LDS History, Oct 13, 1996

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-- Oct 13, 1996
Mount Timpanogos Utah Temple; Location: American Fork, Utah, USA; Announcement: 3 October 1992; Dedication: 13 October 1996 by Gordon B. Hinckley; Style: Classic modern, single-spire design (1)

-- Nov 2, 1996
The First Presidency announced the establishment of Latter-day Saint Charities, a charitable, nonprofit corporation designed to help the Church deliver humanitarian aid to the poor and needy of the world. (2)

A book titled "Our Heritage: A Brief History of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints" was released on this day. (3)

-- Nov 8, 1996-16
President Hinckley spoke to gatherings of Church members and missionaries in Colombia, Peru, Bolivia, Chile, Argentina and Brazil, and broke ground for temples in Bolivia and Brazil. (2)

-- Nov 10, 1996
[Hinckley] Broke ground for Cochabamba Bolivia Temple (4)

-- Nov 18, 1996
Elder Joseph B. Wirthlin of the Quorum of the Twelve became the first apostle to address Latter-day Saints in Far East Russia when he spoke in Vladivostok, Russia, in the region of Siberia. (2)

-- Dec 9, 1996
Church website initiated at (5)

-- Dec 20, 1996
[U.S. Religious History] Reflecting on his failed lawsuit against Larry Flynt because of the parody Flynt published in the magazine "Hustler," Jerry Falwell stated: "If Larry had been physically able and were not in a wheelchair, there'd have been no lawsuit. I'm a Campbell County, Virginia country boy. I'd just take him outside the barn and whip him and that'd be the end of it." (6)

-- 1996
Church Membership at end of year: 9,692,441
New Converts : 353,582
Percent Change from previous year: 3.79% (7)

-- During December 1996
Church‘s official Web site,, launches unannounced. (8)

-- During 1996
31,324 new missionaries sent out. (8)

[Lucy Mack Smith] Scott Facer Proctor and Maurine Jensen Proctor publish The Revised and Enhanced History of Joseph Smith by His Mother with Bookcraft, including illustrations, maps, notes, and index. It silently restores 1844-45 rough draft language and omits problematic passages. (9)

[Lucy Mack Smith] The first parallel-column edition through the fourth paragraph of Chapter 39 is published in Early Mormon Documents, Vol. 1, compiled and edited by Dan Vogel (Salt Lake City: Signature Books, 1996). It maintains scholarly standards in its presentation of the text and includes a bibliography, an index, and extensive source, biographical, and contextual footnotes. (9)

1 - Wikipedia, List of Temples of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints,
2 - Church News: Historical Chronology of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints,
3 - Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, United Kingdom, "On This Day,"
4 - LDS Newsroom, Time line of Significant Events as President,
5 - Hemidakaota, "Church Chronology from 1800-2000,"
6 - Cline, Austin, History of American Religion: Timeline
7 - Wikipedia, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Membership History,
8 - Sherry Baker: Mormon Media History Timeline: 1827-2007,
9 - Anderson, Lavina Fielding, Editor, Lucy's Book: A Critical Edition of Lucy Mack Smith's Family Memoir, 2001, Signature Books

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