LDS History, Dec 20, 1947

-- Dec 20, 1947
President George Albert Smith announced that following the end of World War II, the Church had the responsibility to carry the gospel to the people at home and abroad, a missionary posture leading to the internationalization of the Church. (1)

-- 1947
Church Membership at end of year: 1,016,170
New Converts : 19,665
Percent Change from previous year: 1.97% (2)

-- During 1947 December
Fast day was set aside for the relief of those in need in Europe. About $210,000 was collected and then distributed to Europeans of all faiths by an agency not connected with the Church. (1)

-- During 1947
Also in December, more than one million people visited Temple Square in one year for the first time. (1)

The Church reached the 1 million-member mark. May, The vast project of revising early scripture translations and translating the scriptures into additional languages was begun by the Church offices. (1)

Church membership reached one million (see Growth). (3)

-- During 1948 April
Mission presidents from around the world reported increasing numbers of baptisms. An expanded building program was started. (1)

-- May 14, 1948
[U.S. Religious History] Israel was formally established as an independent state. (4)

-- During 1948 June
It was announced that Ricks College in Rexburg, Idaho, would become a four-year college in the 1949-50 school year. (1)

-- Oct 7, 1948
[Thomas S. Monson] Married Frances Johnson in the Salt Lake Temple. (5)

-- Oct 17, 1948
The Tabernacle Choir performed its 1,000th national broadcast over radio. (1)

-- 1948
Church Membership at end of year: 1,041,970
New Converts : 25,800
Percent Change from previous year: 2.54% (2)

-- During 1948 December
Significant increases were made among the Indian membership in the Southwest states. (1)

1 - Church News: Historical chronology of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
2 - Wikipedia, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Membership History,
3 - Hemidakaota, "Church Chronology from 1800-2000,"
4 - Cline, Austin, History of American Religion: Timeline,
5 - Deseret News, Timeline: Thomas S. Monson,,5143,695250351,00.html
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