This week in Church history

50 years ago

Relief Society members in the missions of the Church made 929 quilts for families left needy after World War II in Europe, according to the Aug. 16, 1947, Church News.

"During April conference, a special meeting was held by the Relief Society general board with mission Relief Society presidents. . . . At the request of the mission Relief Society representatives it was decided that one of the most needed commodities in these ravished countries was bedding," the article stated.

The missions of the Church were not requested to participate in the Church welfare program, the article added, but Relief Society presidents in the missions decided they could contribute the quilts.

Quote from the past

"Sometimes we hear it said that this is a man's Church, not a woman's church. It is a great mistake. . . . It is a church of families, made up of fathers, mothers and children." – Elder John A. Widtsoe of the Quorum of the Twelve, from an address given in October 1947 general conference