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MILLENNIAL STAR 




APRIL 1959 VOLUME 121 NUMBER 4 



Challenge 



T. BOWRING WOODBURY 



The Eternal Triangle 



MATTHEW COWLEY 



George Q. Cannon, Servant of God 



RICHARD B. OLIVER 



Paying Tithing 



ERNEST L. WILKINSON 



Further Light from the Lighthouse 



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The Building of a New Era: A Special 
Star Feature 

The New Central London Chapel 

Sir Thomas Bennett 

Crawley 



SIR THOMAS P. BENNETT 



Mission-Wide Youth Convention 



The Gospel in the Life of Joseph W. 
Darling 



Reflections from the Temple 



Conference Progress 



New Era Calendar 



District Missionary Activities 



Missionary Activities 



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T. BOWRING WOODBURY, EDITOR 

RICHARD B. OLIVER, ASSOCIATE EDITOR 

PAMELA JOHNSON, EDITORIAL ASSISTANT 



THE MILLENNIAL STAR is the official publication of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter- 
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CHALLENGE 



BY PRESIDENT T. BOWRING WOODBURY 



TN this time of regeneration and 

growth, certain words have identi- 
fied themselves with the New Era in 
the British Mission. We hear them 
over and over until they become 
almost of casual usage. But the word 
challenge is not a casual word. 

It brings us to a point of resolution. 
It stimulates the forces of determina- 
tion to action. It unites all our facul- 
ties with force on one focal point. 
And, the result is progress and per- 
fection. 

For instance, there is the great chal- 
lenge made to the Saints of the British 
Mission to become District Mission- 
aries. The challenge was for five per 
cent of the District Membership to 
become set-apart missionaries, devot- 
ing two nights a week to the mission- 
ary cause. 

At this writing, there are 354 set- 
apart District Missionaries in the 
British Mission. This is three per cent 
of our mission membership. And the 
names keep coming in with each mail. 
The membership is meeting this chal- 
lenge and the resultant conversions 
will be wonderful to watch. 

The entire Senior Aaronic Priesthood 
Programme just introduced in the Mis- 
sion, is built around one word: chal- 
lenge. After bringing ourselves to a 
point of friendship with our inactive 
brethren, and arousing a spark of 
interest in their hearts, then comes the 
motivating challenge : " Can you make 
yourself worthy to be ordained an 
Elder a month from today? " 



There is the challenge in the Aaronic 
Priesthood Programme where each 
Deacon, Teacher and Priest is challen- 
ged to meet the requirements of the 
Individual Priesthood Award. 

In the Girls' Programme, just intro- 
duced, the challenge has become a 
friendly but familiar part of the pro- 
gramme of perfection, where girls 
might achieve their own Individual 
Award. 

The word challenge is familiar to 
every full- and part-time missionary. 
When he reaches a certain point in the 
discussion plan, the missionary knows 
to challenge the investigator to make 
himself ready for baptism and the date 
is set. Power and strength are in back 
of resolute determination to break 
with the past and meet the challenge 
of the future. 

But perhaps the greatest challenge 
is that one issued to every member of 
the Church in the British Mission to 
prepare for local leadership. And on 
this ground, the challenge is being met 
with action that is glorious to behold. 
Ten of our 15 districts are completely 
in local hands and it appears that the 
entire mission will be locally lead by 
the end of 1959. 

What a wonderful word! Its mere 
mention means motivation. What a 
priceless power to perfection! Chal- 
lenge is a soul-stirring word. And we 
challenge you to accept the challenge 
of the New Era. 



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by Matthew Cowley 

T WANT to say in all seriousness that 
the woman God gave to me is worth 
more than anything in the whole 
world. I am reminded of an experience 
related by President McKay. He spoke 
of the time he stood at the side of his 
wife in the room where his mother 
was born, and what that occasion 
meant to him. 

What a beautiful sermon, his stand- 
ing at the side of his wife, where he 
has stood for these many years, and 
in the presence of his mother, who 
also stood at the side of her com- 
panion for many years ! There flashed 
in my mind when he briefly related 
that experience the symbol which is 
over the long narrow window on the 
east and west end of the Salt Lake 
Temple, the symbol of the clasped 
hands. How important that symbol is 
in the lives of all of us. 

Men of the priesthood who have 
knelt at the sacred altar, and on that 
altar clasped the hand of a sainted 
companion, have entered an eternal 
triangle. This most sacred triangle is 
not a companionship of two, but of 
three — the husband, the wife, and 
God. But my heart sinks in despair 
when I witness so many who have 
withdrawn and are withdrawing that 
hand from one another. They don't 
do that until they first divorce God 
from that triangle, and after divorcing 
God, it is practically impossible for 



them to stay together side by side. We 
pledge eternal fidelity to one another 
as we kneel at the sacred altar, and 
the words we hear are not " until 
death do you part," nor " for as long 
as you both shall live," but " for time 
and for all eternity." 

There came into my office recently 
a sister who said she had divorced her 
husband, married in this Holy House; 
the handclasp had been severed. I 
asked, " What are the grounds? " 
" Drunkenness, I have been living with 
a drunken swine," she replied. I said, 
maybe without thinking, " Sister, don't 
you know that only God and women 
can make men of swine, and men of 
beasts; your companion is no longer 
your husband in the eyes of the law, 
but now he is your brother, and there 
is no law under heaven which can 
destroy that relationship. Now, work 
with him as your brother, and I have 
suggestions which may help you." 

I expect her to come back. I know 
the influence of that woman will lead 
her husband into sobriety, and under 
the goodness and mercy of God there 
will return the clasp of the hand. 

I anticipate in supreme joy the 
experience they are going to have 
kneeling together with their hands 
clasped, and the hands of their child- 
ren upon their hands; and in bringing 
those children within that sacred tri- 
angle : the man, the woman, and God. 

Yes, the sisters can make men of us 
beasts. But Brethren, do not withdraw 
your hand in the greatest hour of 
need of your companion. Sisters 
generally do not withdraw that hand. 
I thank God that when my hand 
maybe has tended to slip away, that 
the grip of my companion has been 
strong as bands of steel, and I have 
been brought back. 

I was in a home recently in one of 



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our stakes where a man was lying 
upon his bed. The only part of his 
body that he could move were his 
eyes and his tongue. He could speak 
and he could see, but that was all; he 
had no life in his arms or legs. The 
home was immaculate; his bed linen 
was immaculate; he was immaculate. 
Maybe there was no life in his hand, 
but his companion held that hand in 
a grasp as strong as life itself. The 
clasp of the hand, brothers and sisters 
— it has meaning! And when you are 
away from one another, if you don't 
feel a spiritual clasp stronger than the 
physical clasp, rush back to one 
another as quickly as you can. You 
know true love is not looking into 
each other's eyes in one of those old- 
fashioned loveseats. That isn't true 
love. True love is that love which 
comes into your heart and motivates 
your life when you arise from the 
altar and both of you look in the same 
direction, down through eternity. That 
is true love, where both are looking in 
the same direction. 

The Maori in referring to his wife 
says : " Taku hoa wahine," which 
means, " My companion wife." The 
wife in speaking of her companion, 
says : " Toku hoa tane," meaning, 
" My companion husband." I like 
that a little better than just -saying 
" My wife," or " My husband." " My 
companion wife," "My companion 
husband! " Companionship implies a 
oneness of direction, right down 
through eternity. 

There are men active in the Church 
today because sometime in the past 
when their hand was slipping away, 
and a little finger maybe was being 
loosened from the clasp, there came a 
grip from their companion wife which 
held them firm. Eternal fidelity, I 
thank God for it. I thank God for a 



hand which will always reach out and 
grasp mine. 

As I go about the Church, and hear 
my name read out as one of the 
Authorities of this Church, and as 
hands are raised to sustain me, I say 
within myself, " My companion wife is 
being sustained, and that's the reason 
I am being sustained." 

When I went to New Zealand as 
mission president, I went around 
among the people. Those natives have 
great memories. They would quote 
from the sermons of mission presi- 
dents, but there had been one presi- 
dent out there whom they did not 
quote, but he preached to those people 
the most beautiful sermon they had 
ever witnessed. Wherever I would go 
and we would refer to that grand man, 
the natives would say, " He was always 
holding hands with his wife." When 
they would sit down together at the 
table, their hands would just naturally 
go toward each other, and they would 
hold hands — the greatest sermon that 
was ever delivered in the history of 
the New Zealand Mission, the sacred 
clasp of the hands of man and 
woman. 

I have seen young men and women 
come into the temple to be sealed and 
to clasp their hands with a pledge of 
eternal fidelity, and their own fathers 
and mothers could not come inside to 
witness the sacred ceremony. Yes, in 
many oases the youth are our 
examples. 

I thank God for the clasp of the 
hand. I thank God for the symbol of 
the handclasp, with all of its eternal 
significance. God grant that each of 
us may always have the strength to 
clasp the hand of our companion wife 
and that they will always have the 
strength to hold our hand as if it were 
in a vice. 



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THE SAILING BARK SIDNEY WHICH TOOK 
THE CANNONS TO AMERICA 



GEORGE Q. CANNON AT THE TIME HE PRESIDED 
OVER THE EUROPEAN MISSION 



GEORGE Q. CANNON 



Servant of God 



by Richard B. Oliver 



HTHE Cannon family stood at the 
rail of the Sidney and watched 
the land along the River Mersey slip 
from view. It was the autumn of 1842, 
and as they headed out to the Irish 
Sea, George and Ann Cannon thought 
of Liverpool, which had been their 
home for almost seventeen years. Their 
eldest son, George Quayle, was stand- 
ing at their side; he too, had helped to 
save for the family's voyage to the 
promised land. 

It was no wonder that they felt a 
little frightened at the realisation of 
their leaving comfortable England for 
the uncertainties of America, and of 



their new found Mormon faith. But it 
mattered little to them, they were going 
to Zion, and God would help them! 
As the ship turned south, both 
parents turned almost impulsively in 
the direction of their native Isle of 
Man. Their families could trace their 
ancestry on the Island back for cen- 
turies. But, it was in Liverpool that 
they were to hear of the Gospel of 
Jesus Christ. 

Both Ann Cannon and her husband, 
George, were religious people. But, 
they had never been able to find a 
philosophy that satisfied their inquiring 
minds. George must have been quite a 



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GEORGE Q. CANNON AS THE 
DELEGATE FROM UTAH 



student of the Bible for he had been 
known to say " the gospel is not upon 
the earth but it is coming." 1 

During this period of time in their 
lives Parley P. Pratt was preaching the 
gospel in Toronto, Canada. There, 
John Taylor and his wife, Leonora 
Cannon, George Cannon's sister, 
accepted the truth after hearing it 
from Brother Pratt. Three years later 
John Taylor was called to fill a mis- 
sion in England. Naturally, Leonora 
thought at once of her brother George 
and his family in Liverpool. John 
Taylor carried a letter of introduction 
to them when he arrived in England. 

Undoubtedly, he was not long in 
Liverpool before he searched out the 
home of the Cannon's, his wife's 
people. He made the acquaintance of 
Ann and her children but found that 
her husband was not at home. John 
Taylor didn't discuss with them the 
purpose of his visit to England but 
talked only of family news. And yet, 



as he walked away from the house 
Ann Cannon turned to her eldest son, 
George Q. and said, " George, there 
goes a man of God. He is come to 
bring salvation to your father's 
house." 2 What a prophetic statement 
for this young mother to make to her 
son! That evening John Taylor re- 
turned to the Cannon home. This time 
he told the entire family the purpose 
of his being in England. He testified 
to them that the Gosped had been re- 
stored. He told them of The Book of 
Mormon. He even sang for them some 
of the lovely hymns of the church. 
Ann Cannon knew that he spoke the 
truth. She was a firm believer, at 
once, and was ready to be baptised. 
Her husband, George, was not unim- 
pressed but he was not quick to accept 
all that he had heard. He began that 
night to read The Book of Mormon. 
He became more fascinated by it with 
each page that he read until he could 
scarcely lay it down. He read it late 
into the night, he read it at meals. He 
even propped it up on his work bench 
that he might read a sentence or two 
as he worked. He read it through 
twice and then he and his wife were 
baptised one month to the day after 
John Taylor made his first visit to 
them. 

Not long after their baptism the 
" spirit of gathering " came upon these 
young parents, for the great strength 
of the church was to come from the 
British Isles. The Cannons were to be 
a part of that strength. They began to 
save for their trip to America. Two 
years later they were ready to sail. 
During that time, by carefully saving, 
they had accumulated enough to pay 
their own way. They had also been 
able to partially pay the fare of still 
others who were unable to save the 
required amount. The Cannons had an 



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Illiillil 



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GEORGE Q. CANNON'S FIRST NEWSPAPER 

irresistible desire to be with the Saints 
in Nauvoo and yet this young father 
and mother, George and Ann, had a 
premonition that Ann would never 
live to reach Zion. But, still, she was 
determined to make the journey that 
her children might be reared among 
the Saints. Travelling was most diffi- 
cult in that day. The journey was long. 
The food was not adequate and Ann 
was expecting a baby. The weeks of 
travel, the motion of the ship and the 
misery of sea sickness were too much 
for her. Ann Cannon died on the 
voyage and was buried at sea. Her 
husband and young family of six, 
George Q. at sixteen the eldest, were 
to arrive in Zion without the loving, 
energetic woman whose dream for 
them had come true. 

After seven months of travelling, 
the little band of Mormon immigrants 
finally arrived in Nauvoo, Illinois. 
There was a great crowd on the land- 
ing as the boat came up the Missis- 
sippi. George Q. looked eagerly for the 
Prophet Joseph Smith. Although he 
had never seen a picture of the Prophet 
he instantly knew him. 

" When his eyes fell upon the Prophet, 
without a word from anyone to point 
him out or any other reason to separate 
him from others who stood around, he 
knew him instantly. He would have 
known him among ten thousand." l 
All through his life he treasured that 
inspired recognition. 



This was an exciting time in Nauvoo 
— things were happening and history 
was being made. The first few peaceful 
months were soon drowned in the 
wave of mob terrorism, bent on des- 
troying Nauvoo and the Saints, which 
shortly swept through Illinois and the 
surrounding countryside. 

