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Changes in Presidency of Seventy

A new member of the Presidency of the Seventy and changes in Area Presidency assignments have been announced by the First Presidency, to be effective 15 August 1996 (see adjacent article).

Elder Earl C. Tingey has been called to serve in the Presidency of the Seventy, replacing Elder Carlos E. Asay, who will preside over the Salt Lake Temple effective 1 September 1996. With Elder Asay’s release, Elder L. Aldin Porter will become the senior member of the Presidency of the Seventy.

Elder Earl C. Tingey

Elder Earl C. Tingey has been serving as president of the Utah South Area and as assistant executive director of the Church Missionary Department. Sustained to the First Quorum of the Seventy on 1 January 1991, Elder Tingey previously served in the Africa Area presidency for three years. Born in Bountiful, Utah, he graduated from the University of Utah Law School and earned a master’s degree from New York University. He worked as a corporate attorney for Kennecott Copper Corporation, and he is a former regional representative and mission president. He and his wife, Joanne Wells Tingey, have four children.

Seven new Area Authorities will be serving in Area Presidencies, in addition to the three Area Authorities called last year to serve in Area Presidencies. Those seven brethren are:

Chung Hei Wong, 45, Hong Kong; former regional representative, counselor in a mission presidency, and stake president; married to Kathy Wong.

P. Bruce Mitchell, 61, Cherrybrook (Sydney), Australia; former counselor in a temple presidency, regional representative, and counselor in a stake presidency; married to Elva Merle Trost.

Christoffel Golden Jr., 44, Krugersdorp, Republic of South Africa; former stake president and stake Young Men president; married to Diane Hulbert.

Tomás Valdés O., 56, Saltillo, Mexico; former regional representative, stake president, and counselor in a mission presidency; married to María Castañeda.

Octaviano Tenorio D., 53, Bosques de Lago, Cuautitlán, Mexico; former regional representative and stake president; married to Rosa Elva Valenzuela Gonzalez.

Julio E. Alvarado, 44, Molino de las Flores, Guatemala; former regional representative and stake president; married to Blanca Barrientos.

Eduardo A. Lamartine, 47, Santiago, Chile; former regional representative and stake president; married to Luisa Maureira Rojas.

New Area Presidencies

The First Presidency has announced changes in assignments for Area Presidencies. These assignments will be effective 15 August 1996.

Church leaders also announced the creation of the Chile Area, accomplished by a division of the existing South America South Area, and announced that 10 Area Authorities will be serving as counselors in Area Presidencies, whereas last year three Area Authorities served as members of Area Presidencies.

1. North America Northwest: Glenn L. Pace, President; Wm. Rolfe Kerr, First Counselor; C. Scott Grow, Second Counselor

2. North America Central: Hugh W. Pinnock, President; J. Richard Clarke, First Counselor; V. Dallas Merrell, Second Counselor

3. North America Northeast: Vaughn J Featherstone, President; W. Don Ladd, First Counselor; Marlin K. Jensen, Second Counselor

4. North America Southeast: F. Burton Howard, President; John K. Carmack, First Counselor; F. David Stanley, Second Counselor

5. North America Southwest: Dean L. Larsen, President; Lynn A. Mickelsen, First Counselor; Angel Abrea, Second Counselor

6. North America West: Loren C. Dunn, President; C. Max Caldwell, First Counselor; Cree-L Kofford, Second Counselor

7. Utah North: Alexander B. Morrison, President; Robert E. Wells, First Counselor; Robert K. Dellenbach, Second Counselor

8. Utah South: Ben B. Banks, President; L. Lionel Kendrick, First Counselor; Dennis B. Neuenschwander, Second Counselor

9. Mexico North: John M. Madsen, President; Andrew W. Peterson, First Counselor; Tomás Valdés O., Second Counselor

10. Mexico South: D. Todd Christofferson, President; Gary J. Coleman, First Counselor; Octaviano Tenorio D., Second Counselor

