Elder H. Verlan Andersen of the First Quorum of the Seventy
It had never occurred to Elder H. Verlan Andersen that he might be considered for a position in one of the Church’s governing quorums, so he ponders a bit about the abilities he brings to his new calling as a member of the First Quorum of the Seventy.
He can, Elder Andersen reflects, offer a well-developed capacity for work. This capacity is coupled with a “very strong testimony of the gospel, and faith in and love for Jesus Christ.”
“I’ve often thought my mother taught me faith, and my father taught me works,” he says.
Hans Verlan Andersen was born 6 November 1914 in Logan, Utah, to Hans and Mynoa Richardson Andersen. His first two years of schooling were provided by his “angelic” mother at home on their farm near the Idaho border, he says. “The text that she used was the Book of Mormon, and that’s where I learned to love that volume.”
Elder Andersen’s father, who set an example of hard work on the farm and devoted service in the Church, moved his family to Virden, New Mexico, while Verlan was a boy. After graduation from high school, Verlan served a mission to the North Central States. He attended Gila Junior College in Arizona, then BYU, where he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in accounting.
He was working as an accountant in Phoenix, Arizona, living with his then-widowed mother, when he met Shirley Hoyt, also a returned missionary. They were married in the Salt Lake Temple in 1943.
Brother Andersen went on to graduate from Stanford University Law School, then worked for a time as an accountant before being hired to teach business law at BYU. After one year, he enrolled at Harvard University Law School in 1947 to study for a master’s degree; he finished in six months. Then he practiced law in Phoenix for four years, but was invited back to BYU in 1953 to teach accounting. Accepting meant a drastic cut in income, but he loved teaching and felt the move would be good for his young family.
Except for a four-year stint (1961–65) in an Arizona business that afforded the opportunity to work more closely with his teenaged sons, he taught at BYU until his retirement in 1980.
“Every move we made during those years, we made for the benefit of our children,” Elder Andersen explains. Sometimes there was an economic loss, but in the more comprehensive family accounting, there was always some spiritual or educational gain.
During those years, he also served in a variety of Church positions, including bishop, high councilor, and counselor in a stake presidency. Since his retirement, he and his wife have served missions to Argentina and Peru. He was serving as patriarch in the Orem Utah Lakeview Stake when called as a General Authority.
He has also served in the Utah State Legislature.
The Andersens are the parents of eleven children—five sons, and six daughters. All are now married. “His greatest joy is in our children,” Sister Andersen says.
As family patriarch, he exudes love for his children and grandchildren, and takes opportunity to instruct them in their spiritual responsibilities.
His children recognize the blessings his spiritual strength has brought into their lives. In a 1965 tribute to their parents—a Christmas present—they wrote of him: “Your example has taught us how to obtain true happiness through love, honesty, and, as the scriptures say, working with an eye single to the glory of God and without guile.”
Elder George I. Cannon of the First Quorum of the Seventy
Twenty years ago, as president of the Central British Mission, George I. Cannon accepted a challenge to memorize the fourth section of the Doctrine and Covenants and recite it each day. He did—and continues to do so.
“It helps me get up in the morning and get going in the right direction,” he says. As verse three of that section [D&C 4:3] says, “If ye have desires to serve God ye are called to the work.”
Throughout his life, ever since he was called as ward organist at age twelve, George Cannon has had a great desire to serve the Lord. On 31 March 1986, he received another call—this time to the First Quorum of the Seventy.
Born on 9 March 1920 to George Jenkins Cannon and Lucy Grant Cannon, George Ivins Cannon grew up in Salt Lake City in a family with a rich heritage of Church service. One of his great-grandfathers was President Heber J. Grant; another was President George Q. Cannon, who was a counselor in the First Presidency for many years.
Elder Cannon’s wife, Isabel, a daughter of Wayne B. and Belle Wilson Hales, also comes from a family that has always been active in the Church. Before she and George met, their families were already well acquainted; his mother was serving as general president of the Young Women while her father was on the Young Men General Board.
Young George Cannon completed a mission in the Eastern Stated and then served in the U.S. Air Force in World War II, where he was an LDS servicemen’s group leader in Italy. He returned to Utah in 1946 to attend Brigham Young University. There he met and dated Isabel, who had recently graduated. But she already had plans to move to Chicago and work on an advanced degree. Undaunted, George visited her in Chicago and persuaded her to return to Utah. They were married the following summer.
Elder Cannon graduated from Brigham Young University and worked for Beneficial Life Insurance Company—where he eventually served as a vice president. He also served as a board member of the Great Salt Lake Council of the Boy Scouts of America. In the Church, he has served as a bishop, as president of the Central British Mission, on the general board and in the general presidency of the YMMIA, as a regional representative, as a temple sealer, and as a patriarch. Five and a half years ago, he was called as president of the Salt Lake Parleys Stake, where he was serving when he received the call to the First Quorum of the Seventy.
