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Changes in Members of Seventies Quorums;

New Young Women Presidency

Church members sustained a number of important leadership changes presented during the Saturday afternoon session of the 167th semiannual general conference. Three members of the First Quorum of the Seventy were given emeritus status; seven members of the Second Quorum of the Seventy were honorably released after completing five-year assignments; three new Area Authority Seventies were called to the Third Quorum of the Seventy; the Young Men and Sunday School general presidencies were reorganized; and the Young Women general presidency was released and a new presidency called.

Emeritus Status, Released

Designated as emeritus members of the First Quorum of the Seventy were Elders J. Richard Clarke, Dean L. Larsen, and Robert E. Wells. A native of Rexburg, Idaho, Elder Clarke most recently served as First Counselor in the North America Central Area Presidency. He was sustained on 1 October 1976 as Second Counselor in the Presiding Bishopric and has served as a General Authority for the past 21 years. Elder Larsen, a native of Hyrum, Utah, most recently served as President of the North America Southwest Area and as Church historian and recorder. He was sustained on 1 October 1976 to the First Quorum of the Seventy and has served therein for the past 21 years. A native of Las Vegas, Nevada, Elder Wells most recently served as First Counselor in the Utah North Area Presidency. Elder Wells was also called on 1 October 1976 to the First Quorum, where he has served since then.

Released from the Second Quorum of the Seventy upon completion of five-year assignments were Elders Lino Alvarez, C. Max Caldwell, John E. Fowler, Augusto A. Lim, V. Dallas Merrell, F. David Stanley, and Kwok Yuen Tai. Living in Mexico City, Mexico, when called, Elder Alvarez most recently served as First Counselor in the Central America Area Presidency. Living in Provo, Utah, when called, Elder Caldwell most recently served as First Counselor in the North America West Area Presidency. Living in Sandy, Utah, when called, Elder Fowler most recently served as First Counselor in the Europe North Area Presidency. Living in Naga, Philippines, when called, Elder Lim most recently served as First Counselor in the Philippines/Micronesia Area. Living in Salt Lake City, Utah, when called, Elder Merrell most recently served as Second Counselor in the North America Central Area Presidency. Living in Boise, Idaho, when called, Elder Stanley most recently served as Second Counselor in the North America Southeast Area Presidency and as First Counselor in the Sunday School general presidency. Living in Hong Kong when called, Elder Tai most recently served as President of the Asia Area.

Newly Called

Elder John A. Grinceri of Perth, Australia, was called as an Area Authority Seventy to serve in the Pacific Area. Elder David W. Eka of Port Harcourt, Nigeria, was called as an Area Authority Seventy to serve in the Africa Area. Elder Patrick C. H. Wong of Hong Kong, whose name was inadvertently not listed with those to be read in conference, was called as an Area Authority Seventy to serve in the Asia Area. All were assigned to the Third Quorum of the Seventy.

Auxiliary Presidencies

Elder F. David Stanley of the Seventy was released as first counselor in the Young Men general presidency, and Elder Robert K. Dellenbach was released as second counselor. Elder Dellenbach was then called as first counselor, and Elder F. Melvin Hammond of the Seventy was called as second counselor. Elder Jack H Goaslind of the Presidency of the Seventy continues to serve as Young Men general president.

In the Sunday School general presidency, Elder F. Burton Howard of the Seventy was released as first counselor and Elder Glenn L. Pace of the Seventy was released as second counselor. Elder Pace was then called as first counselor in the Sunday School general presidency, and Elder Neil L. Andersen of the Seventy was called as second counselor. Elder Harold G. Hillam of the Presidency of the Seventy continues serving as Sunday School general president.

In the Young Women general presidency, Sister Janette H. Beckham was released as president and Sister Margaret D. Nadauld was called to succeed her. Sister Carol B. Thomas, who had been serving as second counselor, was sustained as first counselor, succeeding Sister Virginia H. Pearce. Sister Sharon G. Larsen was sustained as second counselor. Biographical articles about Sisters Nadauld and Larsen appear on page 103; a biography of Sister Thomas appeared in the May 1997 Ensign.

Overflow crowds find ample space between the Tabernacle and North Visitors’ Center on Temple Square to enjoy conference sessions.

