LDS Scene
August 1978

“LDS Scene,” Ensign, Aug. 1978, 80

LDS Scene

By car, by bus, by subway, by train they came—nearly 5,000 of them. And the gathering of Church members in London, England’s, Royal Albert Hall was the largest assembly of Saints since England’s 1976 area conference. They came to take part in the creation of new stakes and the realignment of others, forming five newly named stakes and four reorganized stakes. Elders Gordon B. Hinckley and David B. Haight of the Council of the Twelve officiated.

The new stakes are London England Hyde Park, London England Wandsworth, Maidstone England, St. Albans England, and Staines England. Two stakes, London England and London England North, were absorbed into the new stakes. Stakes reorganized were Crawley England, Norwich England, Reading England, and Romford England.

Thousands of Relief Society women from throughout the United States, Mexico, Canada, and Samoa journeyed to Nauvoo, Illinois, in June to witness the dedication of the Nauvoo Monument to Women. Members of the First Presidency offered the dedicatory prayer. The Ensign will publish photographs and an account of the dedication in the September issue.

The rain fell, but with shovel in hand, President Marion G. Romney, second counselor in the First Presidency, broke ground for the Seattle Temple anyway. Some 1,200 members of the church attended the groundbreaking and dedicatory service May 27 at the Bellevue, Washington, temple site.