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Elder A. Theodore Tuttle Eulogized

Elder A. Theodore Tuttle

Elder A. Theodore Tuttle, a member of the First Quorum of the Seventy, was eulogized by President Ezra Taft Benson as “a man with deep spiritual insight, with Christlike attributes” during funeral services at the Cottonwood Creek Stake Center in Sandy, Utah, December 2.

Elder Tuttle, who had undergone several months’ treatment for malignancy, died Friday, November 28, in LDS Hospital, Salt Lake City.

President Benson, who presided over the funeral services, praised Elder Tuttle for the faith, dedication, and love of the gospel he exhibited during his life of service. He is “one whom the Lord loves and has magnified,” President Benson said, adding that “he will be magnified further as he goes into the spirit world.”

Other speakers included President Gordon B. Hinckley, first counselor in the First Presidency; Elder Boyd K. Packer of the Quorum of the Twelve; and Elder Marion D. Hanks of the Presidency of the First Quorum of the Seventy. President Thomas S. Monson, second counselor in the First Presidency, conducted the services.

President Hinckley characterized Elder Tuttle as “a man of peace and gentleness,” but noted he had also witnessed the misery of war. “He was accorded a measure of renown [because] he was the Marine who went back to get the flag from the landing ship to give to the men who planted it atop Mount Suribachi.” The photograph taken of that flag being raised on Iwo Jima became the most famous photograph of World War II.

“He did not shout when he spoke,” President Hinckley added. “He spoke quietly, reasoning methodically, bearing witness with solemnity, and all who heard him were touched by the strength of his testimony.”

Elder Tuttle had been a General Authority of the Church since April 1958, when he was called to be a member of the First Council of the Seventy. When the Council was dissolved and the First Quorum of the Seventy organized in 1976, he was called to be a member of the quorum presidency; he served in that capacity until 1980.

He had served in administrative positions in several areas of the Church, particularly in South America. At the time of his death he was a managing director in the Priesthood Department and second counselor in the General Presidency of the Sunday School.

Albert Theodore Tuttle, the only son of Albert Mervin and Clarice Beal Tuttle, was born March 2, 1919, in Manti, Utah. He served as president of his high school student body and as seminary president. He was active in drama and excelled in debate, an activity he continued while attending Snow College.

As a young man, he was called to serve in the Northern States Mission. During this time he served as branch president, district president, and mission recorder.

He later attended Brigham Young University, where he was named the outstanding student in religion. After receiving a bachelor’s degree, he went on to earn his master’s degree at Stanford University.

While at BYU, Elder Tuttle met Marne Whitaker, from Ellensburg, Washington. They were marred in the Manti Temple July 26, 1943.

During World War II, Elder Tuttle served two and a half years as a line officer in the Marine Corps in the Pacific theater.

When he returned from the war, Elder Tuttle taught seminary in Idaho and Utah before being named director of the Institute of Religion at the University of Nevada-Reno. In 1953 he was named supervisor of all seminaries and institutes in the western states. While serving in this capacity, he was called to be a General Authority.

Elder Tuttle served as president of the South America West, South America South, and North America Northwest areas, and as president of the Provo Temple.

In addition to his wife, Elder Tuttle is survived by four sons and three daughters, twenty-six grandchildren; and a sister, Mrs. Clifford U. (June) Gee, Salt Lake City.

Kenneth H. Beesley Inaugurated as LDS Business College President

A highlight of LDS Business College’s Centennial Founders Day on November 15 was the inauguration of Kenneth H. Beesley as the institution’s eleventh president.

The ceremony took place in the Assembly Hall on Temple Square. President Thomas S. Monson, Second Counselor in the First Presidency, installed the new president and gave the inaugural charge.

Elder Russell M. Nelson of the Quorum of the Twelve presented the inaugural address. Short speeches welcoming the new president were given by Dr. J. Elliot Cameron, commissioner of Church education; Dr. Carolyn Smith Brown, academic dean of LDS Business College; and Paul Bowden, student body president.

Primary General President Dwan J. Young, Young Women General President Ardeth G. Kapp, and Relief Society General President Barbara W. Winder and their counselors attended the installation, as did presidents from colleges throughout the Intermountain West.

President Monson praised the Salt Lake City-based college’s traditions and accomplishments over the past one hundred years. He pledged high-quality equipment and state-of-the-art technology to the college, quoting a sign he had seen on some obsolete farm equipment: “You can’t do today’s work on yesterday’s machines if you expect to be in business tomorrow.”

President Monson advised President Beesley to “be” many things. “Be prayerful,” he said. “A man always stands tallest when he is on his knees.

