LDS History, May 18, 1958

-- May 18, 1958
New Zealand Stake, in Auckland, became the first outside North America and Hawaii. (1)

-- May 20, 1958
New Zealand Temple, the first in southern hemisphere, dedicated by David O. McKay. (1)

-- During 1958, August
[Harold B. Lee] Tours South Africa and the Holy Land. (2)

-- Sep 7, 1958
The London Temple, now known as the London England Temple is dedicated by President David O. McKay. (3)

London England Temple; Location: Lingfield, Surrey, United Kingdom; Announcement: 17 February 1955; Dedication: 7 September 1958 by David O. McKay; Rededication: 18 October 1992 by Gordon B. Hinckley; Style: Modern contemporary, single spire (4)

-- During 1958, September
[David O McKay] Dedicates the London England Temple. (5)

-- Dec 09, 1958
[U.S. Religious History] The John Birch Society was founded. (6)

-- Dec 17, 1958
The Church College of Hawaii in Laie, Hawaii, was dedicated by President David O. McKay. (7)

-- 1958
Church Membership at end of year: 1,555,799
New Converts : 67,485
Percent Change from previous year: 4.53% (8)

A new program for convert integration was adopted during the year, having been previously tried on a pilot basis in several stakes. (7)

[Leonard J. Arrignton] After military service in North Africa and Italy during World War II, he returned to complete a Ph.D. with a dissertation later published in 1958 as Great Basin Kingdom: An Economic History of the Latter-day Saints, 1830-1900. After marrying Grace Fort, Arrington accepted an appointment to teach economics at Utah State University. The couple had three children - James, Carl and Susan (Madsen). Both individually and in collaboration with students and other scholars, Arrington was incredibly prolific in producing historical articles and books. (9)

[Lucy Mack Smith] Roy W. Doxey writes a Study Guide for Special Interests (Salt Lake City: General Boards of the MIA, 1958). (10)

[Thomas S. Monson] Named assistant manager of Deseret News press. (11)


Footnotes:
1 - Hemidakaota, "Church Chronology from 1800-2000," http://www.lds.net/forums/scripture-study-forum/12108-church-chronology-1800-2000-part-1-a.html#post214550
2 - Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Harold B. Lee, Salt Lake City, Utah
3 - Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, United Kingdom, "On This Day," https://www.lds.org.uk/show_oda.php
4 - Wikipedia, List of Temples of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_temples_of_The_Church_of_Jesus_Christ_of_Latter-day_Saints#List_of_temples
5 - Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Teachings of Presidents of the Church: David O McKay, Salt Lake City, Utah
6 - Cline, Austin, History of American Religion: Timeline, http://bit.ly/Fwgbe
7 - Church News: Historical chronology of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
8 - Wikipedia, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Membership History, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Church_of_Jesus_Christ_of_Latter-day_Saints_membership_history
9 - Utah Historical Encyclopedia, http://www.media.utah.edu/UHE
10 - Anderson, Lavina Fielding, Editor, Lucy's Book: A Critical Edition of Lucy Mack Smith's Family Memoir, 2001, Signature Books
11 - Deseret News, Timeline: Thomas S. Monson, http://www.deseretnews.com/article/1,5143,695250351,00.html
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