This week in Church history

75 years ago

Worldwide advances in science and other areas were related to the organization of the Church 100 years earlier in an address delivered by Elder Joseph F. Merrill in the Salt Lake Tabernacle on Sunday, Jan. 12, 1930, according to an article in the Jan. 13 Deseret News.

Elder Merrill, Church commissioner of education who became a member of the Quorum of the Twelve the following year, spoke during a worship service.

"This is a scientific age," he said, "made so by the scientific spirit."

After acknowledging the Church's approaching centennial, he said, "Of all the many wonderful things that have transpired during that hundred years, the Latter-day Saints consider the knowledge of the coming to the earth again of a correct conception of the nature and personality of God and of other heavenly beings the most important."

According to the article, he spoke of the study manual, "A Century of Progress," being used in the Church.

"The aim of the book is to present in outline some of the outstanding developments during the century in various lines of human activity," Elder Merrill said. "The view that all great discoveries are made by the light of inspiration accords with the belief of the Latter-day Saints."