Thursday, September 17, 2015

A Washington, D.C. Temple in 1913?

"Mormon Temple at National Capital" was a Dec. 12, 1913 headline in the Ogden Standard-Examiner newspaper.
Even back then, Church members were very serious about trying to have an LDS Temple constructed there.
This article reported despite having just 150 Church members in the area at the time, this small group was organizing to propose that a temple be built in the nation's capital.
Of course, no temple was built then and it would be another 61 years in 1974 before such a sacred building would open near Washington, D.C.
The article even quoted U.S. Senator Reed Smoot (Utah) as being in favor of this project in 1913, though "the plan to build has not taken tangible form."
-WHEN THE LDS CHURCH FIRST ESPOUSED VIDEO PRODUCTIONS: The Ogden Standard-Examiner of Aug. 30, 1913 reported that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints adopted the use of motion pictures very soon after their invention.
The Church in 1913 reported wanting to use motion pictures in Sunday School classes in particular, as a way to instill the details of Christ's life into them minds of its members.
The story noted that some Sunday School officials did not initially  favor the use of motion pictures, though.