“‘Be thou humble,’” he added, quoting from D&C 112:10, “‘and the Lord thy God shall lead thee by the hand, and give thee answer to thy prayers.’”

Be patient with students and lead them gently toward success, President Monson charged.

In conclusion he advised: “Walk with the wisdom of the past, seek with the curiosity of a child, serve with the Spirit of the Lord.”

Elder Nelson, who studied at the business college before he received his medical training, recalled with fondness his student days there. Of President Beesley, he said, “I have watched him teach and counsel. Indeed his advice is like new snow—falling softly, lingering long, and melting deeply.”

He added that “to be a teacher, a leader, and a president demands much. It requires not only the learning of the wise, but the justice of the great. It requires not only prayers from the heart, but the valor of the brave. These are all qualities that Kenneth H. Beesley brings to this assignment.”

In accepting President Monson’s charge, President Beesley said, “I pledge my whole heart and soul to the fulfillment of the sacred trust and charge which has been given me today. … I want to achieve the kind of atmosphere at the college that can nurture in each student his or her full potential—intellectual, social, and spiritual.”

He paid tribute to earlier educators and administrators at the college, and foresaw a bright future for the century-old institution. He then enumerated his goals for the college, and added, “We hope to keep sensitive to the counsel given by President Marion G. Romney when he says, ‘In the final analysis all that we do will be measured in spiritual terms.’”

Before being named as president of LDS Business College, President Beesley was director of International and Administrative Services for the Materials Management Department of the Church. He served ten years as associate commissioner of education in the Church Educational System.

He had earlier served as executive dean and director of Institutional Studies at Fresno State College, and as assistant provost and assistant professor of education at Teachers College, Columbia University, New York City.

President Beesley is an honors graduate of the University of Utah, and earned master’s and doctoral degrees at Teachers College, Columbia University.

He served in the Northern States Mission and has filled many callings, including branch president, bishop, high councilor, member of the Sunday School General Board, and stake mission president. He is married to Donna Deem Beesley. They have five children and six grandchildren.

[photos] Photos by Michael M. McConkie.

[photo] LDS Business College President Kenneth H. Beesley.

[photo] President Thomas S. Monson presents inaugural charge during installation ceremony.

Tabernacle Choir Presents 3,000th Broadcast February 15

On February 15, the Mormon Tabernacle Choir will air its regular weekly radio broadcast for the 3,000th time. Its program, “Music and the Spoken Word,” is the longest continuing national network program in the free world.

CBS, the U.S. network that has carried the program since 1932, will honor the choir with a special radio and television broadcast paying tribute to the musical group and its accomplishments. On KSL radio and television, the regular half-hour broadcast will be extended to an hour locally; the first half hour, as usual, will be carried on national radio and local television. It will begin at 9:30 A.M. Mountain Standard Time.

The program will include tributes to the choir by Church authorities and other leaders, along with the choir’s traditional concert music. The second half of the program will feature a historic theme having to do with the Tabernacle Choir.

The choir’s first broadcast was carried live by thirty radio stations on Monday, 15 July 1929, at 8:30 P.M. Conditions were primitive in those fledgling days of radio, and the station’s only microphone was hung high over the pulpit to capture the sounds of the choir. Edward P. Kimball played the organ during that first program and his son, Ted, had to climb a tall stepladder to reach the microphone and announce the broadcast.

To reduce the reverberations in the Tabernacle and help capture the organ music, velour curtains were hung twenty feet behind the microphone. Carpeting that had been removed from the Hotel Utah during a recent remodeling project was laid across the Tabernacle seats to further diminish the echo.

A wire ran from an amplifier in the basement of the Tabernacle to KSL’s control room more than a block away. The starting cue came by telegraph from New York, and was relayed from the control room to the Tabernacle, where a signal light was turned on to alert the program director. The director then signaled the announcer on the ladder to begin broadcasting.

Anthony C. Lund directed the choir, while KSL Station Manager Earl J. Glade produced and directed the broadcast. It was Brother Glade who conceived and promoted the idea of broadcasting the choir nationwide and who arranged for the coast-to-coast radio hookup.

That broadcast was the first of what became a weekly series that has continued uninterrupted for more than fifty-seven years. Today, “Music and the Spoken Word” is broadcast to twelve countries that carry English-speaking programs, by Armed Services Radio into several European countries, and by international radio transmission to many Central and South American nations. The Latin-American broadcasts are translated into Spanish and Portuguese.

