This week in Church history

25 years ago

New chandeliers being installed in the Salt Lake Tabernacle would debut during the April 1972 general conference, reported the March 11, 1972, Church News.

"Eleven new chandeliers, each housing nearly 10,000 watts of light, are now being installed to replace the old chandeliers which have hung in the tabernacle since 1929," the article stated.

It added that the lights, including new stage lights, would be computer-operated.

"Realizing that the domed building had become a television studio as well as a meeting hall, lighting experts, electrical engineers and Church architects began planning the system 17 years ago, said Ned Huntsman, chief electrician for the Church," the article added.

It continued: "The new chandeliers, custom designed and built to complement the organ and other interior features of the tabernacle, will throw bright light on the dome and illuminate the building by reflection."

The chandeliers (which still hang in the tabernacle today) are 12-sided, five feet in diameter, and weighed 600 pounds.

Each chandelier houses three 400-watt mercury vapor bulbs, the article said. "During television broadcasts, sixteen 500-watt quartz bulbs in each unit will intensify the brightness."

Quote from the past

"Let us look for the good rather than try to discover any hidden evil. We can easily find fault in others if that is what we are looking for." - President N. Eldon Tanner of the First Presidency in the April 1972 general conference

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