This week in Church history

25 years ago

The holiday season was a busy one for the Tabernacle Choir, as it performed three mid-December concerts in Idaho, Utah and Washington, D.C., according to the Dec. 19, 1970, Church News.

According to the article, the singers were "part of the 47th annual national Christmas tree lighting ceremonies for the president of the United States, Richard M. Nixon, in Washington, D.C., that was seen by millions of viewers on three nationwide networks."

The choir also performed before 14,000 people on the campus of Idaho State University in Pocatello and "gave its annual Christmas concert for its own townspeople in the Tabernacle on beautifully decorated Temple Square."

All three concerts were directed by Richard P. Condie, with Dr. Alexander Schreiner at the organ.

The trip to Washington was a one-day event that was financed privately by the Pageant for Peace committee, the sponsor of the lighting ceremony. The choir performed there "in a heavy rain. And the rain increased to seemingly torrential proportions during the lighting ceremonies and until the singers were back on the planes five hours after their arrival. The choir perhaps never sang under more inclement weather. They stood on a specially constructed uncovered stand beside the South Dakota 70-foot Christmas tree facing President Nixon. It could hardly have rained harder."

Quote from the past

"The family is the most important organization in time or in eternity. Our purpose in life is to create for ourselves eternal family units." – President Joseph Fielding Smith, in an address given at general conference, April 6, 1972.