George Q. was only seventeen but 
he was to be a part of the tragedy in 
Nauvoo, for it was his father who 
made the coffins that held the bodies 
of the beloved Prophet Joseph Smith 
and his brother, Hyrum. He undoub- 
tedly assisted in the making of the 
death masks of these two martyred 
men. As they worked this young man 
must have heard the crying and weep- 
ing of the thousands of people who 
knew that their prophet was gone. 

He seemed to be destined to be a 
part of the events that shaped the 
future of the Church in those tense 
and tragic months. George Q. was in 
the grove at Nauvoo that summer day 
when Sidney Rigdon laid claim to the 
leadership of the Church and when 
the Lord let the people know who was 
his chosen one. 

" A more wonderful and miraculous . 
event than was wrought that day in the 
presence of that congregation we never 
heard of. The Lord gave His people a 
testimony that left no room for doubt as 
to who was the man He had chosen to 
lead them . . . On that occasion President 
Brigham Young seemed to be trans- 
formed . . . The tones of his voice, his 
appearance, everything he said and the 
spirit which accompanied his words, con- 
vinced the people that the leader whom 
God had selected to guide them stood 
before them." 1 

At the sudden death of his father, 
George Q. went to live with his Uncle 
John Taylor. During the next four 
years he was to learn all about the 
printing profession from his Uncle 



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who was editing the Times and Sea- 
sons, and the Nauvoo Neighbor. It was 
also during this time that young 
George Q. Cannon thrilled to the mis- 
sionary experiences that were often 
related in the Taylor home. 

" When a youth, it was my good for- 
tune to live in the family of President 
John Taylor. It was my chief delight in 
those days to listen to him and other 
Elders relate their experiences as mis- 
sionaries. They made a deep impression 
upon me . . . Their missions were rich in 
instances of His power exhibited in their 
behalf. What I heard strengthened my 
faith and increased the desire in my heart 
to be a missionary. No calling was so 
noble in my eyes as that of a standard- 
bearer of the Gospel."* 

The exile from Nauvoo and the 
exodus to the Great Salt Lake Basin 
shortly followed, and soon George Q. 
Cannon commenced the work which 
he desired most : that of a missionary. 
He spent fourteen of the next fifteen 
years of his life in the spreading of the 
Gospel. 

His first mission was to the Sand- 
wich Islands as they were called. We 
know them now as the Hawaiian 
Islands. He was the youngest of nine 
elders called to labour there. The 
youngest but the strongest. The mis- 
sionaries tried to preach to the white 
people on the islands and met with 
little or no success. Accordingly, most 
of them felt that the only thing to do 
was to return home. Elder Cannon, as 
always to be the case, felt the impor- 
tance of his calling to such an extent 
that he could not leave. Four elders 
remained with him and they preached, 
not to the white people upon the 
islands, but those to whom the islands- 
belonged, the native people. In three 
and a half years more than four 
thousand of them joined the Church. 

He had a great desire to learn the 



language of the people. He never let 
an opportunity pass to speak with the 
natives. He refrained from reading or 
speaking in English and trained him- 
self to even think in the beautiful lan- 
guage of the Hawaiians. In quoting 
from his writings George Q. said of 
his feelings at this time : 

" / also tried to exercise faith before 
the Lord to obtain the gift of talking and 
understanding the language. One evening, 
while sitting on the mats conversing with 
some neighbours who had dropped in, I 
felt an uncommonly great desire to under- 
stand what they had said. All at once I 
felt a peculiar sensation in my ears; I 
jumped to my feet, with my hands at the 
sides of my head, and exclaimed to 
Elders Bigler and Keeler who sat at the 
table, that I believe I had received the 
gift of interpretation. And it was so." 6 

His faith and his desire to learn had 
been rewarded. 

The history of the Sandwich Islands 
Mission reads like a romance, with the 
young missionary as its central figure. 
His eloquence charmed the natives, 
and later when they wanted to pay a 
speaker a compliment, they would 
say: "He speaks like Cannon." His 
personal traits won the hearts of hun- 
dreds. From village to village and 
from island to island he passed, kind- 
ling in the hearts of thousands of the 
simple, honest and affectionate islan- 
ders, faith in the Gospel, a remarkable 
and contagious religious zeal, and an 
unbounded and undying affection for 
himself. " Dreams, visions and revela- 
tions were given to me," he wrote, 
" and the communion of the Spirit was 
most sweet and delicious." 7 

Now that the language was like his 
own unto him he was seized with a 
great desire to translate The Book of 
Mormon into their language for the 
Hawaiian people. It was a difficult 
task. There were no white men to help 



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him; but he did have the assistance of 
a few natives. He worked with them, 
reading them his translations, careful 
always that the thought was always 
clear to them that the words must con- 
vey. It was a labour of nearly two 
years but it was a labour of love. 

This task finished, George Q. sailed 
for home in July, 1854. Nearly fifty 
years were to pass before he would 
see the islands he loved again. But, in 
1900 he was invited back to attend the 
jubilee of the Sandwich Islands Mis- 
sion. He received a wonderful greet- 
ing from his people and from members 
of the government. He spoke for half 
an hour in one meeting in Hawaiian 
and after nearly fifty years was able to 
speak this lovely language with the 
freedom he had known in the past. 

In the audience that day was the Ex- 
Queen Liliuokalani. She sent for him. 
The notes from his journal on that day 
read as follows : 

" The Ex-Queen Liliuokalani sent me 
word that she would like to see me at 
one o'clock today as she expects to sail 
for Hilo . . .She welcomed me very cor- 
dially and expressed the pleasure it gave 
her at meeting me. She also dwelt on the 
good my visit had done and would do, 
how the people's feelings had been 
aroused and their love awakened and 
strengthened by my visit. Many more 
remarks of this character were made by 
her, and when I arose to bid her goodbye, 
she said she would like me to give her a 
blessing; then she led the way to another 
room. Before I was aware of what she 
was doing, she was on her knees at my 
feet to receive the blessing. / felt very 
free in blessing her, and the Spirit rested 
upon us both."" 

Eventually she became a member of 
the Church. 

It was during this visit that George 
Q. prophesied that one day a temple 
would be built in Hawaii. This pro- 



phecy was to be fulfilled 19 years 
later. 

George Q. Cannon always put him- 
self at the disposal of the First Presi- 
dency of the Church. He had dedicated 
his life to obedience and service. 
Though a very independent man, he 
knew well the principle of being 
obedient. 

" There are some people who seem to 
have the idea that rebellion and disobe- 
dience are evidences of independence and 
of manhood . . . I always felt that I was 
just as independent in being obedient, and 
I know T felt much better than I could 
possibly feel if I were disobedient." 9 

It seemed that the Lord had a great 
need for George Q. Cannon for once 
again he was called. This time it was to 
San Francisco where he was to look 
after the affairs of the Mission and see 
to the publishing of a paper for the 
Church called The Western Standard 
whose masthead boldly proclaimed: 
" To Correct Mis-Representation, we 
Adopt Self-Representation." He also 
published his translation of The Book 
of Mormon into the Hawaiian lan- 
guage. Through his experience in the 
mission field, and his awareness of his 
own family's conversion in Great 
Britain, he worked diligently for the 
spreading of the blessings of the Gos- 
pel to other people. 

With this assignment finished he re- 
turned to Utah where he was sent to 
Filmore to issue another paper, the 
Deseret News. It was during this time 
that he proved his devotion to the 
Church. 

"At Pay son at noon on Monday, as I 
was unhitching my team at Brother Wil- 
liam B. Preston's . . . Brother John Boll- 
winkle drove up in a carriage and mules 
and handed me a note. It was from 
President Young, and was dated the day 
previous, Sunday. He informed me that I 
had been appointed to go East on a mis- 



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GEORGE Q. CANNON AND HIS 14 SONS, ABOUT 1890 



sion. The company I was to go with ex- 
pected to start the next day {the day I 
received the note), and he wished me to 
come to the city as quickly as I could. In 
reply to my inquiry the messenger said 
he would be ready to start back as soon as 
he had eaten his dinner and fed his mules. 
" While he was gone, I gathered up 
what clothing and bedding and weapons I 
needed for the journey, and in about 
three-quarters of an hour we were on our 
way to Salt Lake City, where we arrived 
the next morning as day was breaking. As 
I had only been home from a mission a 
few weeks before I went to Filmore, and 
had been absent several years before on 
another mission, I had no home in Salt 
Lake City. In leaving my family at the 
roadside, therefore, I left them with no 
bright prospect for comfort and ease 
during my absence. But they uttered no 
complaints. They put their trust in the 
Lord and during the two years of my 
absence, He was their benefactor and 
friend." 10 

When he met Brigham Young that 
day, the Prophet turned to the others 



there and said, " Didn't I tell you it 
would be so. I knew I had but to call; 
here he is." 11 

When George Q. Cannon returned 
from the East, he was called to be an 
Apostle in the Council of the Twelve, 
and was shortly sent to preside over 
the European Mission with head- 
quarters in Liverpool, the city where 
he was born. It was in the autumn of 
1860 that Apostle Cannon, together 
with his wife, boarded the steamship 
Arago for Southampton. Things had 
certainly changed from the time he 
sailed with his parents for Nauvoo as 
just another convert. He was now re- 
turning to his native land as a mis- 
sionary to preside over the Church in 
Europe, and he was no doubt eagerly 
enthusiastic over the prospects of 
helping to share the Gospel message 
with his native countrymen. 

His duties in Europe were extensive, 

but he remained most of the time in 

{continued on page 157) 



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THE PRINCIPLE AND PRACTICE OF 




fAUmi UtqitifL 



BY 



PRESIDENT ERNEST L. WILKINSON 



TN the first place, it ought to be suf- 
ficient for us that the payment of 
tithing is a commandment of the Lord 
to us as well as to those who lived in 
former dispensations. 

Historically tithing is older than 
Israel. For example, Abraham, a Patri- 
arch, paid tithes to Melchizedek, the 
Priest of the most high God. (Genesis 
14:18-20). Jacob (Israel) covenanted 
with the Lord to " give the tenth " 
unto Him. (Genesis 28:20-22). The 

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same commandment was enjoined 
upon the children of Israel after they 
had been brought out of Egypt (Levi- 
ticus 27:30, 32). History records that 
as long as the Israelites faithfully com- 
plied with the law of the tithe they 
prospered; when they failed, the land 
was no longer sanctified to their good. 
Holy prophets admonished, rebuked, 
and reproved with sharpness as the 
people time and again fell into trans- 
gression. One of the most cryptic 



admonishments is found in the last 
book of the Old Testament. There 
Malachi, with stern rebuke, said : 

Will a man rob God? Yet ye have 
robbed me. But ye say, wherein have we 
robbed thee? In tithes and offerings. 
(Malachi 3 : 8) (3 Nephi 24 : 8). 

Tithing was still practised at the 
time of our Lord's personal ministry, 
approved and commended by Him, 
and continued as a church function 
during the Apostolic period and for a 
considerable time thereafter. 

Gradually, however, during the 
Great Apostasy and the dark ages, 
tithing lost its sacred character and 
was appropriated by different nations 
as a means of taxation. In the ninth 
century, Charlemagne made it a part 
of the state revenue. In England the 
tithe was imposed by authority of the 
civil law, and inured to the benefit of 
the established Church. It then con- 
sisted of one-tenth of all rental pro- 
duced. It thus lost its voluntary church 
significance and had to a large extent 
lost its virility when the Gospel was 
restored. 

On July 8, 1838, the Prophet Joseph 
approached the Lord with the ques- 
tion : f ' Oh, Lord, show unto thy ser- 



vants how much thou requirest of the 
properties of thy people for a tithing." 
The answer was the revelation of 
tithing comprising the 119th Section of 
the Doctrine and Covenants : 

"And this shall be the beginning of the 
tithing of my people. And after that, 
those who have thus been tithed shall pay 
one-tenth of all their interest annually; 
and this shall be a standing law unto them 
forever, for my holy priesthood, saith the 
Lord . . . And I say unto you, if my 
people observe not this law, to keep it 
holy, and by this law sanctify the land of 
Zion unto me, that my statutes and my 
judgments may be kept thereon, that it 
may be most holy, behold, verily I say 
unto you, it shall not be a land of Zion 
unto you. And this shall be an example 
unto all the stakes of Zion. Even so, Amen. 

The Presiding Bishop of the Church, 
Joseph A. Wirthlin, has defined a 
" tithe " as follows : 

How many times the question is asked, 
" What is a tithe ? " The very word itself 
denotes one-tenth. A tithe is one-tenth of 
the wage earner's full income. A tithe is 
one-tenth of the professional man's net 
income. A tithe is one-tenth of the far- 
mer's net income, and also one-tenth of 
the produce used by the farmer to sustain 
his family which is a just and equitable 
requirement, as others purchase out of 



Dr. Ernest L. Wilkinson has been 
president of Brigham Young 
University in Provo, Utah since 
1951. His father was a native of 
Scotland, and his mother of Den- 
mark, and his early life was one of 
hard work and humble means. Dr. 
Wilkinson established himself as a 
lawyer for the Ute Indians in a case 
which lasted over 16 years. In 
addition, the Church has always 
played an important part in his life, 
and since 1953 he has been 
administrator of the Unified 
Church School System. 




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their income such food as is needed to 
provide for their families. A tithe is one- 
tenth of the dividends derived from in- 
vestments. A tithe is one-tenth of net 
insurance income less premiums if 
tithing has been paid on the premiums. 
(Conference Report, April 1953, p. 98). 

A second reason why we should pay 
our tithing is that we have been 
assured by our Church leaders that we 
will be individually blessed financially 
if we keep this commandment. I sup- 
pose the person in our day who 
preached this doctrine more than any- 
one else was the late President Grant. 
He believed it from the bottom of his 
heart, and, although born a very poor 
boy, was sufficiently blessed in this 
world's goods that he was able to serve 
the Church for over half a century 
without accepting compensation there- 
for. President Grant's testimony on 
this is as follows; 

/ bear witness — and I know that the 
witness I bear is true — that the men and 
women who have been absolutely honest 
with God, who have paid their one-tenth 
. . . God has given them wisdom whereby 
they have been able to utilise the remain- 
ing nine-tenths, and it has been of greater 
value to them, and they have accom- 
plished more with it than they would if 
they had not been honest with the Lord. 
(Conference Report, April, 1912, p. 30). 

Philosophically, I have never felt 
that I should pay my tithing with the 
expectation of receiving a quid pro 
quo in the form of monetary reward, 
but I would be ungrateful if I did not 
acknowledge that when the payment of 
tithing on my part has required the 
greatest sacrifice, I have always re- 
ceived the greatest blessings. 

