This week in Church history

50 years ago

President George Albert Smith met with Mexico Pres. Manuel Arvilla Camacho during a trip to that country May 13 through June 4, 1946, according to an article in the June 8 Church News.

The article stated: "During the course of the visit, the origin and contents of the Book of Mormon were explained to the Mexican leader and upon his request he was presented a special copy of the Book of Mormon by President Smith. Upon leaving President Camacho expressed appreciation for the call and assured President Smith that `you have a friend in me.' "

During his visit to Mexico, President Smith spent time seeing sites of interest and holding meetings with members. He spent one day among the pyramids of Teotihuacan and climbed to the top of the Pyramid of the Sun.

He spoke at the general conference of the Mexican Mission on May 26. The conference was held in the Irmeta Branch meetinghouse near Mexico City with approximately 1,500 members attending.

He met later that day with members of the San Marcos Branch and the following Tuesday with 425 people at the Tecalco Branch meetinghouse.

Quote from the past

"Indifference manifest in the world generally towards church should tend only to spur men of the priesthood and teachers in the auxiliaries in the Church of Christ to more earnest and diligent activity." - President David O. McKay, in an address given at general conference Oct. 6, 1946.

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