It was wonderful to be in our Stake Center this morning and feel like we were a
part of this wonderful dedication. My memory went back ten years to the
dedication of the Nauvoo Temple and how we were blessed to be a part of those
proceedings conducted by President Hinckley and transmitted to our various
meeting houses throughout the Church. Thanks to the Brethren for allowing us
this great opportunty to witness the dedication of the Brigham City Temple!
What an awesome experience!
What a blessing of technology to bring the Temple Dedication to so many members
of the Church. I think of the people in far away places that didn't have a
temple. When we lived in the Philippines in the 1970s and 1980s, our closest
Temple was Hawaii or New Zealand. Then the Church announced a Temple in Tokyo.
That was still at least 7 hours flying time and the cost was out of reach for 99
percent of the people. Then in 1980-81, President Kimball announced it would be
a while before we got one in the Philippines. Then the next conference he
announced we would get one in the Philippines. What a blessing for all the
people. However, it still took some 7 days on a boat to get to Manila, one way.
They are getting their third Temple. Brigham City is only 30
minutes from 2 Temples. When at the Lima Peru Temple, one day, I saw a family
my son knew from Cuzco and that was 18 hours away by bus. The people from
Venezuela took days by bus to get there. By bus 47 years ago Central America
members took weeks to Mesa Arizona
What an amazing experience this is for the poor and downtrotten people of the
world. Just simply breathtaking.
The poor and downtrodden of the world are not downtrodden from what the Church
of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints does. Having been in and lived in
countries with despots and others that have ruled ruthlessly against their own
people, it is not the good people of the world depriving others. The good the
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has done and is doing and will do
for all people of the world is for the good and uplifting of those in this
Beautiful service yesterday. President Packer is really slowing down, sad to
see. Sister Packer offered a wonderful little talk.
Despite any criticisms one might have about the LDS religion, you have to admit
that they sure build gorgeous castles. It isn't something Jesus taught
people to do, but they are amazing structures nonetheless.
Kishkumen, During his earthly ministry, Jesus attended the temple probably many
more times than is recorded. According to the Bible he attended the temple
frequently as did his disciples. When he cast out the money changers from the
temple, he said "make not my Father's house a house of
merchandise” It seems that Jesus' life and ministry were intertwined
with temple worship. The New Testament is full of the temple being use for
worship and instruction both by Jesus as well as his disciples. What I am
wondering why other religions don’t have temples.
As much as I’m sure the people of Brigham City will fill the temple and
well perform the work so desperately needed by so many, I do wish the Church
would continue with President Hinckley’s vision of bringing the temple to
the people. I live in northwest Indiana, where the closest
temple—Chicago—is a nine-hour round trip. We go once a year if
we’re lucky, simply because the babysitting is such a nightmare. I thank
God He finally inspired His prophets to build a temple in Indianapolis, which is
only an hour, each way.Still, I have to wonder about the many
millions, perhaps even billions, who would have to travel thousands of miles to
get to their assigned temple. Of course the Church membership there isn’t
going to get as many ordinances performed as the people of Brigham City would,
but there are still so very, very many who can’t reasonably attend the
temple at all. I just wish the Church would start increasing its visibility to,
and convenience for, people; perhaps then, we’d get that many more people