Members of the Thirty-First Ward in Salt Lake City celebrated their ward centennial March 16 with drum and bugle music and tributes to its early members and leaders. During the festivities, President F. Craig Sudbury of the Salt Lake Park Stake read a message from the First Presidency to the Thirty-First Ward:
"You are blessed to be members of a ward in the Church that can rightfully celebrate its 100th birthday. You have the unique responsibility of carrying on a wonderful legacy of sacrifice, service, and love as you work through the challenges of these latter days.
"Members of the Thirty-First Ward have made and will continue to make significant contributions to the worldwide work of the Church. We challenge you to strive to live up to the rich history that has preceded you, and pray that the Lord will fortify your efforts to build His kingdom in your individual homes and within the community."
Performing for the evening was the 3rd California Infantry Fife, Drum and Bugle Corps, which wore authentic costumes and acted a "French Cadence," a march with a limp to honor all those who have been wounded or killed in defense of their country. They carried an authentic battle flag. Also performing was the Tenth Ward Mormon Battalion Band.