“Temples are unique among all buildings. … They are places of covenants and promises. At their altars we kneel before God our Creator and are given promise of his everlasting blessings” (Gordon B. Hinckley, Teachings of Gordon B. Hinckley , 632–33). Wherever we went, we found that temples are being built, temples that will lift the Saints of God and change the face of countries, whether in South America or throughout the world.” —Carol B. Thomas
Temple altars are where many of these special, sacred promises are made, and every altar is covered in beautiful, lovingly stitched lace.
I was married in the Salt Lake Temple, at one of these beautiful altars, and later, each of my children were sealed to my husband and me, kneeling at those same altars. When we couldn’t have biological children after our first daughter, we continued building our beautiful family of eight by adoption. One by one, each child that comes to our family is sealed to us at one of these altars, an ordinance that binds us together as an eternal family. It is my privilege and special gift to the Lord, to make altar lace for each of these occasions, and more.
Seven years ago when my daughter Carolyn passed away unexpectedly in her sleep from SIDS at the age of three months old, I had the privilege of making the lace for her to be sealed to our family. That experience was one of the ones I am most thankful for in this work. Temple sealings bring lost children home. What a blessing.
I’m currently working on altar lace for my last three daughters to be sealed on as soon as their adoptions are finalized. They love to see each stitch, full of love, made for them.
There are currently (as of 2014), 140 operating temples in the world, with 170 planned total in the next few years. Every year they announce and build more. It’s a beautiful work. Our families are worth it.
Examples of Completed Altar Cloth Laces:
Altar Laces in Progress: