Primary Fireside Message: “Teacher, Do You Love Me?”

Primary leaders and teachers were reminded of the sacred responsibility they bear and of the importance of love in teaching children during a videotaped fireside broadcast February 23.

The fireside program was titled “Teacher, Do You Love Me?”

In addition to a segment showing President Ezra Taft Benson talking to a group of little children about his experiences in Primary, it featured messages from Elder Jack H Goaslind, a member of the Presidency of the First Quorum of the Seventy, and General Primary President Dwan J. Young.

Sister Young also narrated a true story which tells of a skilled Primary teacher who discovered the power of love in helping one rebellious boy. The story gave its title to a new song introduced during the program—“Teacher, Do You Love Me?” The song is reprinted in this month’s Friend. Material related to the Primary program, including the story, was printed in the March Ensign (pp. 41–48).

“The purpose of this fireside is to help each of you understand how important you are to the children, and to help you feel a deep desire to do everything in your power to serve these precious little souls,” Elder Goaslind said in welcoming Primary teachers and leaders.

“It is parents who have been commanded to ‘teach their children to pray, and to walk uprightly before the Lord.’ (D&C 68:28.) But we have also been blessed with the Primary organization within the Church to reinforce the teachings of the home. For that I am very grateful.

“I love my own grandchildren very much and want them to have the best gospel teaching they can have. I want their parents to teach them and be examples to them, so we can all be together as a family eternally. And when my grandchildren go to Primary, oh how I hope they find there teachers who love them, who will help them develop a desire to live righteous lives.”

Elder Goaslind reminded priesthood leaders of the great responsibility they bear in calling and sustaining top quality Primary leaders and teachers.

He quoted remarks from an annual Primary conference on 5 April 1950 in which then-Elder Ezra Taft Benson of the Council of the Twelve said, “You are dealing with the most precious things in the world—the souls of God’s children … [I] promise you in all humility that if you are faithful and devoted, the Lord … will give you power, even beyond your natural abilities, to touch the hearts of his children.”

Elder Goaslind’s remarks were followed by a short segment showing President Benson meeting with a group of children in the Church Administration Building, telling them stories of how Primary had affected his life.

Sister Young spoke of six goals of the Primary:

—Teach youngsters that they are children of God and that Heavenly Father and Jesus love them;

—Help children learn to love Heavenly Father and Jesus;

—Help children prepare to be baptized, receive the Holy Ghost, and keep their baptismal covenants;

—Help children grow in understanding of the gospel and provide opportunities for them to practice its principles;

—Help boys prepare to receive the priesthood and be worthy to use it to bless the lives of others;

—Help girls prepare to fulfill their roles as righteous women and to live lives of service.

“One of the greatest legacies we can give to the world is a generation of children who know that they are literally children of God and who love him and have covenanted to keep his commandments,” Sister Young said.

[photo] President Ezra Taft Benson recalls some of his experiences in Primary for a group of Primary children. (Photography by Mike Nelson.)

Open Houses Highlight Impact of Teaching

What is my daughter learning in her Mia Maid class? How can materials in the meetinghouse library help me teach my children more about the gospel at home? How can I help my non-LDS friends understand the Christian nature of my beliefs?

Latter-day Saints throughout the United States, Canada, and Puerto Rico found answers to these and many similar questions at open houses in their own meetinghouses during January.

In many areas, nonmembers also found the open houses provided answers for them about the Church and about ways it could help their families.

The open houses were held in response to a letter from President Ezra Taft Benson which went out to priesthood leaders last September when he was President of the Council of the Twelve. In it, he asked that the open houses be held in every ward and branch “as part of a renewed dedication to improve teaching in the Church.”

The programs in local meetinghouses included showing a videotape in which Elder Carlos E. Asay of the Presidency of the First Quorum of the Seventy underscored the importance of high-quality teaching in LDS homes as well as in Church programs.

He called for parents to form a partnership with their children’s teachers in helping the young people learn and grow in the gospel.

“The prophet Nephi compared gospel learning to a feast,” Elder Asay said. (See 2 Ne. 9:50–51.) A good spiritual diet is even more important than a good diet of tangible food.

The curricular materials of the Church are balanced to offer a good spiritual diet, Elder Asay emphasized. One of their major objectives is to help us learn and love the scriptures. But they “will be void of any spiritual power” unless people partake of them freely; in so doing, those who partake can avoid spiritual malnutrition as they eat and drink the bread and water of life.

