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Christmas Devotional Telecast to Members

President Ezra Taft Benson was present at the Church’s annual Christmas Devotional December 6, marking his first appearance in the Salt Lake Tabernacle since he was hospitalized October 15 suffering from a mild heart attack.

“Thank you, President, for coming,” said President Gordon B. Hinckley, First Counselor in the First Presidency. “All of us here on Temple Square and the many thousands in stake centers across the country rejoice together over your recovery and your presence here this evening.”

In response, President Benson rose and briefly addressed the capacity crowd of more than six thousand.

“I love the Church everywhere,” he said. “I know it is a living church, and I love it with all my heart.”

After the Mormon Tabernacle Choir sang several Christmas carols, President Hinckley said, “Let us go for a moment back to the first Christmas celebrated here.”

He noted that the winter of 1847 had been mild, but there was little celebration that Christmas eve. “Santa Claus had not traveled with the Saints on the long journey across the prairies and mountains. … Even on this most sacred of holidays the time was spent for the most part in working,” he said. “There was much to be done and no time to be lost.”

A Sunday service convened on December 26, with Parley P. Pratt as speaker. “Brigham Young was not here,” President Hinckley said. “He had come with the first company and then had returned to Winter Quarters.”

A young girl who had been present wrote, “What a meeting it was. We sang songs of praise, we all joined in the opening prayer, and the speaking that day has always been remembered. There were words of thanksgiving and cheer.”

She wrote of eating wild rabbit and a little bread for dinner. “In the sense of peace and good will I never had a happier Christmas in my life,” she said.

“How thankful we ought to be … for the tremendous faith of our grandparents and great grandparents who came to this hard and difficult country so that they would be free to worship God in the name of His son, Jesus Christ,” President Hinckley said. “How thankful we ought to be that those days of poverty and struggle, of hardship and hunger, are long since gone.”

He told the children listening to kneel before they go to bed and thank their Heavenly Father for the great blessings they enjoy.

“I know, of course, that there is much hardship and suffering in some places,” President Hinckley said. “I know that there is hunger and discouragement. … To all those who experience these adversities, I pray that the blessings of the Lord may attend you and that there will come out of the hearts of many around you kindness and love and sustenance and help according to your needs.”

He said that “all of us stand a little taller at Christmas. All of us feel a little more generous, a little more forgiving. All of us are disposed to be a little more kind. And this is of the very essence of the gospel of Jesus Christ.”

President Hinckley noted that the Christmas custom of giving gifts originated with the wise men who found the Christ child by following the star of Bethlehem, and “presented unto him gifts; gold, and frankincense, and myrrh.” (Matt. 2:11.)

Holding up a Bible and a Book of Mormon he received many years ago, President Hinckley said, “I hold in my hands gifts which I have received. I regard them as gifts of Christmas because they are really gifts from Him. He has revealed them to us. They speak words of promise concerning His coming. His voice is heard rising from their pages. They testify of His living reality.”

Other books containing these gifts, he said, include the Doctrine and Covenants and its companion, the Pearl of Great Price.

President Hinckley quoted from the Doctrine and Covenants (D&C 76:41–42): “That he came into the world, even Jesus, to be crucified for the world, and to bear the sins of the world, and to sanctify the world, and to cleanse it from all unrighteousness;

“That through him all might be saved whom the Father had put into his power and made by him.”

“These are my gifts of which I speak this Christmas time,” President Hinckley said. “Their great message, ringing out as a quartet in perfect harmony, is as strong and clear as the bells on Christmas day.”

The First Presidency Christmas Devotional was telecast by the Church satellite system to stake centers throughout the United States, Canada, and Puerto Rico.

[photos] A capacity crowd gathered in the Salt Lake Tabernacle to hear the Christmas devotional December 6. (Inset) President Gordon B. Hinckley, First Counselor in the First Presidency, spoke. (Right) President Ezra Taft Benson attended. (Photography by Jed A. Clark.)

First Presidency Issues Christmas Message

In its annual Christmas message, the First Presidency invited “all to commit and rededicate their lives to the resurrected Savior and the precepts He taught.”

