Lights Adorn Temple in London

Contributed By By Don Carpenter, Director London Temple Visitors' Center

  • 23 December 2013

Lights adorn the grounds of the London England Temple.  Photo courtesy of Don Carpenter.

Article Highlights

  • 400 attended the lighting ceremony on December 1.
  • Kenneth Harwood, a district councilman, helped switch on the lights.
  • Mr. Harwood spoke at the lighting ceremony, inviting each in attendance to serve someone in need.

“We should nurture those who cannot do things for themselves.”—Kenneth Harwood, Tandridge District Councilman


Tandridge District Councilman Kenneth Harwood and his wife, Joan Harwood, of the Felbridge Parrish Council, helped switch on the Christmas lights on Dec. 1 at the London England Temple in Newchapel.

Mr. Harwood spoke to a crowd of more than 400 attending the lighting ceremony at the visitors’ center on the temple grounds. “During this Christmas season we must care for those who are ill, aged, or in need,” he said. “We should nurture those who cannot do things for themselves. Members of the Mormon faith do much to serve others both inside and outside this majestic temple. All of us in this community should look around and find someone in need we can serve at this time of year.”

Also participating in the lighting ceremony were members of the new presidency of the London Temple, Kenneth Johnson of Norwich, David Irwin of Plymouth, and John Crossland from Selsdon. President Roger Millar of the London England South Mission and Elder Chris Charles, an Area Seventy from East Grinstead, also participated.

President Johnson said that while the Christmas lights are brilliant and wonderful, “they are only symbolic of the true Light of the World, who is Jesus Christ, the Savior of us all. He is the Lord we worship, the focus of our faith, and the Son of God whose teachings we try to follow.”

Music was provided by the Britannia Ward Choir from Hyde Park. Much of the crowd remained after the program to sing traditional Christmas carols.