LDS History, 1955, August

-- During 1955, August
[David O McKay] Visits Europe with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. (1)

-- During 1955 August-September
The Tabernacle Choir made a major concert tour of Europe. (2)

-- During August 1955
[Mormon Tabernacle Choir] The first choir concert tour to Europe, with stops in Scotland, Wales, Denmark, Germany, Switzerland and France, is completed. (3)

-- Sep 11, 1955
The Swiss Temple, near Bern, was dedicated by President David O. McKay. (2)

Swiss Temple became first in Europe; films introduced to provide the endowment in various languages. (4)

Bern Switzerland Temple; Location: Manchenbuchsee, Switzerland; Announcement: 1 July 1952; Dedication: 11 September 1955 by David O. McKay; Rededication: 23 November 1992 by Gordon B. Hinckley; Style: Modern, single spire; Notes: Bern was the first temple to present the endowment using a movie, necessitated by the multiple languages required to support the members in Europe. (5)

-- Sep 26, 1955
The Church College of Hawaii, now BYU-Hawaii, was opened. (2)

-- During 1955, September
[David O McKay] Dedicates the Bern Switzerland Temple. (1)

-- Dec 27, 1955
A letter from the Presiding Bishopric announced that students at BYU would be organized into campus wards and stakes beginning Jan. 8, 1956. This move set the pattern for student wards to be organized at Church colleges and institutes of religion wherever their numbers warranted it. (2)

-- 1955
Church Membership at end of year: 1,357,274
New Converts : 55,034
Percent Change from previous year: 4.23% (6)

A special program of missionary work among the Jewish people was organized. It continued until 1959. (2)

-- Jan 1, 1956
Frederick S. Williams, former mission president in Argentina and Uruguay, moved with his family to Peru and contacted Church headquarters for permission to organize a branch and begin missionary work. First missionaries arrived Aug. 7, 1956. (2)

-- Jan 8, 1956
The first campus wards and stakes in the Church were organized at BYU. (2)

1 - Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Teachings of Presidents of the Church: David O McKay, Salt Lake City, Utah
2 - Church News: Historical chronology of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
3 - Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Newsroom,
4 - Hemidakaota, "Church Chronology from 1800-2000,"
5 - Wikipedia, List of Temples of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints,
6 - Wikipedia, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Membership History,
Mormon History Timeline /Chronology

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