. Penny Smith Taylor, daughter of Genevieve A. Smith, mentioned above, has been named Nevada’s Outstanding Young Mother of the Year.

You might say that LaMar Terry lets his light shine. The lighting designer for the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Brother Terry has illuminated some famous sites. He designed lighting for the Statue of Liberty for the United States Bicentennial, Independence Hall, the Tower of Light at the World’s Fair, the interior of the Washington Temple, Henry Kissinger’s office at the White House, and numerous museums.

Right now he is working on a Christmas creche display for the East Room of the White House. He and his wife, opera singer Evelyn Russell, and their daughter, are members of the Rego Park Ward, Plainview New York Stake. Brother Terry’s son also is letting his light shine—as a missionary in the Washington Seattle Mission.

This five-story stake center in Kowloon, Hong Kong, may not look like most stake centers; but it has the same functions. The building houses Church facilities for the Hong Kong Stake, which includes Kowloon, the island of Hong Kong, and part of the Tsan Wan territories. The top two floors of the building, reached by an elevator, include cultural hall and kitchen facilities. The chapel is on the third floor, along with classrooms and offices for the stake presidency and bishoprics. On the second floor are classrooms and multipurpose rooms. Parking and more classrooms are on the ground floor. Much of the interior is in teakwood. Members of the Church have been using the building for about one year.