Bountiful Utah Temple Dedicated
On Sunday, January 8, 1995, the early morning sun broke through a gray, overcast sky, casting its glorious rays on the Bountiful Utah Temple as President Howard W. Hunter gave the dedicatory prayer on the Church’s forty-seventh operating temple.
In addition to offering the prayer at the first of twenty-eight dedicatory sessions, President Hunter spoke briefly during the 8:00 A.M. session and presided over cornerstone sealing activities that began an hour earlier. President Gordon B. Hinckley, First Counselor in the First Presidency; President Thomas S. Monson, Second Counselor in the First Presidency; and President Boyd K. Packer, Acting President of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, also spoke at the dedicatory and cornerstone ceremonies.
Although much of the cornerstone sealing ceremony was conducted inside the temple, President Hunter, President Hinckley, President Monson, President Packer, and others spent some minutes outside in the predawn light putting mortar around the frontal face of the cornerstone. Elder W. Eugene Hansen of the Presidency of the Seventy and Executive Director of the Temple Department, along with Elder John E. Fowler of the Seventy, president of the Utah North Area, also took a turn with the trowel, as did Inis Hunter, President Hunter’s wife.
Minutes after the cornerstone ceremony, the first dedicatory session began. More than eight thousand people attended the cornerstone and dedicatory ceremonies at the temple or watched via closed-circuit television from the Tabernacle on Temple Square, the Bountiful Regional Center, the Brigham City Tabernacle, and the Ogden Tabernacle. Later in the day, others viewed videotaped dedicatory sessions at the Logan Tabernacle in Logan, Utah.
The twenty-eight dedicatory sessions, one for each stake within the temple district, were held throughout the week of January 8–14, with every baptized, worthy member of the Church in the Utah North Area invited to participate either at the temple or at off-site locations.
Before the cornerstone and dedicatory ceremonies, some 870,000 people toured the Bountiful temple during an open house held November 5 through December 17, 1994. “The open house was almost miraculous,” remarked Elder Fowler, chairman of the temple committee. “In spite of the record snowfall in November and the difficult environmental concerns, we had a tremendous experience. Lives were touched and changed as a result of visiting the temple.”
Some of the lives that were changed the most, noted Elder Fowler, were the tens of thousands who volunteered during the open house, dedication, and various other phases of the temple project. “There will be more than fifty thousand volunteers involved in some way or another,” he explained. “I don’t know if there’s ever been a volunteer effort like this before. These people love this temple.”
Volunteers were busy at work even before the open house began, explained Blaine P. Jensen, regional representative and vice chairman of the Bountiful Temple Committee. Youth laid sod on the temple grounds and planted trees. Priesthood brethren spent weeks removing snow during the open house. Thousands of members helped set up the open house and then hosted throughout the six-week event.
“One of the most humbling experiences of the open house was when the beautiful young people, dressed in their Sunday best and often sitting in the cold, reached down and put clean white footlets on the visitors’ feet,” said Brother Jensen. “Many people were moved to tears by that simple act of service.”
“Being involved with the temple open house has been a labor of love,” said Brother Jensen.
The Bountiful temple opened for regular temple ordinance work on 17 January 1995, with more than a dozen marriages already scheduled for that first day, said temple president Harold Yancey. “The members in this temple district have been looking forward to this day for some time,” he noted. The temple will be the first temple scheduled to operate for a full day on Saturday, and more than nine hundred temple workers were called and set apart during the last few months in preparation for the temple’s opening.
Bountiful Utah Temple Dedicatory Prayer
O God, our Eternal Father, Thou great Elohim, Creator of the heavens, the earth, and all things thereon, we come before Thee this sacred and blessed day with bowed heads, full hearts, and subdued spirits.
We pray to Thee, our Father, in the name of Thy Beloved Son, Thine Only Begotten, even our Redeemer and our Savior, Jesus Christ, the Lord. We know that through obedience to Thy divine commandments, we may return to Thee and be blessed with life eternal in Thy exalted presence.
