At the start of the year, the First Presidency announced an adjustment to the clothing worn in temple ceremonies. The changes included simpler designs for the veil and robe, removing the tie of the cap and veil, and using more durable material.
The release of the new temple ceremonial clothing was scheduled for March 31, but was indefinitely delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Now, Beehive Clothing is working on a new project. In mid-April, Beehive Clothing facilities worldwide received First Presidency approval to pause the production of sacred clothing to produce masks and gowns for frontline workers.
Beehive Clothing has six facilities worldwide with two in Utah and four additional facilities in Brazil, Paraguay, Mexico, and the Philippines. Together, the facilities will create 200,000 gowns and 1.5 million face masks, according to Church News.
Displaced Church employees and Church service missionaries have also found new ways to be involved during the pandemic. An article on Church Newsroom explains more than 1,500 employees and service missionaries who are currently working from their homes are doing family history work until they can return to their regular assignments. The result? The displaced employees and service missionaries have already helped make over one million historical records searchable online.
"Their efforts during COVID have now greatly accelerated the opportunity for you and I and others around the world to find their ancestors,” said Steve Rockwood, president and CEO of FamilySearch International.