Manti Temple Rededicated
Almighty and Eternal Father, Creator of heaven and earth and all that they contain, thou who art the God and Father of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, and of the spirits of all living; to thee, thy believing children here present bring our offering, and beseech thee to grant thy listening ear while we dedicate this temple unto thy most holy name.”
Those were the words of Lorenzo Snow, then a member of the Council of the Twelve, when he publicly dedicated the Manti Temple on 21 May 1888. And those were the words, prepared under the direction of President Spencer W. Kimball, which were given by President Gordon B. Hinckley, Second Counselor in the First Presidency, as he began the dedicatory prayer at the first session of the rededication services for the Manti Temple on June 14.
“Almost a century has passed since this temple was first used,” President Hinckley said in his prayer. “We thank thee for the great and marvelous work done here during those years.” He expressed gratitude for the impact of the Manti Temple on Saints who performed ordinances there while living, as well as on “great concourses beyond the veil.
“Now, after these many years, this house has been renovated and restored. With great care, its former beauty, so carefully crafted by its original builders, has been brought back.” He asked that the spiritual purposes of its restoration might be fulfilled. “Cause thy Holy Spirit to enter and pervade all its rooms and facilities. Sanctify it that all who are present today, and all who will enter it through the years to come, may feel the presence of thy spirit and recognize that they are in holy precincts.”
In remarks before the dedicatory prayer, President Hinckley had called on his wife, Marjorie, to recount the experiences of her grandfather, a carpenter on the temple, who died at the age of twenty-four as a result of a hernia sustained while lifting the huge east temple doors into place. Sister Hinckley noted that her grandmother lived as a widow for sixty-two years, secure in the knowledge that she would one day be reunited eternally with her husband.
“I have been in the world’s great buildings,” President Hinckley commented, “and in none of these have I had the feeling I get in coming to these pioneer houses of God.”
In the last of the nine dedicatory services, on June 16, President Hinckley commented further: “This building was not constructed to be a work of art or a museum piece, but to accommodate the work and purposes of the Lord. These services have been a memorial, a celebration, and a new beginning.”
The dedicatory services did indeed mark a new beginning for the 97-year-old temple. Temple recorder John Henrie Nielson noted that 19,786 members attended the nine services. Most came from the twenty-seven stakes of the Manti Temple District, which extends throughout Central Utah and into the Durango, Colorado, area.
Those attending the session on June 14 heard President Hinckley announce that Wilbur W. Cox and his wife, Leonora, who have served as temple president and matron since 1978, will be retained in that capacity “a while longer.” President Cox has been in charge of overseeing the temple renovation.
Three new marriage sealing rooms, new dressing rooms, a children’s nursery area, and offices have been added to the temple. Other changes have included the installation of completely new air conditioning, heating, and plumbing systems; construction of apartments for temple workers; improvements on the access roads to the temple; refurbishing and recarpeting of the interior; and extensive renovation of the baptistry, including cutting of a new outside door to accommodate young people coming to do baptisms for the dead.
There are new wall coverings, drapes, and furnishings (in the design popular at the time of the temple’s construction), and many new lighting fixtures. Historic murals have been cleaned and lighted to their best advantage. A swatch of the original carpeting from the temple’s celestial room was located in a Manti home and sent to England, where special milling processes reproduced the colors and floral design of the original carpet.
Members of the temple district had an opportunity to help in the refurbishing. Sixty-four sisters from the stakes in Manti and nearby Ephraim spent a year working needlepoint upholstery for furnishings in one of the sealing rooms. Their work covered an altar and thirty chairs with designs in Persian yarn. There was “love, care, and pride sewn into each article,” commented Helen Dyreng, Manti Stake Relief Society president.
The care that went into the temple restoration was evident to the 40,308 visitors who toured the temple during the public open house June 6–8. They saw the ordinance rooms, sealing rooms, baptistry, priesthood assembly room on the upper floor, and even the two free-standing circular staircases designed by pioneer builder William Asper. President Hinckley referred to the staircases, built without a supporting center post and winding from the top of the temple to the bottom, as “an engineering marvel.”
It was evident that many visitors were impressed with the quality of the restoration.