Elder Cannon enjoys Church service. “In serving, you’re constantly experiencing the guidance and direction of the Spirit,” he says. “It’s important to follow those promptings. They come time and time again in your life as you’re trying to represent the Savior and do his work.”
He has had many spiritual experiences—many of them small, quiet assurances. “When you partake of the sacrament or listen to someone’s beautiful testimony, you are touched, and you know that it comes from the Spirit,” he says.
Sister Cannon calls him “a real people person” who motivates others—in his family and in the Church. The Cannons have seven children and sixteen grandchildren. They especially enjoy Sunday evenings, when family members drop in for ice cream and conversation.
Both he and Sister Cannon look forward to serving. “Our lives are so enriched by the opportunities we have have had to serve in the Church,” he says. “Jesus Christ is the Savior of the world. It’s his work that we’re striving to do.”
Elder Francis M. Gibbons of the First Quorum of the Seventy
“There often comes a time when a man must decide whether to make a lot of money or to make a great life.” The year was 1946. Elder Albert E. Bowen, a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, was speaking in the Assembly Hall on Temple Square.
In the audience, a young man, recently discharged from the Navy, had been fervently praying for direction about his future. Now, as he felt Elder Bowen’s eyes singling him out of the crowd, the words were planted deep in his soul.
“I knew then that sometime in my life I would be confronted with the decision Elder Bowen spoke of,” says Elder Francis M. Gibbons. “Because of that, when the choice did come, I was able to walk away from a lucrative, rewarding career and follow the path outlined by the Lord.”
That path brought Elder Gibbons, at age of sixty-four, to the First Quorum of the Seventy. When the call came, he had been retired for one week from serving as secretary to the First Presidency.
Elder Gibbons is a native of St. Johns, Arizona. A graduate of Stanford University, he received a juris doctor degree from the University of Utah and practiced law for eighteen years.
In April 1970, at the age of forty-eight, Francis Gibbons was a member of a nationally-reputed legal firm, a bishop, a loving husband, and the father of four teenagers. It was then he heard from Joseph Anderson, a member of the ward, that the First Presidency was looking for a new secretary. Elder Anderson had filled that position until he was called as an Assistant to the Twelve. The Brethren wanted a mature individual with Church administrative experience who also knew shorthand. As it happened, Elder Gibbons had trained as a court recorder at the age of seventeen and, though he had never filled that job, had often used his shorthand through his schooling and career.
As he prayerfully contemplated offering his services to the First Presidency, the Spirit confirmed to Elder Gibbons that the time was now. The words, planted in his heart by an Apostle of the Lord almost twenty-five years before, flowered at last.
As he met the following day with the First Presidency, President N. Eldon Tanner asked if he could afford to take the job, as the salary was a fraction of what Brother Gibbons had been making. President Lee answered for him, in words indelibly recorded in Francis Gibbons’ mind: “Frank has come to the point in his life where he can’t afford not to do it.”
Within three days he ended his legal career and began anew.
“I have never regretted that decision,” says Elder Gibbons. “Although our income was radically reduced, the Lord has blessed us, and we haven’t missed it. My association over the years with four Presidents of the Church has been reward enough.”
For sixteen years he took the minutes in First Presidency meetings and in their meetings with the Quorum of the Twelve and other General Authorities in the temple, as well as recording ordinations, blessings, and instructions.
“I have a burning testimony that God reveals his mind and will to the living prophets. I know it; I have been there and have felt the influence of the Spirit.”
Elder Gibbons, who has also served as stake mission president, stake president, and patriarch, has made a lifelong study of the presidents of the Church, writing biographies on seven of them. His wife, Helen Bay Gibbons, is also an accomplished writer. They are the parents of four and the grandparents of thirteen.
Elder Gardner H. Russell of the First Quorum of the Seventy
When Gardner Russell, newly called to the First Quorum of the Seventy, and his wife, Dorothy, were asked if they would be willing to accept an appointment to serve outside the U.S., they were prepared, having lived in Latin America for twenty-one years.
Gardner Hale Russell was born in Salt Lake City, but he grew up in Hamilton, Ohio. His father was a professor of Romance languages at Miami University in nearby Oxford.
Years later Elder Russell met Dorothy Annette Rich in the San Francisco, California, ward they both attended. At the time, he had returned from the Argentine Mission, graduated from Miami University, spent two years in diplomatic service in the U.S. Embassy in Brazil, attended Stanford Law School for a year, and was at present working for a steel company based in San Juan, Puerto Rico. His work required frequent international travel. After their marriage, Brother and Sister Russell spent a six-week “honeymoon” in Venezuela, where Brother Russell was assigned to travel for his company.
Later the young family, including a five-month-old daughter, Cheryl, moved to San Juan, Puerto Rico, where a second daughter, Kathy, was born. The Church was not yet established there, so meetings were held on the porch of a member’s home at Guajataca, near Ramey Air Base. The average attendance was ten.
As Gardner Russell’s prefabricated home manufacturing business grew, so did the Church in Puerto Rico. He became the first district president of the Caribbean District, in those days part of the Southern States Mission. The Russells saw the establishment of the first branch in San Juan, its first missionaries, and, in 1970, the first chapel dedicated.
