Pure religion: Stitching service

"Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren ye have done it unto me" (Matthew 25:40).

This charge given by the Savior is what inspires Julie Wilson of the Little Valley 5th Ward, St. George Utah Little Valley Stake. She said that several years ago Elder Jeffrey R. Holland of the Quorum of the Twelve spoke to members in the Southern Utah stakes. He encouraged them to donate to humanitarian efforts. At that time, there was a need for quilts to be sent to Chile.

"I made several [quilts] for that and I just kept going," Sister Wilson recalled of her more than six years of stitching. To date, she has spent more than 10,000 hours and made more than 450 quilts. These hand-stitched, twin size quilts are then donated to a local humanitarian mission.

Celia Royer is the humanitarian service room supervisor at Deseret Industries in St. George. The service missionaries there are motivated by the call to help others and are delighted by the donation of the quilts. Sister Royer can count on a visit from Sister Wilson, who will bring in two quilts every week.

"She comes in on Wednesdays like clockwork," Sister Royer observed and noted at that time work will come to a halt as the beautiful handicraft is admired. Even if only a handful of people know of Sister Wilson's work, the quilts do not go unnoticed.

"She acts like it is no big deal and to us it is a big deal," Sister Royer said. "Anybody who gets her quilts is getting a treasure."

Sister Wilson does not think there is anything extraordinary in her service. She is just doing what she feels is right. As she quilts, Sister Wilson thinks of people in other parts of the world who go without, and she hopes that her quilts will be useful to someone.

"We have so much, and I think we have an obligation to serve our fellow men," Sister Wilson said.

Although Sister Wilson does not know who will be on the receiving end of her work, she does know that the quilts will end up in the best use. The instruction from the Savior to help those in need is a chance to serve Him. He is the great exemplar of service.

— Caresa Alexander

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