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.

 A.  Church-related mindset 

  1. There were 8.9 million members of the church when they were born.
  2. There were 46 temples in use that year.
  3. They have only known two prophets. Pres. Hunter passed away before most of them were walking or talking.
  4. Elders Robert D. Hales and Jeffrey R. Holland have always been apostles. (4/7/94; 6/23/94)
  5. Elder Hartman Rector Jr. has always been an emeritus General Authority. (10/1/94)
  6. Elders Marvin J. Ashton (2/25/94) and Sterling W. Sill (5/25/94) died before they were born.
  7. Sunday School opening exercise and hymn practice have never been held. (1/1/94)
  8. The First Presidency has always opposed same-sex marriage in written statements. (2/1/94)
  9. A man has always had to obtain a temple clearance before being sealed again. (2/3/94)
  10. There was never a building in Salt Lake City that served as a missionary training home. (9/7/94)
  11. The Church president has always addressed missionaries over the Church’s satellite system. (9/13/94)
  12. The Joseph Smith Memorial Building was never called the Hotel Utah.
  13. Cambodia has always officially recognized the Church. (3/6/94)
  14. The Church’s extraction program has always been called Family Record Extraction.
  15. 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.
  16. 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 

  1. Big news events of 1994:
    1. The North American Free Trade Agreement was established.
    2. Figure skater Nancy Kerrigan is clubbed by an assailant.
    3. The Northridge earthquake kills 72 and leaves 26,000 homeless.
    4. Shannon Faulker becomes the first female cadet at the Citadel.
    5. Apple released the first Macintosh computers to use the PowerPC microprocessor.
    6. Commodore International (maker of the Commodore 64) declared bankruptcy.
    7. Nelson Mandela was inaugurated as the first black president of South Africa.
    8. Ice hockey became Canada’s official winter sport.
    9. Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman were murdered outside O. J. Simpson’s home. O.J. was later acquitted of the killings.
    10. Microsoft stopped selling the MS-DOS operating system.
    11. The planet Jupiter was hit by 21 large fragments of Comet Shoemaker-Levy 9 over the course of 6 days.
    12. Ronald Reagan announced he had Alzheimer’s disease.
    13. The Channel Tunnel under the English Channel was completed.
    14. The first version of the Netscape Navigator web browser was released.
  2. These movies were some of the top grossing films in 1994, and are therefore considered “ancient”:
    1. Lion King
    2. Forrest Gump
    3. The Mask
    4. Dumb and Dumber
  3. TV shows that premiered in 1994:
    1. Babylon 5
    2. The Magic School Bus
    3. ER
  4. TV shows that ended in 1994:
    1. L.A. Law
    2. Star Trek: The Next Generation
    3. The Mickey Mouse Club
    4. Romper Room
    5. TaleSpin
  5. 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

Recently returned missionaries (2010-2012) may have missed out on the following:


Sources: Church News, Deseret News Church Almanac,

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(For important insights into the non-religious mindset of this year’s college freshmen, consult the list compiled by Beloit College at )