11. Central America: William R. Bradford, President; Lino Alvarez, First Counselor; Julio E. Alvarado, Second Counselor

12. South America North: Jay E. Jensen, President; Francisco J. Viñas, First Counselor; Carl B. Pratt, Second Counselor

13. Brazil: Dallas N. Archibald, President; W. Craig Zwick, First Counselor; Claudio R. M. Costa, Second Counselor

14. Chile: F. Melvin Hammond, President; Jerald L. Taylor, First Counselor; Eduardo A. Lamartine, Second Counselor

15. South America South: John B. Dickson, President; Carlos H. Amado, First Counselor; Hugo A. Catron, Second Counselor

16. Europe North: Cecil O. Samuelson Jr., President; John E. Fowler, First Counselor; Spencer J. Condie, Second Counselor

17. Europe East: Charles Didier, President; Bruce D. Porter, First Counselor; F. Enzio Busche, Second Counselor

18. Europe West: Dieter F. Uchtdorf, President; Neil L. Andersen, First Counselor; Gene R. Cook, Second Counselor

19. Africa: James O. Mason, President; Dennis E. Simmons, First Counselor; Christoffel Golden Jr., Second Counselor

20. Asia North: David E. Sorensen, President; Rex D. Pinegar, First Counselor; L. Edward Brown, Second Counselor

21. Asia: Kwok Yuen Tai, President; John H. Groberg, First Counselor; Chung Hei Wong, Second Counselor

22. Philippines/Micronesia: Kenneth Johnson, President; Sheldon F. Child, First Counselor; Quentin L. Cook, Second Counselor

23. Pacific: Lowell D. Wood, President; Bruce C. Hafen, First Counselor; P. Bruce Mitchell, Second Counselor

President Hinckley Visits Asian Saints, Dedicates Hong Kong Temple

In a busy 18-day visit to seven countries and one territory in Asia, President Gordon B. Hinckley toured 13 cities, met with a number of government officials, answered numerous questions from reporters, delivered 21 addresses to more than 75,000 people, and dedicated the Hong Kong Temple. Throughout the entire trip, President Hinckley was accompanied by his wife, Marjorie, and Elder Joseph B. Wirthlin of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, and his wife, Elisa. Other General Authorities joined the Church President and his group during various stages throughout the 18 days.

On 17 May, President Hinckley arrived in Tokyo, the first stop on his Asian travels, marking the first time that a Church President has been in Asia since President Kimball dedicated the Tokyo Temple in 1980.

While in Japan, President Hinckley presided over and addressed several meetings: a fireside and gathering of missionaries in Tokyo, a press briefing in Tokyo, a regional conference in Osaka, a fireside and missionary meeting in Fukuoka, and a fireside with members and missionaries in Naha, Okinawa.

“This is [the] 45th or 46th time I’ve been to Japan,” he noted on one occasion. “I’ve seen the miracle of many things since I started coming here.”

At the 18 May fireside in Tokyo, the Church leader mentioned Elder Heber J. Grant, the eighth President of the Church, who came to Japan as a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles in 1901. “He and three other missionaries … went to a quiet and secluded place and dedicated Japan for the preaching of the gospel,” President Hinckley said, noting that Elder Grant went home very discouraged because of the lack of success. Twenty-three years later, President Grant closed the mission in Japan, President Hinckley noted.

Today, Japan has a temple and is home to more than 100,000 members of the Church in 25 stakes and nine missions. “If President Grant were here now, he would weep with gratitude, and I feel that way as I look into your faces,” President Hinckley said, addressing the standing-room-only audience. “I see such strength I never dreamed of in this land.”

A special occasion for President Hinckley in Japan was an “old friends” reception where he renewed acquaintances with members he had worked with during the 11 years he supervised the work of the Church in the area as a General Authority. Approximately 90 members attended the gathering, where hugs, handshakes, and tears were shared. “I had difficulty holding back the tears in seeing these men and women of faith who have remained true to the work of the Lord,” President Hinckley observed after the meeting.

