Ward opens time capsule

PROVO, Utah — A 50-year-old time capsule of the Sunset Ward, recently opened by the Provo Utah Sunset Stake, shares the perspectives of members from 1950, said President Ronald J. Wright, first counselor in the Provo Utah Sunset Stake. The contents were displayed at a ward reunion Nov. 19, 2000.

One of the more interesting comments was made by Velma Hoover, Sunset Ward Relief Society president.

"We have all worked hard, with pleasant memories of the past, and have bright expectations for the future," she wrote. She noted that the Relief Society at that time had 120,000 members and was headed by Belle Spafford, Relief Society general president.

Sister Hoover looked back at the simple life of the pioneers and lamented on the growing anxiety of 1950.

"Now we have such a tremendous complexity of life," she wrote. "Now you can hardly find room to park your car to the curb in town, and in the larger cities, planes are buzzing overhead. It does make you wonder if the traffic in the air will be as great as on the paved streets 50 years from now." She also expressed deep concerns about the newly developed hydrogen bomb and nerve agent weapons, describing her time as "an age of fear" but expressing optimism for the future.

"Relief Society is a grand organization," she wrote. "I hope the world is in a more settled atmosphere [in 2000] than the world is today."

Other papers in the box outlined busy efforts to raise funds for a new building and equipment, and for welfare projects that were gaining momentum.

The opening of the time capsule, and a subsequent replacement of the capsule with current materials and statements, is being done under the direction of stake President R. Scott Taylor.