Church History


    A Prophet’s Christmas Card, 1945

    During WWII, city lights went dim across much of the world, even during the holidays. In some places, total blackouts were observed to make bombing raids or submarine attacks on ships near harbor more difficult. In others places, fuel restrictions were the reason to leave the night dark. Shortly after the war’s end, President George Albert Smith chose an image of the Salt Lake Temple’s spires at night for his Christmas card. Under the image, a caption expressed hope for a recovering world with the simple phrase “The lights are on again.”

    Albert L. Zobell Jr., “ being Christmas,” Improvement Era, vol. 52, no. 12 (Dec. 1949), 826–27