Florida Governor Visits Fort Lauderdale Temple
Contributed By By Sarah Jane Weaver, Church News staff writer
Florida Governor Rick Scott toured the new Fort Lauderdale Florida Temple with members of Florida’s congressional delegation, American Jewish Committee leaders in south Florida, and local religious leaders.
Governor Scott visited the temple during an open house with Elder Quentin L. Cook of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles and his wife, Sister Mary Cook, on Friday, April 18.
Elder Cook met with the political and religious leaders throughout the day and then took them on a tour of the new temple. U.S. Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart and U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, both representing Florida, were also guests during the open house.
Tens of thousands of people, including local faith leaders, attended the recent open house that ran from March 29 through April 19.
The temple will be formally dedicated in three sessions on Sunday, May 4, making it the 143rd operating temple of the Church worldwide. A cultural celebration featuring music and dance will be held on Saturday, May 3.
This is the second temple the Church will have in Florida. The Orlando Florida Temple was dedicated in 1994.
Plans to construct the Fort Lauderdale Temple were first announced by President Thomas S. Monson in October 2009. Ground was broken for the new temple on June 18, 2011.
The 30,500-square-foot temple, located in Davie, Florida, will serve approximately 25,000 Church members from south Florida.
Florida Governor Rick Scott and Elder Quentin L. Cook of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles talk to sister missionaries during the Fort Lauderdale Florida Temple open house.
Florida Governor Rick Scott walks with Elder Quentin L. Cook of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles and Elder M. Anthony Burns, coordinator of the Fort Lauderdale Florida Temple Committee.