That same year, Elder and Sister Russell were called to the Uruguay Paraguay Mission.
On their return home to the United States, the family stopped in Florida at the invitation of a friend who wanted to consult with Gardner Russell in dealing with some problems in a company there. The Russells stayed. And since 1973, they have called Satellite Beach, Florida, home.
Their opportunities to serve in Florida have been many. Elder Russell served on the high council of the Orlando Florida Stake, as bishop of the Melbourne Ward, and as first counselor in the presidency of the Cocoa Florida Stake. Then for nearly five years they were back in Puerto Rico, where he served as regional representative.
In June of 1985, Gardner Russell was called as regional representative to the Miami and Orlando regions and began to feel settled and comfortable. “Perhaps too settled and comfortable,” observes Sister Russell, who has enjoyed having her grandchildren near her, working with the Young Adults, and teaching institute classes, while serving as the public communications representative in their area.
“My long love affair with Latin America,” says Elder Russell, “resumes with this call to the First Quorum of the Seventy. I am both humbled and excited to get down there and get to work. I return with a deep awareness of the profound changes that have occurred in Latin America over the last twenty-one years since I went there as a young man. The growth of leadership there has been wonderful to witness.”
Elder Russell’s service in commerce and industry has included nine years on the Board of Presbyterian Community Hospital in San Juan; vice-chairman, Board of Trustees for the Inter-American University; and the governor’s special appointee to the commission of Higher Education in San Juan.
Book of Mormon Is “a Standard for the Church,” President Benson Tells Priesthood Leaders
The “great standard” Latter-day Saints are to use is the Book of Mormon, said President Ezra Taft Benson Friday, April 4, in an address at the annual Regional Representatives’ Seminar held in association with general conference.
The Book of Mormon “shows that Joseph Smith was a prophet. It contains the words of Christ, and its great mission is to bring men to Christ, and all other things are secondary. The golden question of the Book of Mormon is ‘Do you want to learn more of Christ?’ The Book of Mormon is the great finder of the golden contact. It does not contain things which are ‘pleasing unto the world,’ and so the worldly are not interested in it. It is a great sieve,” said President Benson.
In his stirring address, President Benson noted that Latter-day Saints have “not been using the Book of Mormon as we should. Our homes are not as strong unless we are using it to bring our children to Christ. Our families may be corrupted by worldly trends and teachings unless we know how to use the book to expose and combat falsehoods.”
President Benson counseled that “We are to use the Book of Mormon in handling objections to the Church.” He said that “the Book of Mormon exposes the enemies of Christ. It confounds false doctrines and lays down contention. It fortifies the humble followers of Christ against the evil designs, strategies, and doctrines of the devil in our day.”
“Every Latter-day Saint should make the study of this book a lifetime pursuit,” said President Benson. In attendance at the seminar were General Authorities, general presidencies of auxiliaries, and the approximately 215 regional representatives from throughout the world.
Also announced at the seminar was a major change affecting Church single adult age-group classifications and a new age-group guideline for single adult wards (see adjacent article).
Following President Benson, President Gordon B. Hinckley, First Counselor in the First Presidency, spoke on missionary work; then President Thomas S. Monson, Second Counselor in the First Presidency, spoke on principles of Church welfare. Elder L. Tom Perry also discussed aspects of welfare in the Church.
A major emphasis in this year’s seminar was the theme, “An Invitation to Come Back,” a discussion of principles and ways to assist those who are less active in the Church to increase their Church activity. Speaking on this theme were Elder David B. Haight, Elder Neal A. Maxwell, and Elder Russell M. Nelson of the Quorum of the Twelve, and Elder Carlos E. Asay of the Presidency of the First Quorum of the Seventy. A panel consisting of all seven members of the Presidency of the First Quorum of the Seventy responded to questions about assisting the less active.
Friday evening in the Tabernacle at the annual leadership meeting attended by General Authorities, regional representatives, and stake presidents from throughout the world, the central matters presented during the day at the Regional Representatives’ Seminar were again discussed for the benefit of the Church’s nearly 1,600 stake presidents.
In sequence, those who spoke were President Howard W. Hunter, Acting President of the Quorum of the Twelve, who addressed helping the less active; Presiding Bishop Robert D. Hales, who discussed the principles associated with the law of tithing; President Gordon B. Hinckley, First Counselor in the First Presidency, who counseled leaders on our obligation to share the gospel; President Thomas S. Monson, Second Counselor in the First Presidency, who discussed the essential principles of welfare; and President Ezra Taft Benson, who spoke briefly in concluding remarks, again stressing the fundamental role of the Book of Mormon as the great aid provided by the Lord his people in the latter-days. President Benson requested that his undelivered text be published in this issue. It is printed on page 79.
Single Adult Programs Change, New Guide Issued for Singles Wards
The First Presidency has announced that those who have formerly belonged to the Church’s Young Adult, Young Special Interest, and Special Interest groups are now part of two new groups: Young Single Adults, and Single Adults.
