1896 – Utah was admitted as the 45th state. Although the State of Deseret was first created in 1849 with Brigham Young acting as the first Governor, it went through multiple changes until it reached its smaller size and official induction to the United States of America.
In 1521 – Martin Luther was excommunicated from the Roman Catholic Church by Pope Leo X as a result of Luther not retracting what the Church saw as 41 errors in this 95 Theses written in 1517. Two of the errors might have been used to give Luther a “taste of his own medicine” (so to speak) which were:
- Excommunications are only external penalties and they do not deprive man of the common spiritual prayers of the Church.
- Christians must be taught to cherish excommunications rather than to fear them.
President Monson states why this act is important to the Church of Jesus Christ:
“The reformers were pioneers, blazing wilderness trails in a desperate search for those lost points of reference which, they felt, when found would lead mankind back to the truth Jesus taught.
“John Wycliffe, Martin Luther, Jan Hus, Zwingli, Knox, Calvin, and Tyndale all pioneered the period of the Reformation. Significant was the declaration of Tyndale to his critics: ‘I will cause a boy that driveth the plough shall know more of the scripture than thou doest’ [see Roger Hillas, “The History of the Book,” Washington Post, Apr. 10, 1996].
“Such were the teachings and lives of the great reformers. Their deeds were heroic, their contributions many, their sacrifices great—but they did not restore the gospel of Jesus Christ.” —President Thomas S. Monson, First Counselor in the First Presidency, “They Showed the Way,” Ensign, May 1997, 51.
Elder Hales showed an image of a young boy taking to heart his last conference talk concerning putting on the armor of God. We just couldn’t help creating a few fun, but hopefully tasteful, Internet memes. We welcome you to share your own captions in the comments. We have also provided a blank (no text) image for you to play with while you listen to conference.
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To attend school in Samoa, each family must purchase the mandatory school uniform, which cost about $2.75. The Leiataua family had 12 children and could only afford to send their eldest son Toa to high school.
Due to Toa’s parents financial circumstances his lunch consisted of coconuts from the school’s coconut trees that he climbed at lunch time. However, from these sacrifices Toa was able to attend BYU-Hawaii and major in math. Now he teaches at Kahuku High School in Honolulu. He is raising nine children of his own on just his teacher salary and has sent most of them on missions.
Below is Toa Leiataua performing at the Polynesian Cultural Center while attending BYU Hawaii.