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This week in Church history

50 years ago

The Church celebrated the 25th anniversary of its affiliation with the National Council of the Boy Scouts of America, the Church News reported June 11, 1938. The first national charter of the Boy Scouts of America was issued to the Church June 9, 1913.

In 1938, LDS Scouts accounted for 5 percent of the national membership. The number of LDS Boy Scouts registered that year was estimated at 25,495. Explorer enrollment was about 9,892.

Quotes from the past

"My mother always told me: "Behave yourself, Heber, and some day you will be an apostle. If you do not behave yourself, you will not be because we have in a revelation, recorded in the Dcotrine and Covenants, the following statement - "There is a law, irrevocably decreed in heaven before the foundations of the world, upon which all blessings are predicated. And when we obtain any blessing from God, it is by obedience to that law upon which it is predicated."'

"I said: `Mother, get it out of your head. I do not want to be an apostle. I do not want to be a bishop. I do not want to be anything but a businessman. . . .'

"After I was called to be an apostle . . ., [my mother said] Do you remember Heber C. Kimball picking you up when you were a young boy and putting you on a table and talking to you, at a great dinner he was having with a lot of his friends?'Yes.' Do you remember anything he said?'No. . . .' `He prophesied in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ that you should become an apostle of the Lord Jesus Christ and become a greater man in the Church than your own father, and your father, as you know, became one of the counselors to Brigham Young. That's why I told you to behave yourself.'" - President Heber J. Grant, in the Tabernacle, Aug. 21, 1938