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1888: Earliest Church recording is made of Wilford Woodruff by his son in 1888 on a wax cylinder.

Wilford Woodruff

Wilford Woodruff

May 6, 1922: First Church broadcast: President Heber J. Grant delivers a message over the first radio station in Utah, KZN (now KSL). The occasion is the formal dedication of the station.

Heber J. Grant and George Albert Smith delivering the first church broadcast over KZN (now KSL)

Heber J. Grant and George Albert Smith delivering the first Church broadcast over KZN (now KSL).

1922: The first radio station owned by the Church is 6APL, an experimental radio station operated by the physics department at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah.

October 1924: General conference is broadcast by radio for the first time.

1925: The Tabernacle Choir begins performing over the radio during their rehearsals on Thursday evenings.

The Mormon Tabernacle Choir performing in the Tabernacle on Temple Square in the 1920's

The Mormon Tabernacle Choir performing in the Tabernacle on Temple Square in the 1920's

July 15, 1929: The Tabernacle Choir begins their weekly broadcast, now known as Music and the Spoken Word. This program is now the oldest continuous broadcast in American radio.

Richard L. Evans, who became the announcer for

Richard L. Evans, the announcer for Music and the Spoken Word in 1930, who continued to announce the weekly program for decades.

March 3, 1933:The first efforts to carry the gospel through mass media begin with a series of six national broadcasts over CBS called the Church of the Air.

October 1935:The Church Radio, Publicity, and Mission Literature Committee is organized. Elder Stephen L. Richards serves as its chairman and Gordon B. Hinckley as its executive secretary.

Gordon B. Hinckley, secretary of the Church Radio, Publicity and Mission Literature Committee, with Richard L. Evans and J. Reuben Clark at microphones.

Gordon B. Hinckley, executive secretary of the Church Radio, Publicity, and Mission Literature Committee, with Richard L. Evans and J. Reuben Clark at microphones.

September 1938: The Fullness of Times, a dramatic radio series presenting the history of the LDS Church, begins its broadcast. Gordon B. Hinckley acts as a script writer for this radio drama.

Gordon B. Hinckley, one of the script writers for

Gordon B. Hinckley, one of the script writers for The Fullness of Times

November 1938: The first involvement of the Church in television takes place in Stockholm, Sweden, when a missionary quartet appears on screen and sings American songs. The four young, inexperienced singers are on the same program with many of Sweden's leading entertainers. Their performance is received warmly by a large and appreciative audience.

April 1941:The 111th Annual General Conference of the Church is broadcast for the first time by stations other than KSL and outside of Utah.

October 1949:The 120th Semiannual General Conference becomes the first televised general conference of the LDS Church.

1951:The Primary Association's "Children's Friend of the Air" becomes the first Church program to be regularly televised.

An early cover of

An early cover of the Children's Friend. Along with the magazine, the Primary Association had a TV program called Children's Friend of the Air.

April 5, 1952: The priesthood session of general conference is carried by direct telephone wire to buildings outside Temple Square for the first time.

April 1963: WRUL broadcasts the 133rd Annual General Conference in languages other than English and Spanish. For the first time, conference is broadcast in German and Portuguese as well.

1972: The Church (working with Bonneville Communications) produces its first Homefront television public service announcement. The Homefront television series became the longest running, most highly awarded public-service campaign in history.

1979:The first satellite broadcasts of general conference are produced.

Satallite dishes

1980: The Church (working with Bonneville Communications) produces Mr. Krueger's Christmas, starring Jimmy Stewart. It is aired on television stations throughout the U.S. and in international areas.

Mr. Krueger's Christmas

Mr. Krueger's Christmas

1986: The Church wins a national Emmy award for the Homefront campaign "The Practice."

1992: The Church wins a national Emmy award for the Homefront spot "Splash."

1997:The Church establishes an official Church website.

www.lds.org

www.lds.org

1997: The Church first offers the Holy Bible in national television ads.

The Bible

The Holy Bible.

September 8, 1998: President Gordon B. Hinckley appears on Larry King Live to discuss the LDS faith.

1999: The Church offers the Book of Mormon in television ads in the U.K.

The Book of Mormon

The Book of Mormon.

October 8, 2000: President Gordon B. Hinckley dedicates the Conference Center in Salt Lake City. Not only does it seat thousands more people than the Tabernacle, but it is alsoequipped to broadcast general conference around the world in over 70 languages.

The Conference Center in Salt Lake City, Utah

The Conference Center in Salt Lake City, Utah.

October 2001: In preparation for the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, the Church launches www.mormon.org, designed specifically for those who are not members of the Church.

mormon.org

www.mormon.org

August 7, 2008: The LDS Church launches its own YouTube channel, "Mormon Messages," to share inspirational videos with the world.

www.youtube.com/mormonmessages

www.youtube.com/mormonmessages

May 18, 2009: The LDS Church launches the Mormon Channel as the radio station of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The Mormon Channel broadcasts 24/7 over the Internet and HD radio and it has its own iPhone application.

www.radio.lds.org

www.mormonchannel.org

While speaking of his experience of talking with some LDS servicemen in Kyoto, Japan, over a two-way short-wave hookup at the home of a friend in Salt Lake City, Utah, President George Albert Smith makes this prophecy in his address at general conference given on October 4, 1946:

"I thought this was a beautiful experience, and that is just one of many that we have. Personally, I have traveled more than a million miles in the world to divide the gospel of Jesus Christ with my fellow man, but that was the first time I ever delivered a religious address to a congregation seven thousand miles away."

"Short-wave broadcasting will continue to improve, and it will not be long until, from this pulpit and other places that will be provided, the servants of the Lord will be able to deliver messages to isolated groups who are so far away they cannot be reached. In that way and other ways, the gospel of Jesus Christ our Lord, the only power of God unto salvation in preparation for the celestial kingdom, will be heard in all parts of the world, and many of you who are here will live to see that day."