LDS History, 1945

-- 1945
Church Membership at end of year: 979,454
New Converts : 25,450
Percent Change from previous year: 2.67% (1)

[David O McKay] Sustained and set apart as second counselor to President George Albert Smith. (2)

Also, the Tabernacle was opened to the general public for the first time since March 1942. (3)

[Lucy Mack Smith] Assistant Church Historian Preston Nibley republishes the Improvement Era history with additional editing: he omits profanity, indelicate, or sensitive matter and adds some footnotes. Reprints follow in 1954, 1957, 1958, 1965, 1975, and 1979. (4)

-- During 1945-1949
[Periodicals] Novy Hlas; Czechoslovakian Prague, Czechoslovakia Mission CZECH (Periodical) (5)

-- During 1945-46
[Thomas S. Monson] Served in Navy in San Diego. (6)

-- During 1946 January
The Church began sending supplies to the Saints in Europe. This continued for the next several years. (3)

Church began shipping supplies to Europe to relieve suffering. (7)

-- Feb 4, 1946
Elder Ezra Taft Benson of the Quorum of the Twelve, newly called as president of the European Mission, left New York for Europe to administer to the physical and spiritual needs of members there. He traveled throughout Europe for most of the year, visiting Saints who had been isolated by the war, distributing Church welfare supplies, and setting the branches of the Church in order. (3)

Ezra Taft Benson began his postwar tour of Europe, reopening the area for missionary work. (7)

The first Mormons left Nauvoo, Ill., and crossed the Mississippi River heading toward Utah. (8)

-- During 1946, February
Elder Ezra Taft Benson left to administer to physical and spiritual needs of European Saints after World War II. (9)

-- May 2, 1946
The First Presidency instructed local Church leaders that in meetings where the sacrament is passed, it should be passed to the presiding officer first. (3)

1 - Wikipedia, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Membership History,
2 - Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Teachings of Presidents of the Church: David O McKay, Salt Lake City, Utah
3 - Church News: Historical chronology of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
4 - Anderson, Lavina Fielding, Editor, Lucy's Book: A Critical Edition of Lucy Mack Smith's Family Memoir, 2001, Signature Books
5 - Ludlow, Daniel H. editor, Encyclopedia of Mormonism, Vol.4, Appendix 3: Church Periodicals
6 - Deseret News, Timeline: Thomas S. Monson,,5143,695250351,00.html
7 - Hemidakaota, "Church Chronology from 1800-2000,"
8 - Ratnikas, Algis, TimelinesDb,
9 - Ludlow, Daniel H. editor, Encyclopedia of Mormonism, Macmillan Publishing, Encyclopedia of Mormonism, Vol. 4, Appendix 2: A Chronology of Church History
Mormon History Timeline /Chronology

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