Another reason for the payment of 
tithing that I want to suggest to you is 
that keeping this commandment pays 
one a soul satisfaction. There is no 
finer feeling than to be able to lay your 
head down in the evening knowing that 



you are square with the Lord — that 
you have paid your tithing. 

Previously I suggested that while 
philosophically I had difficulty in 
thinking that I would be blessed finan- 
cially for my adherence to this finan- 
cial obligation, yet realistically I had 
always been so blessed. May I now 
close with my testimony in that res- 
pect. At the conclusion of my third 
year of law at the George Washington 
University, I had been blessed with the 
receipt of a scholarship at Harvard 
University for further advanced study 
in the law. I accordingly made 
arrangements to go to Harvard for an 
additional year of legal training. Pre- 
paratory to leaving Washington, I 
figured up my accounts and found that 
I was short of some £82 ($230) in that 
year in the payment of tithing. Not 
wanting to leave that branch without 
making a full accounting to my branch 
president, I went to a strange bank in 
Washington, D.C., to see if I could 
borrow £82. I approached the lending 
officer with a great deal of fear and 
apprehension. He did not know me, 
and I had established no credit at the 
bank. Indeed, I had no credit to estab- 
lish. I thought the best thing to do 
under the circumstances was to tell 
him the reason for my wanting the 
loan. As I concluded telling him the 
reason the banker looked at me and 
said, " Young man, if you have 
enough character in you to con- 
sider that tithing is an obligation for 
which you need to borrow money, this 
bank will be happy to make the loan. 
We have no doubt you will repay it." 

Armed with a clear conscience, I 
went to Harvard Law School. After 
having been there for less than one 
month, I received a letter informing 
me that a distinguished singer from 
the West had begun suit against the 



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Boston Transit Company, operating 
trams in Boston, for partial loss of her 
singing voice due to negligence of this 
tramway company. The complaint was 
that she had been riding in a tram 
down one of the hills of Boston when 
the brakes gave way. She had been 
thrown out of her seat and suffered 
an abrasion to her shin, the shock of 
which had impaired her singing voice. 
The letter concluded by saying that she 
had engaged some attorneys in Boston, 
who apparently were not very enthu- 
siastic about the case and asked if I 
would consent to be associated with 
them in the prosecution of the case. 

Sceptical as I could be about the 
merits of such a case, I nevertheless 
went to Boston to call on these attor- 
neys, for every young lawyer likes his 
first case. But I found they were even 
more sceptical about the merits of the 
case than I. Indeed, the trial was to 
come on in a couple of weeks, and they 
were about ready to back out of the 
case and not prosecute it. They had 
been to some eminent doctors in the 
town, who refused to testify because 
they thought there was no causal con- 
nection between the shin injury and 
the impairment of the voice. I told 
them I would think it over for a day 
or so. Actually I wanted to think of 
some good reason for getting out of 
the case. But on going home I did 
some praying about the matter for I 
had great respect for this singer and 
did not believe she would make a fal- 
lacious claim. 

After a couple of days of thinking 
and praying, but still being of the 
opinion that there was no way of jus- 
tifying this particular claim, I started 
to go through Harvard Square to the 
attorney's office to tell them that I 
thought the jig was up. As I proceeded 
through the Square on that day, I ran 



squarely into an old school teacher of 
mine who had become head of the 
phonetics laboratory of Ohio State 
University, which at that time was the 
leading phonetics laboratory in the 
country. I immediately proceeded to 
tell him of this strange law case and 
ask him whether, in view of his ex- 
pertness in the field of phonetics, he 
thought an abrasion on the shin could 
cause the loss of voice. He looked at 
me and said, " Ernest, now I know why 
I stayed over in Harvard today. I was 
all set to go last night. I had no par- 
ticular reason for staying around 
another day but just felt that for some 
reason I ought to stay. Now I know 
I was needed in this particular case." 
He further said. " If you will come 
with me down to the Boston Public 
Library, I will get you one copy of a 
famous scientific book — there are only 
three copies in this country — which 
documents the history of about one 
hundred cases where artists of high 
artistic temperament have had their 
voices or other facilities impaired 
through a slight body injury." Res- 
ponding with alacrity, I went to the 
library with him where we obtained 
the documented book. My former 
teacher agreed to remain and testify as 
a witness for I found that he had had 
training in this particular field in 
Vienna. He became the leading witness 
of the case, and we obtained a well- 
deserved, large judgment for this 
famous singer, out of which I received 
a fee that helped me very materially 
to finish my training at Harvard Law 
School. Call it coincidence if you want, 
but I am simple enough to believe 
otherwise. 

I am simple enough, also, out of 
this and many other experiences, to 
believe that even in the financial affairs 
of life it pays one to pay tithing. 



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Further light from the 



£.Lqhlh 



In the January Star were published 
several letters from a lighthouse keeper 
in the Shetland Islands. Sisters Janet 
Davis and Mamie Lou Wasden have con- 
tinued to correspond with him, but for 
over a month they received no reply. 
" Perhaps it was the weather," they 
thought, but the newspapers revealed that 
on several occasions the weather had 
broken enough to allow the passage of 
the mail boat. The Sisters finally mailed 
" A Marvellous Work and a Wonder " to 
him along with another lesson in the 
teaching plan, and prayed for an answer. 

Dear Folks, 

I received your letter and book 
today. It is true that we have had a 
severe winter, but that was not the 
reason for my prolonged silence. 

As you know, my wife was south in 
Edinburgh for the birth of our daugh- 
ter Janet. On her return, we discussed 
the Church and she expressed bitter 
hostility to the whole idea. She said 
that the faith our fathers died for was 



CHse 



the only one to which we should 
belong. 1 encountered more hostility 
among our neighbours to whom I had 
mentioned my intentions. 

To cut a long story short, I am 
ashamed to admit that 1 bowed before 
the storm and decided against joining 
the Church. I resumed my former 
way of life and lived in mental agony 
for weeks. 

I soon realised that the truth is the 
truth, whether it be popular or not. 
Once known it can neither be ignored 
nor deliberately forgotten. I knew that 
the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter- 
day Saints was the only living church 
teaching the Word of God and not the 
commandments of men. 

Well, you may judge my astonish- 
ment when my wife suddenly said that 
if I thought that your Church was 
the true Church, I should join it — 
although she intends remaining a Pres- 
byterian. Naturally I was delighted 
(continued on page 156) 



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I I 



Building of 
The New Era 

A special section 
featuring... 




...a new building 



. . . an architect 



. . a new town 



THE NEW CENTRAL LONDON CHAPEL 



BY SIR THOMAS P. BENNETT 
K.B.E., F.R.I. B.A. 

On the cover is pictured the Central London 
Chapel which has been tentatively designated as 
the home of the Hyde Park Branch of the Church. 
In this article the architect describes the new 
building. 

"LTYDE PARK is one of the beauti- 
ful spots of London lying close 
by the Royal Borough of Kensington. 
Turning south from the Park it is 
possible to walk down Princes Gate 
and Exhibition Road into the heart of 
London's principal group of museums. 
In this setting will be found in 1961 
the new Central London Chapel of the 
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day 
Saints. 

The building will occupy a most 
important corner site and its tower 
will be seen as a fine vista on the 
centre of Imperial Institute Road. The 
tower itself will rise to a height of 
approximately 90 feet above which 
will be a thin tapering spire rising like 
a needle into the sky for an additional 
35 feet. The tower will be built in 
Portland Stone, and will alternate 
stone and glass in such a way that a 
striking effect at night will be secured 
with illuminated glass between the 
stone. Below there will be a porch 
which will lead into the vestibule of 
the church, and from this vestibule 
there will be access to the church 
itself and to the adjoining assembly 
and cultural hall. The hall can be 
used for an additional church congre- 
gation on great occasions, or as a 
recreational hall. At the end of the 
church it is hoped to install a fine 
organ, and every effort is being made 




The site of the new chapel in Exhibition 

Road, London. The office of the British 

Mission is one block away. 

to create the best acoustics inside the 
church so that perfect hearing and 
perfect reproduction of talks or of 
musical performances will be made 
possible throughout the entire hall. 

Opening from the foyer is a baptis- 
mal font with changing rooms, and in 
the foyer is a staircase and lift which 
will lead to the branch president's 
office, and to the gallery overlooking 
the church. A large room for the 
Relief Society, and a fine range of 
classrooms facing east and west on the 
floor above, will also be accessible 
from the lift. 

Underneath the building there is a 
garage for many cars, thus enabling 
visitors from the big hinterland of 
London to drive up to the church for 
the many meetings and special events 
which will be conducted in the new 
chapel. 

The London County Council have 



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approved this building both in its 
detailed planning and in its elevation, 
and it is anticipated that the actual 
construction will commence at the end 
of 1959 or the beginning of 1960. 

The design externally and internally 
will symbolise the great aspirations of 
the Church's members and will, we 
hope, be an inspiring landmark in the 
heart of one of London's most popu- 
lated and fashionable centres. Its 
design is modern in character, but it 
is intended to reflect a fine traditional 



building as well as modern thought, 
and both in its detail and in its 
material it will express the aims and 
aspirations of the Church itself. 

Inside there will be beautiful 
colours, fine fabrics and fine furniture, 
as there have been in all the buildings 
of the Mormon Church. The detail 
will be simple in character so that the 
simplicity of the building will reflect 
the whole approach of the Mormons 
to life itself and to their fellow human 
beings. 



SIR 
THOMAS 

BENNETT 



When commenting about the build- 
ing of the London Temple, Church 
Architect Edward O. Anderson said, 
" The Church is very fortunate to have 
the services of T. P. Bennett & Son, 
Chartered Architects." 

From the office of Sir Thomas 
Bennett in Bloomsbury Square have 
recently come the plans for the new 
Central London Chapel which is 
shown on the cover of this month's 
Star. His office is filled with architec- 
tural models and illustrations which 
give an atmosphere of creative genius. 

The deep, rich colours of the office 
furnishings reveal a little of the 
warmth of character of Sir Thomas 
himself. He is very friendly with a 
conservative English air about him, 
and tweed would seem to suit him 
well. His simple surroundings reveal 
little of his prominence and success, 




— photo by Dorothy Wilding 

yet there are few firms in the country 
who are responsible for so great a 
quantity of outstanding work. 

His designs include buildings and 
head offices for the Rank Film Organ- 
isation, Kodak Limited, Nestles and 
the Ford Motor Company. Sir Thomas 
has worked on other types of archi- 
tectural projects, and he relates that in 
some of thse more unique plans he 
finds his real enjoyment. He has a 
large folder on his desk which con- 
tains pictures of one of these projects. 
Called the Leylands Estate, it contains 
a complete and varied living arrange- 



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—KEYSTONE PRESS AGENCY 

Sir Thomas accompanies Queen Elizabeth 

on the opening of the Crawley Town 

Centre. 



ment for the retired pensioners of the 
linen and woollen industry in Derby. 

There is a strong character trait in 
Sir Thomas Bennett which has been a 
contributing factor to his success. He 
has served as Director of Works for 
the Ministry of Works, and as Direc- 
tor of Temporary Housing during the 
war. He appreciates something the 
Church has always been trying to instil 
in its members; service to others, " for 
the love of it," says Sir Thomas, 
" brings rewards far in excess to any 
of the monetary things of this world." 
Sir Thomas has been a good public 
servant. 

To take care of the growing popula- 
tion of London, the Government has 
planned to build numerous new towns 
outside of the congested London area. 
Crawley is such a New Town, and 



Sir Thomas Bennett was appointed 
Chairman of the Crawley Develop- 
ment Corporation which has been 
responsible for creating the New 
Town. Upon the official opening of 
the Town Centre at Crawley, Sir 
Thomas accompanied the Queen as 
she went on a Royal Inspection of the 
New Town. Crawley has been his pet 
project for some time, and a quick 
look at this town reveals his vision 
and foresight. 

In 1942 King George VI bestowed 
upon Thomas Bennett the Order of 
Commander of the British Empire. He 
continued his work for the Govern- 
ment, and in 1946 he was Knighted. 
As he knelt before the King, who had 
just touched his shoulder with the 
sword, George VI commented, "What, 
are you here again? " Sir Thomas 
has since been elevated to the rank 
of Knight Commander of the British 
Empire by the Royal Family; but 
through all these honours, he has 
remained a very natural and humble 
man. 

When discussing the organ for the 
new Mormon Chapel in Exhibition 
Road he displayed his naturalness by 
confessing that, " In my younger days 
I liked to play a bit on the organ. I 
enjoyed going into the empty church 
and really giving the organ a good 
going over." 

In the few years that Sir Thomas 
Bennett has done work for the 
Church, a wonderful bond of friend- 
ship and co-operation has developed. 
President David O. McKay met with 
Sir Thomas at the time of the ground 
breaking of the London Temple, and 
a friendship has existed between them 
ever since. Sir Thomas cherished the 
evening his family spent with Presi- 
dent and Sister McKay at the Royal 



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Albert Hall listening to the Salt 
Lake Tabernacle Choir. Sir Thomas 
acquired a box, and invited the 
McKays to accompany him and his 
wife to the performance. During the 
intermission, the two talked about the 
building of the Temple, and at this 
time Sir Thomas remarked to Presi- 
dent McKay, " I have never had a 
more pleasant and excellent relation- 



ship than I have had in working with 
the Mormon people." 

Sir Thomas Bennett and his firm 
have greatly contributed to the build- 
ing phase of the New Era of the 
Church in Great Britain. The preced- 
ing article by Sir Thomas is a good 
example of his wonderful co-opera- 
tion. The Church is blessed to have 
his friendship in the New Era. 



CRAWLEY 



The progress of the Church in this new town in the 
New Era is here recorded by those who made it 



The 30-mile drive between the 
Temple in Surrey and London becomes 
very exciting once the monotony of 
Greater London is passed. Towns 
begin to take on an individual charac- 
ter, a sort of uniqueness all their own. 
One of these towns though is very 
different. Crawley by name, it is 
hardly recognisable from the quaint 
and almost lifeless town it was a 
decade ago. 

Under the New Towns Act of 1946, 
the Government surveyed the bulging 
London population and decided to 
build centres of population scat- 
tered around a twenty-five mile radius 
from the City. Crawley was selected 
as one of these focal points for new 
development and growth. 