Guidelines for those attending single adult wards have also been modified.
Young Single Adults are aged 18 through 30. Single Adults are 31 and above.
The changes were announced in a letter sent to priesthood leaders April 1. Accompanying the letter was a copy of the Church’s revised Single Adult Activities Guide.
Organizationally, each ward is to have a mature married couple as Young Single Adult advisers. They “should assist in organizing activities, teaching and training, providing continuity, and serving as role models,” the First Presidency wrote.
These advisers are members of a ward committee for single adults which should also include a member of the bishopric, a member of the Relief Society presidency, a member of the elders quorum presidency, and quorum and Relief Society representatives for both the Young Single Adults and Single Adults.
“Where justified, each ward is to organize a Young Single Adult Gospel Doctrine class … with special emphasis on the challenges that face young single adults,” the letter said.
The revised Single Adult guidelines provide flexibility for age divisions within the general categories. They allow bishoprics to organize home evening groups for single adults who have no children and do not live with their parents; where necessary, these may be organized across ward boundaries, with the approval of the stake presidency.
The guidelines also provide for leaders to organize “interest groups in the ward or stake to bring together single adults with common interests.”
The First Presidency also announced changes in the guidelines governing singles wards. The changes are contained in a new Church statement, the Student and Single Adult Wards Guide for Priesthood Leaders.
In an accompanying letter sent to priesthood leaders, the First Presidency noted the following changes, which take effect June 1, in the guidelines for singles wards:
“Membership in single adult wards is to be limited to those unmarried members 21 through 30 years of age.”
If membership of a singles ward within a stake drops below approximately 200, the ward “should be discontinued after an appropriate period of transition.”
“Single members may not cross stake boundaries to be members of single adult wards in other locations. Rare exceptions can be made only with the approval of the appropriate Area Presidency.”
New Counselor in Young Women General Presidency
Jayne B. Malan has been called by the First Presidency to serve as second counselor to Ardeth Kapp, general president of the Young Women. Patricia Holland, formerly first counselor in the Young Women presidency, was released to allow her more time to fulfill family responsibilities and to meet obligations at Brigham Young University where her husband is president. Maurine J. Turley, formerly second counselor, has been called to serve as first counselor in the Young Women organization.
Sister Malan brings to the Young Women presidency a background seasoned by years of varied Church service. She has served on the Relief Society, Young Women, and YWMIA general boards, and as a national officer of the Church sorority, Lambda Delta Sigma.
“The Church calling I enjoyed most was when I taught the Young Women in my home ward,” says Sister Malan. “Those teenage years are a vital time for young people. They have such difficult challenges, and the decisions they make during those years are crucial, often affecting the rest of their lives.”
As a free-lance writer and producer, Sister Malan has worked with Bonneville Media Communications. She helped produce video segments for both the Women’s Conference and the Young Women’s satellite broadcasts in 1985.
“Her expertise in communicating ideas through the media, as well as her deep spirituality, will make a significant contribution to the Young Women program,” says Sister Kapp.
Sister Malan and her husband, Terry, are the parents of two children. They live in Holladay, a Salt Lake Valley suburb.
Choir Itinerary Includes Expo ’86, Seattle Concerts
The Tabernacle Choir will perform a series of concerts at Expo ’86 in Vancouver, British Columbia, in August. Before their Expo appearance, the choir will also perform an evening concert in Seattle, Washington.
The group will sing at the Expo on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings, August 7–9; an additional matinee concert will be held on Saturday. Then the choir will broadcast its weekly “Music and the Spoken Word” program on August 10 from a theater in Vancouver. Arrangements have been made with the Canadian Broadcasting Company to originate the program.
The Seattle concert will be Tuesday, August 5, at the Seattle Center.
The Brigham Young University Faculty Brass Ensemble will perform with the Tabernacle Choir for these concerts, as it did during a ten-concert series in Japan in 1985.
President Benson Presides at Ohio Groundbreaking
President Ezra Taft Benson presided March 22 at groundbreaking ceremonies for a new branch chapel on the historic John Johnson farm in Hiram, Ohio.
The farm is where Joseph Smith received several revelations now published in the Doctrine and Covenants, including section 1 and section 76.
The day before the groundbreaking, President Benson visited nearby Kirtland and addressed a group of Saints gathered in the room above the restored Newel K. Whitney store where the School of Prophets was held in the 1830s. He also visited the Kirtland Temple, now owned by the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, in company with a small group of local LDS leaders and RLDS representatives.
To members gathered in the rooms and hallway above the Whitney store, President Benson spoke of the Prophet Joseph Smith’s teachings on missionary work. “I know this is the most important work in this world. Contemplate the great responsibility that rests on the Church today to carry the message to the entire world. I cannot think of a greater responsibility.”
