LDS History, Nov 17, 1980

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-- Nov 17, 1980
Seattle Washington Temple; Location: Bellevue, Washington, USA; Announcement: 27 May 1978; Dedication: 17 November 1980 by Spencer W. Kimball (1)

-- 1980
Church Membership at end of year: 4,639,822
New Converts : 235,701
Percent Change from previous year: 5.35% (2)

-- During Dec.-19 1980
Mr. Krueger’s Christmas, featuring Jimmy Stewart and the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, is televised and produced by Bonneville Media Communication. (3)

-- During 1980
[Capital Punishment] Hanging and the firing squad remained the only two options until 1980 when hanging was eliminated and replaced by lethal injection. Prior to this, the condemned was given his (Utah had never executed a woman) choice between hanging and firing squad and, if he refused to specify a choice, the firing squad was mandated. (4)

[Catholic Church in Utah] The appointment of Bishop William K. Weigand (1937- ), upon the retirement of Bishop Federal in 1980, expressed the sensitivity of the American Church to issues of social justice. Bishop Weigand's service as a pastor in Cali, Colombia, for nearly a decade helped form his present concern for the Spanish-speaking and other minorities. With 90 priests, 95 women in religious orders, and an increasing number of lay men and women appointees, his successor will guide a diocese of more than 70,000 Catholics into the second century of its existence. (5)

-- During 1980s
[Democrats in Utah] Despite the popularity of Governor Rampton, and the emergence of new figures in the party, Utah Democrats suffered during the 1970s and 1980s because of splits over such issues as the Equal Rights Amendment and the stands taken by the national Democratic party which seemed far too liberal for many Utah Democrats. Additionally, the national Democratic party, in the face of strong Republican activity, had largely written off Utah as a potential area of support for presidential campaigns. (6)

-- During 1980
16,600 new missionaries sent out. (3)

By the end of this year, there are 19 operating temples, of which are outside the U.S. (see Appendix 1). (3)

Salt Lake City population is 163,034. (3)

Sony introduces a palm-sized stereo cassette tape player called a ―Walkman. (3)

The Mormon Tabernacle Choir‘s Fourth of July broadcast of Music and the Spoken Word receives Freedom Foundation Award. (3)

Utah population is about 1. million. (3)

-- During 1980s
[Labor in Utah] In addition, following national patterns, Utah unionists have been on the defensive in the collective bargaining process, losing in the 1980s many of their earlier hard-won gains and rights. (7)

1 - Wikipedia, List of Temples of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints,
2 - Wikipedia, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Membership History,
3 - Sherry Baker: Mormon Media History Timeline: 1827-2007,
4 - Utah History Encyclopedia: Capital Punishment,
5 - Utah History Encyclopedia: Catholic Church in Utah,
6 - Utah History Encyclopedia: Democrats in Utah,
7 - Utah History Encyclopedia: Labor in Utah,

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