Church units in different areas spotlighted teaching and the curriculum in a variety of effective ways during their open houses.

The open house in the Jacksonville Sixth and Jacksonville Beach wards, Jacksonville Florida East Stake, was well organized and attracted nearly 150 visitors. It was announced twice in local newspapers beforehand because of competition from recreational events.

The opening program featured, in addition to the videotape, a talk by an institute teacher and a touching special rendition of “Teach Me to Walk in the Light” (Sing With Me, B-45) by parents, Primary children, and a teacher. Afterward, those attending visited themed exhibits prepared by the Melchizedek and Aaronic priesthood, auxiliaries, and the bishopric (on family home evening). The Relief Society, for example, had separate tables in its room, one spotlighting Mother Education, another Spiritual Living, and so on. Missionaries manned a display with the theme “Sharing the Book of Mormon Message.” A number of Books of Mormon, family home evening manuals, books on teaching and genealogy, and Church magazine subscriptions were sold.

In the weeks since, many more teachers and members have been coming to the library to check out materials, said Eileen Clark, ward librarian in the Jacksonville Sixth Ward, who organized the event. “They’ve each seemed to gain something that has stayed with them.”

In the Kansas City First Ward, Kansas City Missouri Stake, seminary youth helped care for children, showing them Church-produced videotapes, while their parents saw the production featuring Elder Asay and took advantage of the opportunity to talk with their children’s teachers, who were staffing exhibits.

Seminary teacher Audrey Barker, who organized the open house, said the event “was really important for the teachers because it gave them a sense of accomplishment.” They learned ways to improve their teaching and sensed the appreciation of parents for the job they are doing.

Nonmembers who visited the open house for the Fifth, Sixth, and Florin wards of the Sacramento California South Stake were impressed by materials available for teaching their families. So, too, were members, particularly several families who are newly converted, said Joyce Stubbs, a member of the Fifth Ward.

The Jordan North Twelfth and Sixteenth wards, Salt Lake Jordan North Stake, scheduled their joint open house on Monday evening and invited families to enjoy it together. One girl who will soon turn twelve spent all of her time at the Young Women exhibit eagerly learning what she will be experiencing in a few months. Her brother talked with his Varsity Scout adviser about Eagle requirements while their parents chatted with teachers.

Perhaps most gratifying were the results that well-organized open houses achieved in motivating people. As Sister Clark observed in Jacksonville, an inactive sister, married to a nonmember, was pleasantly surprised by the materials available to help teach her teenaged daughter. She said she planned to begin bringing her daughter to Church the next Sunday—and she kept that resolve.

[photo] Open house visitors examined a wide variety of curriculum materials.

Jewish Leader Responds Favorably to Letter from President Benson

A conservative Jewish leader in the United States has said he is “heartened” by a recent letter from President Ezra Taft Benson regarding the Brigham Young University study center being built in Jerusalem.

Franklin D. Kreutzer, international president of the United Synagogue of America, the congregational arm of conservative Judaism, responded to a letter from President Benson referring to previous statements by BYU officials. The Jewish leader’s remarks were quoted in a United Press International wire story.

In the letter, dated February 4, President Benson pointed out that BYU officials “have given assurance time and again, both orally and in writing” that the facility “will not be used for proselyting purposes.”

President Benson explained BYU officials have repeatedly stated that the BYU Jerusalem Center for Near Eastern Studies on Mt. Scopus “will be used exclusively for the Study Abroad program of the university, which has been conducted in Jerusalem since 1968.”

Expressing support for the project, Nathan Perlmutter, U.S. national director of the Anti-Defamation League of B’nai B’rith, said there is “an absence of evidence that Israeli Jews have converted to Mormonism” during the years that the BYU program has been operating in Israel.

Perlmutter said objections to the university’s plans reminded him of restrictions placed on the construction of Jewish synagogues in the thirteenth century, and called the attitudes “medieval.”

“What counts, what really counts, is that made-by-Christians medievalism of (the) thirteenth century not be adopted by Jews, not in this already excessively punished century, and surely not in the city that should be a light unto all cities.”