During groundbreaking ceremonies for the new chapel, President Benson quoted extensively from section 1 of the Doctrine and Covenants, pointing out that as the divinely designated preface to the book, it includes “an invitation to all mankind, especially members of his Church, to heed the revelations, for the ‘voice of warning’ shall be unto all people.” (See D&C 1:1–6)
President Benson emphasized that “the author of the Doctrine and Covenants is the Lord Jesus Christ, through the instrumentality of the Prophet Joseph Smith.”
The revelation that is now section 1 of the Doctrine and Covenants was received in the Johnson home during a special conference of elders 1 November 1831.
The site for the new chapel is just west of the Johnson home.
About 1,500 people attended the groundbreaking. Among them were Karl Ricks Anderson, regional representative for the Columbus and Cleveland Ohio regions; several public officials; and group of local representatives of families who were tied to the Church in Kirtland in the 1830s. Many of these local residents have joined the Church in recent years. Their surnames—Smith, Young, Woodruff, Snow, Rigdon, Cowdery, Whitney, and Kimball, for example—are like echoes of the Church’s past.
Sorority Honors Sister Benson
Sister Flora Benson, wife of President Ezra Taft Benson, has been honored as Lambda Delta Sigma Woman of the Year.
She received the award from the LDS sorority at its annual women’s conference, held at the University of Utah Institute of Religion during the last week of February. Some three hundred young women, from nine chapters of the sorority, attended the presentation.
The students paid tribute to Sister Benson for her spiritual qualities, her strength as a wife and mother, and her many other achievements.
President Benson’s own words were used in introducing his wife to the group: “She has instilled in all her children a strong testimony of the gospel, and to me she has always been a constant inspiration.”
Guidebook Published on Caring for Children with Handicaps
What teaching materials are available to help handicapped children better understand the gospel?
Can children with handicaps participate in the ordinances of the priesthood?
Should they be kept at home, or should they be enrolled at an appropriate institution?
Why are children born with handicaps?
Answers to these and many other questions of concern to those caring for a child with handicaps are found in a new Church publication titled Guidebook for Parents and Guardians of Handicapped Children.
The book offers “comfort, understanding, and counsel” to families, said Elder Rex D. Pinegar of the First Quorum of the Seventy, a managing director of the Church’s Curriculum Department. It can help parents plan for their child’s future in the Church and the community and can also be helpful to relatives and friends of those who have children with handicaps. Priesthood and auxiliary leaders should review the guidebook to help them understand and better help those persons with handicaps and their families.
It is recommended that bishops have one or more copies on hand to give to those faced with the challenge of rearing a child with a handicap.
The 89-page publication, stock number PBIC0449, can be ordered from local distribution centers. The cost is $2.95.
J. Elliot Cameron New Commissioner of Education
The president of Brigham Young University—Hawaii, J. Elliot Cameron, was recently appointed Church Commissioner of Education, succeeding Bishop Henry B. Eyring, First Counselor in the Presiding Bishopric.
In his new position, Brother Cameron will supervise an educational system with more than 763,000 students. Church seminaries and institutes include more than 322,000 students, and there are more than 440,000 in Church schools, colleges, and continuing education programs.
The Church schools include Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah; Ricks College in Rexburg, Idaho; BYU—Hawaii in Laie, Hawaii; LDS Business College in Salt Lake City; and other schools in Mexico, Fiji, Kiribati, Indonesia, New Zealand, Tonga, and Western Samoa.
The new commissioner is a veteran of thirty-eight years in teaching and educational administration. He has been a teacher, principal, and district superintendent in Utah public schools. He served as president of Snow College in Ephraim, Utah, and dean of student services at Utah State University before joining the BYU administration as dean of students in 1962. At BYU, he also served as assistant to the president, dean of student life, and student services vice-president.
Brother Cameron holds bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees from BYU. He also attended the University of Utah, Utah State University, and Southern Utah State College.
He has served as a regional representative, member of the Sunday School General Board, stake president, high councilor, and bishop.
Auxiliary Offices Move Temporarily
General offices of the Relief Society, Young Women, and Primary have been temporarily moved from the Relief Society Building to the Church Office Building in Salt Lake City.
The move was necessitated by planned renovations to heating, cooling, and electrical systems in the Relief Society Building.
Offices of the three auxiliaries may be found on the fourth floor of the west wing of the Church Office Building. Telephone numbers for the organizations remain the same.
New President for LDS Business College
Kenneth H. Beesley, longtime educator and most recently the director of International and Administrative Services for the Church’s Materials Management Department, has been appointed president of LDS Business College in Salt Lake City.
Brother Beesley succeeded R. Ferris Kirkham, who had served as president of the college since 1961.
President Beesley was formerly an associate commissioner of education in the Church Educational System. He also served as a teacher and administrator at Fresno State College in California and Teachers College at Columbia University in New York City.
He has served as a bishop, high councilor, stake mission president, and a member of the Sunday School General Board.
Recommendation against Pornography Lauded
The managing director of the Church’s Public Communications/Special Affairs Department, Richard P. Lindsay, has urged that the recommendations of the United States Attorney General’s Commission on Pornography be quickly implemented.