Margaret D. Nadauld

Young Women General President
Margaret D. Nadauld

“I have always loved young women for their sensitive spiritual nature, gentleness, and special beauty,” says Margaret Dyreng Nadauld, who has served on the Relief Society general board and in five Young Women ward presidencies, including three times as president. “I look forward to being more involved in the lives of our young women Churchwide, and I hope I can find ways to be a blessing to them and to serve them.”

Born in Manti, Utah, on 21 November 1944, Margaret was the oldest of four children born to R. Morgan and Helen Bailey Dyreng. “I watched my parents in their leadership callings in the Church and the community,” she says of her father and mother, who helped start the Mormon Miracle Pageant in Manti 30 years ago. “We just grew up knowing that we should serve and do whatever we could do to make things grow.”

Opportunities to develop leadership skills came early to Sister Nadauld and have continued throughout her life. In addition to serving in Young Women, she has served as a Relief Society president and counselor and as a counselor in stake and ward Primary presidencies. “I’ve tried to be active in civic organizations as well as the Church,” says Sister Nadauld, who has served as president of the Utah chapter of the Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge and also as vice president of the Utah chapter of American Mothers, Inc.

She attended Snow College for one year, graduated in speech and English from Brigham Young University in 1967, and then taught high school English in Salt Lake City and in Boston. On 11 July 1968 in the Manti Temple, Margaret married Stephen D. Nadauld, who later served in the Second Quorum of the Seventy from 1991 to 1996. The parents of seven sons, the Nadaulds have lived in Boston, New York City, and the San Francisco Bay Area as well as in Utah. Though she likes playing the piano and is an avid reader, Sister Nadauld says she enjoys most the things their family does together—such as sports and outdoor activities.

“I know I need to be dependent on the Lord,” she says. “I will try to do what he wants for the Young Women and to be a receptive servant while I’m on his errand.”

Sharon G. Larsen

Second Counselor, Young Women General Presidency
Sharon G. Larsen

Sharon G. Larsen was just 25 years old and newly married when she was called to be president of the Young Women in her stake. Never having been a ward Young Women president before, she felt overwhelmed by the call. “Every ward Young Women president was older than I was,” she remembers. “But they were so kind and so tolerant of this young, inexperienced leader, and I learned a great deal from them.” The calling was one of many that would help prepare her for her current responsibilities as second counselor in the Young Women general presidency.

Born on 6 February 1939 in Cardston, Alberta, Canada, Sister Larsen grew up in the small town of Glenwood, Alberta. “It was the most wonderful, magical place to grow up in,” she says. “Almost everyone in the town was a relative, and they all had the same values as my parents. We didn’t hear any mixed messages, and as a result, my childhood was very secure and safe.”

Sister Larsen attended the University of Alberta in Edmonton and then Brigham Young University, where she earned a degree in elementary education and met Ralph Thomas Larsen. They were married on 2 July 1964 in the Alberta Temple. The couple now live in Farmington, Utah, and have two children and one grandchild.

Sister Larsen taught elementary school for several years in Utah and Missouri and hosted a weekly educational television series, also in Utah. Her Church callings have included ward and stake Relief Society president, Young Women general board member, and national president of the LDS sorority Lambda Delta Sigma. She has also taught early-morning seminary and institute.

“I love young people, and I think the greatest compliment is when they consider me their friend,” Sister Larsen says. “The young women of the Church have never been better equipped to handle the challenges that are awaiting them. They are so good, valiant, and strong.” With her new calling, Sister Larsen will be able to be a friend to and positive influence on countless young women throughout the Church.

Conference Temple Announcements

A major announcement on temples was made by President Gordon B. Hinckley in the Saturday evening general priesthood session (see page 49). He said that the Church will build “small temples” in some remote areas where “the membership is small and not likely to grow very much in the near future.” He then said that three such small temples were already in the planning stage—for Anchorage, Alaska; for the colonies originally settled by Latter-day Saints in northwestern Chihuahua, Mexico; and for Monticello, Utah.

