Young Women organizations in 18 Salt Lake Valley stakes of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints have taken part in this year's Dolls for Christmas program on Temple Square.

Girls between the ages of 12 and 18 have made the dolls, each stake providing 40 for the program. Girls were assigned a country and asked to dress their dolls in the native costumes of that particular country.The dolls are displayed on Christmas trees in the North Visitors Center on Temple Square during the holidays. The project is meant to "strengthen the awareness of other young women and their cultures throughout the world, to spread good will and love and to allow young women to share their creative skills," said Margaret Farnsworth, public relations assistant on Temple Square.

"The dolls provide a beautiful atmosphere for the Christmas spirit to flourish for the thousands who visit Temple Square during the Christmas season."

After Christmas, the Young Women General Board of the Church will distribute the dolls to LDS stakes through the world as a token of friendship and love.