We are grateful for this long-awaited day of dedication, when this, Thy Holy House, has been completed. Bless, we pray Thee, those faithful members here and throughout the world who have contributed their tithes which have made possible this magnificent edifice for Thy name’s honor and glory and for the blessing of all who enter herein. Let peace prevail as we lift our voices in songs of praise and words of prayer unto Thee, our God.
We are thankful that Thou sent Thine Only Begotten Son to this earth to be its Savior, and the Prophet Joseph Smith to bring about the Restoration, and that Thou did appear to the Prophet in person to open the heavens and to restore to the world the knowledge of Thee and Thy Son and Thy holy purposes.
The atonement wrought by Thy Son gives purpose to our being and turns our thoughts heavenward. We thank Thee that Thou did reveal unto Thy priesthood even the sacred sealing power, by the hand of Elijah the prophet, so that in this temple and all Thy other holy houses, Thy faithful Saints may be endowed with power from on high and may enter into those everlasting covenants which open the door to the receipt of all of the blessings of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob and all the holy prophets.
The Plan of Salvation taught in the temple with simplicity, yet with power, will be as a never-failing beacon of divine light to guide our footsteps and keep them constantly on the pathway of eternal life.
As we do the work in this temple for those who have gone beyond, we are reminded of the inspired counsel of President Joseph F. Smith, who declared: “Through our efforts in their behalf their chains of bondage will fall from them, and the darkness surrounding them will clear away, that light may shine upon them and they shall hear in the spirit world of the work that has been done for them by their children here, and will rejoice.” 1
We seek to be like Thee; we seek to pattern our lives after the life of Thy Son; we desire righteousness for ourselves and our children and our children’s children. We plead with Thee to make us worthy to inherit the fulness of those blessings found only in Thy holy temples—even those blessings which grow out of a continuation of the family unit forever.
We thank Thee for the freedom we enjoy in this blessed land. Grant that the freedom emanating from the inspired Constitution, which provides us the opportunity to erect this holy temple, may be strengthened in other lands and open the way for more temples to dot the landscapes of countries throughout the world, that all Thy worthy children may be blessed as we are here today.
Bless Thy messengers of glory—even the missionaries of Thy Church—that they may proclaim with persuasion and power Thy truths. Protect them, watch over them, and lead them to those whom Thou hast prepared to hear, to believe, and to embrace the Gospel of Thy Beloved Son.
Father in Heaven, bless, we pray Thee, the President of the Church and his counselors who comprise the First Presidency, the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, the Quorums of the Seventy, and the Presiding Bishopric with Thy guiding influence and inspiration.
Bless the temple president and his counselors, together with their wives, and all who will assist in the operation of this temple.
Bless Thy children throughout the world who know hunger, who have no shelter, and who face daily suffering. May we who have been blessed with abundance reach out in a spirit of love and true charity to those who yearn for our help.
In a time of departure from safe moorings, may youth of the noble birthright carry on in the traditions of their parents and grandparents. They are subjected to the sophistries of Satan. Help such youth to stand firm for truth. Open wide to their view the gates of learning, of understanding, of service in Thy kingdom. Bless them with a lengthened view of their eternal possibilities.
Today when the family unit is under attack and things long held sacred are often ridiculed by the world, we seek Thy help to make us equal to our tasks, that our homes may be havens of peace and happiness.
In our families, may we pause to pray and think to thank.
We express our gratitude for all who have participated in the preparations for this day of dedication, as well as for those who made possible the highly successful open house event. We ask Thy blessings to attend that vast throng who walked within these sacred walls and felt stirring thoughts course through their minds and hearts. May the spirit of the temple continue with them.
And now, our Beloved Father, acting in the authority of the Holy Priesthood and in the sacred name of Jesus Christ, we dedicate unto Thee and unto Thy Son this, the Bountiful Utah Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. We dedicate it as a house of baptism, a house of endowment, a house of sealing, a house of righteousness, for the living and for the dead.
We humbly pray that Thou wilt accept this edifice and let Thy blessings be upon it. Let Thy spirit attend and guide all who officiate herein, that holiness will prevail in every room. May all who enter have clean hands and pure hearts. May they be built up in their faith and depart with a feeling of peace, praising Thy holy name.