Noting that a small temple could be built within several months, President Hinckley said such temples would be presided over by a locally called temple president; would be open according to need, perhaps only one or two days a week; would be placed where possible on the same grounds as a stake center; and would not have cafeterias or laundry facilities, except as needed for baptismal clothing, to help keep the temples small. He also said that local Church members would serve as ordinance workers and would clean and care for the temples.

President Hinckley said: “I think stake presidents in many areas will say this is exactly what we need. Well, let us know of your needs, and we will give them prayerful consideration, but please don’t expect things to happen all at once. We need a little experience for this undertaking.”

He also announced that larger temples will be built in Houston, Texas, and in Pôrto Alegre, Brazil. “In areas of greater Church membership we will build more of the traditional temples,” he said.

The announcement of three small temples and two larger temples brings to 71 the number of temples the Church now has in operation (50), in construction (9), and in the announced planning stage but for which ground has not yet been broken (12).

Artist’s rendition for the exterior of a small temple.

Architect’s rendering of the newly announced temple to be built in Houston, Texas.

President Hinckley Focuses on New Converts and Families in South American Visits

President Gordon B. Hinckley is keeping up a busy pace as he counsels and meets with Church members and media representatives worldwide. During August President Hinckley met with priesthood leaders, members, missionaries, and news reporters in Ecuador, Paraguay, Uruguay, and Venezuela. He was accompanied on that trip by Elder Russell M. Nelson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. During September he participated in the celebration of the Church’s 100th anniversary in Denver, Colorado; addressed U.S. religion writers at the Religion Newswriters Association’s annual convention in Albuquerque, New Mexico; spoke to members of the Navajo Nation at Window Rock, Arizona; and rededicated the Papago Ward meetinghouse near Mesa, Arizona, home to the Church’s oldest Native American ward.

Montevideo, Uruguay

Accompanied by Elder John B. Dickson of the Seventy, then serving as President of the South America South Area, President Hinckley began his activities in Montevideo, Uruguay, on Saturday, 9 August, by being interviewed for a television program called Focus. “I am very optimistic about the people of the world,” he told the reporter. “People everywhere have many serious problems, but people are good. Most of them desire to do that which is good.”

Later that day President Hinckley met with about 250 missionaries from the two Uruguay missions, and that evening he spoke at a priesthood leadership meeting attended by more than 1,200 brethren from southern Uruguay stakes and districts. “Each convert is valuable, each convert is a precious soul,” President Hinckley remarked. “The Lord has clearly said that He would leave the ninety and nine for the life of one. And this is now our responsibility as leaders in this area.”

Speaking to more than 11,000 members in a regional conference held the following morning in an enclosed stadium, President Hinckley spoke about how parents can help their children understand Heavenly Father and the Savior, prepare for full-time missions, keep the Word of Wisdom, pay tithing, and prepare to go through the temple. “Guide them to love their native land, obey the laws, and get all the education they can,” President Hinckley added.

Asunción, Paraguay

On Sunday, 10 August, President Hinckley traveled to Asunción, Paraguay, to speak to some 7,000 members gathered in an enclosed stadium. He and Elder Nelson were accompanied in Asunción by Elder Carlos H. Amado of the Seventy, then serving as First Counselor in the South America South Area Presidency and now serving as President. Speaking of new converts, President Hinckley said, “They need a friend, someone they can talk to, someone who will answer their questions.”

Expressing his love for the members, President Hinckley said: “You should be the best people in the world, and I believe that you are. You pray, you kneel down and speak to our Father in Heaven. … You ask Him to forgive your sins. You stand up and try to be better. That is something wonderful.”

At a priesthood leadership meeting held Sunday evening at a Church meetinghouse in downtown Asunción, President Hinckley repeated his urgent invitation for priesthood leaders to watch over and care for new converts. He said that was the most important thing he needed to tell them at that time.

Guayaquil, Ecuador

President Hinckley and Elder Nelson were met in Guayaquil, Ecuador, on Monday, 11 August, by Elder Jay E. Jensen of the Seventy, who was serving at the time as President of the South America North Area. Donning hard hats, the brethren visited the construction site of the Guayaquil Ecuador Temple, the emerging structure of which was visible above a nearby rocky elevation. President Hinckley then hurried to a stake center to speak to more than 400 full-time missionaries. Next he held a press conference for several television and newspaper reporters, to whom he said, “If families are strong, societies are strong; on the other hand, if families are weak, then societies will also be weak.”

