This week in Church history

25 years ago

As part of the BYU-Hawaii Silver Jubilee celebration, Elder Thomas S. Monson, then a member of the Quorum of the Twelve, renamed the school's main building complex for President David O. McKay, according to the March 15, 1980, Church News.

The article reported that Elder Monson, now first counselor in the First Presidency, called it fitting "that the building be named after the man most responsible for the establishment of the college."

Elder Monson, who gave an address and the commemorative prayer, was quoted: "As we gaze upon the mural which graces the entrance to this building . . . let us tend to become like him (President McKay) — true to self, of service to others, loyal to the teachings of God."

The article continued, "Elder Monson read greetings from President Spencer W. Kimball, who recounted the 1921 flag-raising ceremony in Laie at the Church elementary school, which inspired the vision of a future college.

" 'Greater things are still in store for you as you go forward in faith and dedication to fulfill the destiny of this magnificent educational institution in the Pacific,' Elder Monson quoted President Kimball as saying.

"Elder Monson also read a note of appreciation from the children of President McKay, and expressed gratitude for Wendell B. Mendenhall and the labor missionaries who helped construct the campus in the mid-1950s."