This week in Church history

50 years ago

The new David O. McKay building on the campus of BYU was dedicated by President Stephen L Richards, President McKay's first counselor in the First Presidency, on Dec. 14, 1954, according to the Dec. 18, 1954, Church News.

The article stated, "President David O. McKay made a brief, but soul-stirring response to the honors extended him in the naming of the new education center of the Brigham Young University this week."

Also attending the ceremonies in the George Albert Smith Fieldhouse were President J. Reuben Clark Jr., second counselor in the First Presidency, and President Joseph Fielding Smith, president of the Quorum of the Twelve, along with several other General Authorities.

After the ceremony, those in attendance "marched to the upper campus for a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the new building."

In his remarks, according to the article, President McKay said, "To instill in the hearts of students a love for truth is one of the prime purposes of this building we dedicate today and all other buildings here and the moving motive of instructors who meet yearning students who reach out for truth and to know the truth. Here you have the obligation of teaching revealed truth in addition to that which is discovered by man's intellect."

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