The message, from Church President Ezra Taft Benson and his counselors, President Gordon B. Hinckley and President Thomas S. Monson, said in full:

“We rejoice with you in another wonderful Christmas season when with all Christendom we celebrate the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ.

“Seeing ahead several centuries, the prophet Isaiah said: ‘For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given … and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, the Prince of Peace.’ (Isa. 9:6.)

“After His birth and during His ministry Peter said, ‘We … were eyewitnesses of his majesty.’ (2 Pet. 1:16.)

“A century and a half ago, modern-day witnesses declared, ‘We saw him, even on the right hand of God; and we heard the voice bearing record that he is the Only Begotten of the Father.’ (D&C 76:23.)

“We testify that it was Jesus Christ who said: ‘If ye will come unto me ye shall have eternal life. Behold, mine arm of mercy is extended toward you, and whosoever will come, him will I receive; and blessed are those who come unto me.’ (3 Ne. 9:14.)

“At this glorious time of year, we again invite all to commit and rededicate their lives to the resurrected Savior and the precepts He taught.”

Catholics Honor Church

The Catholic Community Services of Utah on November 23 honored The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for its “sensitive, unselfish, and ecumenical response to the needs of the homeless.”

President Thomas S. Monson accepted a Special Community Contribution Award at the Catholic service agency’s community service awards dinner in Salt Lake City. The Church was also commended for its support in rebuilding a Salt Lake City soup kitchen that was destroyed by fire twenty months ago.

The Most Reverend William K. Weigand, bishop of the Salt Lake City Roman Catholic Diocese, presented the award.

Salt Lake advertising executive William Brennan, in announcing the award, said the Church “quietly, and usually without public knowledge, responds with true charity to the needs of our fellow men and women in our own community and throughout the world.”

Brennan said the award presented to President Monson is from “those who cannot say thank you to him,” including nursing home residents throughout the Salt Lake Valley.

“He visits them sometimes when he should be elsewhere, but to President Monson, the importance of these patients is overriding,” Brennan said.

He noted that the Catholic agency also thanks the Church “for the role it has played in this community on behalf of the people and the groups who are not members of the LDS Church, but who have benefited from its charity. As is typical with true benefactors, much happens that is not in the public eye.”

Brennan added, “On a worldwide scale, we know that the Mormon Church has contributed a considerable amount of money to African relief and to other causes through the Catholic Relief Services and other agencies. These are very, very significant contributions.”

In responding to the award, President Monson said, “I’m confident that I express the feelings of President [Ezra Taft] Benson, President [Gordon B.] Hinckley, and all of the General Authorities of the Church in accepting this honor with deep gratitude.”

President Monson mentioned attending the dedication of the rebuilt soup kitchen, where food is provided for the needy. “But what I noticed most was the interdenominational chapel where a spiritual feast can be given to the souls of men and women, which is far more significant,” he said.

He congratulated the Catholic service agency on its efforts to aid people in need, adding, “Hunger knows no religious persuasion; and human need, no territorial boundary.”

[photo] President Thomas S. Monson accepts an award in behalf of the Church from the Most Rev. William K. Weigand, left. (Photo by Garry Bryant, Church News.)

Church Issues Statement on Racial Equality

In view of current public interest in the question of equality of men and women of all races, the Church has issued the following statement:

“The concern of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for the well-being and equality of all men and women was well defined by President Ezra Taft Benson as he began his present responsibilities:

“‘My heart has been filled with an overwhelming love and compassion for all members of our Heavenly Father’s children everywhere. I love all our Father’s children.’ (President Ezra Taft Benson, 11 November 1985. Church News, 17 Nov. 1985, pp. 3, 7.)

“‘We say again, as we have said many times before, that we believe that all men are the children of the same God, and that it is a moral evil for any person or group of persons to deny any human being the right to gainful employment, to full educational opportunity, and to every privilege of citizenship.

“‘There is in this Church no doctrine, belief, or practice that is intended to deny the enjoyment of full civil rights by any person regardless of race, color, or creed.

