Phil Shurtleff, LDS Church News

Did you know that Rosa Parks, whom the U.S. Congress called "the first lady of civil rights" and "the mother of the freedom movement," researched her genealogy at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City in 1992?

It's true. Parks' visit was captured in a photo by Phil Shurtleff and published in the LDS Church News on Feb. 1, 1992. It is one of many memorable photos found in the archives of the LDS Church News.

Here we have compiled other interesting pictures published in the Church News between 1970 and 1992.

Click through to see shots of LDS Church leaders, U.S. presidents, celebrities, athletes and more.

Osmond family
LDS Church News

This photo shows the Osmond family — father George (left), Donny, Marie, Jimmy, mother Olive, Merrill, Jay, Wayne and Alan — leaving the Church Administration Building in Salt Lake City following a visit with general authorities.

It was published in the March 11, 1972, issue of the Church News as part of a feature about the thousands of letters the siblings received weekly from fans and how they eagerly responded to questions about their faith.

Donny Osmond's wedding
Don Grayston, LDS Church News

Singer Donny Osmond and Debra Glenn were married May 8, 1978, in the Salt Lake Temple.

This picture from the May 13, 1978, edition of the Church News shows them waving to fans. According to the accompanying article, the couple took pictures on the temple grounds, answered questions from the media and then met with President Spencer W. Kimball.

Queen Elizabeth II
LDS Church News

This picture of Queen Elizabeth II was featured in the Sept. 2, 1978, issue of the Church News.

The queen was visiting Edmonton, Alberta, to open the Commonwealth Games XI, an international sporting event.

Mayor Cecil J. Purves, seen at right escorting the queen, and his wife, Clara (left), were members of the Edmonton 7th Ward, Edmonton Alberta Stake. Mayor Purves was also a former bishop.



President Carter
UPI photo

President Jimmy Carter was honored by the LDS Church during a celebration of National Family Week at the Tabernacle in Salt Lake City on Nov. 27, 1978.

He is pictured here in the Dec. 2, 1978, issue of the Church News with President Spencer W. Kimball, who presented him with a miniature replica of a statue by Dennis Smith titled "In the Family Circle."

After the replica was unveiled, President Carter said, "This is absolutely beautiful."

President Ford
O. Wallace Kasteler, LDS Church News

President Gerald R. Ford, who served as the president of the United States from 1974 to 1977, visited the Brigham Young University campus Dec. 4-5, 1978.

He is pictured here being escorted by Elder Dallin H. Oaks, who was then the president of BYU and is now a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles.

"This has been an exceptional visit," the Church News reported President Ford as saying in its Dec. 9, 1978, issue. "I will remember it for years."

Jimmy Stewart's family history
LDS Church News

Actor Jimmy Stewart, right, is presented his family history going back to the Revolutionary War from President N. Eldon Tanner, first counselor in the First Presidency, left, and Kendall H. Williams, president of Research International, the company that compiled the family history.

Stewart had just finished filming “Mr. Krueger’s Christmas,” and the Church News quoted Stewart as saying, “This is the most wonderful thing I have ever received in my life ... I just can’t thank the Church enough for this.”

The photo appeared in the March 29, 1980, edition of the Church News.

Ron Boone
LDS Church News

President Spencer W. Kimball, right, signs his autobiography for then-Utah Jazz basketball player and current Jazz broadcaster Ron Boone and his wife, Jackie.

The Church News quoted Boone as saying, “He (Kimball) said it was an honor for him to meet me, but it was a far greater honor for me to meet him.”

This photo appeared in the Aug. 30, 1980, issue of the Church News.

Eyring family outing
LDS Church News

Henry B. Eyring, then Commissioner of Church Education and now the first counselor on the First Presidency, and his wife, Kathleen, enjoy an evening of tennis with their children, from left, Matthew, Stuart, Henry, Elizabeth and John.

This photo appeared in the Sept. 20, 1980, issue of the Church News.

Powerful quartet
LDS Church News

Elders Mark E. Petersen, left standing, Matthew Cowley, Spencer W. Kimball and Ezra Taft Benson, with Harold B. Lee at the piano, perform in a quartet in 1946.

Harold B. Lee served as the 11th president of the LDS Church from July 1972 to December 1973. Spencer W. Kimball served as the 12th president of the church from December 1973 to November 1985. Ezra Taft Benson served as the 13th president of the church from November 1985 to May 1994.

This photo appeared in the Nov. 22, 1980, issue of the Church News.

BYU graduation
LDS Church News

In this photo, members of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles gather for graduation ceremonies at Brigham Young University. Pictured from left to right are Elders James E. Faust, David B. Haight, L. Tom Perry, Thomas S. Monson, Bruce R. McConkie and Gordon B. Hinckley.

