LDS History, 1953

-- 1953
Church Membership at end of year: 1,246,362
New Converts : 57,309
Percent Change from previous year: 4.82% (1)

[David O McKay] Receives the Boy Scouts highest honor, the Silver Buffalo. (2)

[Thomas S. Monson] Appointed sales manager for Deseret News press. (3)

[Utah] In Colorado City, Arizona, a mass police raid against members of the Fundamentalist Church of the Latter Day Saints (FLDS) led to the arrest of scores of men and the separation of children from their families. FLDS members were avowed polygamists. (4)

Ansel Adams creates a photo essay on the Mormons in Utah for Life Magazine. (5)

-- Jan 2, 1954
President David O. McKay left Salt Lake City on a trip to London, England; South Africa; and South and Central America. He returned in mid-February, and at that point had visited every existing mission of the Church. He was the first president of the Church to visit the South African Mission. (6)

-- Jan 9, 1954
[Mark Hofmann] Steven Christensen born in Salt Lake City, Utah. (7)

-- Apr 8, 1954
[Quorum of the Twelve] George Q. Morris ordained. (8)

-- Jul 21, 1954
The First Presidency announced the establishment of the Church College of Hawaii. The college commenced operation Sept. 26, 1955. (6)

-- During 1954 July
The Church announced the inauguration of the Indian Placement Program, whereby Indian students of elementary- and secondary-school age could be placed in foster homes during the school year in order for them to take advantage of better educational opportunities. (6)

-- Aug 31, 1954
The First Presidency approved a plan to ordain young men of the Aaronic Priesthood to the office of teacher at age 14 and priest at age 16. The previous ages were 15 and 17. (6)

Ages for advancement in the Aaronic Priesthood set at deacon, 12; teacher, 14; priest, 16. (9)

-- Dec 7, 1954
[Mark Hofmann] Mark William Hofmann born in Salt Lake City, Utah. (7)

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 - Deseret News, Timeline: Thomas S. Monson,,5143,695250351,00.html
4 - Ratnikas, Algis, TimelinesDb,
5 - History to Go, Utah Today,
6 - Church News: Historical chronology of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
7 - Whittaker, David J., The Hofmann Maze, A Book Review Essay with a Chronology and Bibliography of the Hofmann Case, BYU Studies Vol. 29, No. 1, pg.80,
8 - Wikipedia, Chronology of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles (LDS Church),
9 - Hemidakaota, "Church Chronology from 1800-2000,"
Mormon History Timeline /Chronology

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