“‘We call upon all men, everywhere, both within and outside the Church, to commit themselves to the establishment of full civil equality for all of God’s children. Anything less than this defeats our high ideal of the brotherhood of man.’ (President Hugh B. Brown, 6 October 1963. Improvement Era, Dec. 1963, p. 1058.)

“We repudiate efforts to deny to any person his or her inalienable dignity and rights on the abhorrent and tragic theory of the superiority of one race or color over another.”

Rebuilt Kirtland Stake Center, Ward House Dedicated

Kirtland, Ohio—On assignment from President Ezra Taft Benson, President Thomas S. Monson, Second Counselor in the First Presidency, visited Ohio the weekend of November 21 to dedicate meetinghouses in Kirtland and Hiram.

On Sunday, November 22, President Monson dedicated the Kirtland stake center. The building had been destroyed by an arsonist’s fire eighteen months earlier. At the dedicatory meeting, members who had wept when the building had burned shed tears of joy as the rebuilt structure was dedicated.

“I am delighted to see what is taking place in Kirtland,” President Mortson said at the dedication. He added that he had taken the opportunity “to visit the Whitney Store and the John Johnson farm, to have an hour in the Kirtland Temple … and to reflect upon the history of the Church in this choice part of our Heavenly Father’s vineyard. … What a period of schooling was and is the Kirtland period in the history of the Church.”

President Monson toured the John Johnson farm on Saturday, when he traveled some thirty miles southeast of Kirtland to Hiram, where he dedicated the chapel for the Hiram and Solon wards. President Ezra Taft Benson broke ground for that building in March 1986.

The Johnson farm is the site where sixteen revelations, including section 76 of the Doctrine and Covenants, were given.

At the Hiram dedication, President Monson referred to Gustav Wacker, whom he had met while serving as a mission president in eastern Canada, and praised his faithfulness in paying tithing.

“People like Gustav Wacker and Sister Wacker who contribute their tithes have a part in this chapel and every chapel throughout the world,” he said. “We have these beautiful buildings because of the faith of the tithe-paying members of the Church.”

He counseled members to have the tolerance to accommodate the beliefs of others, and to be good neighbors. “Here in Hiram, in this sacred place, each one of us knows who he is and what God expects him to become. Let this building be an aid, a road map, a lighthouse to guide you on that pathway that leads you to eternal life.”

On Saturday, President Monson visited the Kirtland Temple, where the Savior and other heavenly messengers appeared to Joseph Smith and Sidney Rigdon. The Kirtland Temple is owned by the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.

President Monson also visited the Newel K. Whitney store, where, in an upstairs room, Joseph Smith established the School of the Prophets. In the store, President Monson recalled the struggles and triumph of Joseph and Emma Smith and the early Church leaders in Kirtland.

“Keep the Ten Commandments,” Elder Haight Advises Students

Provo, Utah—“It is not the number of cars you own, or the size of your bank account, or the number of cattle you have on the hill, but the eternal values that count.” This was the advice Elder David B. Haight, of the Council of the Twelve, gave students at Brigham Young University’s devotional November 24.

“One of the greatest blessings of our life is to realize what is truly important in our lives, then work toward that end,” he said. Elder Haight noted that the Ten Commandments provide vital guidelines for proper living.

“They are as true and valid and real as the day they were cut into tablets of stone by the finger of God,” he said. “Our living the law of the Ten Commandments is only the beginning, or the foothills, in our climb toward perfection.”

Speaking of the first commandment, “Thou shalt have no other gods before me,” Elder Haight told students that although people no longer “bow before giant birds of carved granite or wooden idols with stone eyes,” they often worship other things that compete with God.

“Is there a man or a woman who can honestly say that he has never put his ambitions or his vanity above God? Or worshipped flesh more than God? Or worshipped the blue-white glisten of a fine diamond, or the earthy beat of rock and roll, or even worshipped himself above the worship of God?” he asked. “This can betray us into modern idolatry.”

Elder Haight spoke of another commandment: “Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain.”

“When I was a boy I thought that referred only to profanity,” he said. “Far worse than profanity is the use of the name of God for personal worldly gain, for ambition, for intolerance, for selfish power over other men, or as a righteous cloak for unrighteous deeds.

