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New Temple Designs Combine Beauty, Efficiency

The First Presidency has announced that the latest generation of temples, to be constructed in ten locations worldwide, will be single-story buildings with high capacity for temple work.

“The new plan is smaller, more efficient, and much more economical to build and operate,” said Elder W. Grant Bangerter, Executive Director of the Temple Department.

The new temple plans include one version with an annual capacity for 195,000 endowments, and a smaller version with a 90,000 potential. Interiors of the steep-roofed, six-spired temples will include four ordinance rooms, three sealing rooms, a celestial room, a baptistry, and offices for the president, matron, and recorder. Endowment sessions will begin every thirty-five minutes, with the larger building accommodating fifty patrons per session, the smaller version seating twenty-three.

The larger temples will be built in Dallas, Texas; Chicago, Illinois; and Frankfurt, Germany. Smaller ones will be located in Buenos Aires, Argentina; Guatemala City, Guatemala; Johannesburg, South Africa; Lima, Peru; Manila, Philippines; Seoul, Korea; and Stockholm, Sweden. Construction will require approximately one and a half years, according to Allen B. Erekson, architect.

Derek F. Metcalfe, managing director of administration of the Temple Department, described the temples as beautifully designed, with furnishings as fine as those in any other temple. “The interiors will include such things as beveled-glass fixtures, bronze trimmings, indirect lighting, colored glass, mirrors, and appropriate works of art,” he said.

Revisions of plans for other temples have also been announced by the First Presidency. Affected will be temples planned or under construction in Atlanta, Georgia; Nuku‘alofa, Tonga; Apia, Western Samoa; Sydney, Australia; Santiago, Chile; and Papeete, Tahiti. The revisions include a tower on each temple, with a ten-foot-high statue of the Angel Moroni atop the Atlanta Temple.

The new temples, according to Church architect Emil B. Fetzer, will be decorated in soft whites, blues, and purples, with antique white furnishings. Mirrors will give their interiors a feeling of airiness and roominess. “Each temple,” he said, “will have a very fine celestial room, with cathedral glass on the end walls, and a beautiful chandelier in the center of the room. It will be worthy to be the crowning point of the temple.”

Reflecting on the future of temples and temple work, Brother Metcalfe recalled President Spencer W. Kimball’s 1980 announcement of temples to be erected worldwide. “He said then that this was the commencement of the fulfillment of prophecies made by President Brigham Young that there would be hundreds, possibly thousands, of temples scattered throughout the earth. President Kimball indicated that this was the beginning of a program of taking the temples to the people. That is the significance of the temple building now—to make them more available to Saints throughout the world.”

[illustration] Single-story, six-spired temples will require about a year and a half to build.

[illustration] Angel Moroni statue will stand atop tower of Atlanta, Georgia, temple.

[illustration] Papeete Tahiti Temple, modified for Tahiti by Temples and Special Projects Architectural Division; Allen B. Erekson, manager.

[illustration] Single tower completes design of temples to be built in Nuku‘alofa, Tonga; Apia, Western Samoa; and Sydney, Australia.

[illustration] Temple in Santiago, Chile, will have two ordinance rooms.

March Events Will Honor Women

“A Tribute to Women: The Legacy—Remembered and Renewed” is the theme of this month’s series of events sponsored by the combined Primary, Relief Society, and Young Women organizations of the Church. The presentations, planned from March 15 through early April, will highlight the challenges and opportunities of womanhood.

In a joint statement announcing the Tribute to Women events, Primary President Dwan J. Young, Relief Society President Barbara B. Smith, and Young Women President Elaine A. Cannon described the planned activities. “Some of the presentations will be reminders from history of the role and scope of women’s influence in the past; some will deal with women of the present and with their contributions to many different aspects of life; and some will explore new opportunities and options. All will be grounded in the teachings of Jesus Christ and his message that we are all, men and women alike, God’s eternal creations. Our opportunities for growth are limitless. The responsibility for achieving growth is our own.”

Events scheduled will include the following.