We dedicate the ground on which the temple stands, sensing it was reserved for this purpose. We dedicate the beautiful structure, from the unseen footings to the majestic figure of Moroni crowning its highest point. We dedicate the baptistry, all of the facilities for administering the sacred ordinances, the endowment rooms, the sealing rooms with their sacred altars, and the lovely celestial room, together with all ancillary facilities and the beautiful grounds with their lawns, flowers, trees, and shrubs. Protect all from any devastating influence, destruction, or defacement.
May this House provide a spirit of peace to all who observe its majesty, and especially to those who enter for their own sacred ordinances and to perform the work for their loved ones beyond the veil. Let them feel of Thy divine love and mercy. May they be privileged to say, as did the Psalmist of old, “We took sweet counsel together, and walked unto the house of God in company.” 2
As we dedicate this sacred edifice, we rededicate our very lives to Thee and to Thy work.
O Holy Father, bless Thy children everywhere with the peace promised by Thy Son—even the peace which passeth understanding. Shield us, we pray, from selfishness or sin and provide the power that we might rise above all that is sordid or below the dignity of Thy children.
And now we dedicate this temple as an abode for Thee and Thy Son. Let Thy glorious light ever shine upon it. Wilt Thou place Thy ratifying seal of approval upon this dedicatory service and upon all we have done and shall do in this Thy Holy House, which we now present to Thee.
May we, Thy children, merit Thy bounteous blessings and Thy watchful care, we pray, in the name of Thy Beloved Son, even the name of Jesus Christ, the Lord, amen.
Gospel Doctrine, 5th ed. (Salt Lake City: Deseret Book Co., 1939), pp. 469–70.
President Monson Honored for Service
Citing President Thomas S. Monson’s actions, which have “lifted the spirit and instilled self-confidence in countless people of all ages, races, and denominations,” the Catholic Community Services of Utah recently honored the Second Counselor in the First Presidency at its annual community services awards dinner.
President Monson was one of three recipients of the award; the other two honorees were the Junior League and the Assistance League, both of Salt Lake City. The Reverend Monsignor J. Terrence Fitzgerald, executive director of the services, presented a silver bowl to each of the recipients “in grateful recognition of dedicated community service.”
“I am very humbled to accept this prestigious award, and I am very much aware that my role is somewhat of a facilitator,” said President Monson upon accepting the honor. “Any distribution of humanitarian aid that I and other leaders of our church have had a hand in providing comes from members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.”
During the evening’s presentation, it was noted that as chairman of the Church’s Welfare Executive Committee, President Monson helps to oversee the dispersal of welfare funds and materials throughout the world. The Church also made major contributions to the remodeling of the Cathedral of the Madeleine in Salt Lake City, donated a chapel to the Salvation Army, gave funds to help the homeless in Salt Lake City, and gave substantial contributions to the St. Vincent de Paul Kitchen and Center. President Monson played a vital role in each of these projects.
“This community is a better community when we meet together on occasions such as this evening and when our hearts go out to those who truly need our help,” observed President Monson, who was visibly moved at the recognition.
“We remember the words of the Stranger of Galilee, even the Savior, who said, ‘Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me’” (Matt. 25:40), he concluded.
Festive Season Filled with Lights, Decorations
Forty ambassadors to the United States, accompanied by family members, attended the opening night of the seventeenth annual Festival of Lights on the Washington Temple grounds. Those in attendance listened to remarks by Elder Neal A. Maxwell of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles and watched as Elder Maxwell and Ahmed Maher El Sayed, ambassador of the Arab Republic of Egypt, turned the key together that illuminated the 300,000 lights adorning the grounds of the Washington Temple Visitors’ Center.
“Ennobling music, genuine love, and directional light are all precious things in today’s world which is sometimes dissonant, spiteful, and dark,” Elder Maxwell told the audience. He recognized the international flavor of the audience when he commented that “love and music never need a visa. They cross over all borders and link various generations and cultures. Light can permeate all climes, and it is the means by which we see reality more clearly and can distinguish between truth and error as well as giving us needed personal direction.”
