LDS History, 1959-

-- During 1959-
[Periodicals] Sheng te jr sheng; Southern Far East Hong Kong (Changed to Shentao Mission che sheng 1986; changed to Sheng tu chih sheng 1988; Unified 1967) Taiwan CHINESE (Periodical) (1)

-- During 1959
[Thomas S. Monson] Called as president of the Canadian Mission. (2)

-- Jan 3, 1960
The First Presidency inaugurated a three-month series of weekly Sunday evening fireside programs for youth. President David O. McKay addressed an estimated 200,000 youth at the opening fireside, carried by direct telephone wire to 290 stake centers in the United States, western Canada, and Hawaii. (3)

-- Mar 27, 1960
[Harold B. Lee] Organizes the first stake in Europe at Manchester, England. (4)

-- During 1960 March
The First Presidency requested the General Priesthood Committee, with Elder Harold B. Lee of the Quorum of the Twelve as chairman, to make a study of Church programs and curriculum with the object of providing for better "correlation." (3)

-- Apr 28, 1960
[U.S. Religious History] The 100th General Assembly of the Southern Presbyterian Church (PCUS) passed a resolution declaring that sexual relations in the context of marriage but without the intent to conceive children were not sinful. (5)

-- Jul 21, 1960
First Presidency issues statement allowing young men to serve missions at age 19, even though they had not met educational and military qualifications previously required. (3)

-- Dec 08, 1960
[U.S. Religious History] Madalyn Murray (later O'Hair) filed suit in the Baltimore to force the end of required Bible readings and recitations of the Lord's Prayer in public schools. (5)

-- 1960
Church Membership at end of year: 1,693,180
New Converts : 77,092
Percent Change from previous year: 4.77% (6)

-- During 1960s
[BYU] A demonstration Training School and Brigham Young High School were discontinued in the 1960s and the last university-related classes moved to the main campus shortly before Academy Square was sold in 1975. (7)

-- During 1960
[Catholic Church in Utah] The writings and radio addresses of Bishop Duane G. Hunt (1884-1960), fifth bishop of the diocese, kept Utah Catholics in the national spotlight. (8)

Also in January, the Church began setting up the administrative framework for a large building program in Europe. By early 1961, administrative building areas outside North America had been established for all parts of the world where the Church existed, and the labor missionary program, which originated in the South Pacific in the early 1950s, was utilized in each area. (3)

-- During 1960s
[General Religious History] Various Neopagan movements gain momentum. (9)

1 - Ludlow, Daniel H. editor, Encyclopedia of Mormonism, Vol.4, Appendix 3: Church Periodicals
2 - Deseret News, Timeline: Thomas S. Monson,,5143,695250351,00.html
3 - Church News: Historical chronology of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
4 - Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Harold B. Lee, Salt Lake City, Utah
5 - Cline, Austin, History of American Religion: Timeline,
6 - Wikipedia, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Membership History,
7 - Utah Historical Encyclopedia,
8 - Utah Historical Encyclopedia,
9 - Wikipedia, Timeline of Religion
Mormon History Timeline /Chronology

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