After hearings and study on the issues involved, the commission tentatively approved a draft report recommending a variety of approaches to fighting pornography in the U.S. These approaches ranged from seizure of the assets of businesses selling obscene materials to use of pandering and prostitution laws against producers and casts of X-rated films.
“Church leaders are encouraged by the measures proposed by the Attorney General’s Commission on Pornography and are hopeful that the legislative and law enforcement branches of government will move swiftly to implement and enforce the needed reforms,” Brother Lindsay said.
Earlier, during the commission’s hearings, Young Women General President Ardeth G. Kapp testified, saying that “without national enforcement of obscenity laws, local efforts will be almost futile.” She expressed concern about the addictive effects of pornography, the desensitization of those who read it, and the evils pornography brings.
Greek, Arabic Volumes Added to LDS Scripture
The list of LDS standard works available in major world languages is growing. The Doctrine and Covenants and Pearl of Great Price have been printed in Greek, and the Book of Mormon has been printed in Arabic.
Translation of the Doctrine and Covenants and Pearl of Great Price in Greek was finished in 1985. The translation will be a blessing to Greek-speaking people of the world who may desire to read the gospel in their own language. LDS missionaries have been teaching the gospel in Greek for more than five years now, to Greek-speaking emigrants outside their native land.
The Book of Mormon in Arabic will also be a blessing to those who may desire to read it in their native language. Many Arabic-speaking people are now living in countries where the Church is organized.
In keeping with custom in Moslem areas, the Book of Mormon, as a holy book, contains no illustrations. The geometric border design around the edge of each page indicates the volume is a sacred book and is to be read and handled reverently.
BYU Seeking Museum Funds
Brigham Young University officials have approved plans to raise funds for three new museums on campus.
As funds become available, a fine arts museum, a museum of peoples and cultures, and an earth science museum will be built adjacent to the Monte L. Bean Life Science Museum, forming a four-museum complex.
“The success of the Ramses II exhibit, plus the rich store of our own collections that have no exhibit facility, have made it painfully obvious that we have a great need for additional exhibit facilities,” said university President Jeffrey R. Holland. The Ramses II exhibit—seventy-two artifacts from ancient Egypt—was on display at BYU from October 1985 through April 5 of this year. BYU was the first place in the United States offered the opportunity to display the Ramses exhibit, and about half a million visitors filed through the Bean Museum to see it.
The purpose of the new museums would be to display the university’s collections and accommodate scholars, students, and others who wish to study them, President Holland said. BYU has “a superb fine arts collection, an outstanding collection of artifacts and ethnic material from peoples and cultures of the past and present, and one of the world’s largest and most important collections of dinosaur fossils.”
Temples in Operation
Temples in Operation
Endowments for the Living
Endowments for the Dead
During the past five years, the number of sacred houses available to members of the Church has doubled under a temple-building program given impetus by President Spencer W. Kimball and continuing under President Ezra Taft Benson. Some 259,268 Church members received their own endowments in the five-year period beginning with 1981 and ending at the close of 1985. During that same period, endowments were performed for 22,136,404 people who had formerly lived in mortality.
Montreal: Vibrant City, Vibrant Faith
In 1642, a group of French colonists determined to share the truths of Christianity with the Indians of New France settled themselves on an island in the St. Lawrence River. They picked the spot where explorer Samuel de Champlain had set up a temporary trading post some thirty-two years earlier. Champlain had called the location “Place-Royale,” but colonizer Paul de Chomedey, Sieur de Maisonneuve, chose to call the settlement “Ville-Marie de Montreal.”
Montreal survived early problems with Indians, grew into a fur trading center, and weathered conflicts that resulted in a transfer from French to British rule in 1763. It went on to become a center of transportation and commerce and the metropolis of Canada.
It is still Canada’s largest city—and also, it is said, the second-largest French-speaking city in the world, after Paris. About two-thirds of its nearly three million people are of French origin. It is home to members of many other ethnic groups as well.
Montreal is also home to a growing group of dynamic Latter-day Saints, drawn from all of those different ethnic groups.
For many years, Church growth in Montreal was steady, but slow, among English-speaking residents, anchored by a core of faithful members who began coming into the Church after the Canadian Mission was reorganized in 1919. Full-time proselyting among French-speaking residents did not begin until 1961.
The Church has blossomed in Montreal during the past two decades. The French-speaking Montreal Quebec Stake and the English-speaking Montreal Quebec Mount Royale Stake now have eighteen units between them, including Chinese-speaking and Spanish-speaking branches.
Frank Lanyon, baptized in New Brunswick, Canada, at age thirteen, is one of that core of members who helped sustain the Church in Montreal for decades. Once branch president there, he is now high priests group leader in his ward. “The gospel is my whole life,” he says. “I don’t know what I would do without it.”
Jean Saintonge came into the Church in Montreal more recently. Brother Saintonge had admired the strong family ties and traditions he had seen among Jewish families in his neighborhood while growing up; he found some of those same qualities among Latter-day Saints. In addition, he was impressed when he learned from the missionaries that “I could come to know the truth myself without going through intermediaries.”
