Yesterday for church we went to our stake center and watched the broadcast of the Brigham City LDS Temple. Thanks to the miracle of modern broadcasting, thousands of people joined together to give thanks for this newest temple, and join in praising and thanking God as they joined their voices in praise and in song. It was incredibly powerful. The Latter-Day Saints are rightly known as a temple building people, and now have 139 temples scattered across the globe, with more on the way.
One of the speakers reminded us of the early traditions of temple worship, including Solomon’s temple in Jerusalem. I felt almost guilty enjoying the wonderful experience as I remembered my trip to Jerusalem and the temple mount there. There are so many faithful people who yearn and pray for the day when they are permitted to rebuild the temple in Jerusalem. Millions of devout people whose life is made meaningful when they are allowed to touch the wailing wall, and pray for people whose names are on the small slips of paper stuffed into the cracks of the wall. With so many temples so close to so many Latter Day Saints, we truly take our temple privileges for granted. It is not like having extra church meeting houses, or a cathedral here or there, these are Houses of the Lord in every sense that Solomon’s was. Their mere existence qualifies as a major miracle.
I especially enjoyed this dedication having had the opportunity to go through the open house last month. I’ve included some links you can visit to learn more about this amazing place of worship and covenants.
- LDS Church members participate in Brigham City temple dedication (ksl.com)
- LDS Church invites the public to tour new Brigham City Temple (abc4.com)