“Is this where my tithing money goes?” a visitor about six years of age asked a guide. “This is part of it,” the guide assured. And the youngster finished the tour in a glow of pride.
Correspondent: Pat Mellor, a member of the Manti Utah Stake and the temple rededication committee.
Genealogical Library Will Close for Move to New Quarters
The Church’s Genealogical Library will move to its new building west of Temple Square in Salt Lake City during October, and it will be closed for eleven days, beginning Monday, October 14, to make the move possible.
Elder Richard G. Scott of the Presidency of the First Quorum of the Seventy, executive director of the Genealogical Department, said there will be no access to its massive collection of microfilms, reading machines, books, and other facilities until the library opens its doors in the new facility Friday, October 25.
The new building, located south of the Museum of Church History and Art on West Temple Street, will provide more space and more modern facilities for the library.
The library has been housed in the west wing of the Church Office Building, one block away, for the past thirteen years. Approximately two thousand patrons use the library each day, Elder Scott said, but he added that this figure is expected to increase after the new library opens.
In the library, researchers currently have access to 160,000 volumes of genealogical information, as well as 1,500,000 rolls of micro-filmed records equivalent to another 5,500,000 bound volumes.
Freiberg Temple Dedicated
The Freiberg DDR Temple became the thirty-third temple in operation in the world after dedication services June 28.
President Gordon B. Hinckley, Second Counselor in the First Presidency, dedicated the new temple. It is the second temple in operation on the European continent.
Dedication of the Stockholm Sweden Temple followed just four days later, with dedicatory sessions beginning on July 2.
The new Freiberg Stake Center building, adjacent to the temple, was dedicated at the same time. The site also includes a genealogical research and processing center. It is located between Dresden and Karl Marx Stadt in the German Democratic Republic.
The dedicatory services followed a two-week public open house during which thousands of Germans toured the sacred edifice—more than ten thousand in the first few days. Many obviously took pride in the building. Church Architect Emil B. Fetzer reported that some local residents, though not Latter-day Saints, nevertheless refer to the building as “our temple.”
The temple sits on top of a rise several blocks outside the walls of the 900-year-old city of Freiberg. It catches the eye not only because of its prominence, but also because of its architecture. “We wanted it to be a German temple, and we designed it accordingly, after getting a feeling for their culture and architectural traditions,” Brother Fetzer said.
Its design harmonizes with the medieval architecture of Freiberg. Its tower is Germanic, and it has a gray-blue slate roof and stained glass windows.
Brother Fetzer worked closely with government officials in getting the exterior design approved. The German Democratic Republic’s emphasis on saving energy was also taken into account. “The exterior walls are two feet thick, and the windows have been triple-glazed,” the architect said.
The temple serves some six thousand members of the Church in the German Democratic Republic and other countries of eastern Europe. The 8,000-square-foot structure is somewhat smaller than others the Church has built, but “it is complete in every way and has everything any other temple has,” Brother Fetzer said.
It has an ordinance room with a capacity of forty, two sealing rooms, and a small celestial room impressive in its elegance. The materials and craftsmanship in the building are noteworthy, Brother Fetzer said, adding that workers who built it took a reverent attitude toward the structure and an obvious pride in their work.
Plans to build the temple were announced in October of 1982, and Elder Thomas S. Monson of the Council of the Twelve broke ground for it on 23 April 1983.
Churchwide Women’s Meeting Scheduled September 28
A General Women’s Meeting, for all women of the Church age ten years and older, will be telecast via satellite from the Tabernacle on Temple Square September 28.
Speakers will include General Authorities and the general presidents of the Primary, Young Women, and Relief Society—Sister Dwan Young, Sister Ardeth Kapp, and Sister Barbara Winder.
The theme of the meeting will be taken from Doctrine and Covenants 88:63: “Draw near unto me and I will draw near unto you.” [D&C 88:63]
The program will be beamed to Church buildings in the United States, Canada, and Puerto Rico from 6 to 7:30 P.M. Mountain Daylight Time. It will be repeated via videotape beginning at 8 P.M. MDT. It will be telecast in English, Spanish, and French.
Sisters are asked to assemble ten minutes before the program begins in the chapels where they will be viewing it.
