Sunday, November 1, 2015

A 1932 LDS Church Directory reveals some surprising historical tidbits

By Lynn Arave

LOOKING at a directory of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints from June of 1932 reveals a few surprising historical tidbits.

For example, the LDS Church owned 5 hospitals in that era:
1. Cottonwood Stake Maternity Hospital, Murray, Utah.
2. Thomas D. Dee Memorial Hospital, Ogden, Utah. 
3. The Idaho Falls LDS Hospital, Idaho Falls, Idaho.
4. Dr. W.H. Groves LDS Hospital, Salt Lake City, Utah.
5. LDS Children's Hospital, Salt Lake City, Utah.

The Cottonwood and Idaho Falls hospitals are an obscure part of LDS Church history, as is that the LDS Hospital was originally named after a specific doctor.

Of course the LDS Church had Brigham Young University, LDS Business College and Ricks College (now BYU-Idaho) back then.
But it also owned Weber College in Ogden and Dixie College in St. George back then.
In addition, there two other former properties, mostly obscure in today's knowledge: 
Gila Junior College in Thatcher, Arizona and the Juarez Stake Academy in Mexico.

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