Sister Kapp’s Plea to U.S.: Enforce Laws on Pornography

Ardeth G. Kapp, general president of the Church’s Young Women organization, made a strong plea for enforcement of laws against pornography in her remarks before the United States Attorney General’s Commission on Pornography January 22 in New York City.

She represented the Church and its hundreds of thousands of young women in her comments to the commission.

Sister Kapp spoke of pornography as an “enemy” invading the country and called on the government to act against it. “This commission has an opportunity to help restore a climate where values can have a chance to survive and thrive,” she said.

“As a Church and as citizens of this land we ask and pray that this commission commit to three important actions:

“1. Give proper heed to the wealth of testimony and evidence before you. Present to the Attorney General and to the American public a clear finding that obscenity and indecency contribute significantly to many of the growing social ills besetting this country, including child abuse, violent sex crimes, suicide, and disruption of families through divorce and infidelity. …

“2. Recommend to the Attorney General and to the President of the United States that all federal laws relating to obscene and indecent materials be given full enforcement. …

“3. Recommend that the Congress of the United States and state legislatures fashion new legislation, where needed, to meet the challenges of advancing technology that has stepped beyond the reach of existing obscenity laws.”

In connection with the latter recommendation, she referred to “television transmission by cable and satellite, use of telephone lines and equipment, … and use of computer correspondence where the content is obscene or indecent.”

“While pornography is a moral issue, it is also an issue of survival—survival for the individual, the family, and the nation,” she said. “Fortunately we have protective laws in place which for the most part could, if enforced, keep the enemy of obscenity from our doors. But a law unenforced is as ineffective as a weapon never fired. Why do we not enforce the laws and protect our citizens?”

Sister Kapp said studies show a high correlation between use of pornographic materials and the incidence of child abuse, rape, incest, and other sexual violence in society. She cited the findings of a professional psychotherapist and data gathered from law enforcement agencies by Citizens for Decency through Law, Inc., as evidence of this correlation.

She spoke of concerns in three areas in connection with pornography. First is pornography’s conditioning effect. Individuals who use it regularly become addicted and their involvement escalates. They also become desensitized to its effects on them and develop an increasing tendency and desire to act out what it depicts.

Second is its permanent effect. “Everything we see or hear has an effect on us for good or ill,” she said. “There is no neutral state.”

Third is the role of elected officials. It is their responsibility, she said, to see that protective legislation against pornography exists and is vigorously enforced.

She noted that the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled obscenity is not constitutionally protected and that community values can be preserved and enforced by law. But failure to enforce existing laws “leaves many falsely believing that offending material is legal.”

Parent’s Guide Designed to Help in Teaching about Intimacy

Copies of A Parent’s Guide, a new Church publication designed to help parents learn how to teach their children about the many facets of intimate relationships, has been sent to priesthood leaders throughout English-speaking areas of the Church.

Each copy of the booklet was accompanied by a letter from President Howard W. Hunter, Acting President of the Council of the Twelve.

“We ask bishops to announce this new publication to all couples and single parents in your ward. It is [also] a student manual for those enrolled in the Family Relations course that is to be taught during the second quarter of 1986. Copies should be ordered in advance for those taking the Family Relations class. Extra copies should also be placed in the meetinghouse library for those who are unable to purchase a personal copy,” President Hunter wrote in the letter.

“The current Family Relations teacher’s manual deals only with husband-wife topics. A Parent’s Guide and the enclosed Instructor’s Notes will help expand the scope of the course to include parent-child topics,” he said.

All parents, not only those taking the Family Relations course, are encouraged to use the 52-page publication. It is designed to supplement information in the Family Home Evening Resource Book. It discusses basic principles of teaching children and offers specific guidance on teaching about intimate relationships.

The book recognizes in its introduction that “one of the most important concepts the Lord expects you to teach your children is the righteous meaning and use of intimate physical relations between a man and a woman. This guide was prepared to help you teach your children about these physical intimacies and to prepare them to follow the Lord’s plan in expressing their own intimacy.”

The introduction points out, however, that the term intimacy “does not limit itself to the intimacies of physical association.” It explains that intimacy is related to trust between two people or within a family, and that what children experience in their own homes as youngsters can prepare them to keep confidences and build trust in their own marriages later.

It acknowledges that single parents face additional challenges. Church leaders and programs are there to help, it says, but “no one can replace you in teaching your children. This guide will help you in most situations to fulfill your responsibility to teach your children about the Lord’s plan for human intimacy.”