Since the formation of the Crawley 
Development Corporation in 1947 
with Sir Thomas P. Bennett as Chair- 
man, the countryside has been visibly 
altered. Not only has the Temple 
been built in Surrey, but also this 
once-small town is beginning to en- 



gulf some of the surrounding land in 
neighbouring Sussex. 

Almost overnight a new town was 
created and with it came the maze of 
complexities which accompany a mass 
movement of people. The people who 
have converged into the new housing 
estates and residential areas are of 
entirely different backgrounds, yet 
they all seem to have one thing in 
common. They are young and have 
growing families . . . here was a place 
that the Church was needed. 

As part of the New Era, the mission- 
aries were sent to " open up " Crawley 
to the Restored Gospel of Jesus 
Christ. Since that time a continual 
growth has taken place, and in recent 
months there has been an average of 
one baptism every week. With each 
day the prospects look better and 
better. 

To share the spirit that is evidenced 
in this new town in the New Era, the 
testimonies and feelings of some of the 
members who make up the Crawley 
Branch have been included. 



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THE MISSIONARY WORK 

by Elder Dale Godfrey 

"CVER since first passing through 
Crawley on the way to the Temple 
I have had a yearning to be the first 
missionary in this new and growing 
town. I had been living in the mansion 
house on the Temple Grounds and 
labouring in the immediate vicinity, 
but when word came that I was to 
leave this pleasant surrounding and go 
to Crawley, I was more than over- 
joyed. It presented quite a challenge, 
and still does when you realise that 
more than 60,000 young people are 
depending on the efforts of you and 
your companions to hear the Gospel. 

Many of our good contacts, and we 
made many of them in a very short 
time, were anxious to find a way to go 
to church with us in Newchapel; how- 
ever, we kept hearing the same ques- 
tion over and over again, " When is 
there going to be a Church in Craw- 
ley? " We prayed and fasted, and 
finally on the first Sunday in the New 
Year we felt the time was ready. 

We contacted the two local news- 
papers and they were more than happy 
to assist us in any way possible. One 
of the papers even ran the article on 
the front page as the feature story. 
There is no doubt that the people of 
Crawley knew about the services of 
the new Mormon Church. After three 
months of labouring in Crawley and 
on the day after our first baptism we 
held our initial public meeting. 

The Lord certainly blessed us, for 
there were 55 people present, including 
President and Sister Woodbury, the 
Mission office staff, and some members 
from the surrounding area. President 
Woodbury and the officers of the 
South London District Presidency 




Crawley missionaries : Paul Thompson, 

Donna Shoemaker, Vonda Shaffer, 

Stephen Jacobsen, Merrill Davidson, 

Dale Godfrey 

were our speakers. We were off to a 
fine beginning. 

We were still concerned about the 
following Sunday, for we knew we 
would not have very many members 
present and we would have to depend 
on our investigators to furnish the 
congregation. Well, at our second 
meeting there were 34 present and of 
this number some 15 were investiga- 
tors. But better still, last Sunday of the 
52 there, 34 were people we are teach- 
ing the Gospel. 

The field is ripe in Crawley, so ripe 
that two more elders have just recently 
been assigned to labour here with us. 
We have outgrown our old meeting 
hall in a period of one month, and just 
recently we moved into a school build- 
ing. We are privileged to have the help 
of the lady missionaries who come 
from Purley to assist us each Sunday. 
But most of all, we are indebted to the 
Lord for His Spirit which has touched 
the hearts of the people in Crawley 
and made them so responsive to the 
Gospel of Jesus Christ. 

I am thankful for the help and 
power of God which has made such 



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growth possible within the shadows of 
the spire of the London Temple. 
Crawley is indeed a New Town, a 
New Branch, and a definite part of the 
New Era in the British Mission. 

OUR NEW BRANCH 

by Sister Olive Perry 

I was baptised in 1942 and attended 
the Brighton Branch for over sixteen 
years. These were happy years. After 
my husband died, the travel from my 
home in Horsham was long, and it 
made attending church very difficult, 
especially with the children. Along 
with me, they missed the association 
of the Church membership very much, 
and we often prayed together that a 
way would be opened up for us. 

What a joy it now is to have a 
branch so near. I know that the Lord 
has blessed my family, and I am grate- 
ful that my children are now able to 
have the benefits of Sunday School 
and Sacrament meetings. No one 
knows how wonderful I felt when the 
Wiles family came to live in Horsham. 
Just to be able to talk with someone 
who shares the same ideals and goals 
in life has certainly enriched my life. 

I thank my Heavenly Father for the 
privilege of being a member of this 
new branch and for the association 
which it provides. May He always 
bless our group in Crawley and help 
us to make a strong and happy branch 
in the New Era. 

WE MOVED 

by Sister K. Sample 

Six months ago my husband and I, 
with our two children, left Chelms- 
ford and came to live in Warninglid in 
Sussex. It was a sad moment when we 
said goodbye to our friends in Chelms- 
ford, and yet we faced the future with 



the certain knowledge that our Hea- 
venly Father had heard our prayers 
that we would still be able to attend 
church. We prayed that He would 
guide us to some place where we could 
continue to serve Him if only in a very 
humble capacity. 

We discovered that our nearest 
branch was twenty miles away. The 
children and I were only able to attend 
every fortnight, as it meant being away 
for more than eight hours. This was 
certainly a contrast to the five minute 
walk to the Chapel in Chelmsford 
that we were used to. During these 
long journeys to Brighton, the truth of 
the saying, " You need the Church 
more than the Church needs you," was 
manifest to me. 

As it was impossible to attend any 
auxilliary meetings we were lonely for 
the companionship of the brethren and 
sisters; and, we were thrilled beyond 
words when we heard that a branch 
was to be organised in Crawley. Surely 
the Lord has answered our prayer. 

It was exhilarating to be present at 
the opening meeting of the new branch 
in the New Era, and we have been 
blessed to be able to watch the growth 
of the Kingdom of God on earth. We 
pray that the Lord will find a small 
way for us to be used to help in spread- 
ing the Gospel in Crawley. 

NEAR THE TEMPLE 

by Brother John E. Wiles 

When we attended the dedication of 
the London Temple last September we 
had a strong urge to be nearer to it. 
Ipswich is a long way from Lingfield, 
Surrey, and we realised that it would 
be difficult to get to the Temple more 
than just a few times a year. We 
desired to go more often than that, so 
we prayed for guidance. 



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The temporary meeting hall in Crawley. 

Someone suggested our moving to 
Crawley, "It is only eight miles from 
the Temple," they said; but we had 
never heard of the place. It took just 
one look at Crawley and we were sold, 
and when we found that there was to 
be a new branch, well that did it ! Next 
week we were a new family in a new 
town, and charter members of the 
Crawley Branch. 

No words can express the feeling 
and spirit which has entered into our 
family since moving to Crawley. With 
the Temple close at hand, and with the 
growth that is taking place right before 
our eyes, we count ourselves as being 
richly blessed by our Father in Heaven. 
The New Era is certainly here in abun- 
dance, and we are thankful to be a part 
of it. 

MY TESTIMONY 

by Barbara Evenden 

After my father died, when I was 
only twelve, I often dreamed I had 
been left alone in a dark wood. Out of 
this wood a gentle voice and hand had 
always led and comforted me. When I 
awoke I was usually frightened, but 
the warmth and glow of the guiding 
hand always lingered on. 

I searched for that comforting hand 
and voice, but I never seemed to be 



able to find it. I must have been a little 
insincere as I prayed, for I had little 
faith that God would really answer 
me. Even so, I continued to pray in 
hopes of an answer. 

Not long ago the missionaries called 
at my home. Why I let them in is still a 
mystery, for it is something I never do. 
I was very interested in what they had 
to say, but it wasn't until they handed 
me The Book of Mormon to read that 
it dawned on me. This might be the 
comforting hand I was looking for. 

Although I still lacked a strong faith 
in God and in the necessity of His 
Church, I didn't look back. When the 
elders called again my thinking 
changed, for the spirit they brought 
convinced me that God was very real 
and that He answers prayer. 

I have at last found the comfort I 
have been seeking all these years, and 
I pray that I will be able to help others, 
especially my husband and family, 
find it. I thank God for sending the 
missionaries to my door, and for the 
Church which they brought to me. 
Truly I am grateful to be in the Craw- 
ley Branch at such a momentous time 
as this. 

NEW LIFE IN CRAWLEY 

by Ted Harrison 

The faith, sincerity and love of the 
members of the Church of Jesus Christ 
of Latter-day Saints deeply impressed 
us. For a long time we had searched 
for the real purpose of life, but always 
were unable to find it. As we searched 
for life's true meaning, we also had an 
instinctive desire to be good people 
and to have a love for others. The 
Church of Jesus Christ now leaves us 
with no doubt as to our purpose in 
being here or how we may become 
better people. 

(continued on page 157) 



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One of the baths at Filey 



—COURTESY OF BUTLIN'S 



The Chalet Lane 



MISSION -WIDE YOUTH CONVENTION 



'"THE time is drawing nigh, and the 
excitement is mounting over the 
forthcoming Youth Convention at the 
Butlin's Holiday Camp in Filey, 
Yorks, on May 23 and 24. There are 
only 1,088 places, and these are going 
fast. This will be a highlight of the 
year for the M.I.A., with youth 
attending from all over the Mission. 

So often, in the mission field, the 
youth think they are alone in the 
Church. Now, with the youth coming 
from all corners of the Mission, they 
will meet in a two-day fun and 
spiritual session, that will lift their 
whole thinking toward the Church. 
They will see the scope of the Youth 
programme in the Church. They will 
no longer feel alone, but know there 
are hundreds of youth in the British 
Isles that belong to the same Church. 
Friendships will spring up. Letters 
will be exchanged between them. And 
the beginning of the real Youth Pro- 
gramme will be achieved. 

Your branch president is handling 
the arrangements, and he will see that 
an application for official booking on 
the back of the brochure is available. 
The branch president will upon com- 
pletion send these to Brother William 
Bates (84 Wythenshawe Road, Man- 
chester 23) who will personally send 



an official booking form to each appli- 
cant. These are to be completely filled 
in, including the following informa- 
tion: 

Full name and address 

Age (if under 21) 

Married or Single 
(if single state sex) 

Travel arrangements 

Branch and District 

Deposit of £1 Is. 6d. 

(children under 13, 10s. 9d.) 
These forms, with the deposit, are 
to be returned to your branch presi- 
dent who will first send a list of those 
going to the District President, and 
then forward the deposits and com- 
pleted forms to Brother Bates in Man- 
chester. The balance of £1 (10s. for 
those under 13) is payable on arrival 
at Butlin's Camp. 

Travelling arrangements will be up 
to the branches or districts and should 
be well planned in advance. 

Extensive plans for the activities 
have been made, and the M.I.A. will 
be responsible for these. District 
M.I.A. supervisors have been contac- 
ted by the Mission M.I.A. Board as 
to their part in the festivities, and 
they in turn will co-ordinate the activi- 
ties within the branches of each 
district. 



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SCHEDULE OF EVENTS 

Theme of Conference - " PIONEERS OF THE NEW ERA " 

Camp Superintendent 
Elder Reginald Turver, 13 Beckfield Lane, Acomb, Yorks 

SATURDAY MORNING/ AFTERNOON May 23, 1959 

12 noon Arrive at Camp, allocation of rooms and lunch 
2.15 p.m. Meet in Large Theatre for Opening Prayer 
and Instructions 
2.30 - 5.30 p.m. Tournaments and Competitions as follows : 



i 



4. 



6.00 p.m. 
6.30 p.m. 
7.30 p.m. 



8.00 p.m. 



Sports. Inter-District Competitions - Tennis 
- Table-tennis - Basketball - Swimming 
Dancing Competition. Square dancing - 
Dancing acts - Cha cha competition 
Music. Quartets - Trios - Solos - Skiffle 
groups - Musical renderings 
Drama. Skits - Playlets - Monologues (5-10 
minutes' duration) 
5. Speech Contest. Public-speaking Contest 
Prepare for Dinner at 6.30 p.m. 
Dinner 

After dinner, meet in appointed room for enter- 
tainment by winning numbers and presentation 
of trophies 

Ball (Probably dancing with rest of Butlin's 
visitors) 

Intermission with floor show (Butlin's permit- 
ting) of winning numbers in dance, skiffle and 
musical acts Square dancing if allowed 
Close with Prayer 

SUNDAY MORNING May 24, 1959 

7.00 a.m. Early morning walk for those who wish 
Choir Practice 
Breakfast 

Special Youth Conference under Direction 
of President T. Bowring Woodbury 
Conducted by MIA Supervisors (YM & YW) 
Hymn : " Come, Come, Ye Saints " 
Talk : Aaronic Priesthood Supervisor 
Address: President T. Bowring Woodbury 
Intermediate Hymn : Combined Choirs 
Twenty Testimonies 
Hosanna Chorus : Combined Choirs 
Close with Prayer 
Lunch 
Disperse for those who wish to return home 



8.15 a.m. 
9.30 a.m. 



12.30 p.m. 
2.00 p.m. 



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JOSEPH DARLING stood in the 
crowd that surrounded the young 
American missionary on the steps of 
the Customs House in Belfast. Sud- 
denly he raised his voice, " How do 
your Apostles receive revelation? " 
There was nothing that Joseph liked 
better than to heckle the Mormon 
Elders. Soon he made friends with the 
Elders and was attending the MIA. 
He was only a teenager himself, but 
for several years he had made a study 
of the Mormon faith. 

But something happened to this 
Irish youth, for upon his study of the 
Mormon beliefs, he found they fell 
into an impressive pattern. " Could 
this strange religion be true and 
divinely inspired of God? " he thought 
to himself. It took seven years for the 
transition to take place, but in 1930 
Joseph W. Darling knew that he had 
ironically found the truth. He was bap- 
tised that same year, and like Paul of 
old the change was complete. 



He became an ardent supporter of 
the Church and was soon called to 
preside over the Belfast Branch. A full- 
time mission followed and he laboured 
diligently to spread the Gospel among 
his native Irish people. Ever since then, 
Brother Darling has laboured willingly 
in every calling that has come. 