That evening President Hinckley spoke to about 15,000 members who gathered in a coliseum despite a strike that made travel difficult. Centering his remarks on the family, President Hinckley told parents if they would have their children’s love, they must earn it: “You cannot abuse your children. You cannot beat them. You cannot mistreat them and have their love and respect. I am grateful to have had a father and mother who reared their children without beating them or abusing them in any way. If we did something that was wrong, they would sit down with us and talk with us about it in a reasonable way and tell us what they expected of us, and it had a wonderful result.”

Quito, Ecuador

President Hinckley’s first activity in Quito, Ecuador, on Tuesday, 12 August, was meeting with about 250 full-time missionaries. Pulling a fresh rose from a nearby arrangement, President Hinckley observed that, although the rose was beautiful and alive, it had no roots and would soon die. He then likened the rose to new converts, saying that if other members don’t help them put down roots in the Church, many will soon leave and die. He encouraged missionaries to keep in contact with new converts by letter after they have gone home.

Next, a television journalist interviewed President Hinckley for footage to be included in a feature about the Church’s recent pioneer sesquicentennial celebrations. Later, President Hinckley addressed about 9,000 members gathered in a coliseum, where he and Elder Nelson were joined by Elder Jensen and by Elder Francisco J. Viñas of the Seventy, at the time serving as a Counselor in the South America North Area Presidency and currently serving as Area President. A political protest had closed Ecuador’s national freeway on the day of the conference, so many members had to make unusual efforts to attend.

“When we finish this trip,” President Hinckley observed, “we will have been in all the large nations of South America and in all the nations of Central America.” Returning again to his theme of the importance of new converts, he said: “When you bring someone into this Church, when you help him and nurture him, when you encourage him and bring him along, you bring in not only an individual but you bring in generations. For faithful men and women have faithful children, and those children grow to be faithful fathers and mothers, and so the marvelous process goes on.”

Valencia, Venezuela

More than 10,000 members came to hear President Hinckley in Valencia, Venezuela, on Wednesday evening, 13 August. Earlier that day President Hinckley spoke to missionaries in Caracas, Venezuela, and prior to the main conference he met with missionaries serving in Valencia. President Hinckley and Elder Nelson were accompanied by Elder Viñas in Venezuela.

President Hinckley recalled that when he visited Venezuela 30 years before, there had been perhaps 100 members of the Church in the entire nation. He also recalled helping form the first stake in Valencia 15 years previously. “In October [1997] the Church will reach a membership of 10 million people in 160 nations across the world,” he said. “With all of that great growth, we must never lose sight of the fact that we are all individuals, that we all have tender feelings, that we must treat one another with kindness. I hope and pray the time will never come when we will not be concerned with one another and reach down to help one another and lift and strengthen one another,” he said as he closed this visit to the members in South America.

Denver, Colorado

More than 20,000 Church members and dignitaries joined President Hinckley and Elder Hugh W. Pinnock of the Seventy, President of the North America Central Area, in Denver’s McNichols Arena on Saturday, 13 September, to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the beginning of the Church’s missionary work in Denver. A program of music, dance, and narrative featuring original material produced by local Church members portrayed the history of the Church from early times to the present. With the theme of “How Beautiful upon the Mountains” (Isa. 52:7), the celebration also marked the sesquicentennial of the pioneers’ arrival in the Salt Lake Valley.

“The coming to Pueblo of the Mississippi converts, the gathering to Pueblo of the sick of the Mormon Battalion, the planting of Mormon settlements in the San Luis Valley, and the opening of the mission here a century ago all have been part of a grand process in the unfolding of the work of the Lord and the establishment and strengthening of His kingdom in these latter days,” President Hinckley remarked. “Today there is scarcely a community in Colorado that does not have a Mormon congregation.”

Religious Newswriters Convention

“You do not often make page A-1, and that, I imagine, becomes a little discouraging at times,” said President Hinckley to reporters from around the U.S. gathered at the annual Religion Newswriters Association convention in Albuquerque, New Mexico, on the morning of Sunday, 14 September. “But you render a great service. When all is said and done, religion affects the lives of uncounted millions throughout the nation.”

