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Major events in the Church: 1980 to 1989

Feb. 22, 1980 — General Authority administration lines were strengthened as executive directors of the Missionary, Curriculum, Priesthood and Family History departments became members of the Presidency of the Seventy.

March 2, 1980 — Members in U.S. and Canada began a meeting consolidation plan that put priesthood, sacrament and auxiliary meetings in a three-hour block.

April 2, 1980— President Spencer W. Kimball announced plans to build seven smaller temples in the United States, South Pacific and South America. The following year, nine more were announced.

1980-89 — Temples were dedicated in Tokyo, Japan; Seattle, Wash.; Atlanta, Georgia; Apia, Samoa; Nuku'alofa, Tonga; Santiago, Chile; Papeete, Tahiti; Mexico City, Mexico; Boise, Idaho; Sydney, Australia; Manila, Philippines; Dallas, Texas; Taipei, Taiwan; Guatemala City, Guatemala; Freiberg, German Democratic Republic; Stockholm, Sweden; Chicago, Illinois; Johannesburg, South Africa; Seoul, Korea; Lima, Peru; Buenos Aires, Argentina; Denver, Colorado; Portland, Oregon; and Las Vegas, Nevada, a total of 24 during the 1980s.

April 6, 1980 — Celebrating the Church's 150th anniversary, President Spencer W. Kimball conducted part of general conference from the restored Peter Whitmer farmhouse at Fayette, N.Y., the site where the Church was organized. He was linked to headquarters via satellite.

Sept. 19, 1981 — Copies of the new Triple Combination with extensive scripture helps were published.

Oct. 3, 1981 — A network of 500 satellite dishes to link Church headquarters to members in the United States and Canada to be completed over the next 18 months was announced.

April 2, 1982 — The cost of constructing meetinghouses, previously partly carried by the wards, was absorbed entirely by the Church, eliminating the need for local building funds. The following year, on April 1, 1983, welfare assessments were eliminated and seven years later, on Nov. 25, 1989, stake and ward assessments for local budgets were done away with.

Oct. 3, 1982 — A subtitle, "Another Testament of Jesus Christ," was added to the Book of Mormon.

Oct. 13, 1983 — The first regional conference was held in London, England.

March 25, 1984 — The four-phase family history facilities program began establishing family history centers in local meetinghouses.

July 1, 1984 — Thirteen geographical areas, under the leadership of General Authority presidencies, were created.

Jan. 2, 1985 — BYU's football team, undefeated the previous season, was voted No. 1 in the nation.

Jan. 27, 1985 — Church members in the United States and Canada took part in a fast that raised more than $6 million for famine victims in Africa and other places in the world. This was the start of the Church's major participation in humanitarian efforts.

April 3, 1985 — A historic meeting for all mission presidents was held, re-emphasizing teaching by the Spirit and announcing the developing of new, more flexible missionary discussions.

Nov. 5, 1985 — President Spencer W. Kimball died; on Nov. 10, President Ezra Taft Benson was set apart as the 13th President of the Church.

Jan. 23, 1987 — Documents dealer Mark Hofmann was sentenced after admitting his involvement in two bombing deaths. He also confessed to forging a number of documents that attempted to discredit the Church and its origins.

July 24-26, 1987 — Some 13 General Authorities, including President Ezra Taft Benson, attended various events commemorating the Church's 150th year in Great Britain.

Mid-August, 1988 — The Church reached the milestone of completing 100 million endowments for the dead.

April 1-2, 1989 — The Second Quorum of the Seventy was created and all General Authorities serving under a five-year call were sustained as members of it.

May 16, 1989 — The BYU Jerusalem Center for Near Eastern Studies was dedicated.

July 25, 1989 — The 100th stake in Mexico was created in Tecalco, Mexico.

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