After the meeting, videocassette recordings of the program will be available on request to Church units not receiving the satellite telecast.
International Mission Offers Church Tie for Isolated Members
Latter-day Saints living in remote areas of the world need not feel out of touch with the Church. The International Mission offers support in a variety of ways to help them participate as fully as possible in Church programs. These services range from helping set up temple recommend interviews to authorizing organization of local LDS groups.
The mission is headed by President M. Russell Ballard, a member of the Presidency of the First Quorum of the Seventy, and Elders John K. Carmack and Charles Didier, members of that quorum who serve as his counselors.
The International Mission is headquartered in Salt Lake City, but it is accountable for Church members residing in all areas of the world not assigned to organized stakes and missions. In carrying out its functions, the mission carefully coordinates its efforts with Area Presidencies around the world.
“We urge members who are moving into International Mission areas to see that their membership records are transferred to the International Mission,” Elder Ballard said. Priesthood leaders can also initiate the transfer.
Members who contact the International Mission before moving into such an area may find there are already other Church members or organized groups there.
Here are some of the services the International Mission can offer to members:
1. It can help them get Church publications. If a member subscribes to a Church publication at the usual subscription price, the International Mission will see that it is mailed by air, in a plain, unmarked envelope, to any part of the world at no increase in cost.
2. The mission presidency cannot visit individual homes, but is interested in maintaining correspondence with members, giving help and encouragement as needed.
3. The presidency can authorize the holding of local meetings and the organization of branches. If only one family is located in a particular area, that family is encouraged to have regular meetings. If a member of that family is a priest or holds the Melchizedek Priesthood, he may be authorized to administer the sacrament in these meetings. If two or more LDS families live in an area and it is convenient and desirable for them to meet together, a branch may be organized and a president called to preside over it. The mission may also help in obtaining a place of worship if circumstances and the number of active members justify it.
4. The International Mission is authorized to receive and account for tithing and other contributions.
5. Members of the presidency conduct interviews and issue temple recommends wherever possible. Because of the great distances involved, it may be impossible for them to conduct some interviews. In that case, arrangements will be made with the president of the temple the member desires to visit; he will conduct the interview and issue a temple recommend according to approved procedure.
6. The presidency authorizes baptisms and priesthood ordinations, handles Church judicial procedures, and tries to provide all the services available to other Church members. Their efforts are limited only by distance and practical restrictions on communication.
Information may be obtained from mission headquarters by writing the International Mission, Twelfth Floor, Church Office Building, 50 East North Temple, Salt Lake City, UT 84150, or calling (801) 531–3861.
Exhibit Offers Many Views of Joseph Smith
Through the years, many artists have depicted the Prophet Joseph Smith in media ranging from oil portraits to inlaid wood, from bronze to batik. Their efforts represent the only visual images of the Prophet available, since no known photograph of him exists.
Many of these depictions are on display now at the Museum of Church History and Art in an exhibit entitled, “Images of Joseph Smith: Artists’ Depictions, 1842–1984.”
On display are approximately one hundred items—portraits, sculpture, lithographs, and drawings, as well as art from many different cultural traditions. The latter include depictions of the First Vision in traditional molas—appliqued and embroidered by Central American Indians—and in batik produced by an Indonesian Latter-day Saint; an inlaid wood portrait from Brazil; and carefully crafted dolls of Joseph and Emma Smith.
Among the images on display are portraits by Lewis Ramsey and Alvin Gittins; sculpture by Mahonri Young, Avard Fairbanks, and Dee Jay Bawden; and drawings by English-born textile designer Sutcliffe Maudsley. A section on modern depictions of Joseph Smith reflects renewed interest in what he looked like, exhibit curator Linda Gibbs said.
“Images of Joseph Smith” will be on display through 5 May 1986.
The museum, immediately west of Temple Square in Salt Lake City, is currently open from 9 A.M. to 9 P.M. weekdays and from 10 A.M. to 7 P.M. on Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays.
Chicago Saints: Reaching Out for Spiritual Blessings
It has been nearly 140 years since there was an operating temple in Illinois. The Saints who lovingly crafted the Nauvoo Temple were later obliged to abandon it, not long after its dedication in 1846.
