MCLEAN, Va. — Some 130 Latter-day Saints and members of the Muslim faith gathered May 14 to enjoy one another's company and to "build a better society," wrote Erin Olsen, a participant in Muslims and Latter-day Saints United for Values, the event's sponsor. The United for Values organization was formed three years ago by Allison Carpenter, a convert to the Muslim faith, and Rachel Sage, a member of the Church. The two met while attending Georgetown University.
After a Persian meal, the group enjoyed presentations championing shared family values. Attendees were encouraged to exchange contact information and use the network of stalwart supporters of the family for future endeavors. Decorating the McLean Virginia Stake Center, where the event was held, were lap quilts made by Primary children for other needy children.