This week in Church history

25 years ago

President Spencer W. Kimball presided over five area conferences during a nine-day journey through Europe that ended Aug. 8, 1976.

Coverage of the conferences in France, Finland, Denmark, The Netherlands and Germany was included in the Aug. 14, 1976, Church News. One article noted that it was the third series of area conferences held during the year, the others taking place in Great Britain and the South Pacific.

General Authorities who accompanied President Kimball were: President N. Eldon Tanner, first counselor in the First Presidency; Elder Thomas S. Monson and Elder Boyd K. Packer of the Quorum of the Twelve; Elder Robert D. Hales and Elder Joseph B. Wirthlin, then Assistants to the Twelve; Elder Rex D. Pinegar of the First Council of the Seventy; and Elder Charles A. Didier of the First Quorum of the Seventy.

The conferences began in Paris, France, on July 31. They ended simultaneously in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, and Dortmund, Germany with the General Authorities dividing into two groups and trading cities over two days. Nearly 25,000 members of the Church attended the conferences.

The Church News article stated: "During the nine days of conference sessions, President Kimball gave 13 major addresses, attended four cultural programs, participated in four press conferences, traveled thousands of miles on five different airlines — one of them three different times — and two chartered buses and conducted many items of Church business with local leaders."