The publication includes a chapter titled “Intimacy and the Purposes of Earthly Families,” one on “Principles for Teaching Children,” and four additional chapters keyed to different age ranges. These latter four can help parents deal with their children’s needs for intimacy from infancy to approximately three years, from four to eleven years, during the twelve-to-eighteen adolescent years, and as their children face courtship and marriage in young adulthood.

Among the materials in these chapters are suggestions on how to teach children to understand and appreciate their physical bodies and how to help them learn to overcome the temptations associated with physical intimacy. There are also suggestions on how to help them prepare for wholesome social relationships, how to help them see the need for developing spiritual power at the same time their bodies are developing, and how to teach them what to look for in a potential eternal companion. (For more information on the book, see the interview with Larry L. Whiting in this news section.)

A Parent’s Guide can be ordered from the distribution centers. The stock number is PBIC0507; the price is $1.25.

[photo] A Parent’s Guide is designed to help LDS parents teach their children about aspects of intimacy.

A Conversation about Problem-Solving Publications

The Church has several publications to help families avoid or solve social and emotional problems. This material is intended to assist priesthood leaders in serving the members in their units. The Ensign recently spoke with Larry L. Whiting, LDS Social Services program manager, about some of these publications.

Q: What types of publications are available through LDS Social Services?

A: LDS Social Services has two main divisions: licensed child care services, which manages different types of child placement such as adoption and foster care; and clinical services, which assists priesthood leaders in helping individuals and families who are suffering from social or emotional problems. Several of the publications deal with these two areas and are available to Church members either through their bishops and other priesthood leaders, or through the distribution centers.

Q: Why is the Church involved in producing these types of materials?

A: Part of the three-fold mission of the Church is to assist in perfecting the saints. One aspect of that effort lies in helping members develop social and emotional well being. These publications serve as tools to aid parents in teaching their children, as well as resources for those already plagued by social or emotional problems.

Q: What are some of the publications that are most helpful to Church members?

A: One Church publication we are very excited about is A Parent’s Guide (stock no. PBIC0507). This booklet has just been published and is available through the Church distribution centers. It is designed to help parents create the best possible atmosphere in which to teach their children to understand doctrine and have faith. (See D&C 68:25.) It is especially useful for parents in teaching their families about intimacy through all stages of development. It will also help parents meet the challenges of these morally troubled times by helping them effectively communicate their love and guidance to their children.

The booklet covers all stages of child rearing, from childhood through courtship and marriage, and includes such topics as creating an emotionally warm, positive, but disciplined, climate in your home; helping adolescents develop spiritual power; and interviewing your daughter and her fiancé before marriage.

Q: What are some of the other publications you mentioned?

A: Facts on Infertility (stock no. PASC0259) may help couples having difficulty conceiving a child, or those considering adoption. Resource Manual for Helping Families with Alcohol Problems (stock no. PGSC6258) is also available. This publication deals with some of the causes of alcoholism, doctrinal issues related to the problem, coping with alcoholism’s devastating effects, and how the problem can best be treated.

Other helpful materials include Services for Unwed Parents (stock no. PASC0179), information on Indian Student Placement Services, a guide for managing family resources, One for the Money (stock no. PXWE0031), and LDS Social Services (stock no. PGSC619A), which describes many of the services we offer.

Q: Are there other publications that are available only through priesthood leaders?

A: Yes. Other materials on homosexuality, a newly released booklet on child abuse, and the identification and prevention of suicidal behavior are available to bishops. Priesthood leaders may choose to use any of these as a resource in counseling with members, or they may share the materials, as appropriate, with those having problems. While members cannot obtain these materials directly, it may help them to know that such resources exist and that they can seek help from priesthood leaders. Of course, the scriptures, family home evening manuals, talks from the General Authorities, and curriculum materials are important resources too, particularly in preventing social and emotional problems.

LDS Social Services, with the assistance of trained volunteers, also offers an excellent course on becoming a better parent, with a very helpful parents’ manual. This course and manual, which are separate from the Parent’s Guide I mentioned earlier, are available only through a bishop’s recommendation.

