Sunday, November 20, 2011

The Together Forever Video....

Many people had a copy of this video from Temple Square. But I think a lot of us either lost it or do not have VCRs anymore. So, if you would like to enjoy a blast from the past and to see one last time those who may no longer be with us click on the link below.

Together Forever 1994

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

1993 Group Mission Photo

Photo provided by Gloria Stosberg Peters

On June 27, 1993, the Joseph Smith Memorial Building was dedicated. Many of the missionaries who served under President Joseph McPhie were there as members and non-members alike came to see the magnificent building and enjoy the new Imax movie LEGACY. It is now time for all of those who served under President McPhie to come together again and remember the many wonderful hours served on Temple Square and in the Joseph Smith Memorial Building!

The reunion will be held June 28-30, 2013 in Salt Lake City. While plans are still tenative, we are planning on having a special dinner and program in the Joseph Smith Memorial Building to commemorate 20 years (to the day) since the opening of the JSMB and serving on Temple Square.

We invite ALL missionaries who served on Temple Square while President McPhie was the mission president to join us. We know there are sisters from around the world who have already heard about this reunion - and are already making plans to come! We want this to be a huge gathering - one where we can come together again - and remember the experiences, friendships and opportunities we had as Temple Square missionaries!

Tenative plans are the special dinner at the JSMB, family picnic, and other activities that will be planned by the 2013 McPhie Reunion Committee.

Please help spread the word by email, Facebook, Twitter or any other way you can so that ALL McPhie Missionaries will know and be able to make plans. We are trying to give everyone plenty of time to plan and save the money to come - so please help us spread the word!

We are looking forward to an amazing reunion - but will need your help to make it successful. Plan to attend - and tell any/all of the sister and couple missionaries you have kept in touch with to check back to this blog often as we will update it as information becomes available.

See you in June 2013!

Jennifer Christensen Johnson
Cristina Cano
and the 2013 Temple Square Reunion Committee

Sunday, May 29, 2011

When it all began...

New leader called for Temple Square

Published: Saturday, Aug. 21, 1993
Putting off retirement one more time, Joseph Marshall McPhie accepted a call to direct the Temple Square Visitors Center. And now, five months into his tenure, he is weathering a major challenge.
When he moved into his North Visitors' Center office at the end of February, he had 44 sister missionaries serving under his direction. The number grew to 84 during the next few months in preparation for the coming tourist season. This summer, the number has nearly doubled again to 166 sister missionaries as a large-screen theater and FamilySearch facilities in the Joseph Smith Memorial Building were placed under Temple Square administration.Elder McPhie and his staff were charged with housing the tidal wave of new missionaries, smoothing their adoption into the mission family and training them in their new assignments. He also is responsible for about 50 senior missionaries who serve in a wide variety of responsible positions on Temple Square.
"The only reason it has worked is because of the fantastic spirit of the missionaries and because the Lord wanted it to work," Elder McPhie said.
Elder McPhie's wife, Ruth, was called to the mission along with her husband. She said she loves "all my beautiful daughters" as she assists her husband with the sister missionaries.
Elder McPhie called his counselors from among Temple Square missionaries. Currently serving are Elder Bruce Bennion of Cody, Wyo., as first counselor and Elder Lee Stoddard of Sandy, Utah, as second counselor. Elder C.W. Neal Nielsen of Mesa, Ariz., is the executive secretary. They are serving with their wives, Sisters Peggy Bennion, Annette Stoddard and Virginia Nielsen.
For the full article click on the link below....