LDS History, 1980s

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-- During 1980s
[Labor in Utah] The decline of the national union membership and power in the 1950s through the 1980s was paralleled in Utah. (1)

-- During 1980
[Media] The Church (working with Bonneville Communications) produced Mr. Krueger’s Christmas staring Jimmy Stewart. It was aired on television stations throughout the US and in international areas. (2)

[Mormon Tabernacle Choir] Music and the Spoken Word receives a Freedom Foundation Award for its July 4 broadcast. (3)

[Spencer W. Kimball] Oversees the establishment of the consolidated meeting schedule, which places sacrament meeting, ward priesthood meetings, Relief Society meetings, Young Women classes, Sunday School, and Primary in a three-hour block on Sunday rather than scheduled throughout the week. (4)

-- During 1980s
[Sugar Industry] By the 1980s there were no beet sugar factories in Utah. The Utah-Idaho Sugar Company had abandoned the production of sugar, and the Amalgamated Sugar Company, with headquarters in Ogden, had only four plants--three in Idaho (at Rupert, Twin Falls, Nampa), and one in Oregon (at Nyssa). (5)

-- During 1980
[Third Parties in Utah] During that period of time, Utahns joined with other Americans in placing the independent presidential bids of Eugene McCarthy in 1976, and that of John Anderson in 1980, on the Utah ballot. Running as the National Unity party nominee, Anderson polled 30,284 votes and united a coalition of Utahns, many of whom having previously been active in Republican and Democratic politics. (6)

[Third Parties in Utah] Since 1980, non-restrictive ballot laws have allowed the presidential nominees of the Communist, Citizens, New Alliance, Socialist, Populist, and American Independent parties to gain spots on the Utah ballot. (6)

-- During 1980s
[Utah Education] With the return to the traditional curriculum emphasis in the 1980s, Utah adopted a structural approach to its reform focusing on graduation requirements, curriculum control and teacher incentives such as career ladders. During much of the twentieth century the focus in Utah's public schools has been upon the way schools can help fit students to the economic and social needs of American civilization. At the same time, and somewhat paradoxically, the schools are expected to meet the individual needs of the students. Utah schools have followed these national patterns. (7)

-- During 1980
[Utah Immigration] In 1980 approximately two-thirds of the foreign-born residents of Utah had been naturalized. (8)

-- During 1980 to 1986
[Utah Immigration] In the period 1980 to 1986 Utah ranked behind only Washington, D.C., California, and Washington state in the number of Southeast Asian refugees resettled in proportion to its 1980 population. A total of 9,123 people were resettled in Utah during those years. Significant numbers from Latin America and from the South Pacific also settled in Utah. (8)

-- During 1980s
[Utah Immigration] The 1970s and 1980s saw a renewed surge of immigration to Utah, including the resettlement of refugees from Southeast Asia. (8)

-- During 1980
[Utah Indians] In 1980 there were 19,158 Native Americans, who were finally approaching the estimated 20,000 Indians inhabiting the state at the time of Mormon settlement. Navajos are the most populous group in the state, followed by the Northern Ute. Today, a significant proportion of Utah's Indians live and work in urban centers and represent tribal groups from throughout North America. (9)

-- During 1980s
[Utah Republican Party] After defeating Senator Ted Moss, a leading Democratic liberal, Hatch became a major figure in the emerging conservative movement of the 1980s and was frequently mentioned by local Republicans as a possible candidate for higher office. That same year, Republicans also regained the Second Congressional District seat when Dan Marriott defeated incumbent Democratic Representative Allen Howe, who was convicted of soliciting sex from a police decoy. (10)

1 - Utah History Encyclopedia: Labor in Utah,
2 - The Mormon Channel: The Broadcast and Media History of the LDS Church Timeline,
3 - Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Newsroom,
4 - Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Spencer W. Kimball, Salt Lake City, Utah
5 - Utah History Encyclopedia: Sugar Industry,
6 - Utah History Encyclopedia: Third Parties in Utah,
7 - Utah History Encyclopedia: Utah Education,
8 - Utah History Encyclopedia: Utah Immigration,
9 - Utah History Encyclopedia: Utah Indians,
10 - Utah History Encyclopedia: Utah Republican Party,

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