Ambassador Sayed also spoke at the opening night festivities, remarking that “we are all here to give testimony to what is best in humanity. … May the thousands of lights which we have just turned on light our hearts and our lives with love and fraternity, with tolerance and understanding. May they bring a message of hope and solidarity to those who are alone, those who are afraid, those who are threatened, those who suffer everywhere.”
Officials report that more than 120,000 people visited the Washington Temple Visitors’ Center during the Festival of Lights. In addition to the glorious holiday decorations outside, which included a nativity scene with a live Mary and Joseph, inside the visitors’ center were fifteen ten-foot trees decorated by members of local stakes. Christmas tree themes included the birth of Christ, family history, and Christ’s teachings. Four of the trees were trimmed with handmade dolls created by young women in the area and which represented different nationalities. Dressed in native costumes from the continents of Asia, Africa, the Americas, and Europe, as well as from the Pacific Islands, the dolls were a festival highlight for many visitors.
Halfway across the nation, the restored homes in Nauvoo were decorated outside with lights, while inside they were bedecked in traditional 1840s pioneer style. More than two thousand people toured the area and enjoyed the holiday decorations.
Nauvoo Restoration Inc., an organization formed in 1982 to restore and preserve significant historical sites in Nauvoo, made five-foot steel-formed stars available to local businesses and residents. More than two hundred of the stars were decorated throughout the city.
Food, Clothing Sent to Needy All over the World
More than 28,000 food packages and several tons of clothing have been sent to needy and hungry people in Albania, Croatia, Bosnia, Russia, and Haiti through Church humanitarian efforts. In addition, seventy-nine tons of food was sent to Atlanta, Georgia, in the United States during the Christmas holidays to relieve hunger.
“Over a recent three-month period, we’ve been authorized to distribute approximately fourteen loads of donations, a few containers at a time,” explained Isaac Ferguson, director of humanitarian service for the Church’s Welfare Services Department.
The international shipments were assembled in thirty-pound boxes in bishops’ storehouses throughout the central Utah area and in Atlanta by volunteers from various stakes and wards scattered throughout that area. Each food box contains ten pounds of flour, four pounds of dry beans, two pounds of rice, a canister of dry milk, a bottle of cooking oil, and eight cans of beef products. All but the rice and cooking oil are produced by the Church. Each package could sustain a small family for about two weeks.
Some 2,700 food boxes were shipped to Albania and 8,100 boxes to Bosnia by the end of November. Another 10,800 boxes for refugees in Croatia are to be shipped by the end of February. In addition, eighty tons of flour for pasta products will be shipped to Bosnia. Medical supplies will be included in most of the shipments.
Approximately five thousand needy families in Vladivostok, Russia, and twenty-three surrounding villages were also given packages, reported Garry Flake, a manager in the Church’s Humanitarian Service Division.
“It was a gratifying feeling,” he noted, “to think we could reach out and help people in a time of need and do it with resources that had come from a welfare services system that had been developed through the vision of leaders and the sacrifice of members.”
Brother Flake remarked that one older woman told him, “You’ve given us more than food; you’ve given us a happier new year.”
In most cases, distribution of the donated goods was handled through local Latter-day Saint leaders, the American Red Cross of International Services, and Caritas, a Catholic relief agency.
The mayor of Atlanta, Bill Campbell, publicly recognized the Church when it shipped 158,000 pounds of food to help relieve hunger there.
“I applaud the Church,” he said during a recent news conference. “God has blessed us today. He has blessed us with good weather, blessed us with a compassionate spirit, and blessed us with 158,000 pounds of food. As we touch more people, they will be uplifted by that.”
Local members in Georgia loaded the cases of food into trucks from twenty-six religious and charitable organizations. Those groups helped distribute the donations to those in need.
The Church has developed a resource center in the metro area of Atlanta to help members develop employment skills and increase job placement. The local cannery has also been made available free of charge to local qualified charities.
Donation to School in China
Elder John K. Carmack, a member of the Seventy and president of the Asia Area, recently presented a gift to the Nan An Village Primary School in the Guang Dong Province on behalf of the Church.
