LDS Scene
July 1983

“LDS Scene,” Ensign, July 1983, 79

LDS Scene

A groundbreaking ceremony held 11 May 1983, commenced the construction of a new five-story Genealogical Library of the Church, to be built south of the new Church Museum on West Temple in Salt Lake City.

Elder L. Tom Perry of the Council of the Twelve said at the groundbreaking that it is “fundamental” for people to be “interested in the history of their families.”

Elder Royden G. Derrick, of the Presidency of the First Quorum of Seventy, observed that “during the past ten-plus years in our present facility [the west wing of the Church Office Building], the Genealogical Department and Library have reached new heights in world recognition and leadership, and in service to members of the Church and nonmembers alike.”

The new library is scheduled for completion by late 1985.

The second temple in continental Europe, the Freiberg Temple, is now under construction. Ground was broken for the temple and adjacent stake center April 23. Freiberg, German Democratic Republic (DDR), is located about 150 miles south of Berlin.

In ceremonies attended by local Church leaders, the mayor of Freiberg, and other government officials, Elder Thomas S. Monson of the Council of the Twelve said, “I think it is significant that in all the DDR, Freiberg was selected as the site for our temple. … May this be a beautiful and significant building, a city upon a hill.”

For the second consecutive year, an LDS woman has been named national U.S. Young Mother of the Year. Catherine Cryer Peterson, of Orefield, Pennsylvania, was chosen April 22, to succeed the 1982 Young Mother of the Year, LaDawn Jacob of Orem, Utah.

A member of the Allentown Ward, Scranton Pennsylvania Stake, Sister Peterson is the mother of seven children, wife of recently released Bishop Tom Peterson, and the education counselor in her ward Relief Society.

Twelve other Latter-day Saint women represented their states in the national competition for Young Mother and Mother of the Year. Representatives for the Young Mother competition were: Freida B. Child, Wyoming; Linda L. Ford, Utah; Joleen T. Hunt, Arizona; Karen B. Monk, Ohio; Cheryl R. Roberts, Alaska; Lori J. Stevens, Nevada; and Kathryn J. Wright, District of Columbia. Representatives for Mother of the Year were Lydia Y. Burrows, Utah; Elsie K. Gruel, Montana; Catherine A. Petty, California; Janet A. Ray, Arizona; and Josephine S. Stewart, Nevada.

Architect’s rendering of the new Genealogical Library.