This week in Church history

25 years ago

U.S. President Richard M. Nixon invited 30 members of the Tabernacle Choir to sing during White House inaugural devotional services, reported the Jan. 13, 1973, Church News.

According to the article, the Jan. 21 devotional services were to be held in the East Room of the White House, "which is too small to accommodate the entire choir.

"Choir members last sang there during President [Lyndon B.] Johnson's administration after they returned from an international tour. The entire choir sang at President Johnson's inaugural in 1965 and at President Nixon's first inauguration in 1969.

"The choir also sang at a lighting ceremony for the national Christmas tree when Utah provided a tree from one of its national forests."

The article also reported that BYU's Cougar Marching Band was to represent Utah in the Presidential Inaugural Parade on Jan. 20.

Quote from the past

" . . . Perhaps the most important reason of all for the growth of the Church is the individual testimonies of the divinity of this work, as would be multiplied in the hearts of the individual members of the Church. For the strength of the Church is not in the numbers, nor in the amount of tithes and offerings paid by faithful members, nor in the magnitude of chapels and temple buildings, but because in the hearts of faithful members of the Church is the conviction that this is indeed the Church and kingdom of God on the earth." - President Harold B. Lee, from address given during April 1973 general conference

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