Sacrament meeting. “A Legacy of Latter-day Saint Women—A Testimony of Jesus Christ” will be the theme of Churchwide sacrament services during March, preferably March 21. Congregations will honor and be addressed by a Primary girl, a young woman, and the Relief Society president.

General Women’s Program. A general meeting for all women of the Church twelve years of age and over will be held on Saturday, March 27, at 6:00 P.M. in the Salt Lake Tabernacle. The meeting will include choral presentations, filmed visual segments, messages from General Authorities, and responses from general presidents of the Primary, the Relief Society, and the Young Women. It will be broadcast live by a Utah television station and carried by satellite transmission to those stake centers in the United Sates that have receiving units in place by that date. Videotapes of the meeting will be provided (in English only) to each region of the Church so that all sisters will be able to participate in the meeting at their convenience.

Legacy Lectures. A series of invitational lectures will feature the perspectives of Latter-day Saint women who have excelled in their homes, in their communities, in academic studies, or in professional careers. Lectures will be presented daily from March 15 to March 19 in the Relief Society Building at 12:10, 4:30, and 7:00 P.M. Similar lecture series maybe presented in stakes and regions throughout the Church.

Relief Society open house. On March 17, the 140th birthday anniversary of the Relief Society, that organization’s general presidency and board will receive visitors in the Relief Society Building between 10:30 A.M. and 3:00 P.M. Lectures, demonstrations, prizewinning songs, and birthday cake will be shared with Latter-day Saint women and their friends. Descendants of former Relief Society presidents will also be honored on this occasion.

Legacy Concerts. Performances by Latter-day Saint women of outstanding artistic achievement will be given in five major cities. Concerts are scheduled for Salt Lake’s Symphony Hall, Royce Hall in Los Angeles, Constitution Hall in Washington, D.C., the Oakland California Stake Center, and the Performing Arts Center of the University of Texas at Dallas. After the initial concerts, similar cultural evenings may be organized on a stake or regional basis.

A Legacy Fine Arts Exhibit will also be presented in Salt Lake City beginning March 17 and will feature the works of Latter-day Saint women artists who have achieved expertise in their chosen medium of art. The exhibit will be shown at the Salt Lake Arts Center on March 17 and in the Relief Society Building March 19 through April 5.

Women’s History Symposium. “Young Women of Mormondom” will be the subject of a women’s history symposium held on March 25 from 10:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M. at Brigham Young University.

In conjunction with its birthday anniversary, the Relief Society has announced completion of restoration work on the Sarah M. Kimball home in Nauvoo, Illinois. It was in this home that a group of women met on March 11, 1842, to organize a ladies’ society to further the work of the Church. The restoration will serve as a place where the story of the Relief Society may be told.

[photo] Left to right: Primary President Dwan J. Young, Relief Society President Barbara B. Smith, Young Women President Elaine A. Cannon. The three auxiliaries jointly sponsor “Tribute to Women.” (Photography by Eldon K. Linschoten.)

Missionary Planning/Reporting Forms Are Now Standardized

In order to simplify and improve missionary goal-setting and reporting, the Church has standardized a new Missionary Weekly Planner/Weekly Record of Proselyting Results, as well as a new Missionary Weekly Report. All full-time missionaries will use this system, which replaces the Missionary Report to the Full-time or Stake Mission President and any other reports or forms developed by individual missions.

The Missionary Weekly Planner/Weekly Record of Proselyting Results can be folded and carried in the missionary’s shirt or coat pocket. The missionary can then refer to the planner and record the results of his proselyting. He will include a summary of this proselyting record in the Missionary Weekly Report to the mission president.

The new reporting system offers a number of advantages to mission presidents and missionaries:

1. Uniformity. The system provides uniform terminology for referring to proselyting results; it also allows standardized training at Missionary Training Centers.

2. Conversion and retention oriented. Missionaries are encouraged to increase the size of their teaching pool, to work toward a greater number of discussions resulting in return appointments or baptism, and to support member involvement in missionary activity. The system also encourages missionaries to ensure that converts have attended sacrament meetings and have completed the standard discussions.

3. Simplicity. The mission president receives accurate summary information regarding each missionary’s proselyting efforts.

