LDS History, 1948

-- During 1948
[Joseph Smith] President George Albert Smith petitions the Lord to lift the ban on blacks receiving the priesthood. He claims he is denied. The ban was not lifted until 1978. (1)

-- During 1948-
[Periodicals] A Gaivota; Brazilian Mission Sao Paulo, Brazil (Changed to A Liahona 1951) (Unified 1968) PORTUGUESE (Periodical) (2)

-- During 1948
[Spencer W. Kimball] Suffers and recovers from a severe heart ailment. (3)

[Thomas S. Monson] Graduated with honors from the University of Utah with a bachelor's of science in marketing. (4)

-- During 1949
[U.S. Religious History] Indian law abolished the "untouchable" class, the lowest of all the old Hindu hereditary castes. (5)

-- Apr 5, 1949
At a special welfare meeting held in conjunction with general conference, the Welfare Program was declared a permanent program of the Church. (6)

-- During 1949 October
For the first time, general conference was broadcast publicly over KSL television in Salt Lake City, although since April 1948 it had been carried by closed-circuit television to other buildings on Temple Square. (6)

-- During October 1949
[Media] The 120th Semi-annual General Conference was the first televised General Conference of the LDS Church. (7)

-- 1949
Church Membership at end of year: 1,078,671
New Converts : 36,701
Percent Change from previous year: 3.52% (8)

A film made by the Church in Hollywood, The Lord's Way, was introduced. (6)

The first commercial recording by the choir. The Mormon Tabernacle Choir of Salt Lake City, Volume I, is released for sale. (9)

[Thomas S. Monson] Named assistant classified advertising manager of the Deseret News. (4)

-- Feb 24, 1950
The last two missionaries of the Czechoslovakian Mission were released from prison after 27 days and expelled from communist Czechoslovakia. (6)

1 - Wikipedia, 20th Century (Mormonism),
2 - Ludlow, Daniel H. editor, Encyclopedia of Mormonism, Vol.4, Appendix 3: Church Periodicals
3 - Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Spencer W. Kimball, Salt Lake City, Utah
4 - Deseret News, Timeline: Thomas S. Monson,,5143,695250351,00.html
5 - Cline, Austin, History of American Religion: Timeline,
6 - Church News: Historical chronology of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
7 - The Mormon Channel: The Broadcast and Media History of the LDS Church Timeline,
8 - Wikipedia, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Membership History,
9 - Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Newsroom,
Mormon History Timeline /Chronology

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