Deborah Savage was raised in a strong Jewish home, and with her brother she attended Hebrew school for four years. “I had never heard anything about Jesus Christ, and when I was taught about him in the discussions, everything seemed so natural and logical.” She married her husband, Bard, a month after her baptism. Also a convert, he had introduced her to the Church. They now have two small sons. Sister Savage serves as Primary president in their ward.
Marc Leclerc came into the Church through his sister’s efforts; she had joined five years earlier. “I always knew she was a very bright girl. One day she gave me a Book of Mormon with a letter inside. In it she stated that she would rather die than deny the truth of the Book of Mormon. That made a deep impression upon me.” The missionary discussions answered questions he had never been able to resolve satisfactorily while studying to become a priest. “I completely relearned theology. I became a full-time investigator.”
The rising generation in the Church in Montreal shows signs of following in its parents’ footsteps.
Luc and Marie-France Salm are natives of France who have been helping sustain the Church in the Montreal area since the early 1970s. Last year they spent two weeks serving as missionaries, with their seven children, at the Church’s Hill Cumorah Pageant in New York. The Salm children have asked to do the same thing again this year, rather than spending their vacation at the beach.
In the gospel, says fifteen-year-old Heidi Salm, she finds protection against the evils she encounters outside her home and strength to remain faithful to her beliefs.
She, and other young members like her, will likely live to see fulfillment of the destiny Elder Wm. Grant Bangerter of the Presidency of the First Quorum of the Seventy indicated for Montreal two years ago. In a leadership meeting, he asked a local member how many stakes there were in the area. “Two,” the man answered. “There are twenty-five,” Elder Bangerter stated. “They are just waiting to be formed.”
Correspondents: Foster G. Warren, Montreal Ward, Montreal Quebec Mt. Royale Stake; and Louis DeSerres, Beloeil Branch, Montreal Quebec Stake.
Policies and Announcements
The First Presidency issued the following Easter message to commemorate the resurrection of Jesus Christ, the Prince of Peace:
As the Easter season approaches, the thoughts of believing Christians the world over reflect on those sacred events of long ago. We join with those of other faiths in calling to the world’s attention the life and teachings of Him whose life and resurrection we commemorate during this holy season.
While we acknowledge the atoning suffering and sacrifice of the Savior for us in the Garden and upon the cross, the Easter season underscores the more miraculous moment when He arose from the tomb. The resurrection is central to the Easter observance. Because Jesus broke the bonds of death, so will we.
There is much in the world today that is beautiful and bright and wholesome. Sadly, there also is much that represents the very opposite of the Savior’s teachings and example. There is war and turmoil. There is crime and sin in every degree. There are those who actually promote the breaking, even shattering, of divine commandments and principles taught to us by the Savior and His prophets down through the years. In this sacred season, it is our hope and prayer that people throughout the world will incorporate into their daily thoughts and actions the principles espoused by Jesus. To do so would most assuredly lead to less war and more peace, less turmoil and more serenity, less unrest and more stability, less crime and sin, and more self-respect and happiness.
If greed and lust and the quest for power and dominion were to be replaced by commitments to pattern lives after the example of the Prince of Peace Himself, how blessed the world would be. It is our prayer that during this Easter season and hereafter, there will be progress toward that worthy goal.
The following item is from the April 1986 Bulletin:
Copies of the five-year Index to Periodicals of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1976–1980 (PBLI0636; $9.00 each) have been reprinted and are available at the Salt Lake Distribution Center. This publication indexes material in the Ensign, the New Era, the Friend, the Church News, and Conference Reports. Meetinghouse librarians may wish to purchase a copy of this index if it is not already in their libraries. Copies for 1977 (PBLI0498; $1.00), 1983 (PBLI0691; $2.50), and 1984 (PBLI0727; $5.00) are also available. Copies of the new five-year index for 1981–85 (PBLI0738) will be available later this year.
Church Music Committee
The General Music Committee of the Church has been reorganized. Michael F. Moody, Woods Cross Third Ward, Woods Cross Utah East Stake, was retained as chairman, and Mary Beth Anderson, Bountiful Eighteenth Ward, Bountiful Heights Utah Stake, will continue as secretary. The committee includes: Joyce Brown, Ensign Peak Ward, Salt Lake Stake; Jan Fisher, Ensign Peak Ward, Salt Lake Stake; Howard Jerolde Harris, Provo Twenty-sixth Ward, Provo Utah Grandview Stake; Wendell R. Hurst, Hillside Ward, Salt Lake Hillside Stake; and W. Herbert Klopfer, Eighteenth North Ward, Salt Lake Ensign Stake.
Others are: A. Laurence Lyon, Monmouth Oregon Ward, Salem Oregon Stake; Roger L. Miller, Crystal Heights Second Ward, Salt Lake Highland Stake; Marilyn Sharp, Ensign Peak Ward, Salt Lake Stake; Suzanne Sorensen, Monument Park Seventeenth Ward, Salt Lake Monument Park Stake; and Stanley J. Zenk, Brigham City First Ward, Brigham City Utah Box Elder Stake.
