This week in Church history

25 years ago

Former U.S. President Gerald R. Ford attended a family home evening as part of a visit to BYU on Dec. 4-5, 1978, according to the Dec. 9, 1978, Church News.

The family of Elder Dallin H. Oaks, then president of BYU, hosted the government leader during the family home evening.

The article stated: "The home evening included the showing of two Church films, scripture readings by members of the Oaks family, and a musical number sung by Cherie Ringger, Pres. Oaks' daughter.

"President Ford participated in the discussion, sharing a personal experience illustrating the high value he places on the family. He also shared the thought that the most important gift one gives is the gift of self, Pres. Oaks said."

The article continued: "President Ford and (aide James) Shuman expressed their appreciation for their participation in the family gathering. 'No photographers or newsmen were present, so this was truly a personal family occasion,' Pres. Oaks said."

During his visit, the former president attended several other events, including classes.

Quoting the former president, the article stated: "It is an inspiration to be in this atmosphere. Without hesitation or qualification, visiting the BYU family has been an inspiration to me and I thank you."