CORRESPONDENCE WITH PRESIDENT GORDON B. HINCKLEY
In the year 2000, I had the honor and privilege of serving on the Birmingham Alabama Temple Committee for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. My contribution was minor, probably the least of any member of the committee. I was uniquely blessed in the sense that my service put me in a position to interact in writing with the president of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, President Gordon B. Hinckley. I was asked to obtain appropriate gifts for President Hinckley and others who were coming to Alabama to dedicate the new temple in Gardendale, Alabama.
My old friend Carl Stephens owned and operated a business which produced uniquely colored ceramic products made from Alabama clay. One of his products was a beehive, an important symbol in Book of Mormon and Utah history. The sizeable beehive was suitable for use as a cookie jar or as a container to hold most any item one might want to store. Carl provided me gratuitously with a beautiful beehive for President Hinckley.
I found some bright white gift paper, an elaborate white ribbon, and a white box. I placed the beehive in the box, and inside of the beehive itself, I placed the following note and attachment: