LDS History, 1986

LDS History Chronology /Timeline

-- During 1986
Church President Ezra Taft Benson emphasizes the necessity for members to read the Book of Mormon as ―the keystone of our religion. (1)

The Uniform System for Teaching the Gospel is publishedâ€"a new set of missionary discussions based on a commitment pattern. (1)

[Leonard J. Arrignton] He also served as president of the Western History Association, the Agricultural History Society, and the Pacific Coast branch of the American History Association. In 1986 he was named a Fellow of the Society of American Historians. (2)

[Lowell Bennion] When Bennion received the Good Samaritan Award in 1985 from Utahns Against Hunger, Charles Johnson, executive director of United Way, said, "He's a combination of an Old Testament prophet, who wants to give you his vision of what should be, and New Testament good Samaritan, who doesn't stand back and talk, but steps in to do the good work himself." Bennion also has received many other honors, including an honorary doctorate at the University of Utah (1982) and establishment there in 1986 of the Lowell L. Bennion Center for Community Service, election to Utah's Beehive Hall of Fame (1987), the Richard D. Bass award for Distinguished Service by a Utahn in the Humanities (1988), and the Caring Award (1989), given in Washington, D.C., to ten Americans who had most exemplified practical human service. (3)

[Media] The Church wins a national Emmy Award for the Homefront, The Practice. (4)

-- During 1986-1991
[Sunstone Editor/Publisher] Daniel Rector, Publisher (5)

-- During 1986-2001
[Sunstone Editor/Publisher] Elbert Eugene Peck, Editor (5)

-- During (1986-
[Utah Historical Society] Director Max Evans (1986- ) has built upon efforts to bring the Society to local communities by involving volunteer special interest groups in planning annual meetings. (6)

-- During 1986
[Utah Republican Party] From 1974 until 1986 no major office in Utah changed from Republican to Democratic hands. During those same years, Republicans dominated the Utah congressional delegation as well as both houses of the state legislature. Two years later, a little-known Salt Lake lawyer, Orrin G. Hatch, emerged from a crowded field as the party nominee for U.S. Senate. (7)

[Ute Indians] Their political clout increased in 1986 when the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the tribe's right to exercise "legal jurisdiction" over all pre-allotment reservation lands, giving them an undefined amount of legal control over the land and citizens of eastern Utah. (8)

-- Jan 23, 1987
Mark Hofmann imprisoned, responsible for two deaths and several forgeries of historic documents. (9)

-- During January 1987
[U.S. Religious History] Televangelist Oral Roberts announced that God had informed him that he would be "called home" if he did not raise USD $8 million by March 31 of that year. This money was supposedly needed for missionary work in underdeveloped nations and the plea was evidently successful - a shortfall of over USD $1 million was made up for at the last minute by Jerry Collins, a Florida racetrack owner. (10)

-- Feb 15, 1987
The Tabernacle Choir marked its 3,000th radio broadcast in a series that had become the longest-running network program in the free world. (11)

1 - Sherry Baker: Mormon Media History Timeline: 1827-2007,
2 - Utah History Encyclopedia: Leonard J. Arrignton,
3 - Utah History Encyclopedia: Lowell Bennion,
4 - The Mormon Channel: The Broadcast and Media History of the LDS Church Timeline,
5 - Wikipedia, Sunstone Magazine,
6 - Utah History Encyclopedia: Utah Historical Society,
7 - Utah History Encyclopedia: Utah Republican Party,
8 - Utah History Encyclopedia: Ute Indians,
9 - Hemidakaota, "Church Chronology from 1800-2000,"
10 - Cline, Austin, History of American Religion: Timeline
11 - Church News: Historical Chronology of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints,

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