This photo appeared in the Nov. 22, 1980, issue of the Church News.

Mormon Tabernacle Choir
LDS Church News

"The Mormon Tabernacle Choir provided the grand finale to the 100-unit Presidential Inaugural Parade Jan. 20," according to an article in the Jan. 24, 1981, edition of the Church News regarding the inauguration for President Ronald Reagan.

Pictured at left is the cover of the Church News that week, featuring images from the choir's performances, including the parade performance (top right).

President Ezra Taft Benson, then a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, attended the inaugural festivities, and the Osmond family performed.

Disneyland's piano player
LDS Church News

Descendants of the LDS Church's first bishop, Edward Partridge, held their 10th annual memorial breakfast in his honor in Oak City, Utah, in 1982.

About 650 people attended, and it was quite the affair.

"Three sticks of dynamite are ignited to wake the town at 7 a.m., a piano player, Rod Miller, was imported from Disneyland, and visitors were interviewed and recorded with a video camera," according to an article in the Jun 5, 1982, edition of the Church News.

Miller is shown in the center of the picture here. He was hired to play the piano along Disneyland's Main Street in 1969 and held that position for 36 years.

Elder Nelson's Gold Heart award
David Conley, LDS Church News

Elder Russell M. Nelson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, left, accepts the Gold Heart award from Dr. Frank G. Yanowitz and dinner chairman Harry R. Ostler.

Elder Nelson was given the Gold Heart in recognition of the work he and his colleagues at the University of Minnesota did to create the first crude heart-lung machine and for his pioneering efforts in the heart surgery field.

This photo was published in the Church News on June 24, 1984.

BYU wins Holiday Bowl
LDS Church News

The Brigham Young University football team won the fourth annual Holiday Bowl on Dec. 18, 1981, defeating Washington State, 38-36.

President Gordon B. Hinckley (center) and then-Elder James E. Faust (left) of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles attended the game and are shown in this picture sporting BYU hats.

Jeffrey R. Holland (right), then president of BYU and now a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, is shown accepting the victory trophy.

This picture appeared in the Dec. 26, 1981, edition of the Church News.

President Reagan and LaVell Edwards
LDS Church News

President Ronald Reagan recalls his football playing days while meeting with Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, and BYU football coach LaVell Edwards in the Oval Office on Jan. 15, 1985.

Edwards presented the president with a BYU jacket and an autographed football during the meeting between the chief of state and the head coach of the national champion BYU football team.

This photo was on the cover of the Jan. 20, 1985, Church News.

Boston Celtics
LDS Church News

President Ezra Taft Benson, middle, met with three LDS professional basketball players from the Boston Celtics on Feb. 17, 1987.

Danny Ainge, Greg Kite and Fred Roberts met with the prophet and Elder Marvin J. Ashton, far left, in the Church Administration Building after playing against the Utah Jazz the night before.

BYU, Ricks graduations
LDS Church News

President Henry B. Eyring, left, President Thomas S. Monson, middle, and Elder Jeffrey R. Holland gather during graduation ceremonies in this picture published in the April 25, 1987, edition of the Church News.

President Monson, 16th president of the LDS Church, was the first counselor in the First Presidency at the time.

President Eyring, current first counselor in the First Presidency, was then first counselor in the presiding bishopric. He also served as the president of Ricks College from 1971-1977.

Elder Jeffrey R. Holland, now a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, was then serving as the president of Brigham Young University. He served from 1980-1989.

British prime minister
LDS Church News

President Ezra Taft Benson visits with former British Prime Minister Edward Health at an anniversary banquet in London on July 24, 1987.

A German pilot
LDS Church News

This photo accompanied a feature article on Lufthansa Airlines chief pilot Dieter Uchtdorf in the Feb. 27, 1988, edition of the LDS Church News.

Donald Duck and the Mormon Tabernacle Choir
Gary McKellar, LDS Church News

On March 3, 1988, Walt Disney's Donald Duck had the privilege of leading the Mormon Tabernacle Choir in a couple bars of "Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah" at a Tabernacle rehearsal. Donald and other Disney friends were in Salt Lake City to promote "Walt Disney World Days" and an upcoming "Snow White on Ice" show.

The photo was published in the LDS Church News on March 12, 1988.

Elder Perry and returned missionary college basketball players
Ravell Call, LDS Church News

Elder L. Tom Perry of the Quorum of the Twelve, left, quizzes (now former) BYU basketball player Mike Smith about academic achievement during a fireside in the Salt Lake Tabernacle on April 10, 1988.

