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Published: Thursday, Oct. 15 2009 12:00 a.m. MDT

MT community Caption info: On Sept. 13, 2009, the seventh president of the Hattiesburg Mississippi Stake was set apart. All six previous presidents of the stake were in attendance. Pictured are presidents (back row from left) Lonnie L. Trussell, Blair P. Pack, Howard G. Stevens, new president Kevin B. Pack, and (front row from left) Nelson W. Tackett, Lawrence M. Udall and Edwin H. White. Photo by Dawn Stevens

Dawn Stevens, Dawn Stevens

All former presidents present for stake reorganization

HATTIESBURG, Miss. — Kevin B. Pack was called as the new president of the Hattiesburg Mississippi Stake on Sept. 13 under the direction of Elder Glenn L. Pace of the Seventy, assisted by Elder John C. Taggart of the Seventy. President Howard G. Stevens was released.

At the stake conference, all previous six presidents of the stake were in attendance.

The Hattiesburg Stake was created from the South Mississippi District on June 27, 1965. Edwin H. White was called as the first president of the stake and served from 1965 to 1972.

Subsequent stake presidents included Lawrence M. Udall (1972-1981), Lonnie L. Trussell Jr. (1981-1990), Blair P. Pack (1990-1999), Nelson W. Tackett (1999-2007), President Stevens (2007-2009) and the new president, Kevin B. Pack, who is the son of Blair P. Pack.

— Hattiesburg Stake Public Affairs

California girls treat their dads to dinner

The six girls in Bethany Byers' Primary Activity Day program in the Garden Grove, Calif., 6th Ward, recently decided to treat their dads to a dinner they made themselves.

Byers said, "Trying to get six girls to decide what they will eat was really interesting. They said, 'I never had that before.' And 'I don't know.' I said, 'Will you try it?' They said, 'No.' "

The girls, who are all 9 years old, eventually decided what they would have to eat and planned the entire event.

They decided to make pizza and went to the store with Byers to purchase the ingredients along with fixings for green salad, fruit punch with real fruit, and dessert — chocolate cookies and ice cream with blueberry and strawberry toppings.

They also worked on photos of themselves, which they put in photo frames that they decorated with glitter and jewels to give to their dads.

The girls arrived the evening of the dinner early at the chapel to prepare the meal.

They cleaned the lettuce, chopped the tomatoes, sliced the salami, and got the other toppings ready. Then they rolled out the dough and grated the cheese.

Some told Byers they were not allowed to cut with sharp knives.

Byers told them she was supervising so it would be all right.

"But a lot of them had never touched a sharp knife … so that was interesting," she said. "A lot of the girls' experiences were the first time learning things."

They learned in a previous Activity Day class about manners and setting the table, so they practiced setting the table.

They also sang "I Am a Child of God" to their dads.

The fathers thought it was cool, Byers said. "They were so happy. They really were cool. They were excited and it turned out really good."

— Denise New-Hamilton

3,009 quilts completed for Chicagoland/LDS charities

NAPERVILLE, Ill. — With an initial goal of "2009 Quilts in 2009," Chicagoland Relief Society sisters celebrated the completion of 3,009 quilts on Sept. 26 at the Naperville Illinois Stake Center.

During a dinner held before the General Relief Society broadcast, the quilting efforts of 700 sisters were displayed before being distributed to three charitable organizations. The Project Linus Mission, Newborns in Need Inc., as well as the global Church Humanitarian Services, will receive the colorful quilts and blankets made by stake sisters, as well as community members.

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