Serve Daily - - FRONT PAGE - By Janet Frank

With­out ever meet­ing all to­gether, 12 women from the new Payson LDS Tem­ple Dis­trict com­bined their tal­ents for quilt­ing and em­broi­dery to com­plete a sim­ple but lov­ing act of ser­vice for the lead­ers who will ded­i­cate the build­ing.

The women sewed, quilted and em­broi­dered lap blan­kets and small pil­lows that will be used by mem­bers of the LDS Church’s First Pres­i­dency and Quo­rum of the Twelve Apos­tles who will ded­i­cate the tem­ple in three spe­cial meet­ings on June 7.

“It re­ally was quite a process, but it truly was a bless­ing. I en­joyed ev­ery minute and I love th­ese ladies,” said Mar­i­anna Robins, chair­woman of the Lap Blan­ket Com­mit­tee.

Mem­bers of The Church of Je­sus Christ of Lat­ter-day Saints be­lieve tem­ples are the place where sa­cred or­di­nances are per­formed that will en­able them to re­turn to live in the pres­ence of God for­ever. Those or­di­nances can be done for the living and the dead through prox­ies. Af­ter a tem­ple is ded­i­cated, only wor­thy mem­bers of the LDS Church are al­lowed in­side.

On ded­i­ca­tion day, the gen­eral au­thor­i­ties of the church who are in­volved in the cer­e­monies will be as­signed a room where they can rest and be with fam­ily mem­bers. The lap blan­kets and pil­lows will be in those rooms to make their day more com­fort­able.

Robins, from Span­ish Fork, re­ceived the call to head up the com­mit­tee in Jan­uary. One of her first tasks was to find a pat­tern and fab­ric for the blan­kets that each needed to mea­sure three feet by three feet. That’s when she was in­tro­duced to Mar­garet Peter­son, who had re­cently moved to Nephi from Las Ve­gas.

“She ac­tu­ally knew the ex­act pat­tern that would be per­fect for the blan­kets and she found a bolt of fab­ric in her stor­age from mov­ing. It worked out per­fectly,” said Robins.

Other mem­bers of the Lap Blan­ket Com­mit­tee are Denise Alexander, Kal­lie Alexander, Mary Allen, Gayla Bass, Char­lene Hatch, Merry Hitch­cock, Pat Parkin­son, Marji Sakievich, Doreen Stout and Kathy Tru­man. The tasks of cut­ting, sewing, quilt­ing, bind­ing and em­broi­der­ing were di­vided be­tween the group mem­bers, who got started work­ing in early Fe­bru­ary and had ev­ery­thing com­pleted by April 6. Hus­bands and other fam­ily mem­bers also pitched in to help as­sem­ble quilt­ing frames, clip threads and in­spect the fi­nal prod­ucts.

A group of lo­cal women worked to­gether to cre­ate lap quilts for LDS Church lead­ers to use on the new Payson Utah Tem­ple’s ded­i­ca­tion day.

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