In his address, President Hinckley candidly provided many facts, details, and insights about Church history, doctrine, demographics, and programs. “We are a part of the great community of Christians,” he said. “And yet we are a peculiar people, in some respects difficult for you to understand and write about. Our history is unique. Our doctrine is somewhat different. Our way of financing our work is somewhat peculiar to us. Our system of charity is singular.”

Quoting Matthew 7:16—“Ye shall know them by their fruits”—President Hinckley said: “That is the only standard by which we wish to be judged. We have become old enough now, we have become large enough to provide a basis to test the efficacy of our programs. Our people have become leaders in the business world, occupying top executive positions. They are in the Congress of the United States. They are in the professions and in every worthy endeavor.” After his prepared address, President Hinckley answered reporters’ questions.

Window Rock, Arizona

More than 5,000 Native American members gathered on Sunday, 14 September, to welcome President Hinckley to Window Rock, Arizona, capital of the 25,000-square-mile Navajo Indian reservation that spreads across northeastern Arizona, northwestern New Mexico, and southeastern Utah. Speaking inside a civic center decorated with Navajo rugs, including the largest such rug ever woven, President Hinckley focused his remarks on building strong families and seeking educational opportunities.

“Hold your families close to you,” he said to parents. “Your sons and daughters are very precious to you. Treat your children as a great blessing from the Lord. Hold family home evenings. Sit down once a week and study the scriptures. Pray together and be together as families.” To young people, President Hinckley said: “The Church of which you are a member has a mandate from the Lord that we educate ourselves, our hands, our hearts, and our minds in the things of the world and the things of God. Make something of your lives. That is the wave of the future.”

Mesa, Arizona

Later on the same busy Sunday, 14 September, President Hinckley rededicated the extensively renovated Papago Ward meetinghouse near Mesa, Arizona. Created in 1884, the Papago Ward is attended mainly by people from the Pima and Maricopa Indian communities in the Salt River Valley. The ward is considered the Church’s oldest Native American ward.

Speaking to about 1,000 members and visitors, President Hinckley said: “You have a new building—this beautiful structure. Renew your lives. If you do, the Lord will bless you.” President Hinckley related that his great-uncle, Arza E. Hinckley, was the Papago Ward’s first bishop while serving as a missionary in the area.

About 1,200 brethren gathered in Montevideo, Uruguay, to hear President Gordon B. Hinckley speak at a priesthood leadership session. (Photo by Néstor Curbelo.)

Accompanied by Elder Carlos H. Amado of the Seventy, President Hinckley greets stake presidents and their wives in Asunción, Paraguay. (Photo by Néstor Curbelo.)

Accompanied by other Church leaders, President Hinckley inspects the construction site of the Guayaquil Ecuador Temple.

President Hinckley waves a white handkerchief in greeting to members in Ecuador.

A television journalist interviews President Hinckley and Elder Russell M. Nelson, of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, in Quito, Ecuador.

President Hinckley addresses members in Venezuela.

Children in Venezuela wait to present flowers to President and Sister Hinckley.

In a civic center decorated with Navajo rugs, President Hinckley addresses a Native American congregation in Window Rock, Arizona. (Photo by Ed McCombs.)

Thousands thronged to the meeting places to hear President Hinckley speak during his visits.

President Monson Addresses Scouts and Eastern Canadian Saints

President Thomas S. Monson, First Counselor in the First Presidency, spoke to more than 3,000 Latter-day Saint Scouts gathered for a special sacrament meeting at the National Boy Scout Jamboree on Sunday, 3 August, in Fort A.P. Hill, Virginia. “I have been to many jamborees and to many Scout meetings throughout the world,” President Monson said, “and I never tire of the assignment. I want you to know that the leadership of the Church favors completely your being here today.”

President Monson shared stories of several young heroes and emphasized two important areas of living the gospel. “Every young man a missionary; every Latter-day Saint married in the house of the Lord,” he said. “Those are two prime goals, and I’m a goal-oriented person as is each of you. Strive for these goals; qualify for them. And then serve with all your heart and soul.”

