The Brigham City Utah Temple, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ (Mormons) 139th temple, will open to the public Saturday, 18 August 2012. The open house will continue through mid-September before the temple is formally dedicated.
President Boyd K. Packer, president of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, will dedicate the temple on Sunday, 23 September 2012 in three dedicatory sessions. The sessions will be broadcast at 9:00 a.m., 12:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. to Latter-day Saint meetinghouses throughout Utah and in areas of southeastern Idaho that are located within the temple’s district. All regular Church meetings will be canceled on 23 September to allow members in those areas to participate in the dedication broadcast.
The public is invited to visit the temple during the open house beginning Saturday, 18 August 2012, continuing through Saturday, 15 September 2012, excluding Sundays and Saturday, 8 September. Advance reservations may be made by visiting www.templeopenhouse.lds.org (maximum 20 reservations per person) or by calling 1-855-537-2000 (group reservations may also be accommodated at this number).
Plans for a temple in Brigham City were announced by the Church’s First Presidency on 3 October 2009. Construction began after a formal groundbreaking on 31 July 2010 directed by President Packer, a Brigham City native.
While tens of thousands of Church meetinghouses are open to all people who wish to attend religious services there, temples, after they are formally dedicated, are open only to faithful Latter-day Saints. (See a Mormon Newsroom article explaining the difference between the Church’s chapels and temples.)
Latter-day Saint temples differ from the meetinghouses or chapels where members meet for Sunday worship services. Temples are considered “houses of the Lord” where Christ’s teachings are reaffirmed through baptism and other ordinances that unite families for eternity. In the temple, Church members learn more about the purpose of life and make covenants to follow Jesus Christ and serve their fellow man.
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