4. Reliability. Information on the standardized form can be measured accurately.

5. Economy. The forms are available to full-time missions without charge from the Salt Lake City Distribution Center. (Copies of the forms in non-English languages will be available as soon as they are translated and printed.)

Stake missions may also find the new system useful in improving goal-setting and reporting among stake missionaries and in their work with the full-time missionaries. Forms may be ordered by stake missions through the Salt Lake City Distribution Center at a nominal cost.

[illustration] Missionary Weekly Planner on one side, Weekly Record of Proselyting Results on the other. Missionaries use this form to record proselyting goals, indicate results. Missionary Weekly Report keeps mission president informed on each missionary’s proselyting activities, time use, personal expenses.

Policies and Announcements

First Presidency Counsels against Racial Prejudice, Religious Intolerance, Terrorism, and Crime. As 1981 drew to its close, the First Presidency issued the following statement from Church headquarters in Salt Lake City:

“In the dawn of this New Year, we earnestly desire the well-being of humanity. We implore all people, whoever and wherever they are, to banish hate from their lives, to fill their hearts with charity, patience, long-suffering, and forgiveness.

“As a matter of doctrine and practice, leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints have consistently counseled members of the Church to observe the constitutional law of the land in which they live and to refuse all association with organizations that would deprive citizens of their civil and religious rights.

“We deplore the efforts of organizations and individuals that foster racial prejudice, feed upon religious intolerance, and resort to terrorism, crime, and violent interference with private conduct and public activity.

“Peace, order, and dignity cannot long survive in society when hatred, intolerance, and suspicion motivate human behavior.

“We reaffirm that all may enjoy perfect contentment and peace by following the footsteps of Jesus Christ, who said, ‘I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.’ (John 8:12.)”

Counseling with Local Leaders. In a letter dated 20 November 1981, the First Presidency advised Church members concerning the role of local leadership in personal counseling. Members were also cautioned against placing undue burdens upon the Brethren:

“We continue to receive numerous telephone calls and letters at the general headquarters of the Church about intimate personal matters involving Church members. This has caused us to ask again that you advise the members of your respective units that they should contact their local leaders about these matters. These local leaders are, by reason of their ordinations and setting apart, entitled to a heavenly endowment of the discernment and inspiration necessary to enable them to give the advice that one in trouble needs. If a bishop or branch president needs assistance, he may go to the stake or mission president, who may, in turn, seek counsel from his Regional Representative or Executive Administrator. We, therefore, urge all members who have problems or questions that trouble them to consult their bishops or branch presidents freely and fully and receive from them the assistance they need. It is also noted that occasionally members of the Church make specific requests of the Church President, his counselors, or other General Authorities. These include requests for personal letters of commendation for some specific achievement (Eagle Scout, graduations, etc.), favorite recipes, autographs for scriptures, cancelled postage stamps from foreign countries, and manuscripts sent to a General Authority for his endorsement or review. Sometimes seminary and auxiliary teachers encourage students to write to General Authorities with questions or requests. Such requests place an undue burden on the Brethren and should not be made.”

Temple Garment for Military Personnel. The First Presidency has approved a crew-neck top for the two-piece temple garment for men serving in the military forces. This top meets military requirements to wear crew-neck T-shirts. The new top is 100 percent cotton. It is available through the Beehive Clothing distribution center only and may be purchased in person or by mail order as a special order item at Beehive Clothing, 1665 Bennett Road, P.O. Box 27287, Salt Lake City, Utah 84127. The cost is $2.65 each, plus shipping charges if ordered by mail.

At present these tops will be sold only to members serving in the military forces, including active duty, reserve, and National Guard components, due to limited quantities available. Certification of military status by the person’s military commander, bishop, LDS chaplain, group leader, or other military or Church official will serve as proof of military status when ordering the temple garment for military personnel.

As soon as production permits, the top will be available in all Beehive Clothing distribution centers for all members.

The following items appeared in the Bulletin for January 1982.