While in Tokyo, President Hinckley also paid a courtesy call on Walter Mondale, the U.S. ambassador to Japan, and spent nearly two hours with reporters from seven of Japan’s leading newspapers and magazines. He also met with many local leaders in the areas he visited.

After leaving Japan, President Hinckley stopped in Korea, arriving in Pusan on 21 May. While in Pusan, he met with full-time missionaries at a missionary conference, spoke at a fireside that evening for members, and visited the United Nations Memorial cemetery.

The next day, 22 May, he arrived in Seoul for additional meetings with missionaries and members. While in Seoul, he also visited the Seoul Korea Temple and met with 13 reporters from prominent national newspapers.

“I first began to come to Korea 36 years ago,” President Hinckley told members who attended a fireside in Seoul. “In 1960 it was a different country. There was great poverty among the people. There was great suffering among the people.

“Now there is prosperity. There is peace. But I don’t know that there is more faith than there was back then. I have many wonderful, faithful, holy experiences in this land. …

“You are a chosen generation,” he continued. “How thankful you ought to be. … The men in this hall tonight hold the priesthood of God. That is a royal priesthood! That is the power and the authority and the right to speak in the name of God.”

After his visit to Korea, President Hinckley traveled to Taipei, Taiwan, again to meet with full-time missionaries and members. Then he proceeded to Hong Kong, where he dedicated the Hong Kong Temple and met with missionaries.

President Hinckley first visited Hong Kong 36 years ago, in 1960, when he began supervising Church work in the Asian area. “This temple represents one of the great dreams of my life,” the Church leader told missionaries in a meeting the day before the 26 May dedication.

Rain fell most of the day Sunday during the first four of seven dedicatory sessions (three were held on Monday, 27 May), although it stopped briefly during the 8:00 A.M. ceremony to seal in place a cornerstone, which marked the spot where a box had been placed containing copies of historical papers, photographs, and other items of significance to the members in Hong Kong.

During the dedicatory sessions, local choirs from the five stakes in Hong Kong performed; and President Hinckley, who has participated in either the dedication or rededication of all but five of the Church’s 48 operating temples, offered the dedicatory prayer in the first session. In the following sessions, he alternated offering the prayer and conducting the meetings with President Thomas S. Monson, First Counselor in the First Presidency. Also in attendance were Elders Neal A. Maxwell and Joseph B. Wirthlin of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles and Elders Kwok Yuen Tai, John H. Groberg, and Rulon G. Craven of the Seventy, who also serve as the presidency of the Asia Area.

Wives of the General Authorities also attended: Marjorie P. Hinckley, Frances Monson, Colleen Maxwell, Elisa Wirthlin, Hui Hua Tai, Jean Groberg, and Donna Craven.

Prior to offering the prayer in the first session, President Hinckley said that the Church “now comes to full maturity with the dedication of this sacred temple.” During the prayer he spoke with gratitude for the first missionaries who served in the area almost 150 years ago, and he prayed that the people of Hong Kong could continue to have freedom to worship.

More than 5,000 people attended the seven dedicatory sessions, including hundreds from Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, and other areas.

On 27 May, after the last dedicatory session, President Hinckley became the first President of the Church to visit mainland China when he spent a night in Shenzhen, China, just over the Hong Kong-China border. In a visit arranged through the Church’s Polynesian Cultural Center in Hawaii, President Hinckley and others, including President Monson and Elders Maxwell, Wirthlin, and Tai, visited a “sister” cultural center, the Chinese Folk Villages; Splendid China, a miniature re-creation of various regions of China’s villages; and Windows of the World, a re-creation in miniature of some of the world’s major attractions. More than 500 costumed dancers and performers lined walkways to greet President Hinckley and others in his group during their brief stay.

After the night in China, President Hinckley traveled to Cambodia, where on 28 May he stood on a hillside facing the Mekong River in Phnom Penh and offered a prayer dedicating the country for missionary work. Accompanying President and Sister Hinckley and Elder and Sister Wirthlin during their brief time in Cambodia were Elder John H. Groberg of the Seventy, second counselor in the Asia Area, and his wife, Jean. Twelve full-time missionaries who serve in Cambodia also were with the Church leader, and more than 400 members and investigators gathered for a meeting in a hotel convention hall in Phnom Penh.

