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.