Also present at the sacrament meeting were Elder Jack H Goaslind of the Presidency of the Seventy, who serves as Young Men general president; Elder Robert K. Dellenbach of the Seventy, a counselor in the Young Men general presidency; and Sister Patricia P. Pinegar, Primary general president.

Eastern Canada

During a busy 8–12 August trip to Ontario, Canada, President Monson visited Olive W. Davies, the widow of eastern Canada’s first stake president, William M. Davies; dedicated a plaque in Bath, Ontario, honoring the first missionaries to preach the gospel in the area, one of which was an ancestor of President Gordon B. Hinckley’s; attended a youth conference testimony meeting held in the Kingston Branch meetinghouse; attended a meeting in Kingston honoring Gustav Wacker, an early pioneering Church member; encouraged missionaries serving in the Toronto East mission; and spoke to members at the Trenton Ontario District conference.

Speaking at the plaque dedication in Bath, which had been preceded by a two-mile Latter-day Saint pioneer parade, President Monson recited the Scout motto and said: “I would like to leave that as a challenge to each one of us here today—to do our best in all our endeavors. In the true meaning of the word pioneer, which according to the dictionary is ‘one who goes before, showing others the way to follow,’ every one of us can be a pioneer.” Referring to his service as mission president in the area beginning in 1959, President Monson said of his family, “Our roots have gone down deeply in the soil here.”

President Thomas S. Monson greets Scouts at a national jamboree held in Virginia. (Photo by Mike Cannon.)

President Faust Dedicates Nauvoo Monument, Ricks College Building

“We dedicate this marker as a remembrance of the life, the example, the faith, and the dedication of thy servant Edward Partridge,” prayed President James E. Faust, Second Counselor in the First Presidency, during a dedication ceremony held on 30 August at the Old Pioneer Cemetery in Nauvoo. “May it stand as a reminder of the nobility of this great man, his wife and children, as well as all others who are buried here.”

Edward Partridge was called as the Church’s first bishop in 1831, and after enduring persecutions and trials with the Saints he died at Nauvoo in 1840. President Faust is one of Bishop Partridge’s many descendants. Presiding Bishop H. David Burton also offered remarks at the dedication.

Ricks College

President Faust dedicated the new religion and humanities building at Church-owned Ricks College in Rexburg, Idaho, on 16 September. Named in honor of the Church’s third President, John Taylor, the college’s first new freestanding building in 17 years is also designed for use by an entire college stake on Sundays and weeknights.

“Obedience, dedication, and integrity were the hallmarks of President Taylor’s life,” said President Faust in his remarks prior to the dedication. “His years as President of the Church were times of turmoil, but he left a great legacy of gospel truth. It is entirely appropriate and fitting that this new building memorialize this great stalwart prophet and leader of the Church.”

Elder Henry B. Eyring of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, president of Ricks College from 1971 to 1977 and currently Commissioner of Church Education, spoke at the dedication. Also attending was Sister Mary Ellen Smoot, Relief Society general president and a member of the college’s board of trustees.

The new religion and humanities building at Ricks College bears the name of President John Taylor. (Photo by Michael Lewis.)

1998 Young Women Worldwide Celebration

To help young women turn their hearts to and strengthen their associations with their families, young women of the Church are invited to participate in an 11-month celebration titled “Turning Hearts to the Family.”

Beginning in January 1998, each young woman is encouraged to read and study “The Family: A Proclamation to the World,” prepare a record of her family’s history, prepare at least one family name for temple ordinances and perform the baptismal work where possible, participate in activities that focus on the family or on strengthening the family, and participate in a culminating activity in November 1998.

The celebration may be held at either the ward or branch level or the stake or district level. Under the direction of local priesthood leaders, Young Women leaders will organize appropriate events with the help of the young women. Specialists and Young Women committees may be appointed where needed.

Policies and Announcements

The First Presidency issued a statement about the September death of Mother Teresa, the Catholic nun who ministered to the poor of Calcutta, India, and elsewhere:

“The First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints joins with millions worldwide in mourning the death of Mother Teresa of Calcutta. Her life of unselfish service is an inspiration to all the world, and her acts of Christian goodness will stand as a memorial for generations to come.

“Recognizing her special devotion to children, she lived as the Savior taught: ‘And whoso shall receive one such little child in my name receiveth me’ (Matt. 18:5).