At the time, Chicago was a town of fewer than five thousand people, not long removed from its days as a trading post protected by the troops at Ft. Dearborn. Just over the historical horizon was the water and rail transportation boom that would turn the city into one of the major hubs of the United States by the late 1850s.
Today, Chicago is a vibrant metropolis with a habit of reaching out to meet the future. But this month, some of its citizens are looking to the future with unusual anticipation, knowing what it will mean to have a temple in their state again as the Chicago Illinois Temple is dedicated.
During July, home teachers in the Naperville Illinois Stake carried a letter to their families asking them to ponder the question, “Are you really spiritually prepared to go to the temple?” From many, the answer has been unmistakable. Robert Ensign, president of the elders quorum in the Woodridge Ward, Naperville Stake, notes: “People’s lives are changing, and we’re finding that the closer we draw to the dedication, the more that momentum is building.” Many members have signed up to serve multiple shifts as tour guides and volunteer helpers for the temple open house, though the temple is more than forty miles away and they will have to take time off from work.
Some who plan to attend the Chicago Temple regularly will face much more than a forty-mile trip. The temple district will serve more than 123,000 members in stakes throughout the north central United States, from Fargo, North Dakota, to Independence, Missouri, to Cincinnati, Ohio.
The Chicago temple will be a little less than a two-hour drive from the chapel of the Valparaiso (Indiana) Ward, Chicago Heights Illinois Stake. Still, that is “a far cry from thirteen hours to Washington, D.C.,” says Bishop Marvin E. Guernsey. “We will enjoy this. We won’t have to take four days off to go to the temple.”
Not only do members of the temple district come from a wide area, they also come from a wide variety of ethnic and cultural backgrounds. The twelve-unit Wilmette Illinois Stake, for example, includes two Spanish-speaking wards and a Spanish-speaking branch, as well as Polish- and Korean-speaking branches. It also has one dependent unit of members from several other Asian countries, and a fifty-member deaf group in one of its wards.
Hector Barrera gave up plans to move to Guatemala when he was called as bishop of the stake’s Spanish-speaking Chicago Third Ward. The temple, he says, has been a boost to the efforts of the two seventies and other members of his ward who are working to introduce friends and acquaintances to the gospel. His ward area is “a fertile field for missionary work.”
Victor Soil, first counselor in the bishopric of the Hyde Park Ward, Chicago Heights Illinois Stake, says the comments of nonmembers about how beautiful the temple is provide a natural opening for gospel discussions.
“Chicago,” he says, “is like a lot of little cities mixed together. It’s an exciting place to be.” The Hyde Park Ward, located on the south side of the city, is growing rapidly. More than a third of its members, like Brother Soil, are black. The diversity of its membership—from factory workers to scholars in a variety of disciplines at the University of Chicago—makes for interesting priesthood meeting discussions, he says, chuckling.
“I can’t imagine a more faithful people than we have,” he adds, explaining that members are outstanding in service to others and to the Church—particularly in temple attendance.
The story of Steve and Bonnie Mroz of the Logan Square First Ward, Wilmette Illinois Stake, is representative of many in the area. Steve and Bonnie were introduced to the gospel about two years ago through the example of the organist at their church. The organist, a young Latter-day Saint, was helping to support himself and his wife by working as paid organist for the Mroz’s Methodist congregation and at a Jewish synagogue while attending music school. Steve and Bonnie Mroz were impressed by the example of love and service shown by the organist and his wife and wanted to know more about their beliefs.
The gospel has wrought great changes in the lives of the Mroz family. Brother Mroz, an early morning seminary teacher who loves to study the gospel, says he has noted that as he advances spiritually, there is parallel social and temporal development in his life. Sister Mroz comments, “There’s more meaning to our family’s existence. I never realized what an honor it is to be a parent. I look at my children more respectfully now.”
A Conversation about the Church Museum
The Museum of Church History and Art opened its doors in April 1984. Since then, it has assisted members and nonmembers alike in understanding the cultural context of the Latter-day Saints and their history and art. Recently the Ensign visited with Glen M. Leonard, the museum’s director. Here is a portion of that conversation.
