LDS History, Nov 19, 1974

LDS History Chronology /Timeline

-- Nov 19, 1974
Washington Temple dedicated. (1)

[Spencer W. Kimball] Dedicates the Washington D.C. Temple. (2)

Washington D.C. Temple; Location: Kensington, Maryland, USA; Announcement: 15 November 1968; Dedication: 19 November 1974 by Spencer W. Kimball (3)

-- During November 1974
[African Americans in Utah] The suit was dismissed in November 1974 when the LDS Church agreed to open all positions in church-sponsored scout troops to all boys "without regard to race or ethnic background." (4)

-- 1974
Church Membership at end of year: 3,409,987
New Converts : 103,329
Percent Change from previous year: 3.12% (5)

Church-owned hospitals divested. (6)

All of Church‘s shortwave properties sold. (7)

Unified Magazine changes its name to International Magazines (umbrella title that covered all foreign-language magazines of the Church, each having a language-specific title). (7)

Jay Welch, who replaced Condie in 1974, remained only briefly. He was one of the most gifted and popular conductors the choir has ever had, and his sudden and unexpected resignation brought a number of administrative problems to the surface. Though regarded as a tragedy at the time, this resulted in many important changes which have worked to the advantage of the present organization, including placing the choir under the direct supervision of the First Presidency of the church. Welch was succeeded by present conductor Jerold Ottley later in the same year. Under Ottley's leadership the Mormon Tabernacle Choir has achieved new standards of excellence, becoming stylistically more versatile and varied in its repertoire. Touring has vastly expanded and the choir's role in the church has changed substantially. On one hand, its musical mission has been simplified, with an emphasis on hymn singing for the general meetings of the church. On the other hand, its role as a cultural and
spiritual ambassador has led to a greatly expanded repertoire consisting not only of the great classical masterworks but also of many forms of ethnic and folk music, requiring much broader linguistic experience and training. (8)

[Thomas S. Monson] Received master's of business administration from Brigham Young University. (9)

[Utah Republican Party] Bennett, who would serve in the Senate until he retired in 1974, was known as a fiscal conservative and supporter of national defense. (10)

[Utah Republican Party] In 1974 Salt Lake Mayor Jake Garn defeated Democratic Representative Wayne Owens for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Wallace Bennett. (10)

-- Jan 12, 1975
The Merthyr Tydfil Stake, first stake in Wales is organised. (11)

1 - Hemidakaota, "Church Chronology from 1800-2000,"
2 - Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Spencer W. Kimball, Salt Lake City, Utah
3 - Wikipedia, List of Temples of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints,
4 - Utah Historical Encyclopedia: African Americans in Utah,
5 - Wikipedia, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Membership History,
6 - Ludlow, Daniel H. editor, Encyclopedia of Mormonism, Macmillan Publishing, Encyclopedia of Mormonism, Vol. 4, Appendix 2: A Chronology of Church History
7 - Sherry Baker: Mormon Media History Timeline: 1827-2007,
8 - Utah Historical Encyclopedia: Mormon Tabernacle Choir,
9 - Deseret News, Timeline: Thomas S. Monson,,5143,695250351,00.html
10 - Utah Historical Encyclopedia: Utah Republican Party,
11 - Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, United Kingdom, "On This Day,"
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