LDS History, 1972

LDS History Chronology /Timeline

-- During 1972
Church sports tournaments and dance festivals were directed to be held on a regional basis instead of an all-Church basis. (1)

Public Communications Department organized. (2)

Bonneville Communications begins producing award-winning ―Homefront series,680 ―commercial spots for television designed to communicate Latter-day Saint values. It is the most awarded PSA campaign series in history. (3)

Church Internal Communications Department organized. Goal of curriculum program: ―to design a basic curriculum that could be easily translated into a variety of languages for the various developing nations and cultures. . . (3)

President Harold B. Lee and Elder Gordon B. Hinckley hold press conference at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City. (3)

-- During 1972-1984
[General Religious History] The Stonehenge free festivals are held. (4)

-- During 1972-2004
[General Religious History] Germanic Neopaganism (aka Heathenism, Heathenry, Ásatrú, Odinism, Forn Siðr, Vor Siðr, and Theodism) begins to experience a second wave of revival. (4)

-- During 1972
[Joseph Smith] Bruce R. McConkie is ordained to the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. (5)

[Leonard J. Arrignton] He was appointed LDS Church Historian in 1972 (title later changed to Director of History Division). Simultaneously, he was Lemuel Redd Professor of History and director of the Charles Redd Center for Western Studies at Brigham Young University. For ten years he supervised a team of professional historians and researchers in producing significant scholarly work along the broad front of Mormon history: finding aids, task papers, oral histories, articles for popular audiences, biographies, and works of synthesis. (6)

[Lowell Bennion] From 1962 until 1972 Bennion served as Associate Dean of Students and Professor of Sociology at the University of Utah; then, at age 64, he accepted a draft to serve as director of the Community Services Council in Salt Lake Valley. He continued this for eighteen years, past his eightieth birthday, leading the council into direct service, which now includes such things as a providing a food bank for thousands of needy households and the coordination of hundreds of volunteers doing chore services for the elderly and handicapped. (7)

[Media] The Church (working with Bonneville Communications) produced their first Homefront television public service announcement. The Homefront television series became the longest running, most highly awarded public service campaign in history. (8)

-- 1973 June
[Mark Hofmann] Book of Common Prayer bought by Deseret Book Co. (9)

Mark Hofmann graduates from Olympus High School, Salt Lake City. (9)

1 - Church News: Historical chronology of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
2 - Hemidakaota, "Church Chronology from 1800-2000,"
3 - Sherry Baker: Mormon Media History Timeline: 1827-2007,
4 - Wikipedia, Timeline of Religion
5 - Wikipedia, 20th Century (Mormonism),
6 - Utah Historical Encyclopedia: Leonard J. Arrignton,
7 - Utah Historical Encyclopedia: Lowell Bennion,
8 - The Mormon Channel: The Broadcast and Media History of the LDS Church Timeline,
9 - Whittaker, David J., The Hofmann Maze, A Book Review Essay with a Chronology and Bibliography of the Hofmann Case, BYU Studies Vol. 29, No. 1, pg.80,
Mormon History Timeline /Chronology