Q. Since its opening, how has the museum been received?
A. Very well. We have gained a lot of favorable media attention, including articles and reviews in newspapers and magazines and coverage on radio and television. We have also received many positive comments from museum authorities. They commend us for the standards of excellence we have set for ourselves in our exhibits. Our museum catalogs, posters, and exhibits have won awards for excellence in design and presentation.
One of the best indications of how we’re being received is the number of favorable comments from visitors to the museum. Since its opening, the museum has had almost 400,000 visitors. Many of them return again and again.
Q. What are some of the exhibits you’ve featured?
A. We have permanent exhibits on the twelve presidents of the Church, a portrait gallery featuring Church leaders from Joseph Smith’s time to the present, a gallery featuring the work of LDS Indian artists, and our Masterworks exhibit that displays some of the finest work by LDS artists from the Church’s collection. Our rotating exhibits cover a variety of topics from the works of contemporary LDS artists to historical photographic displays to a Hmong textile exhibit.
A top priority now is the historical galleries, which when opened in about a year and a half will become part of the museum’s permanent exhibits. This extensive display will help tell the story of the Church from its beginnings to the present and will include sections on the early LDS historical events, immigration to the West, and historical exhibits on missionary work, temple building, and educational and welfare programs. There are many more faith-promoting stories to tell and artifacts to display than there is available space.
Q. How do you decide which artifacts and objects to display?
A. Our approach is to do interpretive exhibits. That is, each is built around a message or a theme with carefully selected objects and explanatory texts that will help the viewer learn more about the theme.
For example, a recent exhibit featured the painting of LeConte Stewart, a contemporary LDS landscape artist whose goal was to capture the spiritual essence of God’s handiwork. We tried to convey that idea by accompanying Stewart’s works with some of his writings. We had several visitors, including many artists, tell us that although they had viewed Stewart’s work before, our exhibit had given them a new understanding of his approach to art.
Q. What exhibits do you plan next?
A. Our next major goals are to open the historical galleries and increase our international collection. The international collection specifically is a steadily growing collection with an emphasis on the history, sacrifices, and art of Church members from all cultures. Some of the international items we now have on display are a batik showing the First Vision, a Latin American wood carving of a bust of Joseph Smith, and a mola from Panama depicting Moroni’s visit to the Prophet.
Q. How do you obtain the artifacts and objects in your collection?
A. Most are donated. Since the museum opened, the pace of donations has greatly increased. Some families have willed the museum their entire collections of antiques, art, and artifacts. Many of these items will become part of permanent or rotating exhibits, but we are planning a special exhibit opening in January to show off a few of our recent acquisitions.
Some of the donated furniture pieces were used in the Manti Temple. Others will be used to furnish the log cabin that is presently being restored just south of the museum. There has been a great deal of interest in the cabin, which was displayed in the southeast corner of Temple Square for many years. It was built in the fall of 1847 and was part of the Salt Lake Pioneer Fort constructed to house newcomers to the valley until they could complete homes on their city lots.
Q. What other features does the museum offer as part of its overall educational program?
A. We have guided tours available by prearrangement, gallery talks, films, and lectures often associated with the exhibit openings. We also offer catalogs of many of our collections, as well as post cards and art prints available in the museum store.
Eighteen Sisters Called to Area General Board Positions
Eighteen women, wives of General Authorities living outside the United States, have been called to serve as area general board representatives—a newly established position.
In the new calling, each sister assists general auxiliary leaders of the Church by serving as a general board representative for the Primary, Young Women, and Relief Society. The women serve in conjunction with their husbands’ callings in Area Presidencies for the Asia, Europe, Mexico/Central America, Pacific Islands, South America North, and South America South areas. All of their husbands are members of the First Quorum of the Seventy.
The calling of area general board representatives was first announced in May, when nine women were put into the new position. The group was expanded to fifteen on July 1, when changes in some of the Area Presidencies took effect.
Each of the new area general board representatives has extensive experience in Church service.
Those living in Buenos Aires, Argentina, are Marne Whitaker Tuttle, wife of Elder A. Theodore Tuttle, President of the South America South Area; Avanelle R. Osborn, wife of Elder Spencer H. Osborn; and Beverly Johnson Call, wife of Elder Waldo P. Call.