[photo] Photography by Michael M. McConkie

Church Growth in Houston Matches the City’s Urban Spread

In April 1836, a greatly outnumbered force led by Sam Houston legitimized their cry of independence by routing the Mexican army and capturing General Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna at San Jacinto. So in August, brothers Augustus and John Allen, New York land speculators, began advertising a boggy coastal plain—part of the new Republic of Texas—as a town. They called it Houston.

Audacious as they were, the brothers could never have imagined the major petrochemical, industrial, shipping, and aerospace center their town would become. Today, metropolitan Houston has a population of approximately three million. Its skyscrapers jut like giant pylons from the flat horizon.

As in many other places, the Church in Houston grew steadily, but slowly, for decades. Then, with the organization of a stake in the fall of 1953, it began to burgeon.

The original Houston Stake, with its 3,900 members, covered forty-eight counties of Texas and two parishes of Louisiana. Within those boundaries, there are now seventeen stakes with approximately 47,000 members. A large number of those members live in the Houston metropolitan area.

Leona Gibbons, a native of Texas, unknowingly married an inactive Latter-day Saint during World War II. But he became active in the Church again while they were living in Dallas in the late 1940s, and she was baptized. They have lived in Houston since 1951.

Her husband was called as bishop of the Houston First Ward on the day the stake was organized in 1953. Now they are members of the Maplewood First Ward, Houston Texas South Stake. Church growth in the area during the intervening years, she says, has been “spectacular.”

An active seventies program and dedicated missionaries bring many good people into the Church, she says. But members and leaders must work hard to help them continue growing in the gospel.

Bishop Herman Berges of the Pasadena Second Ward, Houston Texas East Stake, is one of those leaders. After returning home around midnight recently from a temple trip to Dallas, the 60-year-old Iowa native, a chemist turned data processor, followed his weekly custom of arising early Wednesday morning to attend seminary with the youth of his ward. He makes a point of attending as many youth activities as possible.

He and his wife are also strong supporters of the program for the deaf and hearing-impaired that their ward operates; it serves members of their stake and adjacent ones as well. Two sister missionaries hold regular classes for the deaf in the ward, and other ward members interpret lessons and services in sign. Bishop Berges’ wife, Arlene, has helped lead the way by trying to learn to sign and encouraging others to do it as well. She is a visiting teacher for one of the ward’s deaf sisters.

Many Houston-area members find opportunities to serve by sharing not only their testimonies and time, but also their Church experience.

Tall, sunburned Aubrey Chudleigh, a native Texan, is president of the Waller Branch, Houston Texas Stake, located in a farming community of 1,100, some thirty-five miles northwest of Houston. His past experience as a bishop, as a high priests group leader, and in other leadership positions has helped in running the small branch. So, too, has his wife’s experience in the auxiliaries. On Sunday, Laverne Chudleigh may find herself teaching a Relief Society lesson, helping with a Sunday School class, or preparing classroom materials.

Rudy Guajardo grew up in the lower Rio Grande Valley, along the border of Mexico, where he, his wife, and children joined the Church in 1970. Not long afterward, they moved to the Houston area; he now owns a construction business in Conroe, about forty minutes north of downtown Houston.

He had served as a high councilor in an urban area of Houston and as bishop of a large, well-staffed ward in the Conroe Texas Stake before being called as president of the small Conroe Second (Spanish-speaking) Branch. Many of its members are from Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador, or Nicaragua, in the U.S. because they fled their countries or needed to seek work elsewhere. Being branch president, Brother Guajardo says, is “a lonely call. It’s all the same, though—the fight for souls. The problems aren’t any different. Only the language is different,” he explains. “The Church is the Church, whether it’s in Japanese or English or Spanish.”

Correspondent: Elder Clovis Hill, former journalism teacher, now a full-time missionary with a public communications assignment in the Texas Houston Mission.

[photo] The thriving Houston metropolitan area is home to thousands of Latter-day Saints. The Church is growing rapidly in the area. (Photography by Bill Heinsohn.)

New Missions Bring Church Total to 193

The First Presidency has announced the creation of five new missions. When they go into operation on July 1, they will bring the number of missions in the Church to 193.

The new missions, named for the city where they are headquartered, are: Brazil Campinas, Korea Kwang Ju, Philippines Quezon City, Texas Lubbock, and Washington D.C. North.

