This week in Church history

100 Years ago

The Tabernacle Choir was pleasantly hosted by officials in Denver during a trip there to participate in the city's Eisteddfod, a competitive arts festival, according to a report in the Sept. 1, 1896, Deseret Evening News.

A group of about 400, including members of the choir, members of the Knights of Pythias band and friends, left Salt Lake City by train Monday morning, Aug. 31. The trip took 22 hours.

"We had vocal and instrumental quartets that serenaded each car during the evening," the report said, "and as the night grew darker, the more staid members were trying to sleep in the luxurious day cars, but it was almost an impossibility where the merry chatter of the vocal sirens prevailed, and when daylight dawned a tired and sleepy band of singers were poorly prepared for the sound of Denver at 7:30 a.m."

Even though members of the choir were tired, they participated in the first session of the Eisteddfod that afternoon.

Quote from the past

"I wish Latter-day Saints would become more valiant. As I read the 76th Section of the Doctrine and Covenants, the great vision given to the Prophet Joseph Smith, I remember that the Lord says to that terrestrial degree of glory may go those who are not valiant in the testimony, which means that many of us who have received baptism by proper authority, many who have received other ordinances, even temple blessings, will not reach the celestial kingdom of glory unless we live the commandments and are valiant." - President Spencer W. Kimball, then a member of the Quorum of the Twelve, in an address given during the April 1951 general conference.

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