“We express our deepest condolences to the Catholic church as well as Mother Teresa’s close associates.”

Mormon Tabernacle Choir to Tour Europe

The First Presidency has announced that the Mormon Tabernacle Choir will make a 20-day, 7-country, 9-city concert tour of Europe during the summer of 1998. Scheduled for 12 June through 2 July, the concert tour will include London, England; Brussels, Belgium; Geneva, Switzerland; Genoa and Rome, Italy; Marseilles, France; Barcelona and Madrid, Spain; and Lisbon, Portugal. The choir will also perform at Church firesides in Brussels, Barcelona, and Madrid and will broadcast its weekly program, Music and the Spoken Word, from London, Geneva, and Barcelona.

The schedule is planned as follows:

Sunday, 14 June—Royal Albert Hall, London

Tuesday, 16 June—Palais Des Beaux Arts, Brussels

Thursday, 18 June—Victoria Hall, Geneva

Saturday, 20 June—Genoa Opera House, Genoa

Monday, 22 June—Accademia Santa Caecilia, Rome

Wednesday, 24 June—The Dome, Marseilles

Friday, 26 June—Palau de la Musica, Barcelona

Monday, 29 June—Auditorio Nacional, Madrid

Wednesday, 1 July—Coliseu, Lisbon

Choir musical director Jerold D. Ottley said the choir will perform “a varied program, including the works of several major world composers and some from our own culture.”

In 1998 the Mormon Tabernacle Choir will visit England, Belgium, Switzerland, Italy, France, Spain, and Portugal.

Fifth International Art Competition Announced by Church Museum

The Museum of Church History and Art invites Church members worldwide to create new works of art for the Fifth International Art Competition. With the theme of “The Book of Mormon: Its History and Message,” selections from the competition will be exhibited in the museum from 22 March to 1 September 2000.

The competition is open to all members of the Church age 12 and over. The museum encourages a creative interpretation of Book of Mormon subject matter broadly or narrowly defined—a theme, value, theological concept, or narrative story image; an aspect of the history of the coming forth of the Book of Mormon through the Prophet Joseph Smith; or a reflection on the impact of the Book of Mormon on the lives of people around the world. The museum welcomes a variety of cultural and aesthetic traditions, artistic media, and styles. Media may include quilts, embroidery, textiles, pottery, ceramics, jewelry, wood carving, photography, metalwork, sculpture, drawing, prints, painting, and other forms.

Entry forms will be mailed 1 May 1999 to all artists on the museum’s mailing list; please notify the museum in writing to change an address or add names of other artists. Entries will be judged on the creative and successful expression of the theme and on the excellence of aesthetic and technical accomplishment. Merit awards, purchase awards, and visitors’ choice awards will be given.

Appointments

Elder Ted E. Brewerton, General Authority emeritus, has been called as president of the Mexico City Temple. His wife, Dorothy Hall Brewerton, will serve as temple matron.

E. Lionel Brady of Ogden, Utah, has been called as president of the Buenos Aires Argentina Temple. His wife, Jean Edwards Brady, will serve as temple matron.

Graham W. Doxey, former member of the Seventy, has been called as president of the Manti Temple. His wife, Mary Lou Young Doxey, will serve as temple matron.

Joseph E. Jack Jr. of Salt Lake City, Utah, has been called as president of the Alberta Temple. His wife, Elaine L. Jack, former Relief Society general president, will serve as temple matron.

Alva C. Snow of Roosevelt, Utah, has been called as president of the new Vernal Utah Temple. President Snow’s wife, Jean Olsen Snow, has been called as matron of the temple.

Elder F. David Stanley of the Seventy has been called as president of the Bountiful Utah Temple. His wife, Annette Shewell Stanley, will serve as temple matron.

L. Kenyon Udall of Thatcher, Arizona, has been called as president of the Arizona Temple. His wife, Leona Carpenter Udall, will serve as temple matron.