“This gift comes from the individual members of the Church internationally who are encouraged to make donations for international humanitarian efforts,” explained Elder Carmack when he presented a check to Pastor Gene Preston of the Hong Kong Union Church and Andy Blunier, co-convener of the Men’s Fellowship group, who is helping organize the project. “We hope this encourages others of all denominations to support this worthy cause that will benefit China and may open other similar opportunities in the future.”
The donation, along with other funds raised by the Hong Kong Christian Council, will be used to provide classrooms, teachers’ quarters, school kitchen, washroom, sports grounds, and first-year operating expenses for the primary school in southern China.
New Version of Personal Ancestral File®
The Church’s Family History Department has announced Release 2.31 of Personal Ancestral File for MS-DOS computers. This upgrade version corrects defects discovered in Release 2.3.
A complimentary update package is being mailed to all individuals who purchased Release 2.3. Those expecting this update should allow three weeks for delivery. Purchasers of earlier versions may contact Family History Software (801-240-2584) to ask about update packages.
Persons doing family history work can use Personal Ancestral File to compile and organize genealogical information. In addition to all functions of Release 2.3, the new version includes the following enhancements:
From “Automatic Match/Manual Merge,” a user can edit an individual’s information or notes. The user can also see the final merged record and edit information it contains before moving to the next match.
The marriage-date field now accepts the term Not Married, and the LDS ordinance fields accept the term Pre-1970.
The death-date field now accepts the terms Dead, Infant, Stillborn, and Child.
Installation procedures have been simplified.
The new version requires 640K of memory to run optimally, and it requires a hard disk.
Complete Personal Ancestral File Release 2.31 packages are available for $35 at the Salt Lake Distribution Center, 1999 West 1700 South, Salt Lake City, UT 84104. The center’s toll-free number for the United States and Canada is 1-800-537-5950.
In 1830 the Prophet Joseph Smith organized the Church with himself and five other men as its first members. Those six members spoke English.
But within three decades the gospel was being preached across the oceans to people who spoke a variety of different languages. Today, Church members speak almost 140 different languages!
The following chart lists the top ten tongues spoken as first languages by members of the Church. Other languages rounding out the top twenty include French, German, Hiligaynon, * Mandarin, Cantonese, Italian, Pangasinan, * Bikolano, * Tahitian, and Laotian.
These languages spoken in the Philippines.
Of Good Report
Warmed by Service
In keeping with their area presidency’s challenge to participate in service projects prior to stake conferences, one hundred members of the Hastings New Zealand Stake, including full-time missionaries, armed themselves with spades and shovels and headed for a local park.
The volunteers spent the day digging and cleaning up the park. They also planted approximately fifteen hundred kahikatea, manuka, and totara trees in sheltered areas and hillsides throughout the reserve area.
Despite the cold temperatures and overcast skies, all involved felt warmed by the opportunity to follow the advice of their leaders and offer community service.—, Hastings, New Zealand
Welcoming Sister City Guests
Hispanic members of the La Verne California Stake volunteered their time and talents recently when residents of the community’s sister city, Acambaro, Mexico, visited La Verne.
Members of the Pomona Second (Spanish) Branch prepared and served dinner for thirty guests from Acambaro, as well as for many La Verne city officials. The members also provided a program that included traditional American and Mexican entertainment. Those in attendance gave the performers a standing ovation.
This is the second time branch members have volunteered their services while La Verne officials hosted sister city guests. “We always appreciate an opportunity to be actively involved in the life of the city,” reported Jan Stine, a member of the stake presidency, who coordinated the volunteer efforts along with Jeff Allred, a Young Men president in the La Verne First Ward and La Verne’s assistant city manager. “We want city officials to know not only who we are but also that we are available when they need us. This is one way we can raise awareness of the Church and build bridges of friendship within our community. We’re grateful for the willingness of the members in the branch to give of their time and talents.”
As a gesture of appreciation, La Verne mayor Jon Blickenstaff presented a community service award to the stake recently during a city council meeting.—, La Verne, California
Crèche Exhibit for Community
For the seventh year in a row, members in Livonia, Michigan, organized a Christmas crèche exhibit for their friends and neighbors. Nativity scenes from around the world and handmade quilts were displayed. In addition, Christmas entertainment was provided by local groups.