On Wednesday, 29 May, President Hinckley was in Ho Chi Minh City, formerly Saigon. While there he stood on the roof of the Caravelle Hotel, where in 1966 he had offered a prayer dedicating what was then South Vietnam for missionary work. President Hinckley also visited with about 25 local members at a local Church leader’s home. That afternoon he flew to Hanoi and visited with the 19 members of the Hanoi Branch, couples doing humanitarian work for the Church, and expatriate couples who live there. While in Hanoi, President Hinckley offered what he termed an “addendum” to his previous dedicatory prayer, referencing the entire country of Vietnam.

Later that evening, President Hinckley arrived in the Philippines, where he met with members and missionaries in Manila and Cebu.

Early on Thursday, President Hinckley met with a reporter from a national newspaper and did a television interview for 150 cable stations throughout the Philippines. He then visited the American War Memorial Cemetery in Manila, where 35 years ago on 28 April 1961 he had offered a prayer for the Philippine Islands, opening the area for missionary work.

In a later meeting with missionaries serving in the area, President Hinckley called the cemetery “hallowed.”

“There are engraved the names of Americans and Filipinos who gave their lives for the freedom of this land,” he said. “We hope the Spirit of the Lord will brood over this land and touch the hearts of the people.”

While in Manila, President Hinckley addressed approximately 35,000 members who crowded into a local sports arena. Faithful members began lining up for the 7:00 P.M. meeting early that morning, and hundreds who were originally turned away were allowed in.

The Church leader counseled those in attendance, especially the youth, to be clean and virtuous. “We believe in being honest,” he said. “We believe in rising above the morals of the world. You cannot be immoral. You cannot use filthy language. You cannot profane the name of God. We believe in being true, chaste, benevolent, virtuous, and if there is anything lovely, of good report, or praiseworthy, we seek after these things.”

President Hinckley also left his blessing on those in attendance, saying, “I bless you if you will walk in faith and live the gospel, you will have food on your table, clothes on your back, a roof over your head, and the blessings of heaven.”

The next day, while addressing missionaries in the Philippines Quezon City and Philippines Manila Missions, he talked about the meeting. “I suppose it was the greatest assembly of Latter-day Saints under one roof at one time,” he said. “Yesterday was a great day in my life.”

President Hinckley counseled the missionaries to stay away from temptation and told them that he regarded them as “companions in this work.”

“Go forward, my companions,” he said, “not with a spirit of fear but with a spirit of love, with power in the priesthood, with the power of your testimonies, with the love of the people of this land. Therefore, be not ashamed of the testimony of our Lord Jesus Christ.”

On a sultry afternoon on Friday, 31 May, President Hinckley met with more than 9,000 members of the Church in Cebu. The meeting was held early in the day so that many members who had traveled by boat to attend would be able to meet their boat connections in order to return home expeditiously.

When President Hinckley, en route home from the Philippines, learned that the plane would refuel at Saipan, he asked Elder Ben B. Banks of the Seventy and President of the Philippines/Micronesia Area to call ahead to indicate that he would be delighted to meet with the missionaries and members residing there. While the plane refueled, President Hinckley met with 10 missionaries and about 60 local members and enjoyed a brief but “wonderful experience.”

[photo] The Hong Kong Temple was dedicated 26–27 May by President Gordon B. Hinckley. (Photo by Fay Andrus.)

[photo] President Gordon B. Hinckley helps two children during cornerstone ceremony of Hong Kong Temple while President Thomas S. Monson and Sister Frances Monson look on. (Photo by Gerry Avant, courtesy of Church News.)

[photo]President Hinckley answers questions during a press conference in Seoul, Korea, with translation assistance from Area Authority Ko Won Yong. (Photo by Gerry Avant, courtesy of Church News.)

