This week in Church history

25 years ago

A former elementary school in downtown Salt Lake City was turned into the Church's new Missionary Home in August 1971, reported the Sept. 25, 1971, Church News. It replaced the old home, formerly the New Ute Hotel at 119 N. Main, that had been in use since 1962.

The Church purchased the Lafayette School at 75 E. North Temple from the Salt Lake City Board of Education some time before and remodeled it for its new use.

Missionary groups, which included elders, sisters and couples, averaged between 345-350 missionaries for a five-day stay during the first weeks of occupancy.

The missionary home included a large assembly room, dormitory-style rooms for the elders and sisters, and bedrooms for the missionary couples. The smallest dormitory held 16 beds and the largest 32 beds, with the rest about 24 beds.

"The missionary groups enter the home on Saturdays, and leave the following Wednesday noon for either the Language Training Missions, or their fields of labor," the article reported.

The missionaries studied and received instructions from General Authorities and other Church leaders each day from 8 a.m. until around 10 p.m.

They also attended endowment sessions at the Salt Lake Temple.

Quote from the past

"Honesty is a principle of salvation in the kingdom of God. Without it there can be no salvation." – Elder Mark E. Petersen of the Quorum of the Twelve from an address given during the October 1971 general conference.