When his missionary work was 
finished, he launched into his profes- 
sional career. He balanced out his 
Church work with his family life and 
with his job, and was able to make a 
success in all three. Beginning as an 
engineer working in the aircraft indus- 
try, he picked up the principles of 
finance and soon was on his way to 
becoming an expert cost analyst and 
organiser. He has since been instru- 
mental in forming a company, which 
is in the plastic fabrication line, and 
also sits on the board of directors for 
two other concerns. 

Never one to shy away from Church 
callings, Brother Darling has ever been 




Joseph W. Darling on the right of the Temple Committee, with 
T. Bowring Woodbury and Selvoy Boyer 



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faithful in his obligations to the Lord, 
and has recently presided over the 
South London District. In January the 
First Presidency of the Church in Salt 
Lake City announced the approval and 
appointment of Elder Joseph W. Dar- 
ling as Temple Recorder for the Lon- 
don Temple. He has been acting re- 
corder since the departure of Elder 
Harold Dent, who had been called 
here from Utah to be the first recorder. 
Because of the demanding nature of 
this new responsibility, Elder Darling 
is relinquishing some of his business 
interests so that he might give more of 
his time and energy to the work of the 
Lord. The guide service of the Temple 



Grounds will also be under his careful 
eye. 

Brother Darling is also a member of 
the recently formed Temple Commit- 
tee with Selvoy J. Boyer, Temple Presi- 
dent and T. Bowring Woodbury, 
British Mission President, who presides 
over this committee. Much of the en- 
thusiasm and energy which he has for 
the Church has come from his testi- 
mony that he knows that God lives 
and that His Church has been restored 
with all of its power and authority. 
With that testimony and his dedication 
to work, Joseph W. Darling is continu- 
ing to be an inspiring leader in the 
New Era. 



CELVOY J. BOYER, president of the London Temple, and his wife 
^ Gladys S. Boyer celebrated their fortieth wedding anniversary last 
month. They were the guests of honour at a dinner party in the Mission 
Home and are shown below with their anniversary cake. When asked 
about the key to his many successful years of married life, President 
Boyer commented, " Always be as kind to your wife as you were when 
first married, and then have a good laugh every once in a while. 




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i^jC&ty&cfamJ' /t&fin, /&& 



by WILLIAM FORWARD 

Pontjpool Branch 

'"THE trip from South Wales to Lon- 
don is long and tiring, and required 
our saving for many weeks. We didn't 
know when we would be able to go 
as my work in the mines keeps me 
busy almost every Saturday of the 
year. Last week there was a machinery 
breakdown, and when I found out we 
wouldn't be able to work over the 
week-end, 1 knew our chance had 




The Forward Family at the Temple 

come. Although our district wasn't 
scheduled to go for some time, my 
wife and I decided to use this oppor- 
tunity. We would go to the Temple. 
As we entered the Temple on Satur- 
day morning we could feel the wonder- 
ful spirit and love of everyone around 
us. Words cannot express the joy and 
happiness we felt as we took out our 
endowments, and were married for 
time and all eternity. Our hearts 
thrilled at the wonderful moment 



when our three lovely children were 
sealed to us. 

Our hearts are full of love and grati- 
tude to these great blessings and 
indeed we feel very humble. We have 
a greater desire to do our genealogy 
work, and our testimonies are much 
stronger. There is one thought fore- 
most in our minds right now, this is 
to return to the Temple that we might 
have the privilege of helping to do the 
work that has to be done. 

There is no doubt in our minds that 
Saturday the 7th of March was truly 
the happiest day of our lives. We were 
tired when we returned on Saturday 
night, but very happy, for we had just 
had the most wonderful experience of 
our lives. This was a day we will 
never forget. 

by JOHN LEONARD 

Bradford Branch 

"D ECAUSE of the wondrous love we 
have found, and the feelings of 
fellowship and harmony we have ex- 
perienced in the Church, I am over- 
joyed for the opportunity of sharing 
my feelings about my first trip to the 
Temple 

My wife has been a member from 
her birth, but for me life began when 
I received my own testimony of the 
Church of Jesus Christ. The blessings 
of the Church are so many that I will 
never forget nor stop being grateful 
to the missionary who introduced it 
to me. To teach a person the Gospel, 
to see his face glow as he listens to 
its truths, makes me want to weep 
with joy. Then to watch him grow 
more godlike in the Gospel is an ex- 



155 



perience that cannot be replaced by 
anything. 

My wife and I have seen the sick 
healed on many occasions, even with- 
in our own family. We have seen 
people come into the Gospel because 
of a chance word or smile. We have 
shared the sorrows and the rejoicings 
of brothers and sisters all around us. 
With such faith-promoting experiences 
in common, what could be more beau- 
tiful than taking my new bride to the 
Temple and there being sealed to her 
for all eternity by a servant of the 
living God. 

Neither pen nor words can describe 
the experiences we had in that holy 
place. When we came from the Tem- 
ple, we knew beyond all doubt that 
God lives and does bless His children. 
At the Leeds Conference last autumn 
President Selvoy Boyer of the Temple 
said, " If you knew of the blessings 
that are awaiting you at the temple, 



you would crawl on your hands and 
knees for thousands of miles for the 
privilege of receiving them." 

What can I say that will convey the 
beauty and holiness that have come 
into our lives ? If I only could, more 
would go to the Temple. It isn't a 
thousand miles away — it's almost on 
our doorsteps. Would we go if the 
Lord admonished us personally to go? 
Let's go because His chosen servants 
have urged us to. For there we make 
covenants of righteousness with the 
Lord, and know that we are a blessed 
people. 

If our love could take everyone to 
the Temple, we would gladly begin 
taking them. But we must each take 
ourselves. My wife and I testify that 
what awaits all who go with the Spirit 
of God in their hearts will receive a 
gift as great as life itself and be filled 
with thankfulness to the Lord for it. 



FURTHER LIGHT FROM THE LIGHTHOUSE (continued) 



and the next day the " Good Shep- 
herd " (our mail boat) managed the 
relief to Shetland, bringing back the 
Marvellous Work and a Wonder, 
which I have read with great interest 
over the last few days. 

This business of expressing thought 
on paper is most frustrating. It seems 
to take dozens of words to express the 
simplest thoughts. I often feel that a 
half-hour talk would be better than a 
dozen letters — especially when the 
postal service is as erratic as ours. 

The matter of my temporary back- 
sliding — it looks so spineless on paper 
— and indeed it was, but we are so 
much cut off here that public opinion 
is a very powerful weapon. We are so 
few and so isolated, that any course 



of action that runs contrary to " cus- 
tom and convention " is bitterly resen- 
ted. However, with the support of my 
wife, I fully intend doing what I know 
to be right and true, regardless of the 
consequences. I have never in my life 
been so sure of anything as I am of 
the Church's divine mission. In fact, 
on due reflection, it is the only Chris- 
tian Church in existence today. 

You have asked me four questions, 
which I have considered most care- 
fully — and these are my answers. 

1. I do believe that the things 
which you have told me are 
true. 

2. I believe the Gospel of Jesus 
Christ has been restored. 



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3. I believe Joseph Smith was 
a prophet of God who testi- 
fied of Jesus Christ and His 
divinity. 

4. The Son of God was Him- 
self baptised at the hand of 
John the Baptist. I would 



be proud to be baptised by 
his successors. 

I have spent much time thinking on 
these matters and I am deeply grateful 
to you and your colleagues for your 
help and your prayers. 

May the Lord bless both you and 
your mission. 



CRAWLEY {continued) 

Before our baptism, we had our 
doubts. " Was this the true Church of 
Jesus Christ? " Elder Godfrey told us 
to pray, and we would know the truth. 
I personally was sceptical; however, I 
prayed and tried hard to be sincere in 
my prayers. I found this very difficult, 
and yet I had always thought myself to 
be a sincere person. 

With prayer my faith grew stronger 
and the Sunday before our baptism, I 
had a dream in which people were 
being baptised into the Church. While 
I sat in the audience of people and wit- 
nessed the ordinance, a thought kept 
going through my mind, " Is this 
true? " As I walked out of the building 
a voice spoke to me, and when I 
awoke, I was able to remember only 
one word, " Yes." 

Since that time our lives have seen 
bounteous blessings. The members and 



friends of the Crawley Branch are 
wonderful, and we are truly thankful 
to have such a fine place to start our 
new life as members of the true 
Church of Jesus Christ. 

CONCLUSION 

The New Era is a time for building. 
Strong branches are being built, and 
new chapels are being built, but most 
of all, lives which conform to the 
Gospel Plan are being built. Included 
in this building process are the joys 
and happiness of being a co-worker 
with God in His work in Great Britain 
at this time. The New Era is a time 
for building, and Crawley has certainly 
been building. This same progress can 
be wrought in any place where the 
Saints will combine their efforts with a 
spirit of zeal and enthusiasm for the 
Church of Jesus Christ. 



GEORGE Q. CANNON {continued) 
Great Britain. While touring the mis- 
sion he spoke wherever possible, and 
the people flocked to hear him. There 
were over twenty-three districts and 
conferences then, and General Coun- 
cils as well as Conference Sessions had 
to be conducted. 

There was yet another aspect of the 
missionary work that President Can- 
non had to look after: The Millen- 
nial Star was to be in his hands. His 
greatest talents were in the field of 



journalism, and again he was given 
the opportunity to use the written 
word as a messenger of the Restored 
Church. 

He laboured hard with the emigra- 
tion of over 13,000 Saints to Utah — it 
was George Q. Cannon who met 
Charles Dickens when he was gather- 
ing material for The Uncommercial 
Traveller in which he wrote that the 
Mormon emigrants were the " pick 
and flower of England." But more 



157 



important, during the four years of his 
tenure over the Mission, there were 
more people who joined the Church 
than emigrated. The Church was be- 
coming a permanent organisation in 
Great Britain, and President Cannon 
sensed the potential of this great land. 
This caused him to remark on a later 
occasion, " We live on the threshold 
of a new era; the work that God has 
established in our day shall never be 
given to another people." 12 

George Q. Cannon was still, a rela- 
tively young man while presiding in 
Great Britain, and Elder John Nichol- 
son, a missionary at that time, has left 
a vivid description of this dynamic 
leader. 

" My first meeting with George Q. Can- 
non was in the city of Edinburgh, Scot- 
land in 1862 . . . I was at once struck with 
the strength of the personality of the 
distinguished visitor — a handsome, vigor- 
ous man of thirty-five years. His figure 
of medium height, well rounded and 
erect . . . Up to that time his was one of 
the most striking faces I had seen; a fore- 
head broad and high . . . The large, clear 
grey eyes impressed me most. In the 
course of conversation, in which he took 
the lead, the characteristic mobility of his 
countenance was exhibited." 13 

In August of 1872 George Q. was 
elected to Congress as a delegate from 
Utah. He served there for ten years. 
Because of prejudice against the Mor- 
mons his position was often very diffi- 
cult. Yet he had many friends in Wash- 
ington. When he was sworn in as a 
new delegate he made this comment in 
his diary: 

" / am here without a man who is in 
sympathy with me; but I have a Friend 
more powerful than they all. In this I 
rejoice. I feel there are angels with me, 
and as one of old said, they that are for 
us are more than they who are against 
us. When I pray, I feel comfort and 



filled with joy. Of myself I feel very 
weak; but in my Lord I feel strong." 1 ' 1 

As time passed he won the respect 
and admiration of those with whom he 
worked. He was such a friendly, 
cheerful man. Then he had trained 
himself almost as a " human reference 
book " on affairs of Congress. It is 
said that when he was a Congressman, 
he was sometimes asked to stand 
beside the President of the United 
States at receptions to recall for him 
the names of the guests. 

" He made it a point to acquaint him- 
self with all departments and functions of 
the government and with the names, per- 
sonal history and constituencies of every 
member in both houses of the national 
legislature. His retentive memory and 
quick recollection enabled him to give 
information at a moment's notice." 15 

Perhaps it was this marvellous 
memory that caused President Heber 
J. Grant to say of George Q. many 
years later; 

" Speaking of the estimate in which 
President Cannon was held in the world 
. . . I was informed upon one occasion, 
when a number of leading statesmen were 
discussing different men and were en- 
deavouring to decide as to who were the 
eight brightest minds in America, Presi- 
dent Cannon was named as one of the 
eight . . . One thing which aided President 
Cannon very greatly was his marvellous 
memory. Never have I come in contact 
with a man possessed of such a remark- 
able capacity to remember faces and inci- 
dents and family relationships . . . It seems 
when one stops to think of all that he 
has accomplished . . . that figuratively 
speaking, during his life-time, he removed 
mountains." 1 * 

One historian said of him : 

"... He would have been a man of 
mark in any community. Had he re- 
mained in his native England, he would 
probably have been heard of in Parlia- 
ment, and it is within the bounds of con- 
servative calculation to imagine such a 



158 



one the peer of Gladstone, Disraeli and 
other premiers of the realm."" 

He was the First Counsellor to three 
Presidents of the Church; John Taylor, 
Wilford Woodruff, and Lorenzo Snow. 
He was influential in the Sunday 
School movement, and published the 
first issues of both the Juvenile Instruc- 
tor, and the Evening Deseret News. 
But most of all, George Q. Cannon 
was a servant to his fellow men, and 
for this he gained a world-wide respect 
and influence which continually streng- 
thened the Church. Of George Q. it 
has been said, " He was ambitious not 
for wealth or fame, but self-improve- 
ment. He was always seen carrying a 
book. He always acknowledged the 
part that the Gospel of Jesus Christ 
played in his life. All that I am Mor- 
monism has made me." 

The strength of George Q. Cannon 
was in his humility and dedicated ser- 
vice. Whatever he required of others 
he was willing to do himself, and the 
words which flowed from his pen or 
his mouth burned deep into the hearts 
of all. He was a living testimony to the 
world that the Church of Jesus Christ 
was founded upon truth, and he spoke 
of our part in this. 

" This is not a short-lived dispensation; 
it is to go on increasing in power and 
volume until it shall fill the whole earth 
. . . And, of course, it requires great 
valour, great obedience, and great gifts in 
order to accomplish the end that is to be 
attained under the promises of God." ls 

Unknowingly he spoke of himself, 
for he was indeed one of the " choice 
spirits " to come from the gathering 
of the noble ones from the fertile 
fields of the British Isles, and his work 
was that of preparing the land for the 
day when the Church could assume 
her rightful place in Great Britain. 

