BRIGHAM CITY, Utah (ABC 4 News) - The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints dedicated its 139th temple in Brigham City Sept. 23. It's the 14th temple in Utah and will serve about 40,000 Latter-day Saints from the Malad, Idaho area to Brigham City.
Unique dedication ceremonies and prayers were performed inside the Brigham City Temple at 9:00 a.m., 12:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. The proceedings were broadcast to every stake center in Utah and to stake centers in portions of southeast Idaho and western Wyoming.
The saints in Brigham City were overjoyed to welcome this temple. "We were here for the groundbreaking and we've watched it all the way through and we just had come as a family and watch it finished," said Marvin Hull.
The temple was announced in 2009 and the ground breaking was in 2010.
Latter-day Saints teach temples are considered "houses of the Lord" where Jesus Christ's teaching are reaffirmed through baptism and other ordinances that unite families for eternity.
Church leaders also teach temples are a place where people learn about the purpose of life and make commitments to follow Jesus Christ and serve their fellow man.
President of the Quorum of the twelve apostles, Boyd K. Packer, was the senior apostle at the dedication and as a result was in charge of all proceedings. It was a special day for Packer because his ancestors settled Brigham City where he and his parents were born.
"It's the first time I've been that close to any apostle," said Brenden Dalton.
"The feeling that you get just seeing President Packer and having the choir sing," said Natasha Wright.
Before this dedication more than 404,000 people from all faiths and backgrounds toured the building, now only Latter-day Saints who are considered spiritually prepared by Church leaders may enter the building.
Buildings in Ogden, Provo and Payson are under construction to become operating temples.