|Rendering of the Brigham City Temple|
Saturday, July 31, 2010 the groundbreaking for the Brigham City Temple was held. I just went to the Stake Center and watched the broadcast of it but it was still an inspiring event. When the Brigham City Temple is completed, that will mean we'll have three temples within a 45 minute trip. Obviously a blessing I, personally, take for granted.
Krisy was able to get tickets for the seated section so she took Tyler and Layne to the actual event and got good pictures. That will be an experience I hope will always stay with them. They actually got to use the shovels and turn some dirt on the temple grounds. Nate was helping with other Search and Rescue members with the emergency services.
President Boyd K. Packer (who grew up in Brigham City) was here and was the one who offered the Dedicatory Prayer. I was surprised at how old he looked. Some of these apostles have been in as long as I can remember and I think they should stay the same as I remember them, too. In his talk he commented on how amazing it was that a spot of land, in such an ideal location, has been preserved, just waiting for this day.
Elder Russell M. Nelson, of the Quorum of Twelve Apostles was also in attendance. He was kind of a surprise. He urged us to remember the A, B, C's of the Temple. A = Ancestors; B = Bride & Bridegroom, Baptisms, Blessings and C = Children. He mentioned how important it is to teach our children to appreciate the temple. I know many people who take their children at least once a month to a temple and just walk around the grounds or have a Family Home Evening lesson there or just find a special place and go and touch the temple. I never would have thought of doing that when my kids were little. Granted we were a couple of hours away from the closest temple, but still. You just can't do enough to fortify the children in today's world.
Also, in one of the talks the comment was made how much easier it is to build a temple than to build up the people around it. We were all challenged to use this "Construction Phase" of the actual temple to build our family relationships so we are prepared to attend the temple when it reaches its "Ordinance Phase". A very applicable and worthy challenge. For me, at least.
So, I guess in a couple of years, we'll be having an open house for this beautiful new temple.