Thousands of times in his life, 
George Q. Cannon bore testimony of 



the Divinity of the Saviour and the 
Restoration of the Gospel to the Earth. 
Were he living today, he would close 
his remarks, as we will close this 
article, with his testimony: 

" / know that God lives. I know that 
Jesus lives, for I have seen him. I know 
that this is the Church of God and that it 
is founded on Jesus Christ, our Redeemer. 

I testify to you of these things as one 
that knows — as one of the Apostles of 
the Lord Jesus Christ that can bear wit- 
ness to you today in the presence of the 
Lord Jesus Christ that He lives and that 
He will live and reign on the earth, to 
sway an undisputed sceptre."" 

1 Marian Cannon Bennion, Where the Cannon 
Family Came From and Why They Are In 
America, page 7. 

2 Ibid., page 12. 

3 George Q. Canncn, The Life of Joseph Smith 
the Prophet, page xxvi. 

4 The Juvenile Instructor, Volume V, page 175. 

5 George Q. Cannon, My First Mission, Pre- 
face. 

6 Ibid., page 523. 

7 Jerreld L. Newquist, Gospel Truth, Discourses 
and Writings of President George Q. Cannon, 
page xix. 

8 Ibid., page xxxii. 
Ibid., page 206. 

10 The Juvenile Instructor, Volume 28, page 220. 

II Bryant S. Hinckley, The Faith of our Pioneer 
Fathers, page 169. 

12 George Q. Cannon, Journal of Discourses, 
Volume 20, pages 50-51. 

13 The Juvenile Instructor, Volume 35, page 33. 

14 Jerreld L. Newquist, op. cit., page xxxvii. 
13 Jerreld L. Newquist, op. cit., page xxviii. 

16 Young Woman's Journal, Volume 12, pages 
243-5. 

17 Orson F. Whitney, The History of Utah, 
Volume 4, page 663. 

18 Jerreld L. Newquist, op. cit., page 21. 

19 Deseret Weekly, Volume 53, page 610. 

Editor's Note: 

We are deeply indebted to George J. 
Cannon, grandson of George Q. Cannon, 
for much of the rich material included in 
this article. We are also grateful to 
Marion Cannon Bennion, Elizabeth Can- 
non Sauls and Mark Wilcox Cannon for 
their contributions. The pictures, and 
much of the fine, new material on George 
Q. Cannon were contributed by Jerreld 
L. Newquist, a descendant of George Q., 
who recently compiled the book : Gospel 
Truths, Sermons and Writings of George 
Q. Cannon. We commend this book to 
you as one of the most inspirational we 
have read in recent years. 

TBW 



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CONFERENCE PROGRESS 



""THE Conference Schedule is running 
along in top gear. At present about 
half of the districts have had their 
conferences and can testify of the new 
surge of enthusiasm which has resulted 
from these spiritual gatherings. The 
response to the new schedule has been 
nothing short of phenomenal. The 
Saturday evening Priesthood meetings 
have all been well attended and evi- 
denced the growing number of local 
brethren who are filling the leadership 
positions in the districts. 

In only one district have there been 
any branch presidents missing from 
the 8.30 work meeting on Sunday 
morning. Questions and problems have 
been answered, and a greater spirit of 
unity has grown from these all-impor- 
tant local leadership meetings. The 
keynote has been leadership, and this 
has been well adapted by each branch 
and district leader present at these 
meetings. 

The general theme of the conferen- 
ces is the " Missionary Work." The 
growing number of district mission- 
aries and the comments of the people 
at the conferences have reflected the 
spirit of spreading the Gospel which 
has been present in such rich abun- 
dance. Results have been achieved, 
progress is being made, the Church is 
growing! In the month of March 
there were 146 convert baptisms of 
record. This is the largest single 
month for at least sixty years, and 
even surpasses the banner month of 
December, 1958. 

One of the most popular sessions 
of the conference has been the leader- 
ship meetings conducted by the vari- 
ous Mission Board members who were 
in attendance. The interest shown by 
the number of officers and Teachers 



who went to these meetings, and their 
acceptance of the new programmes 
have far surpassed expectations. 

There is no question. The New Era 
is here! 




A group of the priesthood at the Bir- 
mingham Conference before the Saturday 
evening session. 




William Bates, of the Mission MIA Board 

instructing at the Sunday afternoon work > 

session. 

A group of the younger people met informally 
before the 4.30 General Session on Sunday. 




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OF BRANCH AND DISTRICT EVENTS 



Jan. 10 — Although the New Year cele- 
brations were belated, Nottingham 
District MIA made up for the delay 
by presenting an excellently organised 
programme. Ninety people danced to 
music by Brother Gwynn Bailey 
and enjoyed entertainments arranged 
by Brother Tom Hezeltine. During 
the evening Sister Valerie Bowler, 
YWMIA Supervisor, presented Sisters 
Amy Bryant, Aileen Stocks, Ann 
Calderwood and their leader, Sister 
Muriel Cuthbert, with Silver Gleaner 
awards and pins. 

Jan. 17 — Nottingham MIA presented 
several musical numbers at a concert 
sponsored by Derby Branch. 
Jan. 22 — Edinburgh Branch basketball 
team beat Polonia 49 — 37. 
Jan. 23 — Haggis, turnips and potatoes 
were prepared and served by the 
Priesthood at Glasgow's " Burns' 
Supper." Poems and songs by the 
Bard added to the traditional Scottish 
atmosphere. 

Jan. 23 — Nottingham MIA presented 
its annual pantomime ' The Lost 
Crown " written and produced by Sis- 
ter Muriel Cuthbert, at the Portland 
Junior School. Three hundred people 
watched the adventures of three prin- 
ces searching for a lost crown and 
winning the hands of three beautiful 
princesses. Well-designed costumes 
and scenery enhanced the production. 



Jan. 26 — Edinburgh Branch basketball 
team beat Redford 34-18. 

Jan. 30 — The Priesthood were in fine 
fettle at Mansfield's social and earned 
themselves a reputation for giving the 
branch the kind of entertainment it 
likes. 

Jan. 31 — Forty children came to the 
combined Sunday School and Primary 
party at Loughborough. Sisters Har- 
rold and Bailey kept the youthful 
guests busy playing games and made 
certain they all had appetites which 
would do justice to the meal prepared 
by the Relief Society and Sunday 
School officers. Just in case anyone 
was still hungry at the end of the 
party, packets of sweets and apples 
were given to the children to take 
home. 

Loughborough Branch held a 
" house-warming " to celebrate the 
completion of the new chapel. Happy 
though the Saints were to meet in this 
fine building, the party had a sad 
aspect as good-bye's had to be said to 
President and Sister Southgate who 
were leaving for the South London 
District. Brother Wilfred Bilby pre- 
sented them with a five-year diary in 
appreciation of their services whilst 
labouring in Loughborough. 

Feb. 1 — Blackburn's monthly social 
was held in the recreation room where 
any surplus calories gained by eating 



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the lavish servings of potatoe pie, 
sweets and chocolates were quickly 
lost in the vigorous games and dances 
which followed. 

Feb. 10 — Sister Edna M. Davies of 
Merthyr Tydfil appeared on the Car- 
diff radio station and spoke in Welsh 
tongue concerning the Church. 

Feb. 12 — Each auxiliary was respon- 
sible for providing part of the enter- 
tainment at the social in Norwich and 
a fine variety programme was presen- 
ted. 

Feb. 14 — Luton Branch bade bon voy- 
age to Elder Craven at a camp-fire 
evening in the recreation room. 

The last preparation meeting to be 
held in Scotland was convened in 
Dundee. A wonderful group of over 
eighty assembled " fra a' airts " to 
participate in the meetings. Each 
branch contributed an item of enter- 
tainment for the social which followed 
where Dundee's Brother Clancy top- 
ped the bill. 

Valentine Dances were held in 
Aberdeen, Edinburgh and Dundee. 
The programmes followed the time- 
honoured pattern with the masterful 
conducting of Brother Stanley Thomp- 
son highlighting Aberdeen's dance, the 
skilful decor of Sister Clark enhancing 
Edinburgh's, and the enticing refresh- 
ments of Sister Ross in Dundee. 

Feb. 15 — Brother F. Paterson baptised 
Sister McFarlen who is the first con- 
vert of the Church in the West Lon- 
don Branch. Sisters Maria Stone and 
Roma King have been labouring in 
the branch, and this event was a fit- 
ting conclusion for Sister King who 
has been transferred into the Mission 
Office. 

Feb. 24 — Elder Houth's coming-of-age 
was celebrated at Scarborough by an 
MIA social. 



The Priesthood and Relief Society 
members of South Shields gave a sur- 
prise party for Elsie Carole, who at 21 
is the Branch's youngest mother. 

Feb. 28 — Dancing was not the only 
attraction at Lowestoft MIA's dance, 
the pie and pea supper was an added 
inducement to attend. 

The Priesthood produced an excel- 
lent concert at Bournemouth and fully 
earned the praise they received from 
the delighted Branch members. 

March 7— Sister Belle S. Spafford, 
Relief Society President for the 
Church, arrived in England as the 
guest of Lady Reading. 

March 3 — Elder Marshall's twenty- 
first birthday was celebrated with a 
party given in his honour by Lowes- 
toft Branch. 

Surprise was the keynote of the 
party given at Liverpool in honour of 
President A. Cubbon and Brother A. 
Davies to mark their release from the 
Branch Presidency and their call to 
District office. President and Sister 
Larsen welcomed the guests of honour 
who left no one in any doubt of their 
pleasure in the surprises prepared for 
them. A gift of books subscribed for 
by Branch members will help both 
President Cubbon and Brother Davies 
retain the memory of this happy occa- 
sion. 

If the Lowestoft sisters have been 
looking more than usually glamourous 
recently it is probably because two 
assistants from a well-known beauty 
salon demonstrated methods of hair- 
styling at MIA and used the sisters as 
models. 

Congratulations to Sister Patricia 
Ann Coyne of Falsgrove County 
Modern Girls' School, Scarborough, 
on gaining the " Effort and Interest " 
prize. 



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Bournemouth's Priesthood produced 
a fine concert recently and displayed 
much talent which previously had lain 
dormant. 

March 8 — The progress of the new 
Stroud Branch Chapel was pictured in 
the local paper. 

March 10 — President J. Vernon of the 
Rawtenstall Branch reports that for 
the two-year period ending February 



28, the branch teaching has been 100 
per cent. Special commendation is in 
order. 

March 14 — The Priesthood under the 
direction of Roy Simon prepared a 
seven course dinner for 100 members 
of the Leeds District Relief Society. 
Sister Clare Clegg, supervisor, was 
specially honoured for her devoted 
work in the Relief Society. 




Relief Society Banquet at Leeds on March 14. 



District Missionary Activities 



BRISTOL DISTRICT 



Gillian Mary Wheatley 
Ivy Winnifred Holder 
Francis Edward Ha liday 
Harold Semmens Retallack 
Dorothy Lavinia Palmer 
Albert F. A. Gadsby 
Irene Audry Gadsby 
Betty Lewis 
Janet Reed 
Dawn Yvonne Lewis 
Andrew George Peterken 
John Stewart Crabtree 
Arthur Jones 



Albert G. Lewis — District Mission President 

Maurene Irene Harris 

John Reginald Harris 

Wilfred Robert Cotton-Betteridge 

Brian Cyril West 

Bernice May West 

Alfred Cyril Melhuish 

Ruth Shirley Britchford 

Verly Hilda Head 

John Henry Tuttiett 

Valmai Tuttiett 

Edith Harding 

Doris Evelyn Recardo 

Marjorie Ball Crandon 



February 22, 1959 



Ronald Edward Green 
Edward Hu >hes Morgan 
Montague Leonard Blake 
Robert Ernest Wallace 
Charles Jones 
Frederick Greene 
Roger Jones 
Lesley Joyce Gardner 
Mary Sheppard 
Derrick H. J. Ireland 
Caryl Anne Morgan 



LEEDS DISTRICT 

Anne M. Womersley 
Lucy Ripley 
B'anch Leonard 
John Leonard 
Muriel Hardy 
Mary Walker 
Barbara Cogan 
Howard Firth 



Roy Darren - District Mission President 

Brian Crowther 
Greta Kelly 
Patricia Crossley 
Joan Roberts 
Barbara Whittaker 
Anne Illingworth 
Susan Buck 
Gladys Moxon 



March 8, 1959 



Douglas Rawson 
Evelyn Rawson 
Stanley Smithson 
Margaret Smithson 
Roy Simon 

Charles Stuart Andrews 
Nicholas Murphy 
Norman Garner 



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BIRMINGHAM DISTRICT 



Derek Dixon -District Mission President 



March 1, 1959 



Eveline May Phyllis Allen 

Rodney David Boulton 

Anthony Terrance Rampolli Burgess 

Gwendel Violet Burgess 

Donald Christopher Colson 

Morris Ronald Deyes 

Philip Dixon 



Hannah Elizabeth Jevons 

Lesley LeMar Megeney 

Peggy Evelyn Doreen Moorehouse 

June Ann Nash 

Kathleen Price 

Robert Sherratt 

Howard Smith 



Joan Smith 

Monica Wade 

Joyce Wright 

Betty York 

Trever Neil James Dawe 

Albert John Holt 



NORWICH DISTRICT 



Freda Walker 

Donald Frank Le Grice 

Pamela Elsie Long Le Grice 

John Buchan 

Raymond Godbold 

Michael Blackwell 

George Wardle 



William Walker -District Mission President 

Phyllis Dobson 

Marie Bell 

James Mitchell 

Evelyn May Marjuerite Mitchell 

Rita Loombe 

Patricia Whittaker 

Ronald Cooper 



March 15, 1959 



Dorothy Muriel Cooper 
Joan Wallace 
Pamela Wilson 
Ronald Walter Lahtinen 
Delores Fay Lahtinen 
Edward R. Heyes 



BIRTHS AND BLESSINGS 

Leonard: To Peter Harold and Beatrice Leonard 
of Bradford, twin sons, Kenneth and John, 
born October 30, 1958; blessed December 7, 
1958, by Peter Harold Leonard. 

Whalley: To Derek Ian and Sylvia Whalley of 
Oldham, a daughter, Catherine, born October 
10, 1958; blessed December 21, 1958, by 
Samuel Mills. 

Sunderland: To Albert and Ruth Sunderland of 
Derby, a son, Christian Crawford, born Octo- 
ber 25, 1958; blessed January 5, 1959, by David 
Bench. 

