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Elder Gerrit W. Gong of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles dedicated the Taylorsville Utah Temple on Sunday, June 2. He invited members to enjoy the blessings of making sacred covenants as they “come to the Lord in the house of the Lord.”

Elder Gong told the Church News the way he describes for himself temple worship and service is changing. “I used to describe what I was doing as going to the temple. Now I think less in terms of going to a place and more in terms of coming to the Lord through sacred covenants with Him in the house of the Lord,” Elder Gong said.

In temples, Church members are invited to participate in ordinances and make covenants, both for themselves and also as proxies on behalf of ancestors. “We come to the Lord and invite those we love to come to the Lord through the covenants they can now make,” he said.

Elder Gong was accompanied at the dedication by his wife, Sister Susan Gong, who is a Taylorsville native; Elder Hugo E. Martinez, a General Authority Seventy and first counselor in the Utah Area presidency, and his wife, Sister Nuria Martinez; and Elder Erich W. Kopischke, a General Authority Seventy and assistant executive director of the Temple Department, and his wife, Sister Christiane Kopischke.

The temple was dedicated in two sessions on Sunday, at 10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., and was broadcast through the 38-stake temple district in the central Salt Lake Valley, which includes two young single adult stakes and two Tongan-language stakes.

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