Media tours begin in new Brigham City LDS temple

Published: Tuesday, Aug. 14 2012 12:00 p.m. MDT

The temple's Celestial Room has an especially striking peach blossom design that has been hand-carved into the carpet beneath the centerpiece chandelier.

The Brigham City Temple is not a large temple, Elder Walker noted. The instruction (or what Latter-day Saints call "endowment") rooms can only accommodate about 60 people at a time for sessions that will rotate once every 70 minutes. And the chapel waiting area can only seat about 70. For this reason, he said, the temple will initially require reservations for members who wish to attend the temple.

"We are expecting that during the first few months especially, there will be a lot of our members who want to come to worship and serve in this new temple," Elder Walker said. "We don't want to get into a situation where we have 300 people waiting to get in, and we can only accommodate 60 in each session every 70 minutes. So initially, we'll have them make reservations to come to the temple."

Elder Walker said there is at least one person who is not a big fan of that plan: President Monson.

"I've spoken to him about it," Elder Walker acknowledged. "He told me he doesn't like it. He doesn't like the idea of members having to make a reservation to go to the temple. He told me, 'Well, if you have to do it to maintain order, fine. But get rid of it as soon as you can.'

"And we'll do that," Elder Walker said. "When we opened the Rexburg Temple, we did the reservations for about five or six weeks, but then we were able to discontinue the reservations."

The Brigham City Utah Temple will be open for all temple patrons on Tuesday, Sept. 25.


DATES: Saturday, Aug. 18 through Saturday, Sept. 15 (excluding Sundays and Saturday, Sept. 8)

TIMES: 7:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays; 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Mondays

ADMISSION: Free, but reservations are required

RESERVATIONS: Tickets are available at www.templeopenhouse.lds.org or by calling 1-855-537-2000.

AGES: All ages are welcome, but no strollers, please.

LOCATION: 250 South Main Street, Brigham City, Utah

DRESS: Modest dress is required

PARKING: Parking attendants will guide you to an available parking space. Plan to arrive early to allow time for traffic and parking.

TOURS: Tours begin with a 10-minute video providing an overview of temples and why they are important to Latter-day Saints. Following the video, a tour host will escort you through the temple, explaining the purpose of each room and answering questions as time allows. At the conclusion of the tour, guests will be invited to return to the tents for light refreshments and to have any further questions answered.

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