The St. George Utah Temple (formerly the St. G...

The St. George Utah Temple (formerly the St. George Temple) is the first temple completed by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints after the forced exodus from Nauvoo, Illinois, within two years of the death of Joseph Smith, Jr. Located in the city of St. George, Utah, it was designed by Truman O. Angell and is more similar in its design to the Nauvoo Temple than to later LDS temples. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Just last Wednesday I took my son to the St. George temple to do some baptisms for the dead. (See here)  It took us over 2 hours to do 5 names each.  We had more family names, but due to the volume of people also waiting, we were asked to keep it to 5 each.  Others also had stacks of family names they were asked to limit.  The poor workers were doing everything they could to keep up with the rush of people.  I had thought that going in the middle of the day, middle of the week that it would not be that bad.  The workers told us they had been this busy for weeks and expected the rush (about 50 people the entire time) to continue through the spring.  The last time we went we went at 7am on a holiday weekend, but it was crowded then as well.  Even our youth groups are only invited to come once or twice a year.  No one wants to complain that it is too crowded at the temple, but it really is!

As we sat and waited, and waited, we were able to really enjoy the spirit and atmosphere inside the temple.  Jeremy leaned over and expressed a desire that instead of just sitting, he wished he had the option of wandering the rooms and halls of the temple to more fully enjoy his experience.  We realized that he has never been to a temple open house.  We spoke about what an experience that would be for him.

Needless to say, we were super excited when it was announced in conference over the weekend that southern Utah is getting an additional temple!!!  It is planned for Cedar City, the other primary population center that we share the St. George temple with.  Now Jeremy will get his wish of walking through the temple and enjoying the spirit and the building and attending an open house!

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