Time Line 2000
    Footnotes

    “Time Line 2000,” New Era, Jan. 2000, 20

    Time Line 2000

    Well, a century has come and gone. The past has passed. But we don’t want to forget. And we especially want to remember some of the events that occurred in the just-completed century that might have particular interest to you, our teenage readers. So take a look back at how things used to be.

    1900
    The century begins with a Church membership of 283,675. The majority live in Utah and in the western United States. There are 43 stakes and 20 missions in the entire Church. There are only four operating temples, all in the state of Utah.

    1900
    The Salt Lake Stake, consisting of 51 wards and covering the entire Salt Lake Valley, is divided. The first offshoot stake is the Jordan Stake, followed by the Granite Stake.

    1907
    President Joseph F. Smith announces that the Church, after struggling financially for many years, had become debt-free because of a renewed emphasis on tithing.

    1910
    Gordon B. Hinckley is born on June 23 in Salt Lake City, Utah.

    1910
    Church membership: 398,478

    1911
    The Church implements the Mutual Improvement Association Scouts for teenage boys.

    1912
    The first seminary, started by (Salt Lake City’s) Granite Stake for Granite High School, opens. It’s the Church’s first program for weekday religious instruction for teenagers.

    1913
    The Boy Scouts of America grants the Church a charter in the Scouting program.

    1915
    The first official Church program for young women, the Beehive Girls for girls between the ages of 14 and 18, begins.

    1919
    The Church dedicates the temple in Laie, Hawaii. It is the first temple outside the continental United States.

    1920
    Church membership: 525,987

    1921
    The M-Men and Gleaner programs for 17- to 21-year-old young men and women begins.

    1922
    Heber J. Grant becomes the first Church president to deliver a message over the radio when he addresses an audience on KZN originating in Salt Lake City.

    1923
    The first non-United States temple, the Cardston Alberta Temple in Canada, is dedicated by President Heber J. Grant.

    1924
    Formal training for missionaries begins in a residential home in Salt Lake City.

    1930
    Church membership: 670,017

    1934
    Wards begin missionary training classes for prospective missionaries.

    1940
    Church membership: 862,664

    1943
    The Church calls its 50,000th full-time missionary.

    1947
    The Church officially passes the one-million-member mark.

    1949
    The first public television broadcast of general conference takes place when KSL TV in Salt Lake City airs the 119th semiannual conference.

    1950
    The Church begins an early-morning seminary program for teenagers in California, where released-time seminary is not available. Eventually the program expands, where applicable, throughout the Church.

    1950
    Church membership: 1,111,314

    1954
    A change is made in the ages young men are ordained to Aaronic Priesthood offices. Deacons are still ordained at age 12, but the age of teachers is lowered to 14, and priests to 16.

    1959
    President David O. McKay issues the challenge, “Every member a missionary! You may bring your mother into the Church, or it may be your father; perhaps your fellow companion in the workshop. Somebody will hear the good message of the truth through you.”

    1960
    Church membership: 1,693,180

    1963
    The Language Training Mission opens in Salt Lake City, and Spanish is taught to missionaries before they depart for the mission field.

    1970
    Church membership: 2,930,810

    1971
    The New Era, the Friend, and Ensign begin publication.

    1974
    President Spencer W. Kimball says, “All worthy and able young men should go on missions.”

    1975
    The First Quorum of the Seventy was organized.

    1978
    The Missionary Training Center in Provo, Utah, opens.

    1978
    The priesthood is extended by revelation to all worthy men.

    1979
    The Church publishes its own edition of the King James Bible and a year later publishes a new edition of the triple combination.

    1980
    Church membership: 4,639,822

    1985
    The Young Women values are introduced during a satellite broadcast.

    1990
    As Communism falls in the Soviet Bloc, the Church is able to establish 29 new missions, many created in Eastern European countries.

    1990
    Church membership: 7,761,179

    1991
    The 500,000th full-time missionary is called and begins serving.

    1996
    The New Era celebrates its 25th anniversary of publication.

    1997
    The Church officially passes the 10-million-member mark.

    1997
    The Church celebrates the sesquicentennial of the arrival of the pioneers in the Salt Lake Valley.

    1999
    The Church announces its 100th temple will be located in Palmyra, New York.

    Illustrated by Dilleen Marsh