In 1930, a part-time KSL radio announcer named Richard L. Evans became commentator for the program. It was his idea to include a short inspirational message with each broadcast. In 1938 Elder Evans became a member of the First Council of the Seventy, and in 1953 a member of the Quorum of the Twelve, but he continued to prepare and present the weekly “Spoken Word” until his death in 1971.

Following Elder Evans’s death, J. Spencer Kinard became commentator for the Tabernacle Choir broadcasts and has continued the “Spoken Word” tradition of inspirational messages.

The choir has long been world-famous. It has performed with the Philadelphia Orchestra under the direction of Leopold Stokowski and Eugene Ormandy, and with the New York Philharmonic, conducted by Leonard Bernstein. It has presented concerts in Carnegie Hall and other great music halls throughout the world.

The 26 July 1954, issue of Life magazine paid singular tribute to the choir in this editorial:

“Long ago on July 15, 1929, a great 375-voice choir began broadcasting coast-to-coast from the Salt Lake City Tabernacle. Every Sunday morning in the intervening years, winter and summer, war or peace, rain or shine, it has broadcast its half hour of hymns old and new, of Bach and Handel and of all the sweet and stately and spine-tingling sounds from the whole library of Christendom’s sacred music.”

Jerold Ottley is the current director of the choir. The Tabernacle Choir consists entirely of volunteers, and requires a high degree of dedication to meet the challenge of weekly performances. Every choir member must have commitment, talent, and vocal training.

Members are drawn from all walks of life. Today’s choir includes a heart transplant surgeon, a barber, and a brickmason. Other members are Certified Public Accountants, cabinetmakers, composers, full-time homemakers, nurses, university professors, computer engineers, artists, architects, and insurance salesmen. Women slightly outnumber men, comprising 55 percent of choir membership.

The choir met 130 times in 1986, or an average of once every three days. Choir members commit to attend at least 80 percent of all choir rehearsals and performances.

Choir singers are all members of the Church in good standing, between thirty and sixty years of age. Applicants for Choir membership obtain a letter of recommendation from their bishop, and must successfully pass a three-part audition. Members retire from the choir after twenty years of service.

The Mormon Tabernacle Choir goes on a major tour every other year, with shorter tours scheduled in alternate years. Last year the choir gave concerts at Expo ’86 in Vancouver, Canada; members toured Japan in 1985.

“The secret of the choir’s success is in the dedication of its members to both the Church and to the gospel of Jesus Christ,” said Brother Ottley. “I am constantly impressed that the singers can perform so well under pressure every single week.

“Many musicians from other churches listen to the Tabernacle Choir to get ideas for religious music,” he added. “‘Come, Come, Ye Saints’ is now sung by many congregations in many churches. It is in the Mennonite hymnal.

“Every Tabernacle Choir broadcast has an organ solo, and some organists around the country have told me this is the only organ literature they listen to,” he said. “They listen avidly.”

The anniversary program will conclude with the closing words long familiar to millions of listeners: “Again we leave you. … from within the shadows of the everlasting hills. May peace be with you, this day and always. … In another seven days, at the same hour, ‘Music and the Spoken Word’ will be heard once more from the Crossroads of the West.”

[photo] The 325 members of today’s Mormon Tabernacle Choir come from many different walks of life; in common they have talent, training, and dedication to both music and the Church.

[photo] An early broadcast of “Music and the Spoken Word,” with Elder Richard L. Evans as commentator.

[photo] The Tabernacle Choir in concert at the Hollywood Bowl in 1963—one of many places the group has performed worldwide.


Melchizedek Priesthood General Committee

Gordon M. Low, retired BYU faculty member and former stake president.

Jeril D. Winget, commercial real estate developer and consultant, former bishop’s counselor.

BYU Hosts Conference on Religion in Africa

Religious scholars from more than twenty universities in the United States, Europe, and Africa gathered at Brigham Young University October 21–26 for a conference on religion in Africa.

Keynote speaker at the conference on October 22 was Elder John K. Carmack of the First Quorum of the Seventy who delivered a “Message for the People of Africa” on behalf of Elder Howard W. Hunter of the Quorum of the Twelve. He called attention to the growing interest in the world in African affairs.

“Interest and pride in Africa has been particularly poignant among our American Africans,” he said. “They have a religious heritage that is deeply spiritual and meaningful.”

Elder Carmack described a thirst for modernization, for education, and for western technology and customs among the peoples of Africa.

“We hope that they will keep their spiritual roots, their religious nature, and ties with all that is good, such as a reverence for the bounties of nature, for family, for friendships,” Elder Carmack said.

Other speakers noted the contributions of various denominations in bringing Christianity to a continent with more than five hundred million people who represent two thousand distinctive societies and speak some eight hundred different languages.