“We take the name of God in vain whenever we misuse the power of God or whenever we say to him, ‘Not thy will, but mine, be done.’”

Pointing to another commandment, “Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy,” he advised students to organize their time so that most studying can be done during the week, “leaving the Sabbath for worshipful activities.”

Concerning another of the Ten Commandments, Elder Haight said, “The Lord commanded, ‘Thou shalt not commit adultery,’ and added in modern revelation, ‘nor do anything like unto it.’”

Elder Haight noted that “each of God’s laws is vital, but particularly today in our somewhat confused society.”

Elder Haight counseled students to “live so you can ask for the personal revelation that you are entitled to.” He noted that “souls are not saved in bundles. They are saved individually.” Then he looked at the audience and asked, “How are things with you personally? How are you doing?”

Elder Backman Named to White House Drug Panel

Washington, D.C.—Elder Robert L. Backman, a member of the Presidency of the First Quorum of the Seventy, has been appointed by U.S. President Ronald Reagan to be a conferee to the White House Conference for a Drug-Free America.

Elder Backman was selected because of his experience in working with youth, and because of his and the Church’s commitment to combating drug abuse, according to Lois Haight Herrington, conference chairman.

“The conference has a broad mandate to review and critically assess all areas of the drug abuse crisis in the U.S.,” Mrs. Herrington said. “It will bring together knowledgeable individuals from the public and private sectors who are concerned with drug abuse prevention and the trafficking and distribution of illicit drugs.”

A series of regional forums was recently hosted by the conference in several major U.S. cities, where methods of curbing drug abuse were discussed.

The national conference, scheduled February 28 through March 3 in Washington, D.C., will study the findings of the regional forums and recommend new ways to combat drug abuse in the United States. These findings and recommendations will be reported to President Reagan and the U.S. Congress.

Three Temples to Close for Remodeling

The temples in Dallas, Texas; Oakland, California; and Cardston, Alberta will close later this year for remodeling and refurbishing, according to the First Presidency.

The work is being done to update and expand space availability for temple functions. During the remodeling period, Church members residing in the three temple districts may feel free to attend any other temple that is convenient for them.

The most extensive refurbishing is scheduled for the Alberta Temple, where mechanical equipment will be replaced. The temple, which was originally completed and dedicated in 1923, will be closed from 1 June 1988 until early 1990.

The 23-year-old Oakland Temple will be closed 1 June 1988. Renovation will require several months, and no specific reopening date has been set.

Both the Alberta and Oakland temples will receive new furnishings where needed.

The Dallas Texas Temple was completed just three years ago, yet already requires additional floor space and an expansion of the cafeteria to accommodate increased use by its patrons. It will close 15 April 1988 and is scheduled to reopen 1 October 1988.

The Church currently has a total of forty-one operating temples worldwide.

The Gospel Blossoms in the Azalea City

Settled in 1711 by the French, Mobile became the first permanent town in Alabama. French influence is still felt in Mobile during Mardi Gras and is seen in the houses and buildings trimmed with lacy iron grillwork. The most pervasive French influence, however, is the azalea, a beautiful flowering shrub that was brought to America by the French and that blossoms in Mobile along the Azalea Trail each spring.

A beautiful coastal city just north of the Gulf of Mexico, Mobile has a mild climate and good soil, which makes the area a thriving farming community and encourages year-round outdoor activities.

As early as 1843, Latter-day Saint missionaries were called from Nauvoo, Illinois, to labor in Alabama. But the real growth of the Church in the Mobile area didn’t begin for another ninety years. According to a history kept by Brother Melvin and Sister Allie Sanders, in 1932 Brother Cecil A. Putnam came to Mobile, opened a restaurant, and hung a picture of the Salt Lake Temple on its wall. Brother Putnam wrote to the Southern States Mission, which was headquartered in Atlanta and presided over by LeGrand Richards, to obtain the names of other LDS families in the area. Thereafter, Sunday School meetings were held in the homes of various members and in rented halls until the Springhill Avenue chapel was completed in 1946. Church membership increased steadily, and on 19 March 1967 a new chapel on Zeigler Boulevard was dedicated by Harold B. Lee of the Council of the Twelve.