Those living in Frankfurt, Germany, are Elisa R. Wirthlin, wife of Elder Joseph B. Wirthlin, President of the Europe Area; Joyce E. Taylor, wife of Elder Russell C. Taylor; and Helene Ringger, wife of Elder Hans B. Ringger.
Those living in Sydney, Australia, are Joyce Dalton Sonnenberg, wife of Elder John Sonnenberg, President of the Pacific Area; Velda Gibbs Harris, wife of Elder Devere Harris; and Valoy Andreasen Sonntag, wife of Elder Philip T. Sonntag.
Those living in Tokyo will be Mary Ann Bradford, wife of Elder William R. Bradford, President of the Asia Area; Bea de Jager, wife of Elder Jacob de Jager; and Viva Mae Wilcox, wife of Elder Keith W. Wilcox.
Those living in Mexico City will be Janelle Cook, wife of Elder Gene R. Cook, President of the Mexico/Central America Area; Dorothy Brewerton, wife of Elder Ted E. Brewerton; and Eunice Kay, wife of Elder F. Arthur Kay.
Living in Sao Paulo, Brazil, will be Caroline Howard, wife of Elder F. Burton Howard, President of the South America North Area; Sharon Dunn, wife of Elder Loren C. Dunn; and Nair Camargo, wife of Elder Helio Camargo.
Policies and Announcements
The First Presidency released the text of the following letter to United States President Ronald Reagan.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints commends Attorney General Edwin Meese III on his appointment of a federal commission on pornography to seek ways to restrict the production and distribution of pornography.
We have long been concerned about the shocking inroads of pornography in our society, not only in the United States but around the world. Licentiousness masquerades in the robes of liberty as profiteers prey upon young and old alike and loose a veritable flood of evil.
We recognize the immensity of the task facing the commission, and call upon people of good will to support efforts to adopt reasonable and constitutional laws and regulations to reduce and remove the corrupting influence of pornography from our society.
The following items are from the June 1985 Bulletin.
Commercial Activities Not Part of Official Church Programs. There is cause for concern in the increase in the number of Church units sponsoring or permitting meetings where lecturers are paid a fee to give instruction on time management, interpersonal relationships, and so forth. This concern does not apply to approved programs of the Church Educational System or officially approved activities.
Church meetings, classes, and facilities are to be used solely for the purpose of worship, religious training, or programmed activities of the Church.
These meetings and facilities are not to be used to promote business ventures or investment enterprises. Commercial activities for the purpose of making profit by selling products or services or by demonstrating wares in Church classes are out of harmony with the purpose of religious meetings.
Stake presidents, bishops, and priesthood quorum and auxiliary presidents should accept, endorse, or promote only those services or activities specifically approved by the Church in official correspondence and publications (see Bulletin, no. 16, March 1985).
Curriculum. Teachers in Church organizations are encouraged to use the conference editions of the Ensign (May and November), which contain a chart that can be useful in locating recent statements by the Brethren to supplement approved lesson material. This chart is entitled “Conference Addresses Correlated to Church Curriculum.” It identifies addresses in which stories or quotations can be found that coordinate with the established curriculum.
My Kingdom Shall Roll Forth. Inquiries to the general offices of the Sunday School indicate that many Gospel Doctrine class members are not aware that they will need a copy of My Kingdom Shall Roll Forth as their student text for the last portion of this year’s Gospel Doctrine class. The text is the same as was used in 1981. Students who no longer have a copy should obtain one from a Church distribution center (PCSS56G9, $1.50). This year’s Gospel Doctrine course is the only one that has such a student text.
Temple Square Directors
Arch L. Madsen, former president of Bonneville International Corporation, is the new director of visitors’ centers on Temple Square. He succeeds Marvin L. Pugh, who has been called as first counselor in the presidency of the Jordan River Temple. Joseph F. Horne and Sam Park have been called as assistant directors and Glen T. Bean will serve as executive secretary.
Lysle R. Cahoon, a former regional representative, has been called to serve as the first president of the Chicago Illinois Temple. His wife, Betty,will serve as temple matron.
Isaias Lozano Herrera of Mexico City has been called to serve as regional representative in the Valle Hermoso and Victoria Mexico regions. He is a former stake president and mission president.
