LDS History, Aug 14, 1945

-- Aug 14, 1945
Japanese surrender ended World War II. (1)

-- Sep 2, 1945
Formal ceremonies of surrender, ending World War II â€" history's deadliest and most far-reaching conflict â€" were held aboard the battleship Missouri in Tokyo Bay. Japan had surrendered on Aug. 14 (V-J Day); Germany on May 8 (V-E Day). (2)

-- Sep 23, 1945
The Idaho Falls Temple was dedicated by President George Albert Smith. (2)

Idaho Falls Temple dedicated by George Albert Smith. (1)

Idaho Falls Idaho Temple; Location: Idaho Falls, Idaho, USA; Announcement: 3 March 1937; Dedication: 23 September 1945 by George Albert Smith; Style: Modern, center spire - designed by John Fetzer, Sr. (3)

-- During 1945 September
The First Presidency began calling mission presidents for areas vacated during the war. This process continued through 1946. The sending of missionaries soon followed the appointment of mission presidents. By the end of 1946, 3,000 missionaries were in the field. (2)

Church began calling new mission presidents and reopening missions closed during World War II. (1)

-- Oct 5, 1945-7
The first general, unrestricted conference of the Church in four years was held in the Tabernacle in Salt Lake City. (During World War II, general conferences were limited to general, stake, and ward priesthood leaders.) (2)

-- Oct 11, 1945
[Quorum of the Twelve] Matthew Cowley ordained. (4)

-- Nov 3, 1945
President George Albert Smith met with U.S. President Harry S. Truman in the White House and presented the Church's plans to use its welfare facilities to help relieve the suffering of Latter-day Saints in Europe. (2)

George Albert Smith met with U.S. president Harry S Truman to discuss shipment of Church welfare supplies to Europe. (1)

-- Nov 6, 1945
The Temple Endowment is presented in Spanish, the first time the scared ceremonies are presented in a language other than English. (5)

-- Nov 15, 1945
The Poem "My Father in Heaven" by Eliza R. Snow is published. This poem was eventually put to music, and became one of our popular hymns "O My Father" [LDS Hymn Book, #292]. (5)

1 - Hemidakaota, "Church Chronology from 1800-2000,"
2 - Church News: Historical chronology of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
3 - Wikipedia, List of Temples of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints,
4 - Wikipedia, Chronology of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles (LDS Church),
5 - Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, United Kingdom, "On This Day,"
Mormon History Timeline /Chronology

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