Brother Marvin Johnson, an administrator with the Mobile County School System, can recall attending Sunday meetings in a rented hall where cigarette butts and beer bottles from a previous night’s revelry had to be removed before church services could begin. During his lifetime, the Church has grown from a humble beginning of a few families in the Mobile area to a stake with ten wards and branches and a membership of almost two thousand.

“I clearly recall my baptism and how special it made me feel to know that I had been baptized by the holy priesthood,” remarks Brother Johnson. “I was able to serve a two-and-a-half-year mission in West Berlin, Germany. Knowing that the gospel is true is not enough. One must live the teachings of the Church to derive the greatest blessings in this life and throughout eternity,” he says.

“My great-grandmother, Martha Caroline Geck Martin, was the first person in the area to be baptized,” says Sister Jean Johnson. “A few months later my great-grandparents, James Columbus and Millie Dee McIntosh, who were neighbors of the Martins, joined the Church, too. A Sunday School was organized and held in their old farm home for many years. They loved the gospel of Jesus Christ and taught their children through love and example. My mother was one of those children. She had a strong testimony and a great compassion for other people.”

The Johnsons, with their five children, continue to share their love and knowledge of the gospel frequently by inviting friends and co-workers into their home.

Tina Keller has been a member for two years. Tina remembers, “Before my baptism, our marriage was good, but something always seemed to be missing. Now that I am a member, my husband, Steve, and I have a common goal to work toward: we want to be together in the celestial kingdom. Our home is centered around the gospel, and we are raising our children to live by its principles.”

Ginger Pierce is a nineteen-year-old seminary teacher in the Mobile First Ward. “I have been greatly blessed by being able to teach seminary this year,” she says. “Not only do I get to share what I believe so deeply with the youth in our ward, but I get to learn more about the Book of Mormon and increase my own testimony. The gospel is our most precious gift.”

Helen Auble was interested in religion and not entirely satisfied with the teachings of her church when the missionaries knocked on her door in 1956. While her life-style was not bad in terms of the world, she did not know about the Word of Wisdom and did not believe in tithing.

“My life made a complete turnaround when I accepted the gospel,” she says. “I had always practiced provident living as far as I understood it, but now I had found a place to learn more and to share what I knew with others. I found a resource to help me raise my children. I found lessons to help me be a better wife. I found encouragement to develop talents I didn’t even know I had. The Church has given me opportunities to serve in many ways which have brought favorable attention from the community and made it possible to share our life-style with the non-LDS in our community.”

Michelle H. Madison, Relief Society president of the Theodore Branch, and her husband Roger, a counselor in the stake presidency, are the parents of seven children. Michelle talks about the gospel influence in her life. “The difference the gospel has made in my life is knowing that I am a child of a living and loving Heavenly Father, that if I live by gospel principles, and influence my family to do the same, we can all be together forever as a family. There is great joy in having this knowledge.”

The Madisons constantly try to share the gospel with their neighbors and place copies of the Book of Mormon wherever they can.

Sandra Roy, a counselor in the Relief Society presidency of the Mobile First Ward, is grateful the gospel was brought to her. “How shallow and meaningless life is without it! Through striving to live the gospel and to follow the whisperings of the Holy Ghost, I know I am a better wife and mother than I would otherwise be.” Sandra always finds opportunities to share with friends and associates the fact that she is a Latter-day Saint. “I enjoy discussing points of doctrine and try to bring the Church programs and events into a conversation whenever possible,” she says.

Longtime members and new converts alike expect that tremendous growth will take place in the Church in the Mobile area. It is only a matter of time—and faith. Like the azaleas that blossom every spring, the gospel is flowering in the hearts and lives of thousands in southern Alabama.

Correspondent: Sue Hammett, Sunday School teacher in the Stone Mountain (Georgia) Ward.

[photos] Photography by Lisa Leonard

[photos] The Mobile stake center is a gathering place for the Saints. (Inset) Sister Bertha Edwards and her four children are members of the Mobile First Ward.