Youth Symphony, Chorus
Jack Aird, an experienced musician and owner of a Salt Lake City insurance firm, has been called by the First Presidency to serve as president of the Mormon Youth Symphony and Chorus.
Chula Vista California Stake, Richard Charles Sorenson, human factors department manager for the U.S. Navy Personnel Research and Development Center; Cuautla Mexico Stake, Rosendo Tiempos L., a teacher and chemical engineer; Dartmouth Nova Scotia Stake (new), Terry L. Livingstone, seminary coordinator for the Church Educational System; Fielding Utah Stake (new, from a division of the Garland Utah Stake), Mark H. Jensen, executive director for the United States Department of Agriculture in Box Elder County, Utah; Ft. Wayne Indiana Stake, Elvis J. Holt, an associate professor of anatomy and physiology at Indiana-Purdue University at Ft. Wayne; Garland Utah Stake, Robert R. Jensen, director of vocational education for Box Elder School District.
Kaneohe Hawaii Stake, Don J. Heinz, vice-president and director of research for a sugar planters group; Layton Utah North Stake (new, from a division of the Layton Utah East Stake), Lorin W. Hurst, Jr., director of admissions and registration for Weber State College; Reading Pennsylvania Stake, William F. Byers, supervisor for a telephone and computer technology corporation.
Salt Lake Central Stake, Melvin Barnes Scott, a retired salesman; Salt Lake Hunter Copperhill Stake (new, from a division of Salt Lake Hunter West Stake), Stanley Martin Kimball, certified public accountant; Salt Lake Winder Stake, Vernis C. Whisenant, Jr., marketing representative for a computer corporation; Santiago Chile Republica Stake, Jorge Fernando Zeballos, Chile Area building manager for the Presiding Bishopric Office.
Tacoma Washington Stake, Kent Jay Stepan, owner of an engineering firm; Torreon Mexico Jardin Stake, Rafael Leon Miranda, a mechanic.
Patti and Samuel Frustaci became the focus of international attention May 21 after Sister Frustaci gave birth to septuplets. Sadly, not all of the infants survived. One, a girl later named Christina Elizabeth, was stillborn, and three others—David Anthony, James Martin, and Bonnie Marie—passed away later. At Ensign deadline time, tiny Patricia Ann, Stephen Earl, and Richard Charles were making daily improvements. All of the babies, born twelve weeks prematurely, suffered from hyaline membrane disease, a malady affecting their lungs, which were not yet fully developed. Brother Frustaci served as spokesman for the couple in numerous press interviews while his wife recuperated.
The Frustacis are members of the Arlington Third Ward, Riverside California West Stake.
Lorna Kesterson of the Henderson Third Ward, Henderson Nevada Stake, was elected mayor of Henderson, Nevada in a May 7 election. Sister Kesterson has been serving on the city council for the past ten years.
The Church’s Polynesian Cultural Center recently hosted a high-level delegation of officials from the People’s Republic of China for a week-long tourism and cultural management seminar. Ralph G. Rodgers, PCC president and general manager, issued an invitation to the Chinese group after Chinese Premier Zhao Ziyang visited the center in 1984. The center is adjacent to the BYU—Hawaii campus, where several students from the People’s Republic of China have attended school in recent years.
BEEF magazine, a cattle industry publication that is circulated nationwide in the United States, focused on Ricks College in a recent issue with a major article devoted to one of the LDS school’s programs. “This unique college course teaches students all the practical things needed to run a ranch,” the magazine explained. The Beef Production Management Program at Ricks includes both classroom work and practical, on-the-ranch experience.
Brigham Young University distance runner Ed Eyestone performed the back-to-back feats of winning the 10,000-meter race May 31 and the 5,000-meter race June 1 at the National Collegiate Athletic Association Track and Field Championships for the United States, in Austin, Texas. He is the first from BYU, and the first from the United States since 1968, to win the two championships in the same year.
John R. Schneider recently received the Excellence Award from the United States government’s Small Business Administration for saving the government 151 million dollars. The saving was effected by procuring sophisticated aircraft and missile systems through small businesses. Brother Schneider is bishop of the Kettering Ward, Dayton Ohio Stake.