Images of an Era: Becoming a Worldwide Family

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Images of an Era:

12 Mar. 1995: Gordon B. Hinckley became 15th President of the Church.

April 1995: The number of language editions of the Church’s International Magazine reaches 23. Some language editions date as far back as 1851.

1 Apr. 1995: The office of regional representative was discontinued. Position of Area Authority announced.

23 Sept. 1995: “The Family: A Proclamation to the World” was read by President Gordon B. Hinckley at general Relief Society meeting.

23 Dec. 1995: The Church released a new logo featuring the name of Jesus Christ more prominently.

1996: Number of missionaries serving reached 50,000.

Feb. 1996: Members outside USA outnumbered those within.

7 Apr. 1996: Interview with President Hinckley aired on 60 Minutes.

5 Apr. 1997: Area Authority Seventies called. Third, Fourth, and Fifth Quorums of Seventy added.

21 Apr. 1997: Mormon Pioneer Trek reenactment began near Winter Quarters, attracting worldwide media attention for three months.

1 June 1997: St. Louis Missouri Temple dedicated.

22–24 July 1997: Church celebrated sesquicentennial of Saints’ arrival in the Salt Lake Valley.

24 July 1997: Ground broken for Conference Center in Salt Lake City.

4 Oct. 1997: Announcement of smaller temples by President Hinckley.

Nov. 1997: Church membership reached 10 million.

2 Nov. 1997: Vernal Utah Temple dedicated.

1 Jan. 1998: Adult members began study of new curriculum materials: Teachings of Presidents of the Church and Teachings for Our Time.

7 June 1998: Preston England Temple dedicated.

26 July 1998: Monticello Utah Temple dedicated; first of the smaller temples.

19–21 Nov. 1998: President Hinckley visited Hurricane Mitch victims in Central America, many of whom were Church members.

9 Jan. 1999: Anchorage Alaska Temple dedicated.

6 Mar. 1999: Colonia Juárez Chihuahua Temple dedicated.

4 Apr. 1999: Announcement of the rebuilding of the Nauvoo Temple.

26 Apr. 1999: In Chile, President Hinckley addressed largest-ever international gathering, 57,500 members.

19 May 1999: Spain’s first temple dedicated in Madrid.

24 May 1999: The Church’s family history Web site launched at

31 Dec. 1999: The number of language editions of the International Magazine reaches 42. All are titled Liahona.

[photos] Above: President Gordon B. Hinckley (center), President Thomas S. Monson (left), and President James E. Faust (right) were announced as the new First Presidency in 1995 at a media conference in the Joseph Smith Memorial Building. (Photo courtesy of Church News.) Right: The Bogotá Colombia Temple was dedicated on 24 April 1999. (Photo courtesy of Church Public Affairs Department.)

[photos] Above: Missionaries preparing for service worldwide sing during a Provo Missionary Training Center Program. Right: The Missionary Training Center in Lima, Peru, is typical of an increasing number of training centers in other countries. (Photos courtesy of Church News.)

[photo] Amid the 1997 worldwide coverage of the reenactment of the 1847 pioneer journey, these British members pulled handcarts over Rocky Ridge, a difficult portion of the old Mormon Trail. (Photo by Welden C. Andersen.)

[photos] Above: President Gordon B. Hinckley guides Mike Wallace of TV’s 60 Minutes on a tour of Temple Square during filming for an interview later aired internationally. (Photo © Don Grayston/Deseret News, courtesy of LDS Church Public Affairs Department.) Left: Filipino missionaries serving in their own country. (Photo by Marvin K. Gardner.) Below: The Hong Kong Temple. (Photo by Craig Dimond.)

[photo] The Conference Center in Salt Lake City, now nearing completion north of Temple Square, will seat about 21,000 people for general conference and other events. (Photo by Matt Reier.)

[photos] Above: Dedicated in March 1999, the larger-sized Madrid Spain Temple is the centerpiece of a complex of Church buildings. (Photo by Margarita Díaz.) Left: In January 1998 the Church began studying the teachings of modern-day prophets in priesthood and Relief Society classes.

[photos] Above: The Church’s first meetinghouse in Ukraine was dedicated on 28 June 1998 in the city of Donetsk. (Photo courtesy of Church News.)Right: The Liahona, the Church’s International Magazine, is published in 42 languages. (Photos by Steve Bunderson and John Luke.)

[photos] Top: Launched on the Internet in December 1996, the Church’s official Web site is located at Above: On 24 May 1999 President Gordon B. Hinckley announced the Church’s family history Web site, located at (Photo courtesy of Church News.)