One of the missionary success stories was described by Emmanuel A. Kissi, a district president for the Church and an instructor at the University of Ghana. President Kissi, a physician, noted there are now more than four thousand members of the Church in six branches in urban Accra, Ghana’s capital, and others in rural areas.

“In Ghana, the mission president is overwhelmed with letters from villages and towns asking for the Church to bring the gospel to them,” President Kissi said.

“The field is certainly ready for the harvest and those who put in their sickle will bring joy to many,” he noted. “They are thirsting for the fullness of the gospel.”

Correspondent: Alf Pratte is an associate professor of communication at Brigham Young University.

[photo] The Johannesburg South Africa Temple serves the growing number of Church members in Africa. (Photo by Marjorie E. Woods.)

Update: Number of Countries with Organized Wards or Branches

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As worldwide missionary efforts continue to spread the gospel of Jesus Christ, the number of countries with organized wards or branches continues to grow. In the last five years that number has increased by 10 percent.

Church Leaders Combat Pornography

Church leaders from many denominations met in Washington, D.C., November 13 and 14 to discuss how to combat child pornography and other forms of degrading obscenity. Members of the coalition, known as the Religious Alliance against Pornography, said that obscenity is not entitled to protection under the U.S. Constitution.

LDS delegates to the conference included Elder Loren C. Dunn of the First Quorum of the Seventy and president of the North America Northeast Area; Young Women General President Ardeth G. Kapp; Dr. Bruce C. Hafen, dean of Brigham Young University’s J. Reuben Clark Law School; and Dr. Richard P. Lindsay, managing director of Church Public Communications and Special Affairs.

Elder Dunn, who represented the First Presidency at the alliance, said: “It has been an inspiration to me to see representatives of the major religious denominations in the United States come together and form a united front to fight the vicious problem of pornography.”

In her remarks to the conference, Sister Kapp noted that “today’s youth needs meaningful challenges and a moral purpose. They need role models with moral courage. To help our youth reject harmful evils like pornography and chemical dependency, we need parents and leaders who are willing to speak out and teach that these things are wrong.”

Brother Hafen discussed the first amendment to the U.S. Constitution as it applies to obscenity. He said, “Society’s right to limit certain forms of speech is now established beyond question. Society does have the right to regulate offensive expression.”

Resisting the notion that the quest for knowledge can be divorced from the quest for virtue, Brother Hafen stated, “The justices of the Supreme Court have understood what the ancients understood: some sense of restraint is absolutely essential to maintaining a free, democratic society over the long term.”

Noting that pornography affects more than just the consumer, Brother Lindsay said, “Absolute free speech is neither desirable nor required by our Constitution and laws.

“We are here to tell our fellow citizens that there is a consensus in this nation in support of positive moral values. We are prepared to help shape the moral purpose of the communities of our nation.”

BYU Increases Tuition

The Board of Trustees of Brigham Young University approved a 4.5-percent increase in tuition charged undergraduates, effective January 1987.

For Church members, undergraduate tuition increased from $775 to $810 per semester to keep pace with inflation and the rising costs of operating the university, according to BYU President Jeffrey R. Holland.

Tuition for graduate and advanced standing students increased 4.44 percent, from $900 to $940 per semester. Law School and Graduate School of Management students are also paying 4.44 percent more, or $1,525 per semester.

Tuition for nonmembers is one and one half times the figures listed above.

BYU’s tuition hikes have been less than the national average the past few years, according to education reports. The national average increase for last year was 7 percent.

Policies and Announcements

The following item appeared in the October/November 1986 Bulletin.

Young Women Theme. The Young Women theme is as follows: “We are daughters of our Heavenly Father, who loves us, and we love him. We will ‘stand as witnesses of God at all times and in all things, and in all places …’ as we strive to live the Young Women Values, which are Faith, Divine Nature, Individual Worth, Knowledge, Choice and Accountability, Good Works, and Integrity. We believe as we come to accept and act upon these values, we will be prepared to make and keep sacred covenants, receive the ordinances of the temple, and enjoy the blessings of exaltation.” The theme should be presented to the young women at the New Beginnings event in January 1987 along with the Young Women Values and the motto.

LDS Scene

October marked the first time all the stakes in Mexico were able to view general conference. Sessions were transmitted to newly installed earth station equipment in Mexico City, where they were videotaped for distribution. Two weeks later, the videotapes were shown to members in all Mexican stakes during a special general conference Sunday.

