35 years ago today - Oct 7, 1984

Ronald E. Poelman gives a general conference talk stressing the need of central headquarters to adapt its programs to the cultural diversity of the international church, rather than requiring diverse peoples to conform to the Utah Mormon culture. He is required to return to an empty Salt Lake Tabernacle to re-deliver a censored version of his general conference talk for videotaping which includes a pre-recorded track of audience coughs but deletes his endorsement of cultural diversity and decentralization. He is not allowed to speak in general conference again for more than four years.

[The Mormon Hierarchy - Extensions of Power by D. Michael Quinn, [New Mormon History database ( http://bit.ly/NMHdatabase )]]

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