LDS Student Mindset List 2012
Compiled by staff of the David O. McKay Library
Most LDS students entering
college this fall were born in 1994. Their cognitive memory begins in roughly 2000.
Newly returned missionaries (R.M.’s) departed in 2010.
- There were 8.9 million
members of the church when they were born.
- There were 46 temples in
use that year.
- They have only known two
prophets. Pres. Hunter passed away before most of them were walking or
- Elders Robert D. Hales and
Jeffrey R. Holland have always been apostles. (4/7/94; 6/23/94)
- Elder Hartman Rector Jr.
has always been an emeritus General Authority. (10/1/94)
- Elders Marvin J. Ashton
(2/25/94) and Sterling W. Sill (5/25/94) died before they were born.
- Sunday School opening
exercise and hymn practice have never been held. (1/1/94)
- The First Presidency has
always opposed same-sex marriage in written statements. (2/1/94)
- A man has always had to
obtain a temple clearance before being sealed again. (2/3/94)
- There was never a building
in Salt Lake City that served as a missionary training home. (9/7/94)
- The Church president has
always addressed missionaries over the Church’s satellite system.
- The Joseph Smith Memorial
Building was never called the Hotel Utah.
- Cambodia has always
officially recognized the Church. (3/6/94)
- The Church’s extraction
program has always been called Family Record Extraction.
- Shawn Bradley was drafted
No. 2 overall by Philadelphia in the first round the year they were born.
This is the highest any LDS basketball player has been drafted.
- When they were born, Rex E.
Lee (1989-95) was president of BYU, Steven D. Bennion (1989-97) was
president of Ricks College, Eric B. Shumway (1994-2007) was president of
BYU-Hawaii and Stephen K. Woodhouse
(1992-2008) was president of LDS Business College.
B. Secular Mindset
- Big news events of 1994:
- The North American Free
Trade Agreement was established.
- Figure skater Nancy
Kerrigan is clubbed by an assailant.
- The Northridge earthquake
kills 72 and leaves 26,000 homeless.
- Shannon Faulker becomes
the first female cadet at the Citadel.
- Apple released the first
Macintosh computers to use the PowerPC microprocessor.
- Commodore International
(maker of the Commodore 64) declared bankruptcy.
- Nelson Mandela was
inaugurated as the first black president of South Africa.
- Ice hockey became Canada’s
official winter sport.
- Nicole Brown Simpson and
Ronald Goldman were murdered outside O. J. Simpson’s home. O.J. was later
acquitted of the killings.
- Microsoft stopped selling
the MS-DOS operating system.
- The planet Jupiter was hit
by 21 large fragments of Comet Shoemaker-Levy 9 over the course of 6
- Ronald Reagan announced he
had Alzheimer’s disease.
- The Channel Tunnel under
the English Channel was completed.
- The first version of the
Netscape Navigator web browser was released.
- These movies were some of
the top grossing films in 1994, and are therefore considered “ancient”:
- Lion King
- Forrest Gump
- The Mask
- Dumb and Dumber
- TV shows that premiered in
- Babylon 5
- The Magic School Bus
- TV shows that ended in
- L.A. Law
- Star Trek: The Next
- The Mickey Mouse Club
- Romper Room
- Some public figures who
died in 1994: Cesar Romero, John Candy, Walter Lantz, Kurt Cobain, Richard
Nixon, Richard Scarry, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Linus Pauling.
C. Returned Missionaries
missionaries (2010-2012) may have missed out on the following:
- The closing of the Ogden
- The rededication of the
Laie Hawaii and Atlanta Georgia temples.
- Dedications of temples in
Vancouver British Columbia, Gila Valley Arizona, Cebu City Philippines,
Kyiv Ukraine, San Salvador El Salvador and Quetzaltenango Guatemala.
- The groundbreaking of
these temples: Kansas City Missouri, Calgary Alberta, Brigham City Utah,
Rome Italy, Cordoba Argentina, Gilbert Arizona, Phoenix Arizona, Ft.
Lauderdale Florida, Trujillo Peru, Philadelphia Pennsylvania, Payson Utah,
- The creation of the first
stakes in Uganda, Indonesia and Russia.
- The construction of the
first solar-powered LDS meetinghouse, in Farmington, Utah.
- The publication of Pres.
Monson’s biography, To the Rescue.
- The publishing of the 150
millionth copy of the Book of Mormon.
- The distribution of new
Church administrative handbooks.
- The changing of student
wards to Young Single Adult wards throughout the United States.
- The publication of the book
“Daughters in My Kingdom: the History and Work of Relief Society.”
- The 7.0 magnitude
earthquake centered in Haiti and the 8.8 magnitude earthquake that hit
- The earthquake and tsunami
that devastated northern Japan.
Sources: Church News, Deseret
News Church Almanac, en.wikipedia.org
This list can be accessed
(For important insights into
the non-religious mindset of this year’s college freshmen, consult the list
compiled by Beloit College at http://www.beloit.edu/mindset/2016/