LDS Church cuts ribbon on quilt, artwork display

It was perhaps the highest concentration of LDS Church leadership ever gathered in the Church History Museum since it opened in downtown Salt Lake City 26 years ago.

Church President Thomas S. Monson on Thursday cut ribbons to open two new exhibits, one showcasing the work of some of the church's outstanding artists, the other an eclectic display of quilts symbolizing the global reach and history of Mormons and their faith.

President Monson's two counselors in the church's First Presidency, Presidents Henry B. Eyring and Dieter F. Uchtdorf, were on hand for the invitation-only event, as were three members of the Quorum of the Twelve and numerous other general authorities and auxiliary officers of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

"Our hope in having this little gathering tonight, in addition to opening these wonderful new exhibits, is just to acquaint you, the very best opinion makers of the church, with the wonderful treasure — sometimes hidden treasure — that this museum represents," said Elder Marlin K. Jensen of the Seventy. As church historian and recorder, Elder Jensen is executive director of the Church History Department, which oversees the museum.

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