[photos] (Upper left) Mobile youth socialize between church meetings. (Above) Mobile member Ricardo Mendoza is a student from Venezuela. (Left) Sisters Kathy Wilson and Susan Ottinger serve by teaching Sunday School and Relief Society classes.

New Salt Lake Printing Center Dedicated

The Church’s new printing center in Salt Lake City was dedicated December 4 by President Thomas S. Monson, Second Counselor in the First Presidency.

“I have a great love for Church printing work because it produces material that bears witness of Jesus Christ, the Son of God,” President Monson said. “From the work produced here go forth pages which become part of the conversion process that brings individuals to know the gospel of Jesus Christ.”

An important feature of the new 185,000-square-foot facility is a large web press that will give the Church the capability to print scriptures using lightweight papers. The center, which has been under construction since August 1986, also includes a bindery and other equipment from the Church’s former printing facility.

In addition to producing scriptures, the new center will print monthly magazines, curriculum materials, and the missionary edition of the Book of Mormon.

The new center, which consolidates operations from several former locations, is adjacent to the Church Distribution Center.

Other speakers at the dedication included Bishop Glenn L. Pace, Second Counselor in the Presiding Bishopric; W. James Mortimer, Deseret News publisher and former director of printing services for the Church; and Kay W. Briggs, managing director of materials management.

[photos] President Thomas S. Monson (right foreground), Second Counselor in the First Presidency; Elder Joseph B. Wirthlin of the Council of the Twelve (center); and others tour the new Church printing center. The new 185,000-square-foot Salt Lake Printing Center gives the Church improved capability to print scriptures and other publications. (Photography by Philip S. Shurtleff.)

Church Supports Anti-Pornography Motion

Los Angeles, California—Elder John K. Carmack of the First Quorum of the Seventy went on record here on December 1 in support of Los Angeles County Supervisor Peter F. Schabarum’s motion to step up the fight against pornography. Elder Carmack appeared before the County Board of Supervisors “to help give a push to the fight against pornography in Los Angeles County.”

There are some 650,000 members of the Church in California, the majority of them residing in the southern part of the state.

A longtime southern California attorney before becoming a General Authority in 1984, Elder Carmack is also a member of the national steering committee of the Religious Alliance against Pornography.

The Board of Supervisors unanimously passed both resolutions following testimony from Elder Carmack, three other religious leaders, and two government officials involved in the fight against pornography.

Elder Carmack commended Supervisor Schabarum and the two organizations presenting the resolutions “for clear thinking and addressing a critical community need affecting everyone.”

He said the Church wholeheartedly supports the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, with its freedom of speech guarantees, but agrees with the U.S. Supreme Court opinion that “the First Amendment was not designed to protect and does not protect pornographic material.

“Let’s reject the myth that this is a censorship issue and make it what it is—a vital public safety issue,” he said.

“Despite assertions to the contrary,” Elder Carmack said, “valid research has now discovered that pornography desensitizes the users, increases male aggressive behavior against women and children, and decreases both male and female sensitivity to rape and the plight of the rape victim.”

Because Los Angeles is a major center for the production and distribution of pornography, Elder Carmack noted that “we can make a great difference here. If we can stop organized crime, confiscate their ill-gotten gains, and put those involved on notice that we have had enough, we can change the whole nature of the problem.”

He said that although there are laws that need enforcing, additional legislation is needed.

“We do not have to wait,” he concluded. “A change in attitude, a recognition of the enormity of the problem as a public safety issue, and a signal to our law enforcement officers will help immeasurably.”

Prior to the hearing, Elder Carmack met with representatives of twenty-eight stakes in the greater Los Angeles area. He called for Church leaders to be vigilant and become more involved in the fight against pornography in their communities.

Quilt Exhibit Depicts LDS Heritage

Bright colors, original patterns, and painstaking handwork aren’t the only highlights of the quilt exhibit on display through February 15 at the Museum of Church History and Art, just west of Temple Square in Salt Lake City.