Gibson: To Peter Lovatt and Phyllis Gibson of 
Liverpool, a son, Peter John, born November 
9, 1958; blessed February 1, 1959, by John 
Alan Cubbon. 

Bray: To Kenneth Fawcett and Rita Margaret 
Bray of Barnsley, a son, Simon Lindsey, born 
January 11, 1959; blessed February 1, 1959, by 
Richard Wesley O'Brien. 

Allen: To Edward T. G. and Freda Mary Straw- 
ford Allen of South Shields, a son, Edward 
Ian, born February 20, 1959; blessed Febru- 
ary 1, 1959, by Wilfred Richmond. 

Davey : To John and Joan Davey of South 
Shields, a daughter, Janice, born January 4, 
1959; blessed February 1, 1959, by John G. 
Foster. 

Arkle: To Robert and Florence Arkle of Sunder- 
land, a son, Robert, born November 22, 1958; 
blessed December 14, 1958, by Frederick 
William Oates. 

Simpson : To Alan Gordon and Iris Simpson of 
Sheffield, a daughter, Elaine Yvonne, born 
November 11, 1958; blessed January 4, 1959, 
by Aubrey Nettleship. 

Dahlke : To Floyd Eldon and Margaret N. 
Dahlke of Norwich, a daughter, Lorene Dee, 
born December 23, 1958; blessed February 1, 
1959, by Donald R. Petersen. 

Kellett: To John and Margaret Kellett of Roch- 
dale, a son, Graham, born December 8, 1958; 
blessed January 4, 1959, by Herbert Woodhead. 

Caffrey: To David and Jean Caffrey of Roch- 
dale, a son, Anstair David, born July 13, 
1957; blessed January 4, 1959, by Dale Wayne 
Harrell. 

Withington : To Harry and Jessie Withington of 
Rochdale, a son, Neil, born November 10, 
1958; blessed December 7, 1958, by Harry 
Withington. 

Beever: To George and Ethel Beever of Oldham, 
a daughter, Janice, born September 7, 1954; 
blessed January 4, 1959, by Norman Wood. 

Bailey : To Jack and Marjorie Bailey of Oldham, 
a daughter, Jacqueline, born March 4, 1958; 
blessed January 4, 1959, by Harry Mills. 

Knowles: To Derek and Rita Knowles of Barns- 
ley, a son, Stephen, born December 28, 1958; 
blessed February 1, 1959, by Vincent Hall. 



Lamb : To John Thomas and Joyce Lamb of 
West Hartlepool, a daughter, Joan, born 
January 6, 1959; blessed January 25, 1959, by 
John Thomas A. Dale. 

Jones : To Thomas Ernest and Jean Jones of 
Belfast, a daughter, Pauline, born September 
24, 1958; blessed December 7, 1958 by Derek 
John Plumbley. 

Ellison: To Peter G. and Patricia Ellison of 
Barnsley, a son, Timothy Brent, born Febru- 
ary 8, 1959. 

McCracken: To Robert A. and Eleanor 
McCracken of Belfast, a son, Paul, born Janu- 
ary 16, 1959; blessed February 1, 1959, by 
Joseph Ditty. 

Terrell: To Percy and Lucy Terrell of Rawten- 
stall, a daughter, Clare, born May 6, 1956; 
blessed March 1, 1959, by Percy Terrell. 

Terrell : To Percy and Lucy Terrell of Rawten- 
stall, a daughter, Lesley, born January 9, 1953; 
blessed March 1, 1959, by Percy Terrell. 

Mallin : To Anthony and Sylvia Mallin of Sunder- 
land, a son, Lance, born September 29, 1958; 
blessed October 26, 1958, by Frederick William 
Oates. 

Self: To Colin and Nellie Self of Sunderland, a 
son, John, born December 25, 1958; blessed 
February 1, 1959, by Frank Botterell. 

Heyes: To Edward and Brenda Heyes of Cam- 
bridge, a son, John Howard, born April 30, 
1956; blessed February 1, 1959, by Alden 
" M " Packer. 

Lassiter: To Charles Adolph and Janet Shirely 
Lassiter of Cambridge, a son, Curtis Alan, 
born July 23, 1956; blessed December 25, 

1958, by Duane Burgess Ford. 

Pulman: To Ralph and Jane Muriel Pulman of 
Merthyr Tydfil, a daughter, Rosalind Beth, 
born December 18, 1954; blessed March 1, 

1959, by John Griffiths. 

Pulman: To Ralph and Jane Muriel Pulman of 
Merthyr Tydfil, a son, Christopher Mark, born 
December 4, 1958; blessed March 1, 1959, by 
Emlyn Daniel Davies. 

Darren: To Roy Christian and Jean Darren of 
Bradford, a daughter, Lindey Jean, born Janu- 
ary 10, 1959; blessed February 1, 1959, by 
Douglas Rawson. 

Hendon: To Donald Oliver and Gene Hendon 
of Brighton, a daughter, Julie Gay, born Janu- 
ary 29, 1959; blessed February 15, 1959, by 
George Woodgate. 

Tueller: To Blaine Carlson and Jean Marie 
Tueller of Dublin, a daughter, Marie, born 
January 5, 1959; blessed February 1959, by 
Blaine C. Tueller. 

McCready: To Samuel and Mary McCready of 
Paisley, a son, William Richard, born Novem- 
ber 12, 1958; blessed February 17, 1959, by 
Peter Alfred Heede. 



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Horton : To Terrance and Margaret Ann Horton 
of Swansea, a daughter, Catherine Mary, born 
April 12, 1954; blessed March 1, 1959, by 
Norman Da e Wright. 

Horton : To Terrance and Margaret Ann Horton 
of Swansea, a son, Terrance Michael, born 
June 9, 1958; blessed March 1, 1959, by Norman 
Dale Wright. 

Irvine : To Victor William and Prudence Annie 
Irvine of Radcliffe, a son, Michael Victor, born 
August 30, 1958; blessed September 21, 1958, 
by Steve R. Coltrin. 

Leeming: To Jack and Mollie Leeming of Rad- 
cliffe, a son, Ian Mclvor, born March 17, 1950; 
blessed by Steve B. Coltrin. 

Eckersley : To John and Rhoda Eckersley of Rad- 
cliffe, a son, Stanley, born June 5, 1939; bles- 
sed March 1, 1959, by J. W. Bertagnole. 

Warburton : To John and Arlene Warburton of 
Radc'iffe, a son, David John, born February 
1, 1958; blessed August 24, 1958, by John 
Warburton. 

Ashmead: To Walter John and Mary Irene 
Ashmead of Coventry, a daughter, Jane 
Elizabeth, born February 3, 1959; blessed 
March 8. 1959, by George Ernest Hunter. 

Adams: To Edwin Walter and Shirley Wanda 
Adams of Oxford, a daughter, Joycellen 
Annette, born December 9, 1958; blessed Feb- 
ruary 15, 1959, by Melvin H. Ludwig, Jun. 

Cochrane : To James and Sarah Jane Cochrane 
of Belfast, a son, Michael, born January 27, 
1959; blessed March 1, 1959, by James Evans 
Cochrane. 

Cuppitt : To Raymond William and Felicia Fran- 
ziska Cuppitt of Chesterfield, a son, Karl 
Raymond, born February 8, 1959; blessed 
March 8, 1959, by Alvin I' Holton. 

Ford : To Thomas and Peggy Ford of Leicester, 
a son, Edward Arthur, born February 11, 1959; 
blessed March 1, 1959, by Thomas A. V. Ford. 

Lee : To Furniss William and Lettice Amelia 
Lee of Wythenshawe, a daughter, Jane 
Kathryn, born March 5, 1956; blessed March 
1, 1959, by Allen Brent Brockbank. 

Uffendall: To Herbert and Margaret Uffendall of 
Scarborough, a son, Roy, born November 3, 
1958; blessed February 22, 1959, by Edward 
Reynolds. 

McGovern : To James Vincent and H'lda May 
McGovern of Scunthorpe, a son, Terry, born 
June 13, 1951; b'essed March 15, 1959, by 
Albert Lewis Taaffe. 

Dale: To John Thomas and Audrey Dale of 
West Hartleoool, a son, Richard, born April 
21, 1953; blessed March 1, 1959, by Kenneth 
Goddard. 

Da'e : To John Thomas and Audrey Dale of 
West Hartlepool, a son, Henry, born March 
3, 1955; blessed March 1, 1959, by James 
Laurie. 



ORDINATIONS 



February 



Leeds 

Derek Nicholson of Halifax to Teacher 
Frank Boulton Rhodes of Bradford to Deacon 
John Stephenson Flintham of Bradford to 

Deacon 
Brian James Gledhill of Bradford to Deacon 
Eric Stott of Bradford to Deacon 
Maurice Newsholme of Bradford to Priest 
Howard Terry Firth of Huddersfield to Deacon 
Clifford Moore of Huddersfield to Deacon 
Jeffrev Oldrovd of Huddersfield to Deacon 
Clifford Brown of Dewsbury to Deacon 
William Wood of Dewsbury to Deacon 
Arthur Gregory of Dewsbury to Elder 
Allan Peter Moxon of Leeds to Priest 
Ronald Webster Moxon of Leeds to Priest 
Douglas Slack of Leeds to Deacon 
John Alexander Cook of Leeds to Deacon 
Donald Slyman of Leeds to Deacon 



Howard Terry Firth of Huddersfield to Priest 
Arthur Leonard of Huddersfield to Elder 
Peter Beer of Bradford to Deacon 
Ronald Joy of Bradford to Deacon 

Liverpool 

Robert Joseph Tanghe of Burnley to Deacon 
Leonard Hathaway of Burnley to Deacon 
Charles Brown of Burnley to Teacher 
James Ellins of Burnley to Teacher 
Richard James Gunner of Burnley to Deacon 
Melvin John Slater of Burnley to Deacon 
Roger Macaulay Lord of Burnley to Priest 
Frank Butterworth of Rawtenstall to Deacon 
Donald Simcock of Rawtenstall to Deacon 
William Barlow of Southport to Deacon 
Gordon William Beharre'l of Southport to Elder 
George Aspinall of Southport to Priest 
Charles Murray Fleming of Southport to Teacher 
Henry James Baldwin of Liverpool to Teacher 
William George Timon of Liverpool to Deacon 
Rodney Keeble of Rawtenstall to Deacon 
Michael Ronald Hughes of Preston to Priest 

Manchester 
James Wood of Rochdale to Priest 
Alan T. Butler of Rochdale to Priest 
Jack Bailey of Oldham to Deacon 
George Jackson Beever of Oldham to Teacher 
Ernest Preston of Ashton to Deacon 
Craig Wilkinson Penney of Ashton to Deacon 
Eric Pailin of Ashton to Deacon 
Neil Cliffe of Stockport to Elder 
Allan Stobbs of Wythenshawe to Deacon 
John Harry Hargreaves of Wythenshawe to 

Deacon 
Joseph Thornton Potter of Wythenshawe to 

Deacon 
Stephen William Corser of Wythenshawe to 

Deacon 
Peter Furn : ss Lee of Wythenshawe to Deacon 
Furniss William Lee of Wythenshawe to Deacon 
William James Thompson of Rochdale to Deacon 

South London 
Frederick Thomas George Talbot of Southamp- 
ton to Teacher 
John Anselmo Gizzie of Southampton to Deacon 
Roger John Perry of Brighton to Teacher 
Robin Woodgate of Brighton to Teacher 
Colin Jeffrey Mason of Brighton to Deacon 
William Edward Kirby of Brighton to Deacon 
Donald Oliver Hendon of Brighton to Deacon 
David Raymond Thorne of Brighton to Deacon 
Georqe Henrv Thorne of Brighton to Deacon 
Augustus Walter Tennyson of Brighton to 

Deacon 
Michael Vincent Hill of South London to Priest 
Walter Frank Stevenson of South London to 

Priest 
John Clifford Lea of South London to Priest 
David Eric Lawrence of Newchapel to Priest 
John Glyn of Newchapel to Teacher 
Roger Woodford Kersey of Newchapel to Teacher 
Douglas Arthur Kenward of Newchapel to Priest 

Wales 

Alan Claud Pettitt of Cardiff to Deacon 
Christopher George Bara'os of Cardiff to Priest 
Alan May of Newport to Deacon 

March 

Birmingham 
Raymond Leighton of Kidderminster to Deacon 
Hubert Neale of Coventry to Priest 
Donald Arthur Royle of Coventry to Teacher 
John Robert Miles of Coventry to Deacon 
Rodney David Boulton of Coventry to Elder 
Trevor Neil James Dawe of Coventry to 

Teacher 
Peter Rodney Neale of Coventry to Priest 
Peter Maughan Bayliss Chapman of Birmingham 

to Teacher 
Peter Douglas Houghton of Birmingham to 

Teacher 
Stephen Francis Moorhouse of Birmingham to 

Deacon 



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Maurice Howard Rawlings of Birmingham to 

Deacon 
Richard Edward Tisdale of Birmingham to 

Deacon 
Alan William Tisdale of Birmingham to Teacher 

Bristol 
George St. Ruth of Plymouth to Deacon 
David Wise of Plymouth to Deacon 
Michael Robert Wallace of Plymouth to Deacon 

Hull 
Ronald Deakins of Grimsby to Deacon 
Ronald Phillip Taylor of Grimsby to Priest 
Kenneth Jones of Scunthorpe to Teacher 
William Raymond Collier of Scunthorpe to 

Teacher 
Charles Christopher Prudames of York to 

Teacher 
David William Adamson of York to Teacher 
William McGovern of Scunthorpe to Deacon 

Ireland 
Andrew Renfrew of Belfast to Teacher 
Dermot Sheils of Belfast to Teacher 
William James Brownlee of Portadown to Priest 
Alan John Topp of Belfast to Elder 

Leeds 
Herbert Jeffrey Cogan of Huddersfield to Elder 
Bernard Fahey of Huddersfield to Deacon 
Philip Albert Hushes of Dewsbury to Deacon 
Isaac Hughes of Dewsbury to Deacon 
Peter Burnett of Dewsbury to Deacon 
Derek Nicholson of Halifax to Priest 
Isaac Owen of Halifax to Deacon 
Charles Stuart Andrews of Halifax to Elder 

