In 1897, Elders David O. McKay and Peter G. Johnson were laboring in the town of Stirling, Scotland. They were discouraged because the people were not listening to their message. As they walked along, Elder McKay noticed an inscription above the door of a new building. “Whate’er thou art, act well thy part.” This so impressed these two young men, they decided right then to do their best.
Many years later the building was demolished, but because it had meant so much to President David O. McKay, the stone with the inscription was placed on the grounds of the mission home in Edinburgh. It is affectionately referred to as the “David O. McKay Stone.”
August 2, 1820: John Tyndall, British physicist, born.
August 3, 1492: Columbus set out from Spain on his first voyage to America.
August 4, 1792: Percy Bysshe Shelley, English poet, born.
August 6, 1851: The first branch of the Church was organized in the Hawaiian Islands.
August 9, 1847: The first child, Young Elizabeth Steele, born in Salt Lake Valley.
August 11, 1878: LDS Primary organized in Farmington, Utah.
August 14, 1867: John Galsworthy, English novelist and playwright, born.
August 15, 1771: Sir Walter Scott, Scottish poet and novelist, born.
August 19, 1871: Orville Wright, American inventor, born.
August 22, 1862: Claude Debussy, French composer, born.
August 27, 1971: All-British General Conference at Manchester, England begins.
August 28, 1749: Johann Wolfgang won Goethe, German poet, novelist, playwright, born. 1955: Salt Lake Tabernacle Choir gave concert in London, England.
August 29, 1877: Brigham Young died in Salt Lake City.