Visitors’ Center Planned Near Sacred Grove

The First Presidency has announced the restoration and improvement of the Joseph Smith Farm, the Church historical site near Palmyra, New York, that includes the Sacred Grove. The project involves a new visitors’ center, an authentic reconstruction of the Smith family log home, and realignment and restoration of the road that ran through the property in 1820. Work will be done on the property’s existing frame home built by the Smiths before they moved from the area to Ohio, and restoration efforts will include a barn and cooper’s shop, an apple orchard, farm fields, a streambed, and a marsh area. New and updated visitors’ amenities will include walking paths, interpretive signs, and rest rooms.

The purpose of the restoration project, Church leaders said, is to inspire and strengthen Latter-day Saints and help visitors understand and appreciate the Prophet Joseph Smith’s divine calling and his experiences that led to the restoration of the gospel of Jesus Christ and the organization of the Lord’s Church.

Church facilities at the Joseph Smith Sr. Farm(click to view larger)

Illustration of the expansion of Church facilities at the Joseph Smith Sr. Farm near Palmyra, New York. (Map by Thomas S. Child.)

Faith in Every Footstep CD-ROM Available to Public

The 600-megabyte compact disc (50067) prepared to inform media about the early Latter-day Saint pioneers and the Church’s mission and growth is now available to the public for $5 U.S. through Church distribution centers. Developed by the Church’s Public Affairs Department and sent to 20,000 media sources, the disc contains video and audio clips, text, photos, and pioneer journal entries.

“The disc is a virtual library of information,” said Elder M. Russell Ballard of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, “covering not only the history of the Church and the pioneer trek but also providing information about the Church today in all 50 states and in 57 nations.”

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Chilean Pioneer

The Ensign has recently featured several articles about pioneers in Latin America. I would like to offer a suggestion for a Chilean pioneer in a country which is having remarkable growth. His name is Carlos Cifuentes.

Brother Cifuentes was among the early converts to the Church when Chile was first opened to missionary work. He was the first Chilean branch president, the first Chilean district president, the first Chilean called as a counselor to a mission president, the first Chilean stake president, the first Chilean called as a regional representative, and the first Chilean to become a member of the Santiago Chile Temple presidency.

This was a remarkable Church service for a humble automobile mechanic who became a legend in the Church in Chile until the time of his death several years ago.

A. Delbert Palmer Waterton Park, Alberta, Canada

United Thanks

I enjoyed so much Elder Robert E. Wells’s article on blending families (“Uniting Blended Families,” Ensign, Aug. 1997, 24–29). My husband and I read it together. We’re both in a second marriage, which has been such a blessing to us both. We appreciated Elder Wells’s discussion of so many of the issues we’ve faced.

DeAnn Baker Burley, Idaho

When Loved Ones Go Astray

I was reminded by “Heart to Heart” (June 1997) of the one-on-one interviews my parents had with me as a child. I have a strong testimony of the effectiveness of these personalized sessions. When I think back now on the topics of those discussions, I chuckle and am somewhat embarrassed, but the problems addressed were very real to me then. They in turn became very real and important to my parents.

I was not the only one to share my feelings either. My parents often bore their testimonies, gave pertinent advice, and encouraged me in my goals. They were never critical. I felt safe in these conversations. I also looked forward to them.

Now I am a parent. I intended to carry on the tradition with my own children when they got older. However, after reading your article, I am moved to start now when my sons are only five and two. I am convinced this is an opportune time in their lives to start building honest parent-child communication.

Stacy Gooden New Middletown, Ohio

I read with interest “When Our Children Go Astray” (February 1997) both from the viewpoint of a parent and as the founder-director of admissions of a center for troubled youth.

Your timely advice to parents to care for themselves during the trial is imperative. Nothing can compensate for the heartache; however, parents can be at peace.

I often see parents attributing unacceptable behavior of their youth to age-typical behavior. If the behavior of your child is inappropriate, seek help. You are not alone. There are many ways for intervention.

Sheryl Bluth Farr St. George, Utah

Practical Marital Advice

Thank you so much for “Mending Our Marriage” (October 1996) and “Changing Me, Changing My Marriage” (January 1997). My husband and I have been married for seven years. He is my best friend. Recently we moved, he changed jobs, and we faced financial challenges. Needless to say, it put a great strain on our relationship. When we didn’t know what to do next, we received our new Ensign. Thank you for articles that we read and talk about. They not only remind us that we have made eternal covenants but are articles that give us practical ways to keep those covenants.

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