The exhibit, titled “Stitches in Time: Latter-day Saint Quilts of Family and Faith,” shows what both contemporary and historic LDS quiltmakers are saying about their beliefs and history.

“These quilts are made up of visual patterns that communicate religious faith and important events in family life,” says exhibit curator Richard G. Oman. “They express a long-standing tradition among Latter-day Saint women to celebrate closely held values through the art of quiltmaking.”

“Stitches in Time” includes quilts from the museum’s own extensive collection and from private owners. Family heritage is celebrated with quilts for birth, graduation, missions, marriage, and wedding anniversaries. Among the religious themes are messages from scripture, Church history, and LDS youth programs.

Included in the historical section are an 1860 “Ark and Doves” quilt brought to Utah by a convert from Texas, a nineteenth-century quilt made by the first child born to Mormon pioneers in the Salt Lake Valley, a “bishop’s quilt” made in 1872 by the Salt Lake Eighth Ward Relief Society, and quilts celebrating the pioneer jubilee of 1897.

Many contemporary quilts are also on display. These include a quilt made two years ago in Provo by Peggy Childress and Valerie Busio with “wise and witty sayings” presented as advice from the Relief Society presidency of the Edgemont Fourth Ward.

Scouting is represented with a quilt made of neckerchiefs from LDS Scout encampments. The quilt was crafted by Rexalee Jolley, Salt Lake City, for Elder Vaughn J. Featherstone of the First Quorum of the Seventy. Elder Featherstone is a Scout executive and Young Men General President.

To celebrate the centennial of the Young Women in 1969, presidents of several Bountiful, Utah, stake Young Women’s organizations created a quilt featuring class medallions.

Other celebrations noted in exhibited quilts include the Church sesquicentennial in 1980 and a birthday quilt made by Primary children in New Mexico for President Spencer W. Kimball.

Latter-day Saint theology is the theme of quilts depicting “Worlds without End” and “Lehi’s Vision of the Tree of Life.”

“These quilts represent significant achievements in quiltmaking as an art form, while communicating the spiritual ideals of their makers,” Oman said.

He noted that this is the museum’s first major quilt exhibition, and one of the few in the nation to feature quilts on the basis of both a thematic message and artistic quality.

The museum is open from 9:00 A.M. to 9:00 P.M. weekdays and from 10:00 A.M. to 7:00 P.M. On Saturdays and Sundays.

[photo] Colorful quilts with original patterns illustrating religious and historical themes are displayed in “Stitches in Time: Latter-day Saint Quilts of Family and Faith.” (Photo by Craig Dimond.)

Open House Held in Renovated Honolulu Tabernacle

Honolulu, Hawaii—More than eight thousand people attended a seven-hour open house here on Saturday, November 14, marking the completed renovation of the Honolulu Tabernacle.

Located midway between Waikiki Beach and downtown Honolulu, the tabernacle also serves as the Honolulu stake center. The tabernacle has been a center of Church activity in the Hawaiian Islands since its dedication in 1941.

Planning for the remodeling began two years ago, and construction began in early 1987. Special efforts were made to preserve the large native trees and plants on the grounds. The tabernacle and three other buildings are on a four-acre site purchased by the Church in 1935.

In addition to housing the Honolulu stake and its officers, the tabernacle also houses the Waikiki and Makiki wards.

The open house concluded with a musical program, “Our Heavenly Father’s Plan.” A well-known singer, Loyal Garner, and a number of both member and nonmember entertainers participated in the production.

LDS Scene

Richmond, Virginia—Every Saturday for the next several weeks, members of the Richmond Virginia Stake will cook and serve an average of 240 eggs, 400 pancakes, and 240 sausages to 100 to 150 homeless people. The Saturday breakfasts began in December and will continue through March. This marks the second consecutive year the 2,500 members of the stake have participated in the project. The program was launched in December 1986 after the Interfaith Council of Greater Richmond challenged its member churches to provide meals for Richmond’s homeless.

Each of the six units in the stake is responsible for funding, buying, preparing, and serving two breakfasts. Members of the Tappahannock and Beaverdam branches travel more than one hundred miles to take their turns at the serving table.