The Campinas Mission will include a wedge of southern Brazil reaching from Campinas westward to Paraguay. It will be the eighth mission in Brazil. Others are based in Rio de Janeiro, Brasilia, Curitiba, Porto Alegre, Recife, and two in São Paulo.

The Quezon City mission will begin just above Manila and include the northeastern side of the island of Luzon. It will be the fifth in the Philippines.

The Kwang Ju mission will include the south-western quadrant of South Korea. The country has two missions at present.

There will now be four missions based in Texas—in Dallas, Houston, San Antonio, and Lubbock. The Texas Lubbock Mission will stretch from Ft. Worth on the east to the state’s Big Bend country in the west, and north through the Panhandle.

The Washington D.C. North Mission will take in the western half of Maryland. It is the second mission headquartered in the United States capital.

Five-Year Increase in LDS Stakes

Five-Year Increase in LDS Stakes

A glance back over the past five years of Church growth shows the number of stakes has increased by almost 20 percent, or one fifth, rising at an average annual rate of almost 5 percent.

Policies and Announcements

The First Presidency has sent the following letter to priesthood leaders:

In these times when every standard of truth and righteousness seems to be assailed, we must provide members with every possible aid to help them combat undermining influences.

The Church magazines are vital to members and friends of the Church. …

Church members should have the appropriate Church magazines in their homes. The Church magazines are essential tools in our gospel study and teaching programs.

Priesthood and auxiliary leaders should encourage members to subscribe to the magazines and should encourage members to read and use them regularly.

We pray the Lord’s blessings will be with you in this great effort.

The following letter has gone to priesthood leaders from President Howard W. Hunter, Acting President of the Council of the Twelve.

Full-time missionaries usually attend regular Sunday meetings (sacrament meeting, Sunday School, priesthood meeting for elders, and Relief Society for lady missionaries) in the wards or branches where they are serving. They also attend the general sessions of stake or district conference.

Missionaries preferably should sit in the congregation with their investigators. There may be occasions when they are invited to sit on the stand in conferences or other meetings to be an example to the youth. However, it is not expected that they would be invited regularly to sit on the stand in sacrament and other meetings.

We appreciate your attention to this instruction.


Temple Presidents

D. Arthur Haycock, personal secretary to five Church presidents, has been called as president of the Hawaii Temple, effective June 1. He was serving as a stake patriarch and is a former regional representative. His wife Maurine McClellan Haycock, will serve as temple matron.

Roy R. Spackman of Cardston, Alberta, Canada, has been called as president of the Cardston Temple. He has served as a stake and mission president and as a stake patriarch. His wife, Donna Palmer Spackman, will serve as temple matron.

MTC Director

J. Avril Jesperson, El Cajon, California, to direct the Mexico City Missionary Training Center; former mission president (twice), and regional representative; to serve with his wife, Doris, former ward Relief Society and Primary president.

General Board Members

Young Men: Bruce L. Olsen, Orem Seventy-seventh Ward, Orem Utah South Stake.

Young Women: Judith Stephan Smith, Union Nineteenth Ward, Sandy Utah Willow Creek Stake.

Regional Representatives

Quezaltenango Guatemala Region, Enrique Falabella Arellano, an agronomist, former bishop and stake president; Piedras Negras and Torreon Mexico regions, Erasmo Flores de Imbert, a retired telephone worker, former bishop and stake president; Cebu City Philippines and Legaspi Philippines regions, Ruben Gallano Gapiz, an employee of the Presiding Bishopric’s Office and former high councilor, counselor in stake presidency, and stake president; Chihuahua Mexico, Colonia Juarez Mexico, and Juarez Mexico regions, Alfredo Miron Martinez, a personnel manager for the Church Educational System, former high councilor, counselor in stake presidency, and stake president; Industrial Mexico Region, Ismael Ruiz Guadiana, a medical doctor, former bishop, high councilor, and stake president; Madrid Spain Region, Charlie Rose Lewis, a businessman, former bishop, high councilor, counselor in stake presidency, patriarch (in the U.S. and in Spain), and regional representative; San Francisco and San Jose California regions, Parley Joe Livingston, a real estate developer, former bishop, stake president, mission president.