[photo] President Hinckley and his wife, Marjorie, arrive at the Chinese Folk Villages in Shenzhen, China. (Photo by Gerry Avant, courtesy of Church News.)

[photo] In Japan, President and Sister Hinckley pose with members at an “old friends” reception, where he was reacquainted with people he’d worked with during 11 years of supervising Church work in the area. (Photo by Gerry Avant, courtesy of Church News.)

[photo] President Hinckley stands on roof of hotel in Ho Chi Minh City, where 30 years earlier he dedicated the land for missionary work. (Photo by Gerry Avant, courtesy of Church News.)

[photo] President and Sister Hinckley greet enthusiastic members in Manila. Approximately 35,000 people attended the meeting; some waited in line more than 12 hours to get good seats. (Photo by Gerry Avant, courtesy of Church News.)

[photo] In a large sports arena in Manila, members wait in anticipation to hear Church leaders speak. (Photo by Gerry Avant, courtesy of Church News.)

President Hinckley Addresses Missionaries via Satellite

Despite the normal challenges of their work, missionaries affect generations with their service, President Gordon B. Hinckley said as he spoke to 18,000 missionaries via satellite from his office in Salt Lake City.

The 26 April address was broadcast to missionaries in the 101 missions of the United States, Canada, and the Caribbean.

“This is one grand, many-zone conference,” President Hinckley observed. “I wish I could see all of you out there. I can picture you in imagination. Missionaries look very much the same wherever they serve. You have a clean and crisp and bright and happy look.”

In his address, President Hinckley bore testimony of the gospel and missionary work and encouraged missionaries to forget themselves in the service of others.

“I love my Father in Heaven,” he said, “the greatest of all, the Everlasting Father, the God of the universe. Though He be the great Almighty, He is my Father and your Father, and I am thankful that He loves each of us and that we can speak with Him in prayer with the assurance that He will hear and understand and bless us. …

“I love you who are my companions in this work, my friends, my brethren and sisters, who day after day, in a magnificent spirit of consecration, regardless of weather and circumstances, go out and teach and bless and bring knowledge and testimony to all who will open their doors and hearts. …

“As you work to save others, you save yourselves,” he continued. “You become less selfish; egotism and arrogance disappear. A feeling of humility comes into your heart as you think of the everlasting good that you do.” The Church leader counseled missionaries to plead with the Lord for His Spirit, and he reminded them that in order to obtain the Spirit, they must be worthy.

Also participating in the broadcast but speaking from the Missionary Training Center in Provo, Utah, were Elders David B. Haight, Robert D. Hales, and Henry B. Eyring of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles and Elder Lynn A. Mickelsen of the Seventy.

[photo] From his office in Salt Lake City, President Hinckley speaks to 18,000 missionaries via satellite broadcast.

BYU Education Week to Be Broadcast to Stake Centers

To extend educational opportunities to more Church members, the Church Educational System (CES) and Brigham Young University have announced plans for a pilot broadcast of portions of the university’s Campus Education Week program during 20–23 August. This pilot effort will be broadcast over the Church satellite system to stake centers in the United States and Canada and will also be seen on KBYU-TV.

Campus Education Week, begun in 1922, utilizes BYU’s Provo campus for one week to present more than 1,000 classes on education, religion, marriage, family relations, health, history, genealogy, science, youth interests, and other areas. Designed primarily for adults, it is believed to be the largest continuing education program of its type. It was the first major program of the Extension Division of BYU and is the foundation program upon which the current CES Continuing Education programs were built.

The purpose behind the one-week program is the same as that of the Church Educational System, explained Neil Carlile, associate director of the CES Continuing Education Programs—South: to help “bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of man” (Moses 1:39). The classes presented during Education Week have been established to help members strengthen their testimonies of Jesus Christ and his gospel; read and ponder the scriptures and the words of the living prophets; marry in the temple and make their homes effective and stable as they strive to become an eternal family; develop their capacity to share truths and desire to serve other members of the Church and the community at large; improve their vocational competence, work habits, and industriousness; and develop their self-respect, creativity, and problem-solving ability.

