50 years ago today - Mar 11, 1971

In issuing these directives [letters dated Jan. 6, Mar. 9, 1971], we had not fully contemplated the extent of the sewing being done in some of the temples, nor of the quantity of fabrics on hand or the wide variety and differing costs of fabrics being used by the various temples. These matters posed an almost insurmountable problem for the (Beehive) Mills in immediately taking over stocks on hand and in standardizing and properly pricing clothing made from these fabrics. In light of these problems, we herewith authorize temples [to continue making garments for now and] to phase out their manufacturing on or before July 2, 1971.

[Joseph Fielding Smith, Harold B. Lee, and N. Eldon Tanner to temple presidents, Mar. 11, 1971, copy in Buerger Papers, in Anderson, Devery; The Development of LDS Temple Worship, 1846-2000: A Documentary History, http://amzn.to/TempleWorship]

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