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Summarized by Kent Larsen

Palmyra Temple Dedication Causes White Handkerchief Shortage
Kent Larsen 6Apr00 D4
[James-W. Anderson suggested this article]

PROVO, UTAH -- The dedication of the Palmyra, New York Temple has caused a shortage of white handkerchiefs in Utah County, Utah as LDS Church members sought them for the ceremony broadcast. Stores in Utah County reported selling-out of handkerchiefs days prior to the ceremony, and fielding many anxious calls from members trying to find them. White handkerchiefs are used during the dedication of a Temple.

Contacted by Mormon News today, Wal Mart in Orem, Utah reported that it had run out of handkerchiefs 3 days ago. The store manager says that they have fielded many calls from Church members looking for them. ZCMI in Orem's University Mall reports the same. The store has received several shipments over the past week, but has sold out after receiving each shipment. "There is high demand right now. We hadn't anticipated this demand," says a ZCMI employee.

The employee notes that since ZCMI is owned by the May Company as part of their Meier and Frank division, the situation is a little hard to explain to the buyers, who are non-LDS Church members in Oregon. In addition, the temporary nature of the demand makes buying decisions more difficult.

But Wal Mart says that its customers have managed to cope with the demand. It says many Church members are simply buying white fabric, in order to make handkerchiefs instead.


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