Three sessions from each day’s presentations (Tuesday through Friday) will be broadcast over the satellite system. For further information, contact CES Continuing Education Program, 278 HCEB, Brigham Young University, Provo, UT 84602-1507; phone (801) 378-2087.

Tuesday, August 20 How to Study the Scriptures

6:00 P.M. (MDT)

Tuesday, August 20 Faith of Our Fathers

7:00 P.M. (MDT)

Tuesday, August 20 Using the Scriptures

8:00 P.M. (MDT)

Wednesday, August 21 Restoring the Powers of the Gospel: Priesthood and Keys

6:00 P.M. (MDT)

Wednesday, August 21 Building Family Values in Children: Fostering Moral Development

7:00 P.M. (MDT)

Wednesday, August 21 Lest We Forget to Believe (D&C 20:77)

8:00 P.M. (MDT)

Thursday, August 22 Family History and the Temple: The Process of Identifying Our Ancestors and Their Families

11:00 A.M. (MDT)

Thursday, August 22 Jesus Christ: A Model of Leadership

Noon (MDT)

Thursday, August 22 The Savior’s Grand Sermon to the Nephites (3 Ne. 12–14)

1:00 P.M. (MDT)

Friday, August 23 Faith in Every Footstep: A Nation on the Move

6:00 P.M. (MDT)

Friday, August 23 Applying the Book of Mormon in Your Life

7:00 P.M. (MDT)

Friday, August 23 Joseph Smith among the Prophets

8:00 P.M. (MDT)

Elder W. Don Lad

Conversation: Church Flourishes in Northeastern United States and Canada

Covering an area that takes in many of North America’s largest cities—New York, Detroit, Toronto, Philadelphia, Montreal, Boston, Washington, D.C.—and perhaps a third of the total population of the United States and an even higher proportion of Canada’s, the Church’s North America Northeast Area is the scene of both the origin of the Church and much modern growth. For an update about the Church in this area, the Ensign spoke with Elder Vaughn J Featherstone of the Seventy, President of the North America Northeast Area, and his counselors, Elders W. Don Ladd and Marlin K. Jensen, both also of the Seventy.

Elder W. Don Lad Elder Vaughn J Featherstone Elder Marlin K. Jensen

Elder W. Don Ladd Elder Vaughn J Featherstone Elder Marlin K. Jensen

Question: How would you describe the current progress of the Church in the Northeast?

Answer: The Church here is now in a position where growth can really move forward. We have a strong nucleus of Church members in most areas, and in many locations Church membership is reaching a critical mass in both numbers and involvement that will encourage explosive growth. Church membership in the area is approaching 500,000, with 106 stakes, 12 districts, 27 missions, and two existing temples. Last year 15,000 people joined the Church in the area, and temple endowments have increased for the last three years in a row.

Perhaps the most exciting thing members in the area are looking forward to is the construction of new temples in Boston and New York. Together with the Washington Temple, these two new temples will anchor the densely populated U.S. “Bosnywash” corridor at both ends and in the middle, while the Toronto Temple will continue to serve members to the northwest. Like the Washington Temple, both new temples have dramatic locations planned that will allow them to be seen by thousands of motorists passing by on major expressways. Since its dedication in 1974, the Washington Temple has been perhaps the biggest single factor in influencing the image of the Church on the East Coast, and we expect the two new temples to likewise help bring the Church further out of obscurity.

While we’re on the subject of the Church’s physical facilities, it is important to recognize that the Church has reached a point in its maturity that the majority of people in the Northeast are now living within reasonably close proximity to a Church meetinghouse. We have 737 Church-owned buildings in the area plus 118 more that are leased, for a total of 855. The infrastructure is in place for much more growth.

Q: Tell us more about the members in the Northeast.