“This is our gift to the community—to bring many cultures together in celebrating the true meaning of Christmas,” said Leslie Snow, who helped organize the exhibit.
More than six hundred nativity scenes from approximately thirty countries were on display. They were made of numerous materials, including clay, stone, porcelain, fabric, metals, gingerbread, chocolate, corn husks, shucks, Israeli olive wood, and even mud. The crèches all belong to private collectors.—, Livonia, Michigan
Exchanging More Than Clothes
As the mother of four fast-growing children, I was frustrated with trying to stick to a careful budget and yet keep my children in clothes that fit. I shared some of my thoughts at a Relief Society presidency meeting four years ago and was amazed at the result.
Our ward decided to sponsor a clothing and toy exchange. The principle is simple: Each year, everyone who is interested donates used clothing and toys. For each item donated, the family or individual receives one ticket. The donated items are sorted and organized, and the next day everyone gets to go “shopping.” They can “buy” one item for every ticket they have.
The activity became a stakewide event. We’ve held it for the last four years, and the numbers are impressive. More than 6,500 items have been donated, and almost 3,000 of those items have been “purchased” with tickets. The rest have been donated to Deseret Industries.
The most exciting part of the exchange is knowing how many people it helps. Children love to go shopping because they can get anything they want without worrying about the cost. Missionaries have found suits, ties, and shoes. Young mothers-to-be are delighted with the maternity clothes they find, and one young man even found a tuxedo for his upcoming prom.
Of course, we have a few guidelines. All clothes must be clean with no broken zippers, missing buttons, rips, or stains. The toys must be clean with no missing parts. And most important, no money is ever involved. One ticket purchases one item.
We put all the unused tickets in a bag for families who may be interested in more items than they have tickets for. In the four years we’ve held the event, there have always been plenty of tickets for everyone. Our whole stake participates in the clothing and toy exchange, and it’s something that many of us look forward to all year—, Mercer Island, Washington
National Conference Appoints LDS Chairman
The United States National Conference on Ministry to the Armed Forces has elected Kay Schwendiman, a Latter-day Saint, as its chairman. A member of the Canyon Rim First Ward, Salt Lake Canyon Rim Stake, Brother Schwendiman will chair the committee during 1995.
The election of Brother Schwendiman demonstrates the recognition of the Church as a significant player in the interfaith conference, explained Paul Jensen, director of military relations for the Church.
Brother Schwendiman has been a member of the organization since its creation in 1982. With members representing 250 different faith groups, the conference supports and assists the chaplaincy and individual chaplains.
During his year of service, Brother Schwendiman will conduct meetings and communicate with the branches of military and Congress about issues of concern to the organization.
Brother Schwendiman was drafted into the Army in 1944 after returning from a mission to Argentina. He served during World War II and the Korean War. After leaving active duty, he served in the reserves for fifteen years. Before retiring as a colonel in 1978, he was chaplain for the 96th Army Reserve Command.
Thank you so much for “Earthquake Drill” (Dec. 1994). We experienced firsthand the earthquake in Los Angeles on 17 January 1994. I had always felt that we were prepared for an emergency, but on that morning I learned better.
With that experience still fresh on my mind, my family and I took the advice offered in the article: we turned off all the lights and had an earthquake drill. We were surprised at how many things we were doing wrong and how we could improve.
There is one thing I’d like to mention. The article talks about driving to the nearest safe place, like a church meetinghouse. This might not be the best idea. If the electricity is out, streetlights may not be working, and during the earthquake here in Los Angeles, there were several accidents as frightened people drove through intersections without looking both ways. In addition, one man I met simply turned his car on and sparked an explosion of gas escaping from a nearby broken line.
Tammy Ashmore West Hills, California
Magazine Belongs in Waiting Room
As a former ensign in the United States Navy and nonmember exploring the values and traditions of the Church, I have thoroughly enjoyed and treasured every copy of your magazine the elders furnished me. I will soon be moving back to New York and starting my own practice; I feel this magazine belongs in my waiting room. Keep up the great work.
W. R. Schmits, M.D. Laurel, Delaware