The Joyces tell a little about themselves and their family. They are both from Britain, and they met in Oxford when Brother Joyce was studying there. His call to preside over a mission came as a surprise. Most missionary companionships in Utah are assigned to about one to six stakes, which is one of the reasons many Latter-day Saints in Utah are unaware of how much missionary work is being done there.
Facts about the LDS Church in Utah, USA
Over 1.8 Million LDSmembers, 5 missions, 11 Temples with 2 more under construction.
Elder Orson Pratt of the Quorum of the Twelve and Erastus Snow were the first Latter-day Saints to enter what is now Salt Lake City, on July 21 1847. They were followed by the advance party that included President Brigham Young.An estimated 60,000 Mormon pioneers crossed the plains to the Salt Lake Valley before the completion of trans-continental railroad in 1869.
On July 28, 1847 President Young selected the site where the Salt Lake Temple would be built. On April 6, 1893, theSalt Lake Temple, which is the largest temple in the Church, was dedicated.
On October 3, 1847, the Salt Lake Stake, the first in the territory, was created.
The saints who settled in Utah put a huge emphasis on education. As a consequence, the University of Deseret, now the University of Utah, was established on February 28, 1850. The Brigham Young Academy, which would later become Brigham Young University, was founded in 1876.
Before 1900, about 500 settlements had been founded within the state and in the adjoining states of Idaho, Nevada, California, Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado, and Wyoming.
The first seminary program in the Church was started in Salt Lake City in 1912 when 70 teenagers began gathering for daily religious instruction in a small red brick building near Granite High School.
During the Depression of the 1930s, the Church founded Deseret Industries in Salt Lake City, an organization devoted to rendering assistance to those in need.
On July 1, 1975, the Utah Salt Lake City Mission, the first in the state, was organized. Previously, full-time missionaries worked in parts of Utah under the leadership of missions headquartered in other states.
On October 26, 1978, the Missionary Training Center in Provo, previously the Language Training Mission, began training all missionaries.
The first general conference in the 21,000-seat Conference Center was held on April 1-2, 2000. Granite for the exterior of the building came from the same area in Little Cottonwood Canyon as the Salt Lake Temple more than 100 years earlier. The Conference Center was dedicated at the 170th Semiannual General Conference on October 8, 2000 by President Gordon B. Hinckley.
Construction of a new Church History Library was announced April 20, 2005 and completed in 2009. It houses current collections which include 3.5 million manuscripts and 100,000 photographs.
Temple Square in Salt Lake City is visited annually by nearly 5 million people and ranks among the top tourist attractions in the nation.
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