1990 Church headquarters to pay all operating expenses for local
Helvecio Martins of Brazil, first black general authority, sustained
to Second Quorum of Seventy.
Chieko Nishimura Okazaki sustained as first counselor in general
presidency of the Relief Society, first non-Caucasian counselor
in Mormon history.
Temple ceremony modified.
Toronto Ontario Temple dedicated.
Four LDS chapels in Chile burned protesting arrival of U.S.
president George H. W. Bush.
1991 Gordon B. Hinckley said praying to our "Mother in Heaven" is
500,000th full-time missionary called.
Provo-Orem ranked as America's "most-livable metropolitan
area" by Money magazine.
General Authorities issued statement against Sunstone symposium
as offensive and in bad taste.
Membership in Church reached eight million.
Encyclopedia of Mormonism, prepared by editors at Brigham Young
University, published by Macmillan.
1992 Relief Society marked 150th anniversary.
Lino Alvarez (first Mexican general authority), Augusto A. Lim
(first Flipino general authority), and Kwok Yuen Tai (first
Hong Kong Chinese general authority) called to the Second
Quorum of the Seventy.
1993 San Diego California Temple dedicated.
Apostle Boyd K. Packer listed three major threats: gay-lesbian
movement, the feminist movement, and the challenge from
"so-called scholars or intellectuals."
BYU terminated five junior professors. Media reports questioned
school's academic freedom.
Joseph Smith Memorial Building, formerly Hotel Utah, dedicated.
Excommunication of five of the "September Six" for heresy.
1994 President Ezra Taft Benson died in Salt Lake City, age ninety-four,
succeeded by President Howard W. Hunter, fourteenth
Orlando Florida Temple dedicated.
First Presidency issued statement against legalization of samegender
Church active in defeating lottery initiative in Oklahoma.
2,000th stake in the Church, the Mexico City, Mexico, Contreras
1995 Bountiful Utah Temple dedicated.
The Church reached nine million members.
President Howard W. Hunter died, after less than a year in office,
succeeded by President Gordon B. Hinckley, fifteenth
The International Olympic Committee decreed 2002 Winter
Olympics in Salt Lake City.
"The Proclamation to the World on the Family" issued.
President Hinckley interviewed by CBS TV host Mike Wallace on
show Sixty Minutes.
The Church released logo emphasizing primacy of Jesus Christ in
the Church's theology.
Local LDS leaders urged to use toll-free telephone number to
report cases of child abuse.
Wallace B. Smith, president of RLDS church (later Community of
Christ) announced W. Grant McMurray as his successor,
ending succession of Joseph Smith's descendants as presidents
Presiding Bishop Merrill J. Bateman announced as new president
of Brigham Young University.
1996 A 150th anniversary reenactment of the Nauvoo exodus began two
years of commemoration of pioneer wagon train migration.
The Church announced that the majority of members live outside
the United States.
President Hinckley announced construction of large
new assembly hall.
Hong Kong and Mount Timpanogos Utah Temples dedicated.
Latter-day Saint Charities, a non-profit corporation to deliver aid
around the world announced.
1997 St. Louis Missouri and Vernal Utah Temples dedicated.
Correlation of the Priesthood and Relief Society curriculum
Mormon Trail Wagon Train entered Salt Lake City, 150 years later,
after ninety-three days on the trail.
1998 Construction of thirty smaller temples announced.
Preston England and Monticello Utah Temples dedicated.
President Hinckley appeared on the Cable News Network (CNN)
television show, "Larry King Live."
Church offered $8 million for a block of Main Street between
Temple Square and the Church Administration Building. City
Council approved in 1999.
1999 Temples in Anchorage, Alaska; Colonia Juarez, Chihuahua
Mexico; Madrid, Spain; Bogota, Columbia; Guayaquil,
Ecuador; Spokane, Washington; Columbus, Ohio; Bismarck,
North Dakota; Columbia, South Carolina; Detroit, Michigan;
Halifax, Nova Scotia; Regina, Saskatchewan; Billings,
Montana; Edmonton, Alberta; and Raleigh, North Carolina,
The rebuilding of the Nauvoo Temple, destroyed in 1848,
A gunman opened fire in the Church Family History Library,
killing three and wounding four.