Relief Society Board
Mary Ellen Edmunds, Mapleton Fifth Ward, Mapleton Utah Stake.
Panama City Panama, San Jose Costa Rica regions, Richard D. Allred, real estate agent, former mission president, stake patriarch; Mesa, Tempe regions, James William Anderson, physician, former stake president; Shizuoka, Tokyo Japan regions, Genya Asama, former stake president; Guatemala City Guatemala Region, Eriberto Israel Perez C., businessman, former stake president, mission president’s counselor; Churubusco Mexico Region, Octaviano Tenorio D., Mexico City Temple recorder, former stake president.
Ben Lomond, Mt. Lewis, Ogden Utah Cliff View regions, Floyd H. Gowans, circuit court judge, former stake president; Oslo Norway, Stockholm Sweden, Helsinki Finland, Copenhagen Denmark regions, Arne Lennart Hedberg, Church Educational System area director, former stake president; Chicago Illinois, Des Moines Iowa regions, Thomas A. Holt, senior vice-president for an insurance company, former stake president; Nuku’alofa Tonga West Region, Vaikalafi Lutui, building contractor, former stake president; University of Utah, Ensign Utah regions, Merlin Rex Lybbert, attorney, former stake president.
Thatcher, Tucson Arizona regions, Arden J. Palmer, United States Department of Agriculture executive, former mission president, stake president; Orizaba, Puebla Mexico regions, Leonardo Ramirez R., Church Educational System employee, former stake president; Wellington, Auckland New Zealand regions, Charles Sydney O. Shepherd, medical laboratory scientist, former stake president; Liberty Utah, Monument Park Utah, Woods Cross Utah regions, C. Elmo Turner, school principal, former mission president, stake president, stake patriarch; Fort Wayne Indiana, Pittsburgh Pennsylvania, Charleston West Virginia regions, Roy Arthur Williams, bank chairman-chief executive, former stake president; Johannesburg South Africa Region, Percy E. A. Winstanley, Jr., sales executive, former stake president.
Plain City Utah Stake, Zearl Lee Dickemore; Snowflake Arizona Stake, Franklin Lars Flake; Morgan Hill California Stake, La Moine D. Anhder; Mexico City Mexico Moctezuma Stake, Jose Jaime de la Pena (Ocampo); Zamboanga Philippines Stake (new, from the Philippines Davao Mission), Catalino A. Dagupan; Coatzacoalcos Mexico Stake, Angel Garrido Nunez; Quezaltenango Guatemala Stake, Octavio Rodolfo Gomez.
Mexico City Mexico Valle Dorado Stake, (new, from a division of the Mexico City Mexico Tlalnepantla Stake), Arturo Lopez Gomez; Mexico City Mexico Tlalnepantla Stake, Raul Feijoo Romero; Mt. Vernon Virginia Stake, (new, from a division of the Annandale Virginia Stake), Keith A. Gulledge; Payson Utah Stake, Theron Frank Hill; Orem Utah Central Stake, Gene F. Priday; Mexico City Linda Vista Stake, Jose Francisco Parra Garcia; Mexico City Mexico Arbolillo Stake, Salvador Aguirre Osorio.
Managua Nicaragua Stake, Gustavo Ortega; Huntington Beach California Stake, Dale Thomas Borgquist; Seattle Washington Shoreline Stake, E. James Nelson; Las Vegas Nevada Lakes Stake, Keith R. Edwards; Provo Utah Edgemont South Stake, Glen A. Overton; Stockholm Sweden Stake, Sven L. Karlsson; Chiclayo Peru Central Stake, Franklin Arroyo Suarez; Driggs Idaho Stake, Stephen W. Hoopes.
Fremont California South Stake (new, from a division of the Fremont California Stake), Jerry Valiant Kirk; Heber City Utah East Stake, Michael J. Moulton; 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; Placentia California Stake, Earl Leslie Underwood, Jr.; Kearns Utah Central Stake, L. Richard McCune; Nuku’alofa Tonga Stake, ’Uiha Tu’ikolovatu; Atlanta Georgia Stake, John Byron Marler.
Tapachula Mexico Stake, Jose Bartolo Cordova Avalos; Hamilton New Zealand Stake, Michael Alexander Roberts; Mesa Arizona Maricopa Stake, David K. Udall; Chandler Arizona Alma Stake, J. Brent Hatch; Goteborg Sweden Stake, Ingvar Olsson; Montgomery Alabama Stake, John E. Enslen; Dothan Alabama Stake, (new, from a division of the Montgomery Alabama Stake and the Marianna Florida Stake) Ned Philip Jenne; Concord California Stake, Vern Mumford Tueller; Walnut Creek California East Stake, William Floyd Matthews; Walnut Creek California Stake, William Watt Parmley.
Escondido California Stake, John H. Dow; Enoch Utah Stake, Amos Burness Hunt; Silverdale Washington Stake, Robert Arthur Lingenbrink.