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NORTH AMERICA CENTRAL AREA NAUVOO SUNSTONE IN MUSEUM UTAH CENTRAL AREA CHAIRS SALVATION ARMY UNIT

UTAH SOUTH AREA DANCERS PERFORM AT INAUGURATIONA massive limestone "sunstone," a carving of the sun with a human face that was once on the Nauvoo Temple, has recently been sold for $100,000 to the Smithsonian Institution. The stone had been displayed at a museum in Quincy until it was sold by the Historical Society of Quincy and Adams County. The sale means that "more people would have a chance to view the stone in America's museum than in Quincy," according to society officials. The five-foot-by-six-foot carving will be restored and displayed in the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History in Washington. The Nauvoo Temple originally had 30 sunstones but only two are believed to remain. The other is on display in the Nauvoo State Park.

TOOELE, UTAH The Salvation Army Service Unit of Tooele County, which offers rehabilitative services, emergency welfare, and seasonal and disaster relief, is now chaired by John E. "Jack" Smith, a high priests group instructor in the Grantsville 3rd Ward. Smith, former state legislator and long-time civic worker, is a former regional director of the LDS employment services, and participated in the Benson Grist Mill restoration.

SPANISH FORK, UTAH - Sixty Latter-day Saint youths from here attracted favorable attention for their dance skills and missionary zeal while participating in presidential inauguration festivities for George Bush Jan. 19-22 in Washington, D.C.

Cloggers U.S.A. was an official Utah representative at the ceremonies and performed at four inaugural events, according to director Mary T. Jex of the Spanish Fork 14th Ward, Spanish Fork Utah Stake. Sister Jex said the youths were "wonderful missionaries" and good examples of Mormon values while in the nation's capital. Missionary efforts included giving the driver of their tour bus a copy of the Book of Mormon, said Sister Jex. "People were amazed to see young kids acting well disciplined and professional," she added.