Mesa youth aid Apache children

MESA, Ariz. — Youth in the Mesa Arizona Citrus Heights Stake worked with the leadership of the Whiteriver Apache Tribe, and from the tribal leaders' suggestions, provided blankets for children.

After the meeting between tribal and stake leadership, a request was made to the members of the stake for handmade quilts that the youth would present to the Apache people as a gift of love from stake families to theirs. Stake members hand tied more than 550 quilts.

Each quilt was then hand-delivered by a young man or young woman to an Apache family during the youth conference.

"As our youth handed out the quilts, they would approach the door and sing a hymn until the door was opened," said Bill Munden, a youth leader. "As they stood singing 'I feel my Saviors Love' at one home, the door opened and a mother and her children stood, weeping to hear the singing of these strangers.

"After presenting the quilt as a gift and leaving a prayer of blessing on the family, they again sang a song. While doing so the mother, noticing that shoelaces of one of our youth was untied, knelt on the ground and began to tie her shoe. All present began to weep!"