Kathleen Maughan Lind, Don Lind, Mormon Astronaut, Salt Lake City: Deseret Book, 1985. 171-172:
â€œSince our flight lasted a full week, we were in orbit on the Sabbath. The experiments went on around-the-clock and did not observe a day of rest. Nevertheless, I was able to shift the schedule enough to have a short time for my own private sacrament meeting on Sunday, May 5 . My bishop, Melvin DeSpain, had given me permission to hold a sacrament service on the last Sunday before liftoff when I was in quarantine as well as the Sunday that I would be on orbit.
â€œThe orbital sacrament service presented some problems. The first was the sacrament prayers. I had taken a complete set of the standard works aboard Challenger with me. They had been sent to me by the Church News and the First Presidency, and were to be presented to the Museum of Church History and Art. However, they were stored where they were not accessible, so I could not use them for the sacrament prayers. Since we are counseled not to recite the prayers from memory, I had to find some way to include a copy of the prayers in the official Flight Data File â€” the library of procedures we have on board. That was really rather easy. One Flight Data File volume is my personal reference notebook, so I copied the prayers into the section used for diagrams of auroral forms and communication procedures arranged at the last minute.
â€œThe second technical problem concerning the sacrament was how to follow the scriptural direction, â€œAfter this manner shall he administer it â€” he shall kneel.â€ (D&C 20:76.) In weightlessness, kneeling is not easily accomplished. However, I managed to solve that problem. For privacy, I had planned to hold my sacrament meeting in my sleep station, a compartment much like a spartan Pullman berth. By kneeling on what might be thought of as the ceiling, and resting my shoulders against my sleeping bag, I could maintain the standard reverent â€œkneelingâ€ position â€” if I didnâ€™t worry about up and down. In a way, this orientation had a special meaning for me. I know that looking upward toward heaven is only symbolic of looking toward our Father in heaven, since I donâ€™t know where Kolob is located on the celestial sphere. However, I was strangely taken by the thought that never before had I been able to kneel to show reverence and at the same instant face heavenward toward my Eternal Father.
â€œThe whole experience was extremely moving and very spiritual, filled with that special closeness to the Lord that I normally can feel only in the temples and a few other very special places. I suspect that this will always be the most memorable and special sacrament service of my life.â€
“Besides preparing for the sacrament, there was one other special arrangement that I had to make for the flight because I am a Mormon. That was to be able to wear my temple garments while in orbit. Normally that could not be done. All clothing from the skin out is furnished and controlled by NASA. The discussions for me to be able to do this had gone on for several years. About a year before the flight, my bosses finally agreed that I could act as my own purchasing agent and furnish to NASA some Church-approved garments. A special NASA part number would be assigned so the stowage and quality-control. system could handle this deviation from normal procedures. President Gordon B. Hinckley of the First Presidency had approved the whole plan, and to my great satisfaction, I was able to wear my temple garments into space.”
Thanks to John Taber and Ardis Parshall.