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50 years ago

The centennial of the Danish Mission was celebrated with concerts, a ball, a pageant, a forest outing and Church meetings June 14-19, 1950, according to the July 5, 1950, Church News.

"Exactly 100 years after Elder Erastus Snow of the Council of the Twelve and his missionary companions officially began what since has developed into the Danish Mission, the missionaries and other leaders launched the anniversary program," the article reported.

It said 4,000 people attended activities during the celebration.

A missionary chorus and a missionwide chorus put on concerts, and a Gold and Green Ball was held in the Odd Fellow Palace, "the finest hall in Copenhagen," the article stated.

Following a Friday night pageant, 225 spent Saturday in the Kampenborg Forest participating in sports and relaxation.

"Sunday was filled with three spiritual feasts," the article said. It began with a morning youth conference. The article continued, "An assembly of 500 persons heard representative youth from each district of the mission express in speech, music and testimonies their desire to hold fast to the faith and accept the challenge of the next century."

Then there was a general meeting followed by a meeting where the mission presidency was reorganized.

The article concluded, "Wholehearted cooperation and widespread participation by members, friends and missionaries helped make the celebration memorable."

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