Friday, August 27, 2010

David O. McKay's Visit to Scotland

Hello Dear Reader,
Grandpa (Wes) Carter wrote, "The weekend of the organization of the Glasgow Stake finally arrived and we had 22 guests spend the night with us." If Grandma (Mary) wasn't running a hotel, it was at least a B &B. These meetings took place on August 25 and 26, 1962.

Here's what appeared in the local newspaper: "The 89-year-old president of the Church of Latter Day Saints, David O. McKay, flew into Scotland to-day from New York. The Mormon mission leader is visiting Glasgow for three days for the 'organisation of a stake.' A stake is made up of 10 congregations, and this is the first to be formed in Scotland. It will be administered by local people and known as the 'Glasgow Stake.'

"I am delighted with the following in Scotland,' said the snowly-haired Mormon leader on arrival at Prestwick Airport. 'There are over 11,000 followers in Scotland, and altogether 36,000 in the British Isles.' He added--'We have come a long way since I was first here as a young man of 23--which was over 65 years ago. Then there were only four branches on the banks of the Clyde.'" This should give you an idea of the status of the Church in Scotland while Grandpa and Grandma were there.
Aunt Genni

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