LDS History, May 1, 1966

LDS History Chronology /Timeline

-- May 1, 1966
The first stake in South America was organized at Sao Paulo, Brazil. (1)

First stake in South America organized at São Paulo, Brazil. (2)

First South American stake established in Sao Paulo, Brazil. (3)

-- During June 1966
Relief Society Magazine begins publication in Spanish. (3)

-- During 1966 August
A new visitors center on Temple Square was opened to tourists. While this would be the most elaborate center, it represented a trend of building visitors centers at historic sites and temples and at various other locations during the 1960s and 1970s. (1)

New Visitors Center opened on Temple Square. (2)

-- Nov 18, 1966
[U.S. Religious History] This was the last Friday on which American Roman Catholics were required to abstain from eating meat. The change was due to a decree made by Pope Paul VI earlier the same year. (4)

-- 1966
Church Membership at end of year: 2,480,899
New Converts : 84,967
Percent Change from previous year: 3.55% (5)

[BYU] NIT basketball championships in 1951 and 1966 helped generate an institutional commitment to intercollegiate athletics; nationally ranked teams and individual competitors in many intercollegiate men's and women's sports came later. (6)

-- During 1966-1970
[Editor of Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought] Eugene England and G. Wesley Johnson (7)

-- During 1966
Uniform Church Curriculum year inaugurated; all organizations begin curriculum year at same time. (8)

Home-study program initiated for seminary students. (2)

Arch L. Madsen reports in General Conference that Bonneville International's holdings include 20 broadcasting facilities by this time. (3)

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 - Cline, Austin, History of American Religion: Timeline,
5 - Wikipedia, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Membership History,
6 - Utah Historical Encyclopedia,
7 - Wikipedia, Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought,
8 - Ludlow, Daniel H. editor, Encyclopedia of Mormonism, Macmillan Publishing, Encyclopedia of Mormonism, Vol. 4, Appendix 2: A Chronology of Church History
Mormon History Timeline /Chronology

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