A: They are very impressive. Many members of the Church are well educated and are prominent in government, business, and academics, and we have a host of strong, dedicated families throughout the area who are contributing to the growth of the kingdom in every possible way. As recently as 10 years ago the majority of stake presidents and other leaders in the Northeast were transplants from Latter-day Saint population centers in the western United States, but today more and more capable, well-versed leaders who were born and raised in the Northeast are taking the Church into the future. One great strength of members in the Northeast is their involvement in missionary work: they go out on splits with the missionaries, freely give them referrals, pray for the missionaries and their investigators, and invite them to teach discussions in their homes. Great things are happening as missionaries and members team up in a balanced effort to convert, retain, and activate. Media referrals also are an important part of missionary work in this area, with some missions receiving as many as 1,000 media referrals a month.

Another significant development in the Northeast that continues to gather momentum is the growth of the Church in the inner cities. The 1978 revelation that all worthy males could hold the priesthood opened the way, and today we are seeing the fruits. We are amazed at the ethnic diversity in the Northeast. In Toronto, for example, more than 90 nationalities are represented. Numerous languages are spoken among Church members in the Northeast, and in many cases foreign citizens return to their countries of origin and take the gospel with them.

Q: What challenges and obstacles does the Church face in the Northeast?

A: Religious traditions are strong in the area, yet at the same time much worldliness and secularism have crept in, diverting people’s attention from spiritual matters. Economic challenges in many locales keep some people preoccupied with making a living. People in populous areas face extra challenges of time and distance; we know of many members who leave their homes as early as 6:00 A.M. and don’t return until 7:00 P.M. or later and then try to find time for their families, Church callings, and other activities. Despite their pressures, though, so many of our members are so faithful and devoted to the Church.

As elsewhere throughout the world, the Northeast is facing many challenges related to the disintegration of the family through divorce, unwed pregnancy, pornography, homosexuality, and other evils. Gambling, drugs, and violent crime are also continuing concerns. Because of the way the world is today, the Church is attracting more and more people who admire our emphasis on strong families and our solid moral values. We are happy to report that overall we feel the Church’s biggest challenge in the Northeast is dealing with growth.

Q: What other developments are taking place in the Northeast?

A: The Church is truly in full blossom in North America’s Northeast. Members are strengthened by temples, by unified stakes, and by the many Church historical sites in their midst, from Joseph Smith’s birthplace in Vermont to the Kirtland Temple in Ohio. The Hill Cumorah Pageant continues to be an annual highlight for members in the Northeast, attracting as many as 100,000 visitors a year and generating thousands of missionary referrals. We know that as more and more people join the Church and faithfully live the gospel, they will be an influence for good far beyond the proportion represented by their numbers.

Mount Timpanogos Temple Open House, Dedication

The First Presidency has announced the dates for a six-week public open house at the Mount Timpanogos Utah Temple in American Fork, Utah. The public will be welcome to tour the temple from 10 August through 21 September, except Sundays.

Tickets have been distributed to stake presidents in the Utah South Area and in Salt Lake, Davis, and Morgan Counties. Members in those areas may obtain tickets from their local leaders. They may also obtain tickets for friends and associates of any faith. For the general public and Church members in other areas, tickets can be obtained by calling 801-763-4570.

After the open house, the temple will be dedicated. In order to accommodate as many as possible of the 131,000 members of the Church in the 41 stakes of the temple district, 27 separate dedicatory sessions will be conducted on 13–19 October.

The temple is situated on a 17-acre site on the east bench of American Fork. The temple will be the Church’s 49th operating temple in 29 countries. Another 14 temples are in various stages of planning or construction.

[illustration] Illustrated by James Porter

Elder Lloyd P. George, Former Seventy, Dies

Elder Lloyd P. George, a former member of the Quorum of the Seventy, died on 13 May 1996 at LDS Hospital in Salt Lake City.

Elder George, born 17 September 1920 in Kanosh, Utah, served in the First Quorum of the Seventy from 1 October 1988 to 1 April 1989. He then was sustained to the Second Quorum of the Seventy and served in that capacity until his release on 1 October 1994. During his service as a General Authority, he was a counselor in the North America Southeast, North America Central, Utah Central, and Utah North Area Presidencies.