The Mormon Tabernacle Choir and a narration of the Restoration is featured in a tape recording now offered in Europe. A 32-page booklet available in seven languages—Norwegian, Danish, Swedish, Finnish, German, French, and Dutch—accompanies the tape. Copies of the tape and booklet can be purchased from local public communication directors in Europe or from The Danish Society in Support of the Salt Lake Mormon Tabernacle Choir, Ostervej 7, DK-6000, Kolding, Denmark.

Some two hundred flood victims in Lontue, Chile, were fed and sheltered in a recently completed LDS meetinghouse there. Nonmembers who had originally discouraged construction of the building were among the homeless displaced and housed in the meetinghouse when heavy rains caused a nearby river to overflow. Members provided food and medicine until relief arrived from other parts of Chile. As a result of the experience, many nonmembers changed their attitudes toward the Church.

Former president of Brigham Young University and Los Angeles State College, Howard S. McDonald, died October 25 at the age of 92. His career as an educator began in 1921 after he graduated from Utah State University. He was president of BYU from 1945 to 1949, helped found San Fernando State College in 1951, and became president of Los Angeles State College in 1962. From 1964 to 1968 he served as president of the Salt Lake Temple. Born 18 July 1894 in Holladay, Utah, he married Ella Gibbs in the Salt Lake Temple in 1917. He is survived by two daughters.

After their materials on the “Rising Generation” arrived late, Young Women in Novo Hamburgo, Brazil, decided to go ahead with a belated balloon launching. After four consecutive days of rain threatened to cancel the festivities, the Young Women fasted and prayed for good weather. The balloons were finally released into overcast skies that opened into sunshine, and then closed again. In conjunction with the event, the Young Women participated in discussions on integrity, dating, and marriage.

Some three thousand high school students and Church leaders from Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, and Utah attended the annual Seminary Youth Conference at Ricks College in Rexburg, Idaho, last November. Olympic gold medalist Peter Vidmar addressed the youths. Speakers at the seminars informed them about the various Ricks educational programs and scholarships, and Ricks College President Joe J. Christensen held a leadership session with student seminary leaders.

After presenting a children’s sacrament meeting with missionary work as its theme, Primary children in the El Dorado Ward, El Dorado, Arkansas, went to a local nursing home and gave a presentation about the Book of Mormon. The children sang, told Book of Mormon stories, and passed out personalized copies of the Book of Mormon.

Several LDS professional baseball players are in the limelight in Japan, where baseball is a popular national sport. Dale Murphy of the Atlanta Braves, Wally Joyner of the California Angels, and Jack Morris of the Detroit Tigers are playing in the U.S.-Japan All-Star Goodwill Series. An Associated Press photo November 8 featured Brother Murphy speaking beside an interpreter to an LDS congregation in Tokyo.

The Ricks College Vikings came close to capturing the junior college national football championship last December, but finished the season ranked second in the nation. The Vikings had a come-from-behind win over previously second-ranked Coffeyville Community College of Kansas, 26–24, in the Jayhawk Bowl Classic December 6. The win gave the Ricks team its first undefeated football season ever as they finished the season as one of only two undefeated teams in the National Junior College Athletic Association. Northeast Oklahoma, at 11–0, won first place, four votes ahead of Ricks.

Last November, the Murray Utah South Stake gave a slide presentation to nearly two thousand people, emphasizing the importance of home teaching. Because only about 75 percent of stake members were being home taught on a regular basis, stake leaders decided they needed to motivate home teachers to fulfill their assignments. More than 150 members wrote, provided music for, photographed, and produced the presentation. Stake President Lyle Martinsen reported that while it is too early to gauge the production’s impact on home teaching, the number of favorable comments from stake members has been overwhelming.

Four sisters who spent their childhoods sharing one another’s dreams have seen another dream come true: all four were called to serve missions together in the Hawaii Temple. The sisters are Nettie Myers, 81, Minersville, Utah; Addie Smith, 77, Bountiful, Utah; Lois Pierson, 72, Cedar City, Utah; and Bertha Cusick, 67, Arcadia, California. All are the widowed daughters of Hayward and Inez Carter. The sisters entered the Missionary Training Center in Provo, Utah, November 19 and departed for the Hawaii Temple on December 10.

A group of former building missionaries and their families met in Darmstadt, West Germany, recently to observe the twenty-fifth year since they built meetinghouses in Germany and neighboring countries. Some ninety people from Austria, England, Switzerland, and Germany attended the reunion.

In West Valley City, Utah, all eight hundred students of the Granger Seminary helped sew and tie one hundred quilts for beds at the Primary Children’s Medical Center in Salt Lake City. The students also donated the money to buy the material.