LDS History, Jan 8, 1956

-- Jan 8, 1956
First student wards and stakes at Brigham Young University. (1)

-- Mar 11, 1956
President David O. McKay dedicated the Los Angeles Temple. (2)

Los Angeles California Temple; Location: Los Angeles, California, USA; Announcement: 6 March 1937; Dedication: 11 March 1956 by David O. McKay; Style: Modern, single-tower design - designed by Edward O. Anderson; Notes: Reopened after renovations. (3)

-- During 1956, March
[David O McKay] Dedicates the Los Angeles California Temple. (4)

-- Jun 19, 1956
[U.S. Religious History] Jerry Falwell broke away from the church were he was saved and founded Thomas Road Baptist Church, the church he continues to lead. (5)

-- Oct 3, 1956
The new Relief Society Building in Salt Lake City was dedicated. (2)

Relief Society Building dedicated. (1)

-- During 1956, October
[David O McKay] Dedicates the Relief Society Building. (4)

-- Nov 26, 1956
[U.S. Religious History] Ellery Schempp, protesting the mandatory reading of passages from the Bible in his public school homeroom, decided to read passages from the Koran instead of the Bible; that earned him a trip to the principal's office. He and his family would request help from the American Civil Liberties Union, launching the case of School District of Abington Township v. Schempp. In the end, The Supreme Court ruled that such mandatory religious exercises were unconstitutional. (5)

-- 1956
Church Membership at end of year: 1,416,731
New Converts : 59,457
Percent Change from previous year: 4.38% (6)

[Capital Punishment] In 1956, two men were executed simultaneously for the killing of a Beaver City gas station employee. (7)

[Utah] Congress creates Colorado River Storage Project. (8)

-- During 1957 April
Videotape first used to record and rebroadcast general conference. (1)

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 - Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Teachings of Presidents of the Church: David O McKay, 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 -
8 - History to Go, Utah Today,
Mormon History Timeline /Chronology

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