LDS History, Dec 1, 1998

LDS History Chronology /Timeline

-- Dec 1, 1998
[Hinckley] Participated with Salt Lake Mayor Deedee Corradini in joint announcement of a proposal for the Church to purchase part of Main Street (1)

-- Dec 20, 1998
President Gordon B. Hinckley ends his travel for the year. He travelled some 77,000 Miles (equivalent of approximately 3 times around the earth), and met an estimated 372,000 members in 16 countries worldwide. (2)

-- Dec 28, 1998
A major revision of the Church Handbook of Instructions is completed. It brings priesthood and auxiliary leader guides together for the first time, into a two volume handbook. Previously, it had been thirty seperate handbooks and publications. (2)

-- 1998
Church Membership at end of year: 10,354,241
New Converts : 282,458
Percent Change from previous year: 2.80% (3)

MP-3 players for downloaded Internet audio appear. (4)

Sen. Bob Bennett, R-Utah is named chairmen of the new Senate Select Committee on the Year 2000 Technology Problem. (5)

-- Jan 9, 1999
Screen Actors Guild (SAG) and Deseret Media Productions (DMP), an affiliate with the Church make first-time agreement allowing DMP to cast SAG-qualified actors in LDS Church productions. (4)

-- 1999 9-10 January
[Hinckley] Dedicated Anchorage Alaska Temple (1)

-- Jan 9, 1999
Anchorage Alaska Temple; Location: Anchorage, Alaska, USA; Announcement: 4 October 1997; Dedication: 9 January 1999 by Gordon B. Hinckley; Rededication: 8 February 2004 by Gordon B. Hinckley; Style: Classic modern, single-spire design (6)

-- During January 1999
[Mormon Tabernacle Choir] Announcement of new music program, including formation of the Temple Square Chorale and the Orchestra at Temple Square. (7)

[U.S. Religious History] Jerry Falwell announced at a pastors' conference in that the Antichrist is alive today and "of course he'll be Jewish." (8)

-- Feb 07, 1999
[U.S. Religious History] Judy Poag (D) proposed bill in the Georgia legislature requiring public school districts to display the Ten Commandments. Those who refused to do so would be penalized financially and perhaps even have their state funding cut off. Another bill would permit "student-initiated spoken prayer during the school day." Teachers would be prohibited from " Participating in or actively supervising such prayer." Under this bill, a student could evidently just interrupt class with a prayer and continue the disruption for hours while the teacher would be powerless to stop it. (8)

-- Feb 10, 1999
[Utah] Mitt Romney, a venture capitalist son of George Romney, was proposed as the new chief of the Olympic Committee for the 2002 games in SLC. (9)

1 - LDS Newsroom, Time line of Significant Events as President,
2 - Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, United Kingdom, "On This Day,"
3 - Wikipedia, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Membership History,
4 - Sherry Baker: Mormon Media History Timeline: 1827-2007,
5 - History to Go, Utah Today,
6 - Wikipedia, List of Temples of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints,
7 - Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Newsroom,
8 - Cline, Austin, History of American Religion: Timeline
9 - Ratnikas, Algis, TimelinesDb,

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