The apostle spoke to about 5,000 people in attendance that night. The fireside also honored returned missionary basketball players at BYU, the University of Utah, Utah State, Weber State and Southern Utah.

The photo, taken by Ravell Call, was published in the Church News on April 16, 1988.

Presidential candidate
Gary McKellar, LDS Church News

On June 12, 1988, (former) Massachusetts Gov. Michael Dukakis was the Democratic Party's presidential nominee. He visited with President Thomas S. Monson, then second counselor in the First Presidency, and Elder James E. Faust of the Quorum of the Twelve.

Jesse Jackson
Gerald Silver, LDS Church News

Jesse Jackson greets President Thomas S. Monson, then second counselor in the First Presidency, during a visit on June 14, 1988.

The Church News reported that during the visit, Jackson "praised the LDS Church for its welfare plan and helping the poor to help themselves."

Dan Quayle
O. Wallace Kasteler, LDS Church News

In August 1988, Dan Quayle was the Republican vice presidential candidate. He and his wife, Marilyn, met with President Ezra Taft Benson and other high-ranking LDS Church leaders during a visit to Salt Lake City on Aug. 26, 1988.

Sean Salisbury
LDS Church News

Sean Salisbury and his family joined the LDS Church in 1974. He went on to play quarterback at USC, the Canadian Football League and the NFL before becoming a sports broadcaster.

Salisbury was featured in a 1988 Church News article after leading the Winnipeg Blue Bombers to the CFL championship.

In the article, Salisbury said winning the Grey Cup was "a dream come true." He also described why he declined to drink champagne in the postgame locker room festivities.

Dwight Eisenhower
LDS Church News

This photo shows President Ezra Taft Benson hosting U.S. President Dwight Eisenhower at a barbecue in 1957.

The photo was published in the Church News in 1989 as part of a feature celebrating President Benson's 90th birthday.

World leaders
LDS Church News

In August 1989, Elder Russell M. Nelson of the Quorum of the Twelve (seated far right) and prominent Utah businessman Jon M. Huntsman (seated next to Elder Nelson) gathered in Moscow, Russia, to participate in the signing of a memorandum offering help to Armenia. Among the group were ambassadors from several countries around the world.

Shawn Bradley
LDS Church News

Before BYU, his mission and a long career in the NBA, 7-foot-6 Shawn Bradley was featured in the Church News on Sept. 23, 1989.

This photo shows Bradley arriving at seminary and towering over his teacher.

Shawn Bradley
LDS Church News

This is another photo of 7-foot-6 basketball player Shawn Bradley singing hymns at seminary during his years at Emery High School.

The headline for the feature article read, "His character is as big as he is."

In addition to describing his seminary experience, the article elaborated on the numerous college basketball programs recruiting Shawn, his participation in school activities and how girls were required to stand on chairs in order to dance with him at school dances.

1990 Heisman Trophy winner
LDS Church News

Then-BYU football coach LaVell Edwards congratulates BYU quarterback Ty Detmer on winning the 1990 Heisman Trophy.

According to the Church News, the First Presidency issued a statement that read, “We are pleased that this signal honor has come to Ty Detmer. He is an outstanding player and a humble young man who always gives credit to others. This is a great honor to BYU and its entire football team.”

This photo appeared in the Dec. 8, 1990, issue of the Church News.

President Hinckley and President Reagan
LDS Church News

In this picture from the Jan. 6, 1991, edition of the Church News, former President Ronald Reagan, left, receives a set of scriptures from President Gordon B. Hinckley of the First Presidency.

President Monson and Ty Detmer
Ravell Call, LDS Church News

In this picture, President Thomas S. Monson, then a member of the First Presidency, presents Deseret News Athlete of the Year Award to Heisman Trophy winner Ty Detmer.

The photo was published in the Church News on Feb. 9, 1991.

Elder Ballard and President Bush
LDS Church News

Elder M. Russell Ballard of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, right, was a guest of President George Bush at Camp David for the dedication of the new interfaith chapel at the former president’s Maryland retreat in the Catoctin Mountains.

Elder Ballard was given a silver tray for the church’s contribution to the Camp David Chapel Fund Inc.

This picture appeared in the April 25, 1991, edition of the Church News.

King Juan Carlos
LDS Church News

In a March 1992 visit to Madrid, Spain, President Gordon B. Hinckley visited King Juan Carlos I and Queen Sofia and presented the couple with a personalized, leather-bound copy of the Book of Mormon.

President George Bush
LDS Church News

In July 1992, President Gordon B. Hinckley, President Thomas S. Monson and members of the Quorum of the Twelve had a 40-minute visit with U.S. President George Bush to discuss family values and religious freedom.