Summarized by Kent Larsen
LDS Church bottles time, sealing capsule for 2049
BYU Newsnet 9Dec99 N1
By Diana Van Orden: NewsNet Staff Writer
SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH -- The first time capsule was closed in 1899, and
opened 50 years later, in 1949. At that time a second time capsule was
closed, and was only opened earlier this year. Now President Gordon B.
Hinckley closed a third time capsule commemorating the founding of the
Sunday School on December 9, 1849.
The second capsule was opened with some fanfare earlier this year, with
President Gordon B. Hinckley finding himself in several of the items
stored in the Capsule. This new capsule is a 28-inch titanium globe
created by five BYU students who estimate they spent more than 2,000
hours in the project. It will be displayed at the Joseph Smith Memorial
Building for six months and then put on display in the Church Office
Building plaza until April 2049.
Attending the capsule's sealing were members of the First Presidency,
the Quorum of the Twelve, and the Sunday School general presidency, as
well as other general authorities.
Sunday School General President Harold G. Hillam told those attending
that the capsule wasn't just about the Sunday School, "We'd like to feel
that this capsule represents the entire church. That it isn't only
Sunday School, even though we do honor them at their sesquicentennial
year, but weíre honored to be able to present this as a capsule for the
The capsule contains items from each of the Church 28 geographic areas
worldwide. Each member of the First Presidency also placed something in
the capsule. President Hinckley included a blueprint for the Nauvoo
Temple restoration, President Monson, Wednesday's Deseret News and a
piece of the Berlin Wall, and President Faust a Portuguese triple
combination. Also included were items like a piece of granite from the
LDS Church's new Conference Center and a laptop computer and CD-ROMS
with thousands of photos, video segments, books and articles.
In talking about when the capsule will be opened again, President
Hinckley joked, "I'm looking forward to that occasion. I hope I'll be
here at that time."