Motion Picture Films on Video Cassette. Selected motion picture films (English only) have been grouped on one-half inch VHS and Beta video cassettes that Church units and members in the United States can buy at $40.00 per cassette from the Salt Lake City Distribution Center. (The VHS format will be used in the Church satellite system.)

  • Videocassette 1

  • (VVVH0012) VHS format

  • (VVVB0010) Beta format

  • Christ in America

  • Ancient Writing and the Book of Mormon

  • Ancient America Speaks

  • The Lost Manuscript

  • The Three Witnesses

  • Videocassette 2

  • (VVVH0023) VHS format

  • (VVVB0021) Beta format

  • Where Jesus Walked

  • The First Vision

  • Man’s Search for Happiness

  • In This Holy Place

  • This Is My Glory

  • Windows of Heaven

  • Videocassette 3

  • (VVVH0034) VHS format

  • (VVVB0032) Beta format

  • Go Ye into All the World

  • Strengthening the Home

  • Johnny Lingo

  • Are You Listening?

  • Love at Home

  • Videocassette 4

  • (VVVH0045) VHS format

  • (VVVB0043) Beta format

  • What about Thad?

  • Worthy to Stand

  • When Thou Art Converted

  • Pioneers in Petticoats

Deseret Recipes. The Relief Society and the Welfare Services Department have produced a basic recipe book, Deseret Recipes, for welfare recipients. Bishops can order it using a Bishop’s Order. In addition, anyone may purchase Deseret Recipes (PSWE076A, $3.00 each) from the Salt Lake Distribution Center. Relief Society leaders may use this book to teach those on limited budgets how to plan and prepare well-balanced meals.

Visiting Teachers. Visiting teachers should report their visits monthly to the president by way of the visiting teaching supervisors or the Visiting Teaching and Compassionate Service leader. They will receive training in communication skills in the fifth Sunday Compassionate Service lesson and make a personal oral report to the Relief Society president at least twice a year. The visiting teaching preparation meeting is no longer held.

Keeping Pace

Primary Publishes Helps for Sharing Time.

Sharing time has become an important part of Sunday Primary. Conducted by the Primary presidency, sharing time is a thirty-minute period during which children participate in inspirational presentations, singing time, and other appropriate activities designed to help children learn to live gospel principles.

This month, The Primary Sharing Time Resource Manual will be available through the Salt Lake City Distribution Center. The manual offers guidelines, suggestions, and examples of suitable sharing-time presentations.

The manual, prepared in loose-leaf form for easy insertion of additional resource materials, is divided into two sections. The first part discusses teaching techniques designed to help the teacher develop individualized presentations; the second section presents specific ideas for sharing-time activities. The ideas can be used as outlined or adapted to fit the size of the Primary and the children’s cultural background and ages.

Pageants Scheduled Worldwide

The 1982 schedule of Church pageants has been announced. Their locations, titles, and dates follow.

Mesa, Arizona: “Jesus the Christ,” April 6–9, on the temple grounds near the visitors’ center.

Independence, Missouri: “Families Are Forever,” June 17–19, behind the Independence Visitors’ Center.

Oakland, California: “And It Came to Pass,” July 20–24, 27–31, at the Interstake Center on Temple Hill.

Manti, Utah: “Mormon Miracle,” July 8–10, 13–17, on Temple Hill.

Palmyra, New York: “America’s Witness for Christ,” July 23–24, 27–31, at the Hill Cumorah.

Nauvoo, Illinois: “City of Joseph,” August 10–14, near the visitors’ center.

Calgary, Alberta, Canada: “Nativity Pageant,” December 18–27, at Heritage Park.

A pageant has also been planned for Idaho Falls, Idaho, with details to be announced at a later date.

The oldest of the pageants is the Hill Cumorah Pageant in Palmyra, which will be in its forty-sixth year in 1982. Some 110,000 persons attended its seven performances in 1981. The Mesa pageant, attended by 48,000 in 1981, will be in its forty-fifth year. Manti’s pageant, now in its seventeenth year, draws the largest crowds; 125,000 people attended its eight performances last year.

While many who attend the pageants are members of the Church, most performances draw large numbers of nonmembers.