Stake Presidents

New York New York East Stake (new, from a division of the New York New York Stake and the Plainview New York Stake), Mark Eliot Butler; New York New York Stake, Michael K. Young; Springfield Missouri Stake, James Daniel Banner; Slidell Louisiana Stake (new, from a division of the New Orleans Louisiana, Baton Rouge Louisiana, Denham Springs Louisiana, Hattiesburg Mississippi, Gulfport Mississippi, and Mobile Alabama stakes), Joseph T. Kuchin; Memphis Tennessee North Stake, David Gene Denton.

Montevideo Uruguay Cerro Stake, Antonio Ernesto Paredes; Hermosillo Mexico Stake, Jorge Santos Flores; Las Vegas Nevada Central Stake, Lee Milton Earl; Las Vegas Nevada Sunrise Stake (new, from a division of the Las Vegas Nevada Central Stake), Norman Wellington Gates; Tacoma Washington South Stake, Richard Elbert Huish; Dusseldorf Germany Stake, Adolph Ewald Horst Braun; Seoul Korea East Stake, Byung Hee Kim.

Charleston South Carolina Stake, Lynn H. Blake; Crawley England Stake, Anthony Clive Paternoster; Dundee Scotland Stake, Alexander Stewart; Frankfurt Germany Servicemen Stake, Robert Wade Curtis; Guatemala City Las Victorias Stake, Luis A. Alvarez; London England Hyde Park Stake, Leonard Boydell.

Mayaguez Puerto Rico Stake (new, from a division of the Ponce Puerto Rico and San Juan Puerto Rico stakes), Heriberto Hernandez; Merthyr Tydfil Wales Stake, Rex Jensen; Nottingham England Stake, Michael Alan Rigby; Orem Utah Sharon South Stake (new, from a division of the Orem Utah Sharon Stake), Wynn H. Hemmert; Ponce Puerto Rico Stake, Hector Landron.

Salta Argentina Stake, Marcelo Gerardo Gonzalez; San Diego California Stake, C. Scott Gill; San Diego California East Stake, Craig Albert Bullock (formerly president of the San Diego California Stake); Santee California Stake (new, from a division of the San Diego California, San Diego California East, and El Cajon California stakes), Robert Earl Harper (formerly president of the San Diego California East Stake); Taipei Taiwan East Stake, Hsu Wei-Yang.

LDS Scene

Ricks College has announced plans to raise $10 million during the next five years to expand and improve the two-year college. Ricks administrators hope the school’s Centennial Capital Campaign will reach its goals by 1990, two years after the college celebrates its centennial. A major portion of the $10 million will go for scholarships and student grants; some funds will be used to improve facilities. Ricks, with a record enrollment of 6,857 for fall 1985 semester, is the largest privately owned two-year college in the United States. Its students come from all fifty of the United States and from thirty other countries.

Dr. Roger L. Hiatt, chairman of the Department of Ophthalmology at the University of Tennessee, has been named president of Collegium Aesculapium, an organization of LDS medical doctors. Collegium Aesculapium, with some seven hundred members throughout the United States, schedules meetings twice a year to discuss medical topics, as well as the relationship of gospel principles to medical practices and problems. Dr. Hiatt is president of the Memphis Tennessee Stake. Active in professional circles, he was honored as his state’s outstanding ophthalmologist in 1984.

The Mormon Handicraft shop in Salt Lake City closed its doors on March 15. The shop had been a fixture in Salt Lake City since it opened in 1937. It originally provided an outlet for the handiwork of women who worked in their homes trying to supplement family income during the Great Depression of the 1930s, and a means of preserving handicrafts of LDS women of many national backgrounds. Barbara W. Winder, general president of the Relief Society, which sponsored the shop, said it was closed because it was primarily a local outlet and no longer served the needs of a worldwide Church.

Dr. James O. Mason has been presented the highest honor given to United States Public Health Service commissioned officers, the Distinguished Service Award, for outstanding work during nine months as an acting assistant secretary of the nation’s Department of Health and Human Services. The award was presented by U.S. Surgeon General C. Everett Koop. Dr. Mason is director of the Public Health Service’s Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta, Georgia. A member of the Atlanta First Ward, Atlanta Georgia Stake, he is regional representative for the Jacksonville and Tallahassee Florida Regions.

The president of the Church’s Minneapolis Minnesota Stake has been chosen to head one of the largest grocery product manufacturers in the United States. President Mark H. Willes had been serving as executive vice-president and chief financial officer of General Mills when he was named its president.