FamilySearch Internet Genealogy Service, a free website,
launched. Three billion hits the first year.
Mormon Tabernacle Choir celebrated seventy years continuous
President Hinckley dedicated reconstructed monument honoring
120 people killed in the Mountain Meadows Massacre of 1857.
The First Presidency reaffirmed "strict political neutrality for the
Premiere concert of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, the Temple
Square Chorale, and the orchestra performed at Temple
Documentary "American Prophet: The Story of Joseph Smith"
made national debut on PBS.
Larry King interviewed President Hinckley, the Rev. Robert
Schuller, and Archbishop Desmond Tutu.
The First Presidency reaffirmed counsel to stay home rather than
immigrate to United States.
2000 Temples in St. Paul, Minnesota; Kona, Hawaii; Albuquerque, New
Mexico; Louisville, Kentucky; Palmyra, New York (built on
former 100-acre farm of Joseph Smith, Sr.); Fresno, California;
Medford, Oregon; Reno, Nevada; Memphis and Nashville,
Tennessee; Cochabamba, Bolivia; San Jose, Costa Rica;
Montreal, Quebec; Fukuoka, Japan; Adelaide and Melbourne,
Australia; Suva, Fiji; Baton Rouge, Louisiana; Oklahoma City,
Oklahoma; Caracas, Venezuela; Houston, Texas; Birmingham,
Alabama; Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic; Recife and
Porto Alegre, Brazil, were dedicated as well as nine more in
Mexico alone: Ciudad Juarez, Hermosillo Sonora, Oaxaca,
Tuxtla Gutierrez, Villahermosa, Tampico, Merida, and
Boston, Massachusetts, Temple, the 100th operating temple in the
100,000,000 copy of the Book of Mormon, first published in 1830,
Church reached eleven million members with a predominance of
The 21,000-seat Conference Center in Salt Lake City dedicated.
2001 The Freedman's Bank Records, a genealogical resource for African
Media urged to use correct, full name-The Church of Jesus
Christ of Latter-day Saints, avoiding use of "Mormon
Perpetual Education Fund announced.
Temples in Montevideo, Uruguay; Winter Quarters, Nebraska;
Guadalajara, Mexico; Perth, Australia; Columbia River,
American Family Immigration Center opened at New York City's
Ellis Island with family history records extracted from
microfilm by Church members.
Ricks College renamed Brigham Young University-Idaho.
2002 Salt Lake City hosted the 2002 Winter Olympic Games.
Temples in Snowflake, Arizona; Lubbock, Texas; Monterrey,
Mexico; Cambinas, Brazil; Asuncion, Paraguay;
Nauvoo, Illinois; The Hague, Netherlands, Temples
dedicated. The temples in Freiberg, Germany, and
Monticello, Utah, Temples were rededicated after
First missionary training center in Africa opened in Ghana.
Attempts to buy Martin's Cove, Wyoming, failed.
Three census databases, the 1880 U.S. Census, the 1881 Canadian
Census, and the 1881 British Census added to the Church
Family Search Internet site.
Temple recommends valid for two years instead of one.
Missionary farewells, homecomings, and open houses
Standards for missionary worthiness raised.
2003 Church began satellite training meetings.
Mormon Tabernacle choir celebrated seventy-five years of
Apia Samoa Temple destroyed by fire and then rebuilt.
2004 Accra, Ghana, Copenhagen Denmark, and Manhattan, New York,
Temples were dedicated.
Anchorage Alaska Temple and Sao Paulo Brazil Temples
Illinois House of Representatives passed a resolution regretting
Saints' expulsion in 1846.
Eighth Quorum of Seventy created.
Doubleday published trade edition of Book of Mormon.
A seismic retrofit of the historic Tabernacle began.