Liverpool 
Walter Gerard Moorey of Blackburn to Tescher 
Peter Dawson of Blackburn to Deacon 
William Barlow of Southport to Teacher 
Keith George Fisher of Liverpool to Priest 
James Michael Nugent of Liverpool to Priest 
Dennis Ralph Larsen of Liverpool to Teacher 
Michael Reginald Evans of Liverpool to Teacher 
John Howe Sinclair of Liverpool to Deacon 
Gordon McKenzie Heggie of Liverpool to 

Deacon 
James Henry Baldwin of Liverpool to Priest 
Charles Brown of Burnley to Priest 
James Ellins of Burnley to Priest 
James Butterworth of Rawtenstall to Deacon 
Terence Noon of Rawtenstall to Deacon 
Austin Drewery of Burnley to Deacon 

Manchester 
Bryan George Smith of Stockport to Deacon 
Peter Bedford English of Wythenshawe to Elder 
David Boothroyd of Ashton to Deacon 

Newcastle 
Dennis Gordon Noble of West Hartlepool to 

Priest 
John Thomas Lamb of West Hartlepool to 

Priest 
Thomas Hall of West Hartlepool to Deacon 
Harry Lane of Sunderland to Priest 
Alan Martin Carabine of Sunderland to Priest 
Joseph Edward Holmes of Middlesbrough to 

Deacon 
Harold Marshall of Middlesbrough to Priest 
Arthur Edwin Hunter of Middlebrough to 

Deacon 

North London 
John Howard Lock of Reading to Deacon 
Ralph Hastings Cook of Reading to Deacon 
Thomas Hill of St. Albans to Deacon 
Thomas Hill of St. Albans to Teacher 
Edward Charles Prince of Luton to Priest 
William Knott Sheppard of Luton to Teacher 

Norwich 
Peter Scott of Cambridge to Deacon 
George William Wardle of Gorleston to Priest 
George Joseph Thompson of Gorleston to Priest 
Donald Arthur Ling of Ipswich to Deacon 
Edward Stanley Dobson of Gorleston to Elder 



Nottingham 
Arthur Grenville Dalby of Mansfield to Deacon 
Charles William Wood of Mansfield to Teacher 
John Harry Wilson of Mansfield to Teacher 
John Harry Wilson of Mansfield to Priest 

Scotland 
Dennis Clancy of Dundee to Priest 
Albert Roy, Jun., of Dundee to Priest 
Thomas Peter Cook of Edinburgh to Teacher 
Daniel William Beveridge Lynch of Edinburgh 

to Deacon 
David Moore Porch, Jun., of Paisley to Deacon 
Ian Daley of Airdrie to Teacher 
John Graham of Airdrie to Priest 

Sheffield 
Derek Birkhead of Barnsley to Teacher 
Alan Howard Maynard of Doncaster to Deacon 
Stephen Gascoyne of Sheffield to Deacon 
Rennie Graham Bell of Sheffield to Deacon 
John Ernest Beattie of Sheffield to Deacon 
Tadeusz Franciszek Baltyn of Chesterfield to 
Deacon 

South London 
Dennis Raymond Durrant of Brighton to 

Deacon 
Cyril Joseph Evans of Brighton to Deacon 
Hefin Jones of South London to Priest 
Frank Calderwood of Bournemouth to Teacher 
Arthur Willis of Bournemouth to Priest 
Barry John Kenchington of Bournemouth to 

Deacon 
Roy Alan Beale of Bournemouth to Deacon 

Wales 
Arnold Jones of Merthyr to Teacher 
Allan Ivor Ban- of Merthyr to Teacher 
William Osborne of Merthyr to Priest 
Gordon Livermore of Cardiff to Deacon 
Arthur William Rowles of Cardiff to Deacon 
David Gordon Davies of Newport to Teacher 
Kenneth James Hall of Newport to Priest 
Cyril Charles Clayton of Pontypool to Deacon 

BAPTISMS 

Birmingham 
Antony Charles John Boffin of Nuneaton 
Hazel Boffin of Nuneaton 
Shirley Boffin of Nuneaton 

Bristol 
John James Reed of Bristol 
Jessie Allan Wallace Reed of Bristol 
Reginald James Reed of Bristol 
Patricia Laura Angela Klein of Bristol 
Patricia Anne Burley of Newton Abbot 
Anne Laura Burley of Newton Abbot 
Harold Alexander Burley of Newton Abbot 
Andrew McCall Wallace Reed of Bristol 

Hull 
Elizabeth Ann Pooley of York 
Marjorie Jane Haith of Grimsby 

Ireland 
Arthur Hoy of Belfast 

Liverpool 
Frederick Thomas Thompson of Blackburn 
Everard Armstrong of Wigan 
Ann Prince of Burnley 
Marlene Dougdale of Blackburn 
Nathaniel Onomide Ogundipe of Liverpool 
Alan Shaw of Blackburn 

Manchester 
Bryan George Smith of Stockport 
Germania Klare Smith of Stockport 
Marilyn Clarke of Wythenshawe 
Christine Pilkington of Wythenshawe 
Jack Turner of Oldham 
Jean Turner of Oldham 
Cynthia Mary Austin of Ashton 
James Victor Corless of Ashton 
Mary Blackwell of Ashton 
Joyce Vaughan of Stockport 
Julia Maud Bamford of Rochdale 
Ena Smethurst of Rochdale 



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David Joseph of Ashton 

Margaret Ogden of Rochdale 

Vivian Keith Schofield of Rochdale 

Leslie Willis of Rochdale 

Geoffrey Francis Bamford of Rochdale 

Magdalen Grandley of Wythenshawe 

Eunice Nowell of Wythenshawe 

Muriel Keelan of Wythenshawe 

James Keelan of Wythenshawe 

Olive Smethurst of Rochdale 

Pamela McNama of Ashton 

Annie Palmer of Oldham 

Kenneth Palmer of Oldham 

Beryal Wrighthouse of Wythenshawe 

Brian Wrighthouse of Wythenshawe 

Ian Goldie Jackson of Wythenshawe 

Margaret Pearce of Oldham 

Norman John Wood of Oldham 

Newcastle 
William Austin Lupton of Sunderland 
Yvonne Dorothy Eden of Newcastle 
Anne Lawrence of Middlesbrough 
Raymond Lawrence of Middlesbrough 
Thomas Seaton Bamford of Sunderland 
I. el tie Smith Bamford of Sunderland 
Auriel Merle Robinson of Sunderland 
Eva Rosalind Florence Griffiths 
Norman Valentine Winter Griffiths of 
Sunderland 

North London 
Jean Alexandra MacFarlan of West London 
Alma Louisa O'Brien of West London 
Charles O'Brien of West London 
Margaret Rose Meek of North London 
Vera Jean Schow of West London 
Colleen Schow of West London 

Norwich 
James Edwin Smallridge of Colch;ster 
Valerie Mabel Lungley Fisher of Colchester 
May Aldis Bantock of Norwich 
Leonard George Free of Cambridge 
Nellie Maud Wheatley Woodrow of Cambridge 
Sidney William Bantock of Norwich 
Ireen Rose May Sadd of Norwich 
Ronald Sadd of Norwich 
Clifford Herbert Francis Woodrow of 
Cambridge 



Rose Valerie Porter of Gorleston 
Colleen Sadie Graves of Gorleston 
Devra Dursteler of Norwich 
Ivan James Moss of Gorleston 
Frank Hill of Colchester 

Nottingham 
Terence Edwin Shepherd of Nottingham 
Shirley Ann Florence Shepherd of Nottingham 
Graham Douglas Barker of Mansfield 
Jessie Eileen Barker of Mansfield 
Douglas Barker of Mansfield 
Diane Marshall of Mansfield 
Jean Pamela Bull of Peterborough 
Peter Louis Bull of Peterborough 
Alan Ernest Peterson of Derby 
Esther Murray Peterson of Derby 

Sheffield 
John David Greenfield of Sheffield 
Marjorie Lily Leach of Sheffield 
Lilias Bruch Drummond of Doncaster 
Robert Russell Drummond of Doncaster 
Donald Arthur Clover of Sheffield 
Brian Eyre of Sheffield 
Annie Martha Eyre of Sheffield 
Alan Howard Maynard of Doncaster 

South London 
Cyril Joseph Evans of Brighton 
Margaret Theresa Evans of Brighton 
Dennis Raymond Durrant of Brighton 
Keith Frederick Saile of Catford 
Sandra Dorothy Baker of Catford 
Lily Eleanor Harris of Crawley 
Frederick James Harris of Crawley 
John Edward Smith of South London 
Georgina Ann Smith of South London 
Carolyne Dorothy Williams of South London 
Owen Williams of South London 
Margaret Jean Wells of Bournemouth 
Esther Ellen Kate Howell of Catford 
June Marian Waterman of South London 
Leigh Charles Dodd of Brighton 
John Henry Underwood of South London 

Wales 
David Charles Stevenson of Merthyr Tydfil 
Christine Stevenson of Merthyr Tydfil 
Doris May Stevenson of Merthyr Tydfil 



Missionary Activities 



ARRIVALS 



March 10, 1959 


From 




To 


Elder Leonard Wayne Ayers 


Tooele, 


Utah 


Birmingham 


Elder Kenneth Glen Williams 


Malad, 


Idaho 


Mission Office 


Elder David Nelson Barnes 


Washington, D.C. 


Norwich 


Elder Ralph Sheffield II 


Salt Lake City, Utah 


South London 


Elder Neal Robert Swann 


Preston, 


, Idaho 


Sheffield 


Elder Richard Clarence Gehrke 


Salt Lake City, Utah 


North London 


Elder Jon Avril Bird 


Springville, Utah 


Bristol 


Elder Larry Theron Hutchings 


Riverton, Utah 


Norwich 


TRANSFERS : 


From 


To 


Date effective 


Sister Vonda Sedgwick 


Sheffield 


Wales 


March 10, 1959 


Sister Helen M. Zakel 


Wales 


Newcastle 


March 10, 1959 


Elder Dennis A. Young 


North London 


South London 


March 10, 1959 


Elder Grant N. Parker 


North London 


Sheffield 


March 10, 1959 


Elder Lew D. Stratton 


Scotland 


Norwich 


March 10, 1959 


Elder Lynn Lyman Bishop 


Norwich 


Scotland 


March 10, 1959 


Elder Nad R. Brown 


Scotland 


Mission Office 


March 10, 1959 


Elder Harold Newey 


Norwich 


Leeds 


March 10, 1959 


Sister Lalla Freebairn 


Liverpool 


Wales 


March 20, 1959 


Sister Jeanette Clark 


Wales 


Liverpool 


March 20, 1959 


Sister Rosaline Newman 


South London 


Bristol 


March 24, 1959 


Sister Ann Webster 


Bristol 


Manchester 


March 24, 1959 


Elder James Brown 


Bristol 


Travelling Elder 


March 30, 1959 


Elder Frederick Nielson 


Travelling Elder 


Leeds 


March 30, 1959 


Sister Raelene 'Wood 


South London 


Mission Office 


March 24, 1959 



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CLIFFORD T. WARNER 

ANN COOMBS 
ANTHON E. ANDERSON 



MARILYN JOHNSON 
INA MAE VANCE 
DAVID N. BENCH 



GORDON W. BULLOCK 
ARDYTHE TWITCHELL 

MARLA ALENE STONE 



LOYE GOODRICH 
DUANE C. HUNSAKER 



APPOINTMENTS : 

Elder Allen E. Smith appointed Manager, Literature Department, effective March 10, 1959. 
Elder Kenneth Glen Williams appointed Mission Correspondence Secretary, effective March 10, 1959. 
Sister Raelene Wood appointed Assistant Mission Secretary, effective March 24, 1959. 
Sister Roma Jean King appointed Secretary to the Mission President, effective March 24, 1959. 
fclder James Brown appointed Travelling Elder, Assistant to the Mission President, effective March 
30, 1959. 

Elder Frederick Nielson appointed Supervising Elder, Leeds District, effective March 30, 1959. 



RELEASES : 

April 2, 1959 

Elder Anthon E. Anderson III' 

April 3, 1959 
Elder David N. Bench 
Elder Gordon W. Bullock + 
Elder Duane C. Hunsaker 

April 25, 1959 

Elder Clifford T. Warner J 

April 8, 1959 

Sister Loye Goodrich 

Sister Ina Mae Vance 

April 29, 1959 
Sister Ann Coombs 
Sister Marilyn Johnson 
Sister Maria Alene Stone 
Sister Ardythe Twitchell 



From 

Salt Lake City, Utah 

Salt Lake City, Utah 
Provo, Utah 
Garland, Utah 



Districts 

Ireland, Nottingham, Newcastle 

Ireland, Nottingham 
Birmingham, North London 
Liverpool, Wales, Ireland 



Redwood City, California Manchester, London Office 



Tridell, Utah 
Delta, Colorado 

Boulder, Utah 
Salt Lake City, Utah 
Lakewood, California 
Delta, Utah 



Sheffield, Bristol, South London, Leeds 
Manchester, Liverpool, Newcastle 

Liverpool, Hull, Bristol 
Nottingham, Norwich, Birmingham 
Ireland, Leeds, North London 
Scotland, Birmingham 



* Supervising Elder, Newcastle District 

t District President, North London District 

t Associate Editor - Millennial Star 



168 



THE WIDOW'S MITE 

CISTER GENT often dreamed of the time she would be able to 
go to the Temple. But as the years passed, that dream faded 
farther and farther from reality. She thought the day when the 
Temple would be raised in this land would never come in her life- 
time, so she repeatedly implored her branch president to be sure 
and do her Temple work for her if she didn't live until that day. 

But Sister Gent did live to go through the London Temple for 
her own endowments, and she " wouldn't have missed it for a 
million pounds." She was thrilled with the realisation that now 
she had " something that no one could ever take " from her. 

The night Sister Gent returned from the Temple her room 
was filled with a glorious bright light, and yet it was dark every- 
where else, and she felt that the Lord was well pleased with her 
for visiting the Temple. 

Sister Gent had the earnest desire to do that " little bit more 
for the Lord." She wondered what she could do — she already pays 
full tithing — then she remembered the night light which she had 
used for years to enable her to get to sleep. If she could do without 
it, there would be a penny a week to give to the Lord. Needless to 
say, she has slept well without her night light ever since, and given 
the money to the Lord. 

Even though Sister Gent will be 96 in July, her pennies will 
help " that little bit more," for " she hath cast more in than all 
they which have cast into